I did a clean install of windows 7 ultimate after my laptop (g60-120us) got infected with a virus.
I kept having problems with the laptop not restarting on it's own when that option is selected in the shutdown menu or after an update, so I have done numerous clean installs in trying to solve the problem.
When this problem occurs, I have to manually power down the laptop and press the power button again to restart it as it just gets hung up endlessly...I've had this problem ever since I've purchased this laptop.
It occurred first when I tried to upgrade the graphics driver
from the nvidia site, and then again when installing windows updates.
The only way I've been able to solve the problem has been to do another clean install.
Because of this problem and numerous update failures, I've probably done 6 or 7 clean installs over several days to try to solve the problem, but after the updates, the problem returns.
It was suggested that I install the updates one at a time to isolate which update is doing this, but this is not a reasonable suggestion as there are over 80 individual updates not to mention sp1 when doing a clean install.
During one of the many clean installs, the laptop went into a check disk procedure where it repaired some files and attempted to recover bad sectors.
Now when I boot up, I get the smart failure message saying imminent hd failure and press f1 to continue.
I've heard you can disable the message in the bios, but I cannot find that option or if it's even available to me.
Here's my question:
Should I attempt to do another clean install and reformat with a low level format?
Will low level format repair or get rid of the smart failure message?
Is it too much of a risk to do another clean install...I'm afraid, it'll completely fry the hd.
system specs: HP g60-120us 250gb 3gb ram AMD dual core 2.0 Windows 7 Ultimate hdd toshiba mk2552gsx
I don't know if this makes a difference, but I do have a new motherboard I got from HP after my old one fried, and it misidentifies the model of the laptop as a compaq instead of a HP.
Also, results from hdtune tester:
reallocated sector count - in red failed
3 other yellow warnings
error scan produces .1% damaged - 2 red squares
Is hdd regenerator an option...anyone try this?
I understand I need to get a new hd, but I've had it with this laptop and if the hd fails, I'm just going to buy a new one, and Hp is at the bottom of the list.
Having said all this, the laptop seems to be running fine and boots up quickly after the smart failure message.