Windows 7 pop-up detected hard disk problem

December 4, 2011 at 14:47:43
Specs: Windows 7
Windows 7 pop-up "detected hard disk problem" back up your files immediately to prevent info loss.

I tried to back up, but it keeps saying there's some problem with the source or destination , with error code 0x8078012D.

Don't know if its a HD failure or a virus.... lately toggling between open windows hasn't been working as well as it should either (if that matters).


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#1
December 4, 2011 at 15:00:53
Use Windows back up (Control Panel>Security>Back Up Your Computer) and make sure you use an external destination.
Then make a Windows 7 repair disk (this may be important later).
If that does not work, copy/paste documents folder and anything else important to an external drive (files only, programs cannot be saved this way).
DO NOT WAIT, do this as soon as possible, hard drive problems can get much worse, sometimes very quickly.
THEN as immediately as possible get a new hard drive and clone the old drive (using the hard drive mfg's utility - on disk or online & burn bootable CD) to the new one, swap out and make sure that it works properly.
If you cannot clone the drive, you may need to do a complete reinstall from recovery disk set (available from mfg. or system) or from original media.
If you apparently make a good copy but it does not boot, then try a start up repair from Windows 7 repair disk. If this does not work, see if the recovery partition copied over correctly and try a factory restore from there (all will be returned to factory shipped condition if this works) - see your manual for details.
Post back results.

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#2
December 4, 2011 at 15:33:18
There is no "security" option under control panel....
I tried backing up HD from the window pop up prompt but I keep getting the error mentioned above. My first concern is to make sure my HD is backed up
I have all important documents backed up already, but I'm hoping to get all programs and everything saved through the windows back up program thing.

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#3
December 5, 2011 at 12:57:27
http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/...

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#4
December 5, 2011 at 15:30:55
thanks for the link, but I already found it yesterday, and tried it....and it didn't help.

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#5
December 5, 2011 at 20:34:28
Back up your files.
The only way to save the programs is to have a complete drive image that can be reimaged back onto a new drive, basically making a clone of the drive. Since you are already having troubles with the drive, it is unlikely that this will be successful at this stage. You can TRY doing this by using the hard drive utility offered by your hard drive manufacturer or the new hard drive manufacturer of the new drive you will purchase via a bootable CD/DVD, directly from one drive to the new one. If this does not work, you must already have a back up of your personal files because you will be reloading Windows and any program you have install media for, or can download installers for.

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#6
December 6, 2011 at 16:39:36
Am I right in assuming then, that there is no way to get a complete drive image then, as its likely already wrecked? I am basically now just working off my external hard drive. What are the downsides to just waiting until this thing finally goes before getting a new one to replace it?
Can I just continue to work off my e: drive until it dies?

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#7
December 6, 2011 at 19:42:26
That depends on if you have already backed everything up, how critical it is for you to be able to use the system anytime you want, and how much it is going to bother you if you suddenly cannot use it for a few days until you fix it. Remember that if the hard drive crashes when a file is open that is on the external, then that file may become unusable since it was not shut down properly, in fact, access to the entire external can be affected in such a scenario.
A new desktop SATA hard drive is only about $40.-$60. US for a desktop and a bit more for a laptop, as long as you stay away from the extremes. I would suggest replacing it as soon as you can though.
As I said, if making a good image of the drive is possible, it will need to be soon, and the hard drive mfg's software would be the best to do this with.

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#8
December 7, 2011 at 18:04:58
AND... we got a virus yesterday (girlfriend got a "USPS has trouble delivering a package and click this to update the mailing label.... she KNEW it was bad and clicked anyways).... that constantly pops up this sort of message when logged in as the non-admin person that installed the virus..... when logged in as another user can operate normally and check the smart status of the drive and all is well.

SO, in my case it is a virus causing hundreds of popups ... running scans now, but the multiple that have been caught and removed are all trojans and root kits... so in the end I am fairly certain am just going to format and reinstall the system after I backup a bunch of files externally.


and btw, the bad disk error message is accompanied by the sam exact hex value you posted...


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#9
December 10, 2011 at 06:30:26
thanks for the heads up robbob, i had a suspicion mine was a virus. Let me know if you can get it out of your computer, and how.

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#10
December 11, 2011 at 06:36:59
I've removed a couple of dozen now and it keeps finding more. I give up, format here I come.

Interesting behaviour on the virus... after it tells me it is going to shutdown it blanks the screen but stays active and I see all sorts of activity on the external firewall... so it is obviously downloading/installing more...

I write this from within ubuntu and after I get the windows partition all cleaned up I am only going to run it for those couple of things I can't seem to find a linux way of doing things. (itunes, tunebite, markable, etc)

The girlfriend pretty much just checks webbased email and surfs and unless I tell her different she don't know or care that we are using linux.


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#11
December 19, 2011 at 06:27:46
Well, here is an interesting development... I put in a different drive and installed a fresh copy of windows on it and got the AV up to snuff... then plugged the other drive in via a USB adapter and scanned it... found a bunch of nasty stuff that I was able to clean because I wasn't booted off it and none of the nasty was running... so, plugged the drive back into a sata connector and checked the SMART data again... 17 bad sectors.... so, at least in my case was multiple problems...

surface scan fixed/remapped then enough to copy data off with minimal files lost...


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#12
December 19, 2011 at 21:29:18
Good result in the end. Thanks for posting back and letting us know, maybe this can help someone else some day.

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#13
January 30, 2012 at 18:04:44
I have no idea if my popup is fake, but so far I've ignored it for almost 2 months of near constant laptop use and no ill effects on my system so I'm assuming my popups are fake as i doubt a faulty hard disk would run so long after it's become "corrupted" (I still am diligent to back up but won't be replacing anything until this one dies on me).
If my HD does die I'll make sure I update this forum though.

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