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I am not computer literate enough to know wich place togofor my hard disk proble

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August 2, 2010 7:45:10 PM
August 2, 2010 8:25:05 PM

What is the Hard Drive problem your Having?
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August 12, 2010 4:12:45 AM

This site says I have not replied to any answers. I wonder if you did get my reply?
If not...My pc say when I go to boot it that I need to back up my files because a hard disk failure maybe imminemt. Also at the begining of this there is a "WARNING" flashing.

Can you assist me in this?
Thanks for your time.
Mike
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August 12, 2010 7:06:45 AM

well, id back up the files to an external hard drive or similar. Then run a sfc/scannow. Let me explain how this works.

Insert your windows CD. Now click the start button then click on "Run" (or the windows key + R) to open a RUN box.

Type in cmd and then hit enter.

Now you will see a black box with a blinking cursor. type in sfc/scannow and hit enter on your keyboard.

Wait for it to complete the process and then restart the computer.

Then see if you have the same issue happening. If so, you might want to read and follow the instructions in the following thread:

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/244555-45-performing-...
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August 12, 2010 2:06:18 PM

You actually should buy a new hard drive. Do the data backup of your files, note what programs you have and see if they have any special settings you need to keep, then buy a new hard drive and intall a clean copy of Windows on it. Do not use the PC for long, the more you use it, the greater chance you have of the disk failing and losing all of your data.

I don't think it's a good idea to try to fix the errors on your existing disk as it will almost certainly fail again very soon, probably with no warning this time. At least now you have a chance to fix this with no data loss.

Another thing you may try to do is get a cloning software and clone your existing drive that is going bad, then restore that onto the new drive. Will be faster, but cloning software can fail when there are disk errors. To do that you need to have either a second drive installed or an external drive to save the clone image onto. Then you put in your new disk, run the cloning software again, and use the image you saved on that external drive to put it back onto the new drive. You should get your PC back good as new.
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