In another thread
, someone suggested that my harddrive might be failing and that I get a hardware utility to check this. I don't know much about how filesystems or hardware works. Is there a some free software I can get that runs a check on the harddrive that will tells me if something is wrong with the harddrive, so that I can post the transcript and get an interpretation here?
I have two harddrives: the first harddrive with Windows XP, plus a 10 GB EXT3 backup partition mounted to /mount/hdc; the second 7GB harddrive has Mandriva Linux on it. If my second harddrive is failing, I could put Mandrake on the backup partition on the first disk.