Hard Drive Dying? PLEASE HELP!

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  1. Golden's Avatar
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       #31

    NiceAndShy said:
    This is why I thought that if I delete files/uninstall apps I'd be pro-longing this Seagate 2TB internal HDD's life?
    You have asked this a few times, and I thought I had answered it before.....so I'll make it clear : Deletion/uninstallation will NOT help in this situation.

    In case that isn't clear ; Deletion/uninstallation will NOT help in this situation!

    I know 3rd party apps may be helpful for my situation, but I don't want to install them.
    If you know its helpful, then why wouldn't you install them?
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  2. Posts : 613
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       #32

    Golden said:
    You have asked this a few times, and I thought I had answered it before.....so I'll make it clear : Deletion/uninstallation will NOT help in this situation.

    In case that isn't clear ; Deletion/uninstallation will NOT help in this situation!

    I'm very sorry but I'm just feeling so much fear and anxiety over this because this 2TB Seagate internal HDD is a really important HDD for me.

    I'm trying to think as clearly as I can.

    I really do appreciate the members here taking the time to help me!

    EDIT:
    If you know its helpful, then why wouldn't you install them?
    I always read about rogue 3rd party apps taking user information and so I just find it hard to trust 3rd party apps as I'm concerned they'll contain viruses/malware or other privacy invasive behaviours that will then communicate my information to a malicious user on the Internet.
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  3. Megahertz's Avatar
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       #33

    NiceAndShy, we all have said that your priority is to backup your data to an external drive.

    Back up your data is your priority. Don't waste your time backing up anything else but your data. OS and programs can be corrupted.
    My suggestion is to buy a small SSD (120G) for windows and programs and a first line HDD for data.
    You will have the speed of a SSD with the space of a HDD at low cost.
    Last edited by Megahertz; 01 Mar 2020 at 13:39.
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  4. Golden's Avatar
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       #34

    NiceAndShy said:
    I always read about rogue 3rd party apps taking user information and so I just find it hard to trust 3rd party apps as I'm concerned they'll contain viruses/malware or other privacy invasive behaviours that will then communicate my information to a malicious user on the Internet.
    That's fair enough, and a good reason to be cautious. There are, however, lots of very good 3rd party software that are not malicious. Macrium Reflect, which is highly recommended, is one of them - it is used by almost every member here (including myself) for imaging.

    Once you have copied your data, and fixed your system, we can revisit that. First priority - copy all your data off your system.
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  5. Posts : 613
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       #35

    Thanks guys!

    I'm backing up files as best as I can.

    I just did an "Error check" scan by opening the inbuilt app in Windows 10. It looked liked this: https://i1.wp.com/www.techjunkie.com...ng?w=363&ssl=1

    I did an "Error check" and it says on my screen: "Windows successfully scanned the drive. No errors were found."

    Does this help?

    EDIT:
    Would it be more helpful if I ran "chkdsk" or could this do damage?
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  6. Posts : 38,545
    windows 10 professional version 1607 build 14393.969 64 bit
       #36

    Once any important data is backed up you can replace the drive.
    Alternatively the drive can be used until the terminal event.

    Data recovery is a separate topic.
    Once you have data backed up this is no longer a concern.

    Chkdsk and other tests/steps can be used on the drive after any important data is backed up.
    The Sea Tools short generic displayed fail.
    Run the Cruial scanner to find replacement options:
    Crucial System Scanner
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  7. Posts : 613
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       #37

    As everyone has said my first priority is backing up my data to the external USB HDD that's attached to my PC so this is what I'm focused on.

    I took a screenshot of the "Windows Error Checking" scan I did just so it's clear for everyone what type of scan I ran.

    Link: Screen-Error-Scan1 ImgBB

    Does this screenshot mean something to anyone?

    Thank you!

    EDIT:
    Are there any other scans I can run that'll give you guys more information about my problem?

    I want to run "CHKDSK" but I'm worried about doing further damage to the HDD...

    EDIT 2:

    I've been trying to use this PC's HDD as little as I can as has been recommended in this thread, but would I be risking further damage by rebooting?
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  8. SIW2's Avatar
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       #38

    How come it is taking several days to back up your data?
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  9. Posts : 613
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       #39

    SIW2 said:
    How come it is taking several days to back up your data?
    I have sooo much life stress I'm dealing with right now so I haven't been able to focus on this. That's why I'm feeling so much anxiety as I know backing up my data is super important!

    I just had an idea:
    1. Continue copying data off the damaged internal HDD to an external USB HDD.

    2. Then copy the image of this damaged internal HDD's entire data over to a 2nd external USB HDD using Windows 10's inbuilt "image copying" feature. How can I do this without using a 3rd party app?
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  10. Bree's Avatar
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       #40

    NiceAndShy said:
    1. Continue copying data off the damaged internal HDD to an external USB HDD.
    Yes, get as much copied as you can...

    2. Then copy the image of this damaged internal HDD's entire data over to a 2nd external USB HDD using Windows 10's inbuilt "image copying" feature. How can I do this without using a 3rd party app?
    That may not be a bad idea, the more backups you have the better. I do understand your distrust of 3rd party apps, though I would use Macrium Reflect Free rather than the built-in Windows 'Backup & Restore - Create a system image'.

    One problem with the Backup & Restore system image is that you can't chose to make an image of just this one disk. It will insist on imaging your Windows system partitions as well, only allowing you to include as optional extras any non-system partition or drives. Another potential problem is that it may say the backup has failed at the first read error it encounters. I can't say for certain as I've never tried it on a failing drive. If it succeeds then it will create a .vhdx file for each partition it has imaged. These can be mounted as a virtual drive in File Explorer.

    Macrium can image only the drive you want, and has an option to ignore sector read errors. A Macrium image can also be mounted and explored.
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