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Harddrive failing?

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guttermouth punk

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A couple days ago my computer messed up. Harddrive wouldn't detect, then windows wouldn't load. It would show the boot screen, then restart and do it again.

I formated and reinstalled windows, and now everytime I restart CHDSK runs and it finds more bad file segments, its up to I think 74 KB in bad clusters now.

Is my harddrive about to bite the dust? Anyway to fix this?

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Click start then run, type cmd then press enter

At the command prompt type fsutil dirty query c: (or the relevant drive letter). This queries the drive, and more than likely it will tell you that it is dirty.

Next type CHKNTFS /X C: The X tells Windows not to check that particular drive on the next reboot.

Reboot, it should load to the desktop

Once Windows has loaded bring up another CMD prompt and type Chkdsk /f /r c:

This should take you through the 5 stages of the scan and will unset the dirty bit.

Finally type fsutil dirty query c and Windows will confirm that the dirty bit is not set on that drive.

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