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Windows 7: Overwhelming Side by Side Errors for all software

12 Jul 2013   #11

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit

The HDD is breaking down for some reason. This is the 3rd HDD in 2 years for a 2 year old Toshiba. Why is this happening to all my HDDs? They're different brands. I can easily go and waste money on another HDD, but I don't want to have the same issue in the future. I've never had any problems with HDDs prior to this laptop.

I tried using Rufus to fix the USB but it still failed to boot and gave me the same error message. The partition is active and NTFS with more than enough space, so this is another problem that is driving me crazy.

EDIT: My DVD reader is also broken (It cannot read DVDs for some reason, even though it was working fine prior to this) so if I do get another HDD, how can I install Windows on it if I cannot get my USB to boot?

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13 Jul 2013   #12

Win 7 Pro 64-bit 7601

I suspect some hardware failure in the laptop (not normal so much stuff breaking down/malfunctioning and rufus USBs not working).
And anyway if the DVD drive does not work, the HDD is dying and the USB does not boot, there is little else I can tell you to do.

You could try updating the BIOS (or reflashing the same version if it's already the latest), although it's risky if you do it from windows (doing it from the BIOS own panel if possible is safer, while still somewhat risky, follow their instructions from the manufacturer's site).

But I'd say to seek a physical technician (that can look at and possibly fix the hardware) or buy a new laptop. Just stay away from Acer.
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13 Jul 2013   #13

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit

Thanks for all your assistance.

Will chkdisk be able to fix my HDD?

As for Acer, I'm not a fan of their laptops either, but why do you dislike them.
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13 Jul 2013   #14

Win 7 Pro 64-bit 7601

Depends, if it is a SMART error (SMART is the hardware error report system) you can only replace it.
What was the error? What program told there was an error?

Run a checkdisk anyway, both options checked (can be done form any PC, it is actually better to do it from another PC). If it finds "bad sectors", the drive is dying and there is nothing you (anyone) can do about it.

As for Acer, their laptops (and even some desktops) are very very common patients in the PC repair shop I work in.
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13 Jul 2013   #15
Microsoft MVP


Try resetting your BIOS to defaults: Clear CMOS - 3 Ways to Clear the CMOS - Reset BIOS

Set SATA controller to AHCI, HDD first to boot, Save changes and exit.

Now try booting the Win7 DVD or flash stick from Steps 1 and 2 of Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 which steps are the same for retail. If the DVD drive won't function then replace it. If the flash stick won't boot then try aother.

If these fail back up your data and any bookmarks or other program data needed from the important backup steps in the first half of the tutorial. Then wipe the HD using Diskpart Clean Command accessing DISKPART At PC Startup.

If you can't access the installer's Command Line to run Clean command, then download and burn to CD with Windows Image Burner or write to flash stick with Universal USB Installer free Partition Wizard CD ISO which will boot itself to Partition Wizard Wipe Disk Video Help. If this fails try downloading and burning to CD the HD maker's HD Diagnostic which also boots itself to test the HD and then use the Quick Erase utility.

Once the HD is wiped more than half of installation failures and many boot failures are solved, so if necessary I'd move it to another PC to wipe it.

Report back results and exact point of failure and any verbatim error message.
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