Solved Windows detected a hard disk error.

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November 1, 2013 at 07:55:32
Specs: Windows 7, 2.533 GHz / 2990 MB
Windows detected a hard disk error.
This is the error I am finding on my computer.
I have tried ChkDsk also which states No error found but still the notification comes again & again.

Screenshot link- http://www.flickr.com/photos/654959...

So, what's the next thing I must do to get rid of this notification?

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#1
November 1, 2013 at 08:05:08
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EDIT: SEE POST #2

Did you use chkdsk /r or chkdsk /f or both?

You should be able to get a HD checker from the HD manufacturer.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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#2
November 1, 2013 at 08:15:20
Step 1) Back up.
Step 2) Seriously, back up. Windows is telling you it's losing your stuff.
Step 3) Buy a new HDD.
Step 4) Install and transfer data from the old HDD to the new HDD.
Step 5) Restore from a good backup, if the old HDD crashed somewhere between step 2 and 4.

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#3
November 1, 2013 at 08:31:16
Have edited my #1. If the HD is failing the less checking you do the better or it might not last long enough for you to do your backups or transfer.

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#4
November 1, 2013 at 15:07:31
Hi Chandan, as those above and windows itself is advising, backup soonest.

Please be aware, memory sticks/thumb drives are notoriously unreliable, more so in a crisis. So if you use for backups, use 2 separate ones to make 2 copies.

Personally I prefer an external disck for this task.

Good Luck - Keep us posted.,


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#5
November 1, 2013 at 20:42:38
Apparently there's some malware called 'system fix' that will generate that message also:

http://www.uninstall-spyware.com/un...

So you might want to run some malware scans before buying a new drive. Their recommended download requires you to buy it but there's freebies out there that should find it (if that's what you have). You can start with malwarebytes:

http://www.filehippo.com/download_m...


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#6
November 2, 2013 at 06:32:23
Sincere thanks to everyone for your responses... :-)

The part about backup is understood by me.
I understand that I might need to back up my data as per the warning shown by windows. But what I observed is that I am not facing any issues with my Hard disk. Neither did I encounter any of the corrupted files on my Disk.
Which makes me wonder why this error comes again and again?

Well, I am yet to try the solution provided by #5 DAVEINCAPS. and so I'll let you guys know if his solution works.


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#7
November 2, 2013 at 09:54:44
It doesn't hurt to back up your important files anyway. However, I would test the drive before purchasing a new one. There are in fact fake windows alerts, and malwarebytes should find them. Since windows is still loading you can install seatools for windows and run a quick generic test if it passes, then do the long generic test. If that passes, it is suggesting your hard drive is ok (though sometimes they are still bad) they are accurate for the most part. I would save the important stuff, run malwarebytes and see if that make the warnings disappear, if not, then test the drive, it may be time for a new one. Link below

http://www.seagate.com/support/down...

Also if the drive was not loading windows you download Seatools for Dos and make a bootable cd to test the hard drive. You can also download a diagnostic test for the manufacturers website to test your specific drive, though seatools works with most. It might be a good idea to check for a rootkit, since it's a quick scan, you can run it after malwarebytes or before. It's a short scan. link below.

http://usa.kaspersky.com/downloads/...

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#8
November 3, 2013 at 09:17:58
UPDATE:

Scanned with Malware Tools and found no malicious content.
So, the issue isn't related to any malware...

Now trying the Seagate Tools....
Will get back again...


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#9
November 3, 2013 at 13:08:53
As a side note to this, if the hard drive has been failing and Windows issues alerts you can usually look in the control panel, under administrative tools, Event Viewer, open the "system" events, if you scroll through you usually see a repeating error

disk
disk
disk
disk

Indicating that windows is having a hard time with the hard drive in the error. More interested in the seatools results. It is not uncommon to pass the basic test but fail the long generic.

To err is human but to really screw things up, you need a computer!

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#10
November 4, 2013 at 06:47:45
chandanjha29: Neither did I encounter any of the corrupted files on my Disk.
How do you know your files aren't corrupted? I mean, I know how I'd check. I'd compare my files to my local backup, and see if there was any unexpected change. Do you have a local backup to compare to?

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