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Windows 7: How long to repair disk errors?

18 Jun 2011   #11

windows 7 64 bit

Thanks greg for the videos, really appreciate it. When I ran the start up repair the Window Boot Manager error came up (pic). Ill definitely try the HD thing and see if I can get professional help with the other hardware components, ie CD/DVD ROM etc.
Will also update computer specs and status of my pc. Thanks again guys.

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05 Apr 2013   #12

Windows Home 64 bit

I'm kind of in this boat now. I closed my laptop (USUALLY I put it in hibernate mode) before I put it on my backpack, got on my bike and road back from my meeting to my office (like I do all the time). Upon re-opening my laptop and MS Outlook was frozen and I had no control of the cursor. I attempted a Ctl-Alt-Del but at that point it just hung up. Needed a hard boot but then the OS wouldn't boot (it would get stuck at the "dark" windows screen). In eventually okayed startup repair. It's been at it now for almost 8 hours.

8 Hours seem excessive. I have trouble believing it's still making headway.

I did run a memory diagnostic from the repair menu and it found no errors (but I'm aware that isn't the most "aggressive" diagnostic and have seen it miss other errors.

It's an Acer Aspire 5745G. It has an I3 Intel processor and a 500GB drive (not sure the manufacturer) right now. From everything I've read if it takes more than a couple of hours I should give up on the repair. Luckily I have external drive connections on my desktop so I can diagnose my laptop drive remotely. I expect I'll finally get to the point of downloading a utility from the manufacturer and running a diagnostic on the HD.
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05 Apr 2013   #13
Microsoft MVP


You're on the right track checking the HD first. Is it even detected in BIOS? If so run the maker's HD Diagnostic extended CD scan. If not try reseating it or replace it.

Then there are these steps for Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Start
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06 Apr 2013   #14

Windows Home 64 bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
You're on the right track checking the HD first. Is it even detected in BIOS? If so run the maker's HD Diagnostic extended CD scan. If not try reseating it or replace it.

Then there are these steps for Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Start
Yes it's the HD.

First off, yes the bios sees it. It was seated fined (though I did reseat it). Also, I have an old HD with a functioning OS I keep for just such occasions. I put that in and that boots just fine.

I've extracted the bad HD, connected it to my desktop and run a few different utilities (including one from the manufacturer). It is a Toshiba 500GB Travelstar 500K500.B. Most utilities seem to go on and on and on....(many hours) without completing or failing. This included Windows error checking run from my desktop.

I did try to run some surface tests and yes that failed, but I have seen "stable" HD's with just a couple of bad sectors fail those too. That plus the slow speed running any diagnostic really made the HD seem bad.

For grins (because I'm and engineering physicist and I cannot leave things alone) I ran a generic HD utility named "HD Tune". It's been at it an hour and is only ~20% done (and slowing down progress-wise). so far 10% of the blocks are reading bad...and that is TOTAL (not of just what has run so far).

I just found it weird that instead of failing most of the utilizes just got slower....and slower....and slllllooooowwweeeerrrrr when I threw them at the HD.

So yeah, it's the HD. I do find it weird that many blocks suddenly went bad. And that the various tests and utilities don't bomb-out but just get really slow. I suppose it is possible something went wrong with the read and/or write heads.

So now I either get a new laptop or a new HD. Since the machine is ~4 years old I'm thinking of getting a whole new machine.
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