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Hard Drive Failure - Coincidence?

I'm on a wireless home Internet connection with three computers...two which run windows XP and one which runs vista. The two which run XP have both suffered from hard drive failure.

I'm trying to figure out whether this is a mere coincidence, or there is an underlying connection. The only thing they have in common is that they're connected (wirelessly) to the same router (Netcore NW616). They don't share any files, aren't in the same workgroup, and have basically no interaction. There haven't been any fishy downloads or installations on either computer. The computer with vista seems completely unaffected (so far) by this problem.

The first computer started to suffer after a few weeks of being on the network, and the next one failed a few hours after its first connection to the internet.

I'd love to get to the bottom of this, and hope you can help me!

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  • parallelogra Sep 18, 2008

    To add a few details about the failure:
    The hard drives make a loud clicking noise, and one computer which ran a diagnostic test failed the DST Short Status Test. It gave the following error message:

    Block 35620817: Uncorrectable data error or media is write protected.

    Thank you!


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Vista and XP are not compatable on the same network if the router is not specifically designed to handle this. It depends on the router. Either a, use one operating system across the network, or b, purchase a router which can be configured to handle both OS.

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