Thanks for such a fast reply, Tim. I shall shut down more often than usual, rather than less than usual. Lisi On Saturday 08 October 2011 23:17:23 Timothy Pearson wrote: > > On Saturday 08 October 2011 22:10:36 Timothy Pearson wrote: > >> > On Saturday 08 October 2011 19:41:56 Mag. Dr. Nikolaus Klepp wrote: > >> >> Well, looks like the harddrive. Get a drive now, your's could fail > >> > >> any > >> > >> >> second. > >> > > >> > I have one on order! > >> > > >> > Lisi > >> > >> In my experience if the drive is going to die completely it will do so > >> without much warning. The bad sectors you are experiencing are more > >> like > >> a cancer (dying R/W heads, bad disk surface, one or more head crashes in > >> the past, etc.) and will continue to spread. The less you use the disk > >> the better, as each write access will likely corrupt more sectors. > > > > Thanks, Tim. I can't afford to not use my main workhorse this week, so I > > must > > just be extra careful with backups of my important data. Would it be > > likely > > to help if I keep the box running permanently instead of shutting down > > over-night etc.? > > > > Lisi > > It depends on the failure mode. If it is a mechanical failure (IMHO less > likely with your symptoms) then keeping the box on 24/7 prevents sudden > mechanical death at power-on. If it is bad disk material, then shutting > the box down overnight will lessen the amount of corruption from the OS > normally writing its files to the disk.