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Is my Hard Drive faulty?


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bil_san1

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Hi,

I'm using Acer Aspire 2930z

Last night my laptop switched off due to no power and later I tried to switch on my laptop but the windows doesn't
load. I tried to reinstall windows but it doesn't allow me to do that, So I went into fdisk option and tried to re-partition
the hard drive. I have got 200+ gb hard drive but it only showed me 40 gb over there still I made partition again and tried to reinstall
the window. When I get in option to choose where I want to install windows it doesn't show me any hard drive (except the 10 gb acer on hidden hard drive).

So I took my laptop to a local shop and he formatted the hard drive for me through some software (I don't know which) and install windows on it by making one partition of 58 gb.
After windows installed I asked him to make one partition of the rest of the unallocated hard drive. He did so and after shut down I bring the laptop home.

After reaching home I switch on my laptop and it gives me an error Bootmgr is missing. Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart. I tried to fix this in Bios by selecting the
hard drive as a first boot priority.But it didn't work.

So I re-install the windows. By deleting the rest of the partition he made earlier and formating the C drive.

After installing the windows I made one more partition of 57 Gb and checked both drives through check disk and the both volumes are clean.

My question is what went wrong with my laptop??

Should I make the partition of the rest of the unallocated hard drive??

And how can I check further to make sure that hard drive is safe??

Any opinion or information on it would be highly appreciated.

Regards
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I think your drive is dying. You only have 100+ gig of usable space out of a 250 gig drive. Doesn't sound too good.
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Try to run this program it is free HDtune see what results you get do a full surface scan it will take time,try reporting results here
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Run hard drive diagnostics: http://www.tacktech....ay.cfm?ttid=287
Make sure, you select tool, which is appropriate for the brand of your hard drive.
Depending on the program, it'll create bootable floppy, or bootable CD.
If downloaded file is of .iso type, use ImgBurn: http://www.imgburn.com/ to burn .iso file to a CD (chose "Write image file to disc" option), and make the CD bootable.

NOTE. If your hard drive is made by Toshiba, try the Hitachi DFT CD Image version of the software

Thanks to Broni for the instructions
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bil_san1

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Hi,

I have done the HDtune check up and below are attached results.


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Rshaffer61 is the above is same or should I done the method you stated above to get the exact result???

Looking forward for your response.

Thanks for your kind responses.
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According to your HD diagnostics the HD looks good but if you would please run the instructions I posted that would verify your findings for us. Once that is done we will test the memory using the instructions below.



A If you have more than one RAM module installed, try starting computer with one RAM stick at a time.

NOTE Keep in mind, the manual check listed above is always superior to the software check, listed below. DO NOT proceed with memtest, if you can go with option A

B. If you have only one RAM stick installed...
...run memtest...


1. Download - Pre-Compiled Bootable ISO (.zip). If you prefer to use the USB version then use this link USB KEY
2. Unzip downloaded /memtest86+-4.20.iso.zip file.
3. Inside, you'll find /memtest86+-4.20.iso file.
4. Download, and install ImgBurn: http://www.imgburn.com/
5. Insert blank CD into your CD drive.
6. Open ImgBurn, and click on Write image file to disc
7. Click on Browse for a file... icon:

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8. Locate memtest86+-4.20.iso file, and click Open button.
9. Click on ImgBurn green arrow to start burning bootable memtest86 CD:

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10. Once the CD is created, boot from it, and memtest will automatically start to run. You may have to change the boot sequence in your BIOS to make it work right.

To change Boot Sequence in your BIOS

Reboot the system and at the first post screen (where it is counting up memory) start tapping the DEL button
This will enter you into the Bios\Cmos area.
Find the Advanced area and click Enter
Look for Boot Sequence or Boot Options and highlight that click Enter
Now highlight the first drive and follow the directions on the bottom of the screen on how to modify it and change it to CDrom.
Change the second drive to the C or Main Drive
Once that is done then click F10 to Save and Exit
You will prompted to enter Y to verify Save and Exit. Click Y and the system will now reboot with the new settings.


The running program will look something like this depending on the size and number of ram modules installed:


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It's recommended to run 5-6 passes. Each pass contains very same 8 tests.

This will show the progress of the test. It can take a while. Be patient, or leave it running overnight.

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The following image is the test results area:

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The most important item here is the “errors” line. If you see ANY errors, even one, most likely, you have bad RAM.
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