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Corrupt Registry dying HDD?

Hello, hope I'm putting this in the right place.

I'm having an issue with persistent corrupt registry errors.

I have reinstalled windows 7 twice and everything seems to be fine and after all the updates and reinstalled programs I will restart or shutdown at some point to find windows trying to run startup repair and tell me the registry is corrupt. I do not get any bsod, warnings or errors when in windows. Games play fine etc.

It cannot repair, will not system restore and won't boot into safe mode. It's just an endless cycle of failed startup repairs.

Prior to all this the system was off without power for about a month, but I don't think this could be a cause?

Many thanks for any assistance!
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    The same error occurring after a reinstall would have me first check the memory and then the HDD. You can use a bootable free memory test program from HERE, just download it on another machine and make a boot CD or USB stick to start up the broken machine.

    Run a couple passes with no errors, then move on to check the HDD with the test program off the manufacturer web site.
  2. And if you want to check the health of your HDD: http://crystalmark.info/software/CrystalDiskInfo/index-e.html
  3. Thanks for the replies, I'll give it a try with the suggestions and come back with the results.
  4. So I ran memtest this morning and it came back with no errors after two passes.

    I haven't been able to run a test for the HDD as I have no tools to test that can boot from USB (and I'm not the most technically inclined), but is it safe to assume that if the RAM came back ok then it must be the HDD about to fail?
  5. While it sure could be, I wouldn't assume anything. You can test the drive using a Live Linux USB stick (see HERE, I would select Mint 32 -- one of the 17 versions-- as it is very small and has plenty of tools), or if a Seagate drive get Seatools for DOS and make a USB stick.
  6. RealBeast said:
    While it sure could be, I wouldn't assume anything. You can test the drive using a Live Linux USB stick (see HERE, I would select Mint 32 -- one of the 17 versions-- as it is very small and has plenty of tools), or if a Seagate drive get Seatools for DOS and make a USB stick.
    Adding to this good post, HD Sentinal free version might offer a good 2nd opinion as to the SMART condition and over-all condition of the hard-drive in question.
  7. Update:

    So I ran hdsentinel bootup and it gave a result of 52% health.

    I'm also currently running Estools for my drive and so far it's given me an ecc error on the simple surface scan, command timeout during the write verify and five LBA errors during the read surface scan which is currently sitting at 20% after just over an hour.
  8. Looks like you have your answer. Interesting that I see HDD go when they are plugged back in after a vacation quite often as a % of total HDD deaths.
  9. Thanks for your help as a follow up I came home to find the diagnostic tool stuck spamming the same sector over and over with the error AJ36.

    My PC is now hanging at the mobo splash screen for 30 or so seconds now so hope this is a result of the HDD dying and not something caused by leaving the test going for so long.

    Hopefully this will all be resolved when a new HDD is plugged in.
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