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Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Do good to your Hard Disk: Symptoms and Troubleshooting steps

Is the Hard Disk of your laptop hardening your computer speed? Hard Disk is the one that keeps on troubling you at a weighed interval, and I bet till the time you carry a system you need to know all about your Hard Disk. Because as a matter of fact the Hard Disk problem are the most important computer issues that needs a quick assistance also when you have a Laptop you should be aware of them as Hard Disk troubles more in Laptops as compared to Desktops. The laptop HD can be categorized as a touch-me-not, as it hampers even if you drop it a few inches while it is working or you knock it hard. So, the crux of the story is that you need to hold your laptop very carefully.

Beware: When such happens
  • ·         Do take it seriously when while starting  Windows your screen goes blue or the laptop screen shows “UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME”, “hal.dll is missing or corrupt” or “WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM” (or similar) is missing or corrupt. If your screen keeps on hampering you with such things, then it’s high time to wake up as such messages indicate a file system problem. At times such problems can be easily solved by just scanning the HD for errors. But I won’t suggest you to take the problem lightly as in more than half of the problems indicate that the bad days have started for HD and is probably developing bad sectors.
  • ·         Also at times it happens that your Laptop screen freezes with “Windows XP”, although the blue bar continues to move and you can hear feint but continuous clicking. This simply wants to tell you that your Hard Disk is too sick and needs to be replaced soon.
  • ·         Do give this problem a wholesome attention when your laptop starts a starts making loud clicks or grinding sounds and Windows doesn’t load. This is also a clear indication that the Hard disk has to be replaced.
  • ·         In case nothing happens when you start your system but after sometime it starts showing a message (usually on a black screen) “SMART test failed. Backup your data immediately and replace the hard disk” or something similar to it. Not to be wrong this simply means that S.M.A.R.T. is a self-test that is build into the hard disk.

Generally starting the laptop with a “live” bootable CD and everything works normal. Only in few cases it happens that the HDs PCB (printed circuit board) may short or even burn. If any such disasters happen then surely your system won’t start unless you remove the HD.
Fix It soon- ways to Troubleshoot
As a matter of fact the first mentioned case occurs most commonly. But there are several methods that may probably help you to know what is exactly troubling you. And so are the methods to fix them keeping in mind that you should be fit to do this. In case this was a part of a software issue those surely your HD wouldn’t have troubled you. Also keep yourself mentally prepared for the fact that this may even occur because of deterioration and backup daily!
To bare the loss will cost you allot so it’s better so play with some preventions. It’s great if you keep a look on the errors in a gap of every few days or at least try and do it once in a week.  And if you wish to do this then firstly you must be logged in an admin account, then right-click the “C” drive in “My Computer”, select “Properties”, then “Tools”, then click on the “Check Now” button.  After this don’t forget to select both boxes and click on “Start”. Windows will tell you that the hard disk cannot be checked now but you can schedule a check for the next restart. Click “OK” and restart the laptop.  And after this the check will acquire at least 30-40 min of yours but this may even extend for two hours, so if you’re planning it then probably think of it when you don’t have things to do on your laptop.
-AmyClaus. She is a blogger and she has a peak suggestion to fix your computer problems remotely with mytechgurus Online Support. Also our technical experts make waves in the Android Market by Offering Android Support for Tablets and Devices. 

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