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    Hi: I was fixed my friend's XP computer; it was moving slugglishly; so I did a check disk, a defrag, removed cookies, history, etc.

    After she had is back for about two weeks, she kept receiving an error message that said: "There is a problem with your hard drive, please refer to the Troubleshooting part of you book." When I did that all it said was to do a disk defrag.

    So, I did a system recovery. The computer is working, but every time she boots up she still gets the message saying there is a problem with your hard drive. Is this some type of a gliche, or does she really need a hard drive. She has an Emachine and it is about 4 years old.

    Any help can be appreciated because I am stumped.

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    [quote name='Mystcal1' post='761033' date='24-Feb-09 12:21'][/quote]

    Does the error occur before or after the Windows desktop is loaded? Have you run any malware scans?

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    From here......

    To check the hard disk drive integrity in Windows:

    Double-click My Computer, and then right-click the hard disk drive you want to check.
    Click Properties, and then click Tools.
    In Error-checking, click Check Now.

    Under Check Disk Options be sure to check the following:

    Automatically fix file system errors
    Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors


    Sorry... I just re-read your OP and noticed you had already run Check Disk
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    [quote name='DocWatson' post='761069' date='24-Feb-09 20:51']From here......

    To check the hard disk drive integrity in Windows:

    Double-click My Computer, and then right-click the hard disk drive you want to check.
    Click Properties, and then click Tools.
    In Error-checking, click Check Now.

    Under Check Disk Options be sure to check the following:

    Automatically fix file system errors
    Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors


    Sorry... I just re-read your OP and noticed you had already run Check Disk[/quote]

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    The error occurs before the desktop loads. I ran Spybot Search and Destroy and CC Cleaner

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    Probably a good idea for them to backup any data they care about or image the drive and save the image to an external source. Then if the drive does fail you can just install a new HD (not very expensive these days) and restore the image or reinstall Windows and the saved data.
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    [quote name='Mystcal1' post='761282' date='24-Feb-09 19:44'][/quote]

    You can try using a tool such as the [free] SIW | System Information for Windows by Gabriel Topala. It does not require any installation. You just run it. If the disk drive has S.M.A.R.T. - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. capabilities it will report potential problems that you can see with SIW.

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