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Old 12-19-2010, 04:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello anyone and everyone.

I have a Dell Studio from 2008 or so, have had errors telling me that I had a bad hdd. I looked into it with a support tech, he looked it over and seen no reason to show the hdd was damaged. He did take a look and run some tests remotely, and said that some viruses or adware can cause this type of error and that by removing the adware/virus it could clear up the problem.

I was already looking into upgrading to Windows 7, which with a clean install, could fix my virus problems, whereas the affected files will be blocked. I have had the W7 running for about 12 hours now and guess what? I just had my first bad hard disk error.

Are there any options to look into before I have someone look at it, or even replace the hard drive, ( can I still keep my W7 after getting a new hdd?), not sure what the possibilities in all of this are.

Your opinions are appreciated.
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Old 12-19-2010, 04:46 PM   #2 (permalink)
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do u have the complete version or a windows up grade version?
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Old 12-19-2010, 05:58 PM   #4 (permalink)
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well it sounds like u have bad sectors in ur Hardrive. download a disk check program and report the results. also..do u have a complete version of any windows? if you have viruses it never hurts to reformat and start fresh with a nice virus protection program like AVAST Or AVG.
but u will need a copy of windows i believe. then u can use ur upgrade.

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I only have the version on the computer, an upgrade, and am running avg. Thanks for the feedback. Im tryin a few things. Sounds like you say maybe a few bad sectors.Thnx
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I ran some freeware from cnet, pctools registry checker, and uniblue registry booster. PCtools found 51 registry errors/problems 16 fixed free, and Uniblue found 41 errors/problems 6 fixed free.

Are registry problems the same as hdd errors, where as it can make my hdd say there are bad sectors?

Your feedback is appreciated, thanks
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I ran some freeware from cnet, pctools registry checker, and uniblue registry booster. PCtools found 51 registry errors/problems 16 fixed free, and Uniblue found 41 errors/problems 6 fixed free.

Are registry problems the same as hdd errors, where as it can make my hdd say there are bad sectors?

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Registry Errors aren't the same has hard drive errors. I'd say the registry errors may be a result of the Windows upgrade you did whereas hard drive errors are an indication of a physical problem with the drive.

What brand of hard drive is your system running? On Windows 7 you can find out by going to Control Panel-> Device Manager->Disk Drives. If you post the Name/Model Number you see there we can suggest appropriate diagnostics software to rule out hard drive issues for sure.
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I checked and this is what I found, beside device drivers that are needed; WDC WD2500BEVT-75ZCTA ATA. vERSION 6.1.7600.16385 (WIN7_rtm.090713-1255)

Is this all I need to know. Should I buy a registry cleaner? Do you have any favorites or good ones under $30? Anything else I can do. I did get the W7 installed, should I go through wil the walk through for file transfer and system optimization or wait to fix problems?

All help is appreciated, thanks.
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