Next, find the make/model of the drive and check the maker's web site for a DRIVE FITNESS TEST. XP does not handle hardware errors well so you must pass the drive test. Be sure it's a non-destructive test.
A few weeks ago I experienced a power outage of about a second. While powering the system up I received [and continue to receive every time I power up] a message telling me that my hard disk is in need of dskchk and that it will run in 10 seconds if I do not press any key. When I let it run, it dies giving me a message that it has stopped to protect my computer, and I have to power the comp down and back up. When I get the message after powering up, I press a key, the comp boots and runs fine.
I suspect there is a bad sector resulting from the power drop. Do I need to be concerned about it? And if dskchk won't flag it, how do I avoid it?