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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Hard Drive Performs Surgery On Itself

EMERAC begins to smoke and spew
Ordinarily on boot up my Dell hard disk sounds the first two notes of the Dennis the Menace theme. 

Yesterday it was groaning and heaving loudly,

but still working long enough so I could find this solution.  Diagnosis: bad clusters.  And then I watched as my computer performed surgery on itself.  Now it is eerily silent, but cured.  This diagnosis and repair took a coupla hours.

How to run Chkdsk from Windows Explorer

  1. Double-click My Computer, and then right-click the hard disk that you want to check.
  2. Click Properties, and then click Tools.
  3. Under Error-checking, click Check Now. A dialog box that shows the Check disk options is displayed,
    • To repair errors, locate bad sectors, and recover readable information, select the Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors check box, and then click Start.
    Note If one or more of the files on the hard disk are open, you will receive the following message:
    The disk check could not be performed because the disk check utility needs exclusive access to some Windows files on the disk. These files can be accessed by restarting Windows. Do you want to schedule the disk check to occur the next time you restart the computer?
    Click Yes to schedule the disk check, and then restart your computer to start the disk check.
I'm sure there is some sci fi story about this...??


Sheldon said...

Hard drives making a lot of noise like that, especially if bad sectors are detected with testing the drive, indicate that hard drive failure is eminent