Hard drive dying?

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HDProman
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Hard drive dying?
Apr 14, 2013

I generally boot my Windows 7 Professional x64 computer once every morning.

During the last three boots Windows runs checkdisk. So far upon completion Windows starts.

I am afraid this is an indication of an eminent hard drive failure, would you agree?

I have a 1TB internal drive that is empty and I am wondering if I should clone my C: drive to this internal drive and set it to be my system boot drive. The current C: drive is 500MB.

If this is a good plan, how should I go about making the swap. I have never cloned a drive or changed the order of boot drives. I am able to follow instructions and would be willing to purchase any cloning software as it is probably a good idea to have a bootable copy of my system drive.

What should I do?

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In reply to HDProman, Apr 14, 2013

Wonderful stuff computers these days.  After a few ‘funny’ performance issues, mine actually messaged me on screen that my HDD was about to fail!

My choice was to buy a Seagate Momentus hybrid drive, and cloned to that using the free Macrium Reflect software. It all went like a dream even though I cannot remember exactly my step by step procedure to assist you. What I can say is that the hybrid speeded up my aging HP HDX18 1103EA with Win 7, and it seems to be performing better now that the day I bought it a few years ago. So you may wish to consider a hybrid rather than a standard drive, or the expense of SSD.

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In reply to HDProman, Apr 14, 2013

I have installed Western Digital's Acronis True Image.

I cloned my C: drive to an empty internal drive, which is now Windows7 (G:).

Should I test my clone by booting from the (G:) drive? How should I set my bios to boot from this drive?

If I boot from the (G:) then how do I make my original boot drive again be the boot drive?

If my understanding of this whole process needs clarification, please instruct me.

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In reply to HDProman, Apr 14, 2013

When Installed,It should reboot as C.

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Have you ran the manufactures utility to check the drive?
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A check disk at start up could be anything especially if you shutdown incorrectly.

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In reply to HDProman, Apr 14, 2013

HDProman wrote:

I generally boot my Windows 7 Professional x64 computer once every morning.

Don't turn off your computer. Ever. It has sleep modes that bring the power dissipation down to a trickle and stop the HDD from spinning. It likes to check up on itself when you are idle. It likes to use all of its memory for frequently-accessed bits of software. You should be running an automated backup every night. And your HDD hates to have to reload all those routines every morning. I don't blame it for quitting on you. I never turn off my computers and I have never had an HDD failure.

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In reply to HDProman, Apr 16, 2013

Update

I have cloned my 500mb C: drive to a unused 1tb internal drive and set this a my boot drive.

Completed several reboots, all on the day of the change over and no checkdisk.

Today, one day later, and upon first boot, checkdisk is running again.

The original C: drive is connected to a different computer and being scanned by SpinRite. So far no problems.

What could be causing checkdisk to run only once a day upon first boot?

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HDProman wrote:

Update

I have cloned my 500mb C: drive to a unused 1tb internal drive and set this a my boot drive.

Completed several reboots, all on the day of the change over and no checkdisk.

Today, one day later, and upon first boot, checkdisk is running again.

The original C: drive is connected to a different computer and being scanned by SpinRite. So far no problems.

What could be causing checkdisk to run only once a day upon first boot?

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Sounds like checkdisk is scheduled to run on first boot of each day or something like that?

Google how to check for this and disable if is what is happening.

If this is what is happening then this this would have been cloned to the new driver as you are seeing.

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Opened Administrator: Command Prompt

Ran

C:\Windows\system32>chkntfs c:

Returned

The type of the file system is NTFS.

C: is not dirty.

So, checkdisk is not scheduled to automatically run on startup, something else is causing checkdisk to run.

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you have errors in your file system and windows is trying to deal with it? (nt)
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HDProman wrote:

Opened Administrator: Command Prompt

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C:\Windows\system32>chkntfs c:

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The type of the file system is NTFS.

C: is not dirty.

So, checkdisk is not scheduled to automatically run on startup, something else is causing checkdisk to run.

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Check here:

Start>Run> type in "msconfig" (no quotation marks). In dialog box, select

Startup tab. If Chkdisk is in the list, uncheck it.

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In reply to HDProman, Apr 20, 2013

Make sure you have everything backed up while it is still working.

Run a s.m.a.r.t test on the drive and see.

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In reply to HDProman, Apr 22, 2013

My PC started doing this also.  You should see the following Microsoft Support link concerning security update 2823324 .

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2839011

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Thanks for posting that link
In reply to drj3, Apr 22, 2013

I had it installed with no issues, but as per their recommendation I removed it.

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