When starting up my computer, regardless of whether it has been shut down properly or not, I always get the 'disk error' message stating that my hard drive needs to be checked for errors. If I allow this to run, the total process takes around 3 hours. I only have a 120GB machine! If I skip the check my computer boots up no problem. I use XP, Norton is my firewall/AV software, I also have Windows Defender and Spybot; none of these show any virus or the like. Is my hard drive failing? The computer is 'only' 4 years old. Grateful for any help.
You could also consider going to the mfr site for your disk and downloading their disk tools and running the (be careful NOT to do anything that involves format) The tools will usually do either a quick or a deeper check
Can you clarify "running the fsutil dirty query command doesn't bring anything up". Fsutil either reports that the drive is clean or that it is dirty. If you don't get any report at all then you haven't run it properly. Don't forget that it needs to be run from a Command Box not directly from Start, Run. Also the command given in my previous post was to check the D: drive; to check the C: drive use: fsutil dirty query c:
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