One of my hard disks seems to be failing.
I've since disconnected it and I'm looking for a solution.
When I start the machine, the disk drive spins up and is recognized. On the last 2 boots since the problem started, Windows wanted to run check disk on it, so I let it.
I got messages like
"Deleting corrupt file record segment..." and "Correcting error in index $I30 for file 95550"
Then a series of "Deleting index entry..."
When it finished booting up, for one or 2 minutes, it seemed like everything was back to normal.
Then, when I started to try to copy the data off the disk, and I might have got about 100 files off it when Windows explorer started choking, and then it asked me if I'd like to format the disk, because apparently it wasn't formatted.
So I shut down and took the disk out. Its sitting here. I think its more confused than I am.
Does anyone know what the heck happened? Does this sound like a "head crash"?
I guess my only recourse will be some kind of data center.
I think I now believe turning off hard disks is harmful and that you should NEVER enable windows "turn the hard disk off". I don't know if its related or this disk's time was just up, but this problem happened about 2 weeks after I enabled "turn my hard disks off after 20 minutes"