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hard drive has a problem works but freezes

by ketchumwt / June 10, 2014 5:10 AM PDT

My Dell Inspiron 1545 160gb hard drive freezes for no reason. After restarting it works for a time and then freezes again. Does anyone have a solution to this issue without replacing the hard drive?

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First I'd run chkdsk
by wpgwpg / June 10, 2014 5:20 AM PDT

I suggest running chkdsk and letting it check for and attempt repair of any bad sectors. I'd be more specific, but you didn't say what version of Windows you have.

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(NT) I' m running Vista
by ketchumwt / June 10, 2014 9:42 AM PDT
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To run chkdsk
by wpgwpg / June 10, 2014 12:03 PM PDT
In reply to: I' m running Vista

Click Start then right-click My Computer and click Explore. Right-click C: and click Properties. Click the Tools tab. Click Check Now, then check the box that says Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors. Click Start and OK. If it asks you to reboot (it usually does), do it. Bear in mind that this could run a few hours depending on the size of your hard drive.

Good luck.

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There probably is no fix
by Jimmy Greystone / June 10, 2014 9:37 AM PDT

There probably is no fix. That sounds very suspiciously like some bearings that are failing, which is a hardware failure and no amount of software will fix a hardware failure.

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This will spin you up.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 10, 2014 9:39 AM PDT

Tell us about the Spinrite person. It's been a while since I set you up the bomb.

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(NT) My solution. Boot off some USB stick and ignore the HDD.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 10, 2014 9:40 AM PDT
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