Windows 10: Hard disk on it's way out?

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  1.    10 Apr 2016 #1

    Hard disk on it's way out?


    I have a friend's laptop in my care at present. 'something' had happened to it, it wouldn't boot and when I tried to fix it through repair with a W10 CD, I got that the disk was locked. I found some instructions for that and followed them and was then able to reset it.

    I set it to run chkdsk /r next time it restarted, did a restart and waited. It got stuck on 10% for ages so I sent out, when I came back it was at a repair screen, not the login screen. I've let it run chkdsk again, once more it's stuck on 10%.

    I'm thinking the HDD is on it's way out. Correct?
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    W10Prox64
       10 Apr 2016 #2

    Oriental Slave said: View Post
    I have a friend's laptop in my care at present. 'something' had happened to it, it wouldn't boot and when I tried to fix it through repair with a W10 CD, I got that the disk was locked. I found some instructions for that and followed them and was then able to reset it.

    I set it to run chkdsk /r next time it restarted, did a restart and waited. It got stuck on 10% for ages so I sent out, when I came back it was at a repair screen, not the login screen. I've let it run chkdsk again, once more it's stuck on 10%.

    I'm thinking the HDD is on it's way out. Correct?
    Hi.
    You could be right. If you'd like to verify, you could run Seatools on it. You'd need to use the DOS version, and boot from it if you can't get into Windows.
    SeaTools | Seagate

    Hope that helps!
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  3.    10 Apr 2016 #3

    I can get into windows now, and the second time it ran a lot faster. There is nothing for it in the event log. I will look into seatools though.
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    W10Prox64
       10 Apr 2016 #4

    Oriental Slave said: View Post
    I can get into windows now, and the second time it ran a lot faster. There is nothing for it in the event log. I will look into seatools though.
    Sounds good. Let us know how it goes.
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  5.    11 Apr 2016 #5

    Had problems booting from the Seatools disk I burnt, so I've booted it from the W10 disk and chkdsk is running in the CMD screen you can get to from the Repair option. No errors so far, it's on stage 4. I'll have another go with Seatools when that has finished.
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  6.    11 Apr 2016 #6

    Doh! Forgot to plug it in while it was doing chkdsk so I've had to start it again! I also noticed the second Seatools disk I burnt took a lot less time than the first one, so I should be able to use that. I've got memtest as well....
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    W10Prox64
       11 Apr 2016 #7

    Oriental Slave said: View Post
    Doh! Forgot to plug it in while it was doing chkdsk so I've had to start it again! I also noticed the second Seatools disk I burnt took a lot less time than the first one, so I should be able to use that. I've got memtest as well....
    Okay. Good luck. We also have a Windows Recovery Tools Bootable disk customized by one of our members, you could try:
    Windows 10 Recovery Tools - Bootable Rescue Disk - Windows 10 Forums

    It has Speccy on it, which will read the SMART of the hard drive, but Speccy is not as detailed as PassMark DiskCheckup, which will give you failure modes. Perhaps it will help. Sorry, but I don't have a list of the programs on it, and the picture is a bit small to see them all.

    WIN10586PESE_x64.ISO <<----

    He's also got an Image health disk posted in that thread.

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  8.    11 Apr 2016 #8

    I think we are OK, very sure if chkdsk & Seatools say it's OK. I'll look for a SMART reader. Speccy is a great little utility and the disks in my own PC all have a nice green 'good' next to all of the SMART parameter.
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  9.    11 Apr 2016 #9

    The output from chkdsk:

    X:\Sources>chkdsk c: /r
    The type of the file system is NTFS.
    Volume label is Acer.

    Stage 1: Examining basic file system structure ...
    307456 file records processed.
    File verification completed.
    9889 large file records processed.
    0 bad file records processed.

    Stage 2: Examining file name linkage ...
    422676 index entries processed.
    Index verification completed.
    0 unindexed files scanned.
    0 unindexed files recovered to lost and found.

    Stage 3: Examining security descriptors ...
    Security descriptor verification completed.
    57611 data files processed.
    CHKDSK is verifying Usn Journal...
    39565008 USN bytes processed.
    Usn Journal verification completed.

    Stage 4: Looking for bad clusters in user file data ...
    307440 files processed.
    File data verification completed.

    Stage 5: Looking for bad, free clusters ...
    105091732 free clusters processed.
    Free space verification is complete.

    Windows has scanned the file system and found no problems.
    No further action is required.

    472553471 KB total disk space.
    51585432 KB in 236752 files.
    168580 KB in 57612 indexes.
    4 KB in bad sectors.
    432523 KB in use by the system.
    65536 KB occupied by the log file.
    420366932 KB available on disk.

    4096 bytes in each allocation unit.
    118138367 total allocation units on disk.
    105091733 allocation units available on disk.
    Failed to transfer logged messages to the event log with status 50.
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    Windows 10 x86 14383 Insider Pro and Core 10240
       11 Apr 2016 #10

    Speedfan - Known for checking core and graphics processor temperatures, as well as hard disk temperatures, also has a S.M.A.R.T. analysis package for disks, with a weblink to some detailed advice on your disk statistics. Free to download and use. Donations welcomed by author.

    SpeedFan - Access temperature sensor in your computer
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