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Hdd failure?

by Braincrush / January 9, 2015 12:43 AM PST

Recently I used system restore because AdwCleaner deleted some registry keys and I got unmountable boot volume error. Windows didn't boot anymore.
After that my laptop still had a problem with f4 BSoD . I got it everytime I used a program, even windows updates or troubleshoot.
But today I wanted to check for a dmp file and post it on a forum. I didn't have a dmp file so I decided to let windows update run so I could get the error and with some luck a dmp file.
I saw windows update icon and I let it prepare. It took almost an hour and no error.
The icon told me there are updates so I opened it and saw 138 updates. I clicked install updates and after 10 mins the error appeared. But it was kernel data inpage. And I couldn't enter in safe mode either.
I closed it and after 4 hours I wanted to see if I can boot in windows again.
But no. I can't. Not even in safe mode.
But the error changed.
Now it s back to unmountable boot volume.
I want to ask what might be the problem.
It was so fine until I installed updates. I don't even think any update had time to be properly installed.
And why installing updates messed up my laptop so bad that I can't even boot in safe mode?
Could be hdd failure?
Is that hdd light that sometimes stop working. Even today at some point I thought my laptop was going to freeze because there was a noise coming from inside, then the hdd light didn't flicker (it was black) and I couldn't do anything. Not even moving the mouse.
After some seconds there was the noise again, hdd light started flickering again and all worked normal.
And also the light doesn't work when I reach to starting windows.
And after it stops working windows crashes.
But when I tried Startup Repair it worked. It was flickering but not regular.
There is a program hdd regenerator which is bootable. Is it good to check hdd?

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You can read revies on that app (hdd regen)
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 9, 2015 12:49 AM PST
In reply to: Hdd failure?

But at the shop we just use the HDD maker's HDD TEST software or just swap in a drive for a test. New laptop drives are about 55 bucks for 500GB drives and with shop rates being over 100 we can't spend hours trying to rescue a cheap part.

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by Braincrush / January 9, 2015 9:26 PM PST

I tried to use hiren's boot cd to check hdd but it gives me an error: IDE not found
It doesn't find the hard drive.
And also it doesn't found external UDMA controller
That means I really have to change the hdd right?

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Or you need a different HDD tester.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 10, 2015 2:22 AM PST
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Remember that HDDs are cheaper than tech time so while we'll run the HDD test by the HDD's maker the awful truth is that we are dealing with a cheap part.

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