Checking hard disk for consistency?

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  1. londez

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    Today when I turned my laptop on, it went into a screen before it booted windows said that it had to check the hard disk drive for consistency, but then it just got stuck there. I rebooted it and it just went right into windows. Last time I got this message on my Asus I had to replace the HDD.

    Is this message an immediate death sentence for the hdd?
     
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    Do you move your computer when it's on? Do you bang it or otherwise make the HD take impacts while it is running?

    I use my notebook a lot, but I always wait until the HD light is out before I move it or put it back into it's case.

    When it's checking the drive for consistency - it shouldn't get 'stuck', it may seem like that to you but give it time - as long as the HD light is still on - it is trying to correct whatever errors it detected.

    My suggestion? Go into My computer, right click on all the drives (one at a time) go to Properties, Tools, Error Checking, Check Now, check both boxes and reboot your computer.

    Now, go watch a movie - this could take a while. :D

    Hopefully when this finishes properly, Windows will have marked any bad clusters as 'do not use' internally and assuming you'll be more gentle with your notebook, you won't have a problem.

    Good luck!
     
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    I'll try that, thanks! I'm very good to my laptops. Heck, I buckle it's case up whenever I have to drive somewhere with it.
     
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    LOL, Yeah, I buckle her up too (yup, my VAIO is a 'she')!
     
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    I wouldn't worry too much about it.
     
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    Okay, I did what you told me, but it's hanging at the disk check abort screen, and the HDD light isn't flashing either.
     
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    OH CRAP!!!!!! I can't restart without the disk check starting up and It won't let me abort either!!! Please help!!!
     
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    Huh. Same problem.

    And if Londez's problem is like mine, it is stuck at consistency check screen. I booted up my computer and it told me my seconad HDD--there's only games on this one, mind you--needed to be checked. So I left to run some errands and came back an hour and a half later... and the screen was still stuck at "1" on the countdown. Oh, and no matter how many buttons I hit the check won't abort.

    Managed to find a workaround, and both HD Tune and the built-in Windows Check Disk report zero errors. My HDD also click-whirs.

    Londez, try booting in from safemode and then restarting into normal mode. And are you running Win7?
     
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    yeah, I'm running windows 7. GRRRRRR!!!!!
     
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    Crap Crap Crap!!!!!!!!! It Won't Even Start In Safe Mode!!!!!!!!! What The Heck Is This Crap!!!!!!!!!!
     
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