Internal laptop HDD keeps getting corrupted after clean install

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  1. Posts : 6
    Windows 10
       #1

    Internal laptop HDD keeps getting corrupted after clean install


    So Iíve randomly started having this problem while working on a project that required me to have several large files downloaded at once (I was waiting for a separate larger storage device, which Iíve moved them to now) that somehow corrupted my hard drive. I went ahead and formatted the drive, wiping all of its contents, and used a clean Windows 10 installer (via usb) to delete any remaining partitions and reinstall windows on an empty drive. It worked for a day until I turned it on after a shutdown and was told during startup that my C drive needed fixing, which only brought me to the windows recovery menu. Iíve tried doing this three times now, trying to install things such as updates and drivers in different orders, but always end up with the same result. Iím not really sure what to do at this point, as everything I find online just tells me to do what Iím doing - a clean reinstallation of windows. Iím thinking it might be my HDD, but since Iím working on a project, I didnít want to have to wait for a new one to arrive unless absolutely necessary. Is there anything Iím missing or anything I could be doing wrong that could be causing this issue?

    Iím running Windows 10 on an HP Pavillion 15 laptop with an intel processor and 16gb of ram.
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  2. Posts : 9,792
    Mac OS Catalina
       #2

    Do you place the computer in Hibernate or actually power off? How long have you had this computer? I personally would just install a SSD vs the platter drive in it and also be aware that there are some regular maintenance tasks that need to be done with keeping the drive in order.
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  3. Posts : 1,629
    win10 home
       #3

    Could you confirm the laptop is using a HDD and not an SSD ?
    Did you use Microsofts Media Creation Tool,[MCT] to download and install the operating system ?
    Try shutting down,power completely off,then restart and at what point in the sequence does the problem occur ?
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  4. Posts : 43,389
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)
       #4

    Have you checked your disk with a 3rd party program e.g. Crystal Diskinfo - or better Hard Disk Sentinel?
    Instant result- helpful commentary with the latter. Green is good. Instant result.

    That's completely different to what chkdsk does.

    You can check the status of the dirty bit:
    https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/...d-c5b3a88abe68

    - and if the first check is ok use chkdsk of course.

    Plenty of reports around the net on this kind of problem. E.g.
    How to Fix Scanning and Repairing Drive Stuck Issue on Windows 10/11? Quick Patch Here. — Auslogics Blog
    Windows Found Errors on This Drive: 4 Ways to Repair Them
    (Ignore the 3rd party tool mentioned at the start)
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  5. Posts : 6
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #5

    bro67 said:
    Do you place the computer in Hibernate or actually power off?
    Over the years, Iíve always either put it to sleep since I work a lot of the computer or shut it down if I know I wonít use it for a while or done anything resource-intensive like projects I work on.

    bro67 said:
    How long have you had this computer?
    I canít really remember exactly how old my computer is, but itís more than 5 years old. Itís older, still using a DDR4 motherboard, but itís worked well for me for a while now.

    bro67 said:
    I personally would just install a SSD vs the platter drive in it
    I hear a lot of people say that itís good to use a combination of both since HDDs are still viable, but wasnít sure if that was more of a PC thing rather than a laptop thing. I could use an SSD instead, but if Iíd ideally like to keep using the HDD for simplicityís sake. But yeah, Iíll probably end up switching it anyways.

    bro67 said:
    and also be aware that there are some regular maintenance tasks that need to be done with keeping the drive in order.
    As for maintenance, every so often, Iíll run Malwarebytes to check my file system and then use Glary Utilitiesí startup manager, desktop cleaner, and disc clean/repair tool.
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  6. Posts : 43,389
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)
       #6

    I've never heard of Malwarebytes checking a file system.. exactly what does that do?
    Like chkdsk? CRC check?

    disc clean/repair tool
    - which one?

    Bear in mind Windows maintenance runs in the background. Unless there's a problem, there should be no need to run 3rd party tools to maintain drive integrity. Monitoring that is a different matter.
    Internal laptop HDD keeps getting corrupted after clean install-1.jpg
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  7. Posts : 6
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #7

    dalchina said:
    Have you checked your disk with a 3rd party program e.g. Crystal Diskinfo - or better Hard Disk Sentinel?
    Instant result- helpful commentary with the latter. Green is good. Instant result.
    The support links you sent qt the bottom were all stuff I already tried, so I went ahead and downloaded Crystal Diskinfo. It gave me a yellow ďcautionĒ health status, but Iím not sure what to do to fix it. It says ďCurrent Pending Sector Count: 122,Ē but I honestly donít know what that means - is that just unallocated space that should be full? I also notice most of my attributes are way higher than the threshold, but again, Iím not sure what to do to fix this.
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  8. Posts : 43,389
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)
       #8

    Thanks. You should look at replacing the disk.

    Google - current pending sector count
    Current Pending Sector Count Warning: What You Need To Know

    Please get a copy of Hard Disk Sentinel and run that. As I said, far more informative. Full functional trial.
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  9. Posts : 6
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #9

    dalchina said:
    I've never heard of Malwarebytes checking a file system.. exactly what does that do?
    Like chkdsk? CRC check?
    Itís just an antivirus check. Iím not sure the specifics of what it does, but it was recomended to me.


    dalchina said:
    - which one?
    It does both, disc check then repairs if there are any errors.

    dalchina said:
    Bear in mind Windows maintenance runs in the background. Unless there's a problem, there should be no need to run 3rd party tools to maintain drive integrity. Monitoring that is a different matter.
    Internal laptop HDD keeps getting corrupted after clean install-1.jpg
    So should I only run virus checks and cleaning tools if I currently have problems with my computer?
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  10. Posts : 43,389
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)
       #10

    You're confusing/conflating 2 completely different things.

    See my post #8
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