This notebook started to behave badly and I found that the problem is the HDD. It took me about two weeks, a bunch of apps and a lot of patience... I found that I need to replace the HDD. But I want to try one last move... and wish you guys here can help me.
For you to get the scenario: I first ran the Windows native disk tool and it reported no problem. But the system was still slow and freezing.
So I made some googling and ran Check Disk GUI, but it couldn't complete its job. So I started to figure out that the thing was a bit harder than I first thought.
I tried to defrag and optimize with Auslogics Disk Defrag Portable, and it too couldn't go all the way.
I tried PartitionGuru, which, finally, could do the job – in more than 48 hours of disk scan! And it reported: "Disk verify completed. 548 bad track areas found."
After all that, things went worse: I couldn't start Windows, I got a "Missing operating system" message...
Then I tried Wondershare LiveBoot 2012 to no avail.
The last effort I want to try is use some portable app (running from a USB pen drive) to format the whole HDD.
The HDD in question has three partitions. C: (system), D: (data, I created this partition), and a hidden one that keeps the data needed to restore the Acer notebook to its factory settings.
If I succeed to format the whole thing, I'll try to make a fresh install of Windows 7 Home Premium. I want to format the whole HDD (from a USB pen drive) to have one single partition.
Would you please tell me which app I can use to do that?