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When I boot up the system, I receive this error message "Warning: Immediately back-up your data and replace your hard disk drive. A failure may be imminent." Then when I get on with my isp, the Microsoft Online Crash Analysis says "Hard disk drive error detected" This computer is only 3 years old. Can it really be fried? Can I fix it?
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Download and run HD Tune

http://www.hdtune.com/

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Get the .exe full install version.

Use Error scan, default, not quick. This will take 3.5 mins per 10GB of drive size
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I would not ignore that message, either, and i would make sure my back ups were good.

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Yes, but how do I do that? My XP came pre-installed with no accompanying disk. From what I understand, all back-up information is on there. I did go to the article Microsoft suggested and it was of no help to me as there is no back-up option on my system.
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If the drive test comes back negative you are probably looking at replacing it, in which case you could get an OEM CD for 75 USD

It is likely you have a hidden recovery partition but its usefulness here depends on the health of the drive
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Okay, I ran the program and it says everything is okay. Do I still need to replace it? And what is an OEM CD? Next time I buy a computer, I need to make sure the CD comes with, huh?

Edited by cros4t, 21 January 2006 - 08:29 AM.

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This is more to double check the so far good news, it will take a while but worth it, if you still get the error message after this we can look at the specific reason for that

You are better off with an Original Equipment Manufacture (OEM) disc for the operating system you are running as it allows repair options etc. Retail versions are the holy grail but expensive. If you do get an OEM disc and have all other software installation CD's for programmes and installed hardware, you can consider backing up the data you need then doing a clean install

Click start then run, type sfc /scannow then press enter, you need the XP CD and get an onscreen blue progress bar, when the bar goes, reboot.

Click start then run, type chkdsk /f /r then press enter, type Y to confirm for next boot, press enter then reboot.

Windows will appear to load normally then either the monitor will show progress or the screen will go blank, do not disturb this. This will take an hour or so before it gets to the desktop.


Click start, all programmes, accessories, system tools to run disc clean up, click more options then clean up restore points, click confirm, click OK. Then from system tools, run disc defragmenter.

Click start then run, type prefetch then press enter, click edit then select all, right click any file then click delete, confirm delete, then reboot

When it gets to the desktop, the system files and the hard drive will be as they should and you can check for any improvement

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Download and install Tune Up 2006 Trial

Run Tune Up Disc Clean Up

Run Tune Up Registry Clean Up

Click Optimize and Improve to run Reg Defrag, which will take a few minutes and need a reboot. You should disable the antivirus programme to run this and check it is running after the reboot

After the reboot, click optimize then system optimizer to optimize the computer, select computer with an internet connection from the drop down menu, this also requires a reboot

After the reboot, click optimize then system optimizer to accelerate downloads, select the speed just above your actual connection speed, this requires a reboot

After the reboot, click optimize then system optimizer to run system advisor

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