I'm trying to solve a hard drive problem on a friend's laptop which has Windows 7 preinstalled.
When booting, the recovery partition kicks in and checks the system for problems. It comes back with a 'Bad Hard Disk' as the root cause. What doesn't help is that I can't get into a command prompt as I get a message saying you have to be logged in as an Administrator to access the recovery console. It's a Toshiba laptop and after some googling it appears to be a common thing with Toshibas.
I've taken the drive out and put it in a HD Dock on another computer and run chkdsk /f. It didn't come back with any bad sectors, but it did repair some indexes and all seems to be okay. I can browse the files in Explorer just fine, even before I ran the chkdsk on it.
When I put it back in the laptop and try and boot it still tells me it's a bad hard disk.
Of course a reinstall is a last resort so I'm just trying to see if anyone has any ideas of anything else I could try?