Pisonet Tips Scan Problematic Hard Disk


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Computer Has a Corrupted Hard Disk
Here are some common Internet Cafe Computer problems that can sneak up suddenly and without warning.
  1. Blue Screen of Death due to Hard Drive errors.
  2. Nonbooting of Windows due to Corrupted Files, Drivers and Software.
  3. Very very slow bootup or computer is stuck on “Starting Windows” boot up screen.
This can be remedied by Reformatting to a fresh Windows but this will require a lot of work. Installing Windows, Drivers, Important Applications like Steam and Garena, Cafe Timer and other important software. This can easily take 2 to 3 hours of work. In this article, I’ll show you a hack to repair a problematic hard disk in just a fraction of the time it takes to reformat.

Take Out The Corrupted Hard Disk
You will need another computer with an extra Hard Disk SATA Wire and Power Supply

STEP 1: Remove the problematic Hard Disk from the Computer

STEP 2: Check your other computer for extra SATA and Power Supply. This other computer must be working properly.

STEP 3: Install the problematic Hard Disk as a secondary disk.

Check Disks if Properly Installed
STEP 4: Go to BIOS and check if both Primary Hard Disk and the Problematic Hard Disk (which is now the secondary hard disk).

STEP 5: Check if Boot Priorities are correct. The Problematic Hard Disk should NOT be the 1st boot priority. It should be 2nd or 3rd (depending if you have other disks installed)

Checking of Hard Disk
STEP 6: After bootup, go to My Computer and check the drives.

STEP 7: Look for the drive which contains the Windows System of the problematic Hard Disk. In this case, it’s Drive H.

STEP 8: Right Click on Drive H, Go to PROPERTIES, then go to TOOLS. Choose ERROR CHECKING.

Error Checking
STEP 9: After clicking CHECK NOW on ERROR CHECKING, 2 options will appear. Choose both:

  • Automatically fix file system errors will, if possible, automatically correct filesystem related errors that the scan detects. I highly recommend that you check this option every time.
  • Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors will perform a search for areas of the hard drive that may be damaged or unusable. If found, this tool will mark those areas as “bad” and prevent your computer from using them in the future. This is a very useful feature but could extend the scan time as much as a few hours.
STEP 10: After clicking both options, click on START to begin Checking of Disk.

STEP 11: If a prompt appears due to new hardware installation, choose RESTART LATER.

This process is essentially a CHKDSK function and will take about 30 minutes. All corrupted files will be repaired and any bad sectors will be tagged so that it will not be used by Windows.

After the process is complete. Take out the Repaired Hard Disk and install it back to its original computer. It should now boot up successfully.

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