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    Check disk and partitions

    I was busy on my 4 year old Win 7x64 when Windows posted a message to the effect that a disk was faulty and I should backup and repair. Although since my first PC in 1980 I have never had a disk failure I kinow that they can fail so I duly backed up the two partitions which made up the disk. Both were data partitions, the system files being on another drive. I then ran Computer Management/Disk Management which reported that all partitions wee healthy.

    I then ran chkdsk on E:\Data. It asked to dismount the drive which I accepted and it proceeded to check the drive and reported no errors. I then ran through the same procedure with E:\Storage but after accepting dismount nothing happened at all - except on checking the drive name had changed to Local Disk.

    I tried this another few times but always with the same result. No checking occurs and the name changes to Local Disk.

    Is there a logical explanation for this? I thought perhaps that the partitions being on the same drive were seen by chkdsk as a single drive but checking Microsoft instructions for partitions it would appear that this is not so.

    The message from Windows stating that the drive was faulty kept popping up but has not been seen for some time now so perhaps all is well but I would have preferred the reassurance of having chkdsk report no errors on both partitions. As I write this the message has reappeared!!

    Any advice would be welcomed.

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    I'd run the Trial version of Hard Disk Sentinel and see what that reports, if it's errors reported by SMART (self-reporting technology, when it works, it's a pretty reliable indicator) then the drive affected will need replacing, maybe not in a few weeks or even a couple of months, but it is unreliable and will fail relatively soon.

    Back up/image the data on the affected drive regularly, starting now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by satrow View Post
    I'd run the Trial version of Hard Disk Sentinel and see what that reports, if it's errors reported by SMART (self-reporting technology, when it works, it's a pretty reliable indicator) then the drive affected will need replacing, maybe not in a few weeks or even a couple of months, but it is unreliable and will fail relatively soon.

    Back up/image the data on the affected drive regularly, starting now.
    Thank you. It reported that the drive was failing and should be replaced immediately. I have backed up everything and will try to find a 500GB drive - don't see them around these days.

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    Go bigger 1-2TB disks are at relatively good prices again, probably slightly newer tech than 500GB drives as well - but be quick, limit your PC usage until your data is backed up (oops, it has been).

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