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problem with my external hard drive...i think


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ok thanks, i'll try that out now
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OK good luck and let me know how it all goes.
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it's a lot of messing around and i had a lot of trouble with updates crashing when i installed the first time around. is there a good chance that this will fix my computer problems?
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It is suppose to fix and corrupted or missing files for the OS. If this doesn't do it then we will have to go to parallel installation. i am hoping we don't have to get to that point.
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i'd like to try the chkdsk thing first from post 10 but i have a few questions about it

do i have to do it the 'boot' way (pardon my noobness lol) or can i do it by right clicking the drive and going to properties > tools > check disk for errors?

if it's ok to do it the preferred way (with windows running) can i use my computer without ruining the scan? (watch vids, download stuff, browse the web)

would be much easier for me that way since doing it in dos or whatever would make my computer unuseable for quite a while
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Yes you can do it the way you suggested. Not sure if it does as deep as a scan but it should work that way.
Either way the system should be left alone while it is running to get the best results.
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[bleep], it's gonna take a long time. the chkdsk i did on the external took like 12 hours i think. i'll do it tonight while i sleep and let you know the results tommorow. thanks very much man
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You are welcome.
As painful as it is if it works then the reward is worth a few hours of not using the system.
I would normally tell someone who's system takes that long to run to do it at night anyway since they are not using the system anyway.
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yeah, since i'm gonna be sleeping while i do it i'll do it the dos way so that having windows running doesn't interfere.

i'm sorry all this is dragging out, i know it's a pain for you to deal with but your help is very welcome
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Not a pain. I'm happy to answer all questions as that is the only way to hopefully help you learn while resolving the issue.
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i didn't do the chkdsk last night because ufc - 110 was on and i had to use my computer to watch it but my external has been unplugged since i did the memtest and there hasn't been any problems. could the external be the problem? or could there be a problem with explorer that's somehow triggered by the external? what should i do now? i ran chkdsk on the external last week and it came back with errors but 'repaired' them
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Sounds like the external may be the problem from your description.
Ahhh errors but repaired them.. now that is a sign. You really need to rerun chkdsk /r on the external because it sounds like your culprit may be a corrupted file table or disk consistency issue.
When you ran without the external did you try explorer and did you have any problems?
When you have external hooked up and click on explorer and nothing else just open the wondows explorer window is there a error?
OR does the error only occur when you try to explore the external drive?
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Sounds like the external may be the problem from your description.
Ahhh errors but repaired them.. now that is a sign. You really need to rerun chkdsk /r on the external because it sounds like your culprit may be a corrupted file table or disk consistency issue.
When you ran without the external did you try explorer and did you have any problems?
When you have external hooked up and click on explorer and nothing else just open the wondows explorer window is there a error?
OR does the error only occur when you try to explore the external drive?


yes i tried explorer with the external disconnected and had no problems

when i have the external hooked up trying to explore the external will crash explorer about 8/10 times

when the external hooked up all kinds of explorer related actions can crash explorer (emptying recycle bin, creating restore points while downloading windows updates etc) not just direct contact with the external...however these problems do only seem to happen when the external is connected
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Hmm that is strange for sure.
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i could be wrong, no problems have appeared yet, that's all i have to go off really lol. an explorer crash could always be just around the corner lol. but usually by this point explorer would have messed up and caused me to force reboot the computer
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