Check Disk deleted Drivers last time~

March 9, 2011 at 08:23:52
Specs: Windows 7, Inspiron 1440
The last time I let my laptop run Check Disk (it started it automatically when I started my computer up- no notification, no warning, started up in a black screen with gray block lettering), it ended up -deleting- some of my drivers and driver entries!

I had to take it to a computer shop and get the whole system restored, and I lost EVERYTHING on it.

I don't really mind too much (it was a fairly new computer, and I did manage to save most of my pictures/important documents on a flash drive), but it was fairly costly to me.

Now my computer wants to run check disk again, and I'm scared to let it!!

The last time it did it, I couldn't listen to music, or save files... I couldn't get online, I couldn't DO anything, even though the surface of the files on my computer appeared to be fine.

I have run Avira Antivirus to see if the check disk issue was in fact a virus, and I've looked it up online to see if there was a solution, but all of those talk about popups and a site asking for payment... I don't have anything like that.

Just Check Disk starting when I start my computer.

I don't know what to do to ensure that it doesn't 'fix' my computer again in its crazy way... last time so many rows of files being deleted swept past...

My computer STILL isn't quite back to normal after the last time, I'm missing a lot of the more aesthetic functions (like the on-screen popup that shows what my volume is at when I adjust it... little things like that).

Anyway, I have an Inspiron 1440, 62bit processor, running Windows 7.

Computer is only about a year old (got it for Christmas last year).

I don't have anything on it except an online game called Feral Heart (That I haven't been able to play yet, having an issue getting my activation code sent from the website, but a friend plays it, it's a legitimate game).

I use Firefox and have never even TOUCHED IE except to download it.

I have Avira Antivirus, installed by the computer shop that restored my computer last time, and the only websites I visit are,, a few webcomics (Girlswithslingshots, xkcd, girlgeniusonline, and QC.) and the cat site, or whatever the full link is.

Only other outside program is my Tablet with Photoshop Elements 8.0, and I didn't have that on here the last time I had the problem, so I KNOW that's not the cause.

What the heck is this, and HOW do I fix it?

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March 9, 2011 at 13:50:27
disk doesn't delete anything, it just checks your disk for bad sectors etc. Unless your hard drive is really faulty, it's a perfectly safe operation. I believe you have malware on your machine. It seems like a fake check disk to me. Down load this program and install it.

Also download and install ccleaner slim from here.

Install these and run them in safe mode. Turn off system restore points first, then run them. ccleaner also has a registry fixer too which is pretty safe. It will ask you to do backup (simple ) before you fix the issues. Do that and then click fix selected issues.

Run these programs and then post back with the results. There are other steps to take, but try this first. . Also look at this article on how to disable chkdsk at startup.

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March 9, 2011 at 19:45:34
I also believe that check disk cannot have caused your problem, but was triggered after you had a problem and it was a least trying to fix disk access. Follow advice here and find the root of the problem and fix that. Then when all is running well instate a careful automatic back up of your files, create a recovery disk set to help recover your system yourself if you ever need to again (with all of your preferences in place), and if you need to recover/restore your system, come here for your procedures to do it yourself.

Just some friendly advice.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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