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Windows 7: Corrupted file system after CHKDSK

03 Jul 2011   #11
pimiimip

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

I have AVG Anti-Virus and Malwarebytes and none of them found anything special, Hitman Pro has so far only found a lot of cookies. I'll see what it says when it's done. Thank you for the links!


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03 Jul 2011   #12
pimiimip

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Hitman Pro didn't find anything harmful.

I give up. I would like to format everything again, it's the easy way out, but since I've had problems even after reinstalling I'm a bit sceptical to doing it. Ah, I might as well send it to be fixed tomorrow.

Still, thank you for all your help, Richard and marsmimar! I've learnt many new ways to check for problems!
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03 Jul 2011   #13
marsmimar

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 
 

No problem! But maybe you should try the recovery partition one more time just to make sure it really is a bad hard drive. Shouldn't take more than 20-30 minutes to restore your machine to factory specs. If I remember correctly you have to click ALT+F10 at start up and that should open the recovery manager. At some point it will ask for a security code and it's usually six zeros (000000). Just follow the prompts to restore to factory specs. Does this sound familiar?

Once you've done that, my suggestion is to install Microsoft Security Essentials at least for the time being. It's lightweight and plays well with other Microsoft applications (like all the Windows Updates you'll have to get.) Make sure your computer still works. Then install SP1 (it will take care of at least 50% of the updates.) Do not try to install anything else with SP1. It's a big install and things can go bad fast if you try to do too much all at once. After SP1 is installed, see if your computer still works.

If it does, start working on the other Windows Updates. I'd start with the Critical first. Install may 5 at a time ... no more than that. If something stops working you'll know which of the 5 updates it was. Uninstall them and reinstall one at a time, checking computer after each install. If computer breaks again, you'll know exactly which update is the bugger. Don't install that again until you've worked your way through the remaining Critical, Important, and Optional. Yes, it will take a while but you should know for sure if your hard drive is really bad. Some problems are actually corrupt files caused by massive updates.

If you're interested in trying before spending money, I'm sure many people on the forum can help guide you along. But you seem more than capable of doing this!

Any questions?
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03 Jul 2011   #14
pimiimip

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Okay, I will try it once more. Thanks!
Oh and the things you mentioned do sound familiar, so I don't think I'll be facing too many problems with it!
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03 Jul 2011   #15
marsmimar

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 
 

Sounds good, Heidi. If Win 7, MSE, and all updates install OK and work OK, I think that might indicate your hard drive is probably good. I'd make a system image to an external hard drive (if you happen to have one available) so you won't have to go through the time consuming process of installing all those updates again. Once you have the system image, I think it would be OK to start installing any additional programs or applications you need (like Adobe Flash, gadgets, etc.) Again, I'd do them one at a time just to make sure everything still works. If you get a few installed OK, I'd make another system image. No pressures, just some food for thought.
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