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Seagate SATA Baracuda 160 GB harddrive crashed

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I bought a new Seagate hard drive (SATA) and loaded Windows XP on that along with 3d max , etc, software applications.

Just after 24 hours, when I restarted the system, the OS crashed and even I lost the partitions also, means all my uploaded applications were also lost.

Before Seagate, I used Hitachi, which also had given same kind of problem and even developed bad sectors after every hard disk failure.

Can anybody suggest me how can I stop this crashhing and what are all the measures I need to take?

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I've found this to just be the nature of hard drives. You never really can trust them, thats why you always need a backup. Maybe look into a fault tollerant RAID solution if it's really important (kinda expensive)

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Hi Bijay.
Neither is at fault. Please click on this Seagate link:
http://www.seagate.com/ww/v/index.jsp?locale=en-US&name=How_To_Install_and_Troubleshoot_ATA_Hard_Drives&vgnextoid=559e5b1142aec010VgnVCM100000dd04090aRCRD
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