November 8, 2009

Event ID 52 Hard Disk

On your Windows XP computer, Administrative tool section on the control panel might be a place you haven't checked for a long time. It contains some nice tools that you can track everything about your computer. It requires little bit of IT knowledge to handle those tools but you can always use a search engine for dig more about them.





Recently I was looking at the event viewer (Which can be found on Control panel -> Administrative Tools) and I noticed that my system log contains a warning with Event ID 52

The driver has detected that device \Device\Harddisk2\DR2 has predicted that it will fail. Immediately back up your data and replace your hard disk drive. A failure may be imminent.



It was a old IDE hard drive on my computer, but I have valuable information stored in there. On first I was having doubts about this error message and I was keep look for the same Event ID on the system log. I noticed that It appears every day for a long time in there.

To make sure that I have a disk error I have looked for a free Hard Drive Scanning tool. I Found a nice tool called "HDD Health v3.3" which can be downloaded from here. This tool will detect existing problems on your hard drive and show you warnings. This tool shows Hard Disk health and Hard disk temperature which allows you to quickly identify your faulty hard drives. In my case hard drive temperature was too high and hard disk health was drop down to 40%. I have immediately turn off my computer and disconnected the power for that hard drive. I'm planing not to use the old hard drive until I buy a new one. It was my pure luck not to have this problem on the hard drive that my OS runs. So I can easily disconnect the hard drive and keep using on my computer until I can get a new hard drive.



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