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How can you tell if your hard drive is about to die?

submitted on October 22, 2009 by midget in "Member's Lounge"
As you all know, i'm kind of computer illiterate. Big Grin

For the last couple weeks my puter was loading very slowly and after a while a blue screen would pop up and it wanted to check the drives. After checking it it told me many files were not readable and started dumping a bunch of stuff.
This sometimes happened like 3 times a day and I kept having to reboot.

Yesterday after doing this I was unable to log into many websites - it kept saying that i needed cookies enabled but i was allowing cookies. One of the sites I was unable to get into was paypal and Paypal reps spent over an hour with me on the phone trying to help. Nothing worked.

So, I finally decided to reset my computer back to the original manufacturer's settings and did a destructive recovery on my system yesterday.

After doing this I got a pop up message saying that my puter recovered from a serious error and I proceeded for hours last night doing windows updates, and putting back things I lost from the destructive recovery.

Windows redirected me to a site where it said something about seeing if my hard drive was dying but it really didn't tell me how to check my system to see if this is the case.

After doing all this yesterday I'm able to log into all websites now and puter is running faster and the puter isn't crashing like it had been doing in the past.

What do you guys think? Is my puter on it's last leg? How can I find out if my hard drive is ok without taking it into a repair shop?
 

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    MrCheap
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    Posted by MrCheap on October 22, 2009
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    Windows comes with tools for checking your file system for errors. Right click on your hard drive in the file manager, select 'Properties' and you should find them there

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    • steve_05
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      Posted by steve_05 on October 22, 2009
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      how do you get to that screen exactly. step by step
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    • Solstice
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      Posted by Solstice on October 22, 2009
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      1. Open "My Computer" or "Computer" from your start menu or desktop if you have an icon shortcut placed there. (Assuming you have not renamed the shortcut.)

      2. Left click on the "C:" drive icon.

      3. Scroll down to the "properties" listing and right click.

      4. Right click on the "tools" tab.
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    • midget
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      Posted by midget on October 22, 2009
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      This tool checks for errors. Will it tell me if my hard drive is faulty? What i specifically need to know is if my hard drive is dying.
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    midget
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    Posted by midget on October 22, 2009
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    Thank you Solstice. I didn't know where to find this.
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    steve_05
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    Posted by steve_05 on October 22, 2009
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    next step would be to "fix file system errors"?
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    pablos17
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    Posted by pablos17 on October 22, 2009
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    If you did a system restore and if it reformatted your hard drive then it does sound like your drive is about to die. I would backup your files and get a new drive asap. Alternatively, you may want to check the hard drive manufacturer's website for any diagnostic tools they may have avail.
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    • Solstice
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      Posted by Solstice on October 22, 2009
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      A semi-dirty way to test the drive is to move it. If you are lucky enough have second computer in your house or have access to another one, you could always pull out your master drive, and then attach it as a slave drive in the second computer.

      This will allow to determine if its the drive itself or another piece of hardware that is causing the problem. Additionally, if it is the drive, it will give you the opportunity to hopefully transfer the important information to another drive/storage device, and/or run tests on it using the master drive on the other computer as your operating system. (In essence this will treat your active drive as a logical drive. Active, being that which the computer boots the operating system from, versus logical, which would be a non-operating system drive typically used for storage.)

      This will not physically harm the drive, unless you break a pin or drop it, and you can always put it back into the original computer if it turns out to be good..
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    • midget
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      Posted by midget on October 22, 2009
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      Can i test this drive on another puter that is much older than this one? I have a puter that has windows ME on it that i don't use anymore.
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    pablos17
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    Posted by pablos17 on October 22, 2009
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    Also, I totally didn't mean to neg vote this discussion. I was trying to vote it up and hit the wrong arrow by accident. I still think we need a timer on the vote buttons just like on comments. Red Face
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    • Solstice
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      Posted by Solstice on October 22, 2009
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      Perhaps the easier and better solution would be to require a comment if voting down a discussion, much as its required for negative deal votes.

      It would virtually remove the the possibility of an accidental error, and its not terribly unreasonable to ask for a reason.

      Not to get off topic from this discussion thread, but it was a opportune place to suggest it.
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    • pablos17
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      Posted by pablos17 on October 22, 2009
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      Excellent idea Solstice.
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    • Solstice
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      Posted by Solstice on October 22, 2009
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      I'm known for those... that and my lack of humility. Big Grin

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