The only way I've speed that up is to install a new drive, use the restore media and in a few hours the machine is running again ready for us to restore our stuff from backup.
So last night my laptop was just sitting there, downloading a film but not being used otherwise, when it made a small noise and went to a blue screen telling me that there was no hard drive recognised. I restarted it and it seemed to be fixed but I wanted to know what caused this and try and fix it so it wouldn't happen again or get worse.
I started an error check on my hard drive (Right click it, properties, error check, tick both boxes, restart so it will work) and it has been going for hours. I started it last night at around 10 PM and 6:30 PM the next day it is still going.
It is currently on stage 5 of 5, 63 percent complete and it says "CHKDSK is verifying free space (stage 5 of 5)... 63% complete. (26350811 of 44921117 free clusters processed)". It seems to move the amount of clusters processed up in a few hundred thousands and the past 2 changes in this number have taken about 20 minutes each.
Above this it says that it replaced bad clusters in a file, this was part of stage 4. The laptop also seems to make a small clicking noise (similar to that of a clock hand ticking) every 2-4 seconds with every other click followed by a small beeping noise.
The process seems to be going at an incredibly slow rate so I am wondering whether to leave it or stop it and do something else?
P.S. It's Dell Insipiron 1545 laptop, Windows 7