I think my hard drive is on the brink of failing. There are clicking noises which I assume are coming from the HD and start up and loading programs takes forever. I ran a "CheckDisk" which took literally hours which found no errors but the start-up failed with "boot disk failure". Two attempts to boot after pulling the plug stopped at "primary master failed". The third and subsequent boots have worked but at a snails pace. Before I buy a replacement HD I would like reassurance that some file corruption or virus is not the problem.
I suppose those answers were inevitable! I have already backed up my data. Another pointer is the fact that the recovery partition on my hard disk is no longer accesible - unrecognised format. Fortunately I have a recovery disk.
Thanks for the information and links. I think you may be right about the recovery partition. Fortunately Targa also supplied an XP CD-ROM, which I assume has the full XP installation, together with various discs for the firmware/software. I've had a look at the Maxtor site and located Maxblast 4 which I presume is a later version. My drive is a Diamond Max. I assume that the Seetools diagnostics will only be suitable for Seegate drives, a pity as the Maxblast doesn't seem to have a diagnostic function.
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