MBR damaged; HDD failure imminent message

May 13, 2013 at 06:10:12
Specs: Windows 7
windows 7 Home

32 bit

I am not buying it

error message appeared after using open source disk cleaner/wiper/eraser

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May 13, 2013 at 06:17:00
What is "it," and why do we care if you're not buying?

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May 13, 2013 at 06:26:51
and why do you expect a hard disk to work properly after using a cleaner/wiper/eraser on it.


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May 13, 2013 at 06:34:14
"message appeared after using open source disk cleaner/wiper/eraser"

Care to enlighten us? What's the name of the "cleaner/wiper/eraser" & why did you use it in the 1st place?

"I am not buying it"

Not buying what? That your HDD is failing? It's doubtful that the "cleaner/wiper/eraser" had anything to do with it, probably just a coincidence. But being that we have no idea what program you used or why, it's difficult to say. Did you try running the HDD diagnostics program available from the HDD manufacturer? I'd post a link but you didn't provide any HDD info either. Give CrystalDiskInfo a try:


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May 13, 2013 at 09:09:13
Yes, more details would be very helpful and try using full sentences to help explain more clearly. Also note that information put into the title is for a brief explanation of the issue and should be restated in the body of the question with more details and supporting facts.

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May 13, 2013 at 10:57:03
It's either just MS whining that you did something it doesn't want you to do, or (as said) a coincidental failure of your hdd. I'd first try fixing BCD or whatever the boot mechanism in your OS is now called, One option is not just for dual-boot. Namely

Best wishes, and keep using open source!

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May 13, 2013 at 13:02:53
I suppose it depends on what is generating the message. If for example it came after a diagnostic scan of the drive you probably have something to worry about. If it's a default message generated by the bios or OS because your cleaning software damaged the MBR and maybe some critical files then the hard drive is probably physically OK but an OS reinstall may be necessary.

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May 13, 2013 at 19:57:59
thanks folks

I just did a triple check (installed Windows OS/open source OS and computer manufacturers HDD test) plus the BIOS message I get when I turn it on

All said the HDD was failing

The disc wiper was DBAN; Darik's Boot and Nuke

The computer and HDD shouldn't be failing already, no matter how many times I wipe or reinstall OS

This is a cheap several year old TOshiba L455 Satellite

It shouldn't have a failing HDD already

But in this case I was wrong
The HDD is failing and it isn't a hack as I suspected

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May 14, 2013 at 02:09:48
This is a cheap several year old TOshiba L455 Satellite

It shouldn't have a failing HDD already

A very good reason to have a failing hard disk. Cheap Toshiba's are cheap for a reason and several years puts any hard disk into the failure zone.


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May 14, 2013 at 11:13:04
Why would you use such a strong software on the hard drive. A simple partition delete and full format will suffice if you are keeping the hard drive.

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July 23, 2013 at 19:44:34
big damn hurry

and not enough computer savvy probably

i think i got pushed through this stuff too quickly
and a bunch of stuff got skipped and omitted

i'm gonna back up and try again or bail completely on computers/PCs and technology etc. and let the folks who know how to do it right do it and go back to doing what i am good at .....

thank you folks !!!!

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July 23, 2013 at 19:54:56
the answer to that last question would involve a lot of negative stuff like :


cyber bullies


etc. etc. etc. yadda yadda yadda ..... et al. ad naseum

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August 18, 2013 at 18:23:10
There is some information about HDD, you can have a look. And learn more details.

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