Have you run any drive diagnostics from the manufacture’s site, here’s a link to the main ones
Hard Disk Drive Diagnostics/Utilities
hard disk drive manufacturer's diagnostics to check drives. They may also repair them. Most can also be used to completely wipe a hard disk to cure viruses and master boot record/partition problems
Hitachi (Also bought IBM's hard disk drive drive business some time ago.)
Maxtor Powermax (bought Quantum)
Seagate DiscWizard Starter Edition
Western Digital DLG Diagnostic. WD's Data Lifeguard Tools V. 11.0 are also useful; e.g., the drive copy utility can be used to clone an old drive to a new one.
Thank you very much for your very useful message and sorry for delay but I was away for 10 days so could not get access on the web regularly!!
Anyway I'll try to run the drive diagnostic tool you kindly pointed out above soon (probably tomorrow).
Until now I had used 2 tools in the attempt to recover my missing files previously stored into the D partion of my HD:
- EASUS WIZARD PROFESSIONAL DATA RECOVERY
- TEST DISK
But I wasn't able to recover any file....
Maybe because I made some mistakes in the recovery procedure?? Simply don't know!!
As for as the SCAN DISK is concerned I finally solved the issue and now it doesn't start at every reboot anymore!!
But I have another problem to deal with now, namely the SLOWNESS of my PC during the boot procedure (I have XP service pack 3 as OS).
I don't know why but now it takes more than 2 minutes to display the DESKTOP ICONS.
To solve this issue I tried to delete all files stored in the PREFETCH registry folder, but nothing happened till now.
So how can I speed up the system at reboot??
Of course I could run a previous restore point but, in doing so, I'm afraid of losing some software I installed in my PC afterwards.
After a short research on the web I discovered a nice and cool (at least it seems so) MICROSOFT TOOL called BOOTVIS which, according to MICROSOFT itself, is designed to provide faster XP boot and resume times.
Have you ever heard about it? I haven't !!
If so, in your view is it fit for purpose?
Cheers from Italy