I have a HP Pavilion laptop with the Windows Vista Home Premium addition OS. The hard drive failed and I replaced it with a 750 Gig drive. I performed the restore. It is running but I am having some problems in getting SP1 and SP2 updates on the computer. The error message suggested that I perform a Chkdsk on the hard drive.
I have performed the chkdsk several times and it stops in stage 5 of the check at 25% complete. It is in the process of checking the free clusters but won't go any further. Do I have a bad hard drive?
If you know the model of the drive, you can download the manufacturer's (it took my six tries to type that word) diagnostics and run them. On the other hand, I would just replace it out-of-hand myself, not taking the risk of another annoying failure.