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Faulty Hard Drive

Postby Animus » August 12th, 2016, 11:06 am

:/ Ever since yesterday, I've been getting an alert from Windows about my Hard Drive (I only have the one Local Disk. :I) and telling me to immediately backup my important information and stuff. The problem is that I don't really have anywhere to put important information (I still have a Flash Drive with it, since we wiped the Computer a while ago, so I guess that counts.) and nothing's...really wrong. Any ideas? And no, it's not a Virus, so either it's legit or a False Positive.
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Re: Faulty Hard Drive

Postby TRUTECH » August 12th, 2016, 12:13 pm

Try checking the disk for errors:

  1. Go to the start menu
  2. Hold down shift while selecting "Restart"
  3. Should bring up the Advanced Startup menu (if not, look up other ways)
  4. Select "Troubleshoot"
  5. Select "Advanced Options"
  6. Select "Command prompt"
  7. If you are on Windows 10, it should ask for a user to sign into (This is because of a simple exploit in previous Windows versions)
  8. After signing in, a console window should appear.
  9. Enter (Not case sensitive) "chkdsk /f"
  10. This will check your hard drive for problems fix them. This will probably take a while, go eat a sandvich or whatever.
  11. Restart your computer once it is completely finished
  12. This should fix most problems that can be fixed without replacing the physical hard drive.


Another thing you can do:
    Follow steps 1-8 in the above guide
  1. Enter (again, not case sensitive) "sfc /checknow"
  2. Let it complete (This will also take a little bit, but not as long)
  3. This checks your windows files for corruption (such as a virus hiding itself inside the System32 folder)
  4. Restart your computer
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Re: Faulty Hard Drive

Postby Animus » August 12th, 2016, 12:18 pm

I dunno if it's the same process, but I right-clicked the Hard Drive, went to Properties, Tools, and went to Error Checking. It oddly only took like 2-3 minutes and didn't come up with anything. :I

Edit: I went ahead and set a Disk Check when the Computer restarts anyway. I'mma go Defrag (Take a Shower, not actually defrag the Drive) and see if it pings anything.
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Re: Faulty Hard Drive

Postby TRUTECH » August 12th, 2016, 12:23 pm

Yeah, it is the same process, I was just making sure that it got everything (sometimes the drive says it is in use and can't be checked).

Defragmentation will probably help a little, but not if it is a drive error. Though, Windows may be checking defragmentation and that may be the issue.
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Re: Faulty Hard Drive

Postby Animus » August 12th, 2016, 12:50 pm

Just finished with Disk Checking. :I It either didn't find anything wrong or didn't fix it, but I'm still getting the alert. So try Defragging the Drive now?
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Re: Faulty Hard Drive

Postby TRUTECH » August 12th, 2016, 1:15 pm

Yeah, and the other thing in the first post.
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Re: Faulty Hard Drive

Postby Clone » August 12th, 2016, 1:26 pm

Actually backup everything. What usually happened to most clients at my *old* job was sudden hard drive failure resulting in non functioning HDD. Windows refused to boot and trying to re-install an operating system gave a HDD error and failure to install.
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Re: Faulty Hard Drive

Postby Animus » August 12th, 2016, 1:30 pm

I don't really have a place to back up everything. I have a FlashDrive that can hold 2 GB, but it's pretty much already full. :I It's holding all the stuff I needed to save over for the Wipe a while back, so it's already pretty much backed up.
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Re: Faulty Hard Drive

Postby Animus » August 12th, 2016, 2:22 pm

Just finished Defragging. Didn't seem to change anything. :I Gonna run that Checknow command in a bit.
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Re: Faulty Hard Drive

Postby Animus » August 12th, 2016, 4:26 pm

Hmmm...Doesn't seem to be popping up anymore, but I didn't run that Disk Check yet, so I'm assuming the Defragging did something. :I Compooters are weird.
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