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Chapter 33. Managing the Hard Disk > Hard Disk and System Troubleshooting

Hard Disk and System Troubleshooting

Eventually, if you work with computers for long enough, you are going to face some form of hard disk problem. It's not a matter of if; it's a matter of when. The laws of statistics apply to everyone and everything—and that includes hard drives. In the following sections, when I speak of hard drive problems, I'm not referring to a software program that is acting petulantly or a DLL that has been overwritten by a poorly designed installation routine. I'm talking about the inability to access a critical file, a hard drive that will not boot, or one of those cryptic Fatal Error - Cannot access hard disk messages that cause the blood to drain from the face of even the hardiest administrator.

These sections are not meant to be comprehensive. Full books have been written on solving hardware problems, and thousands of individual chapters on hard drives and the multitude of problems they can exhibit. What these sections will do, however, is give you some tried-and-true directions to head in if your hard drive starts to give you grief.


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