jezzabevan 17:52 28 May 2008

Every time I put my Windows XP system I gewt a message saying that my C: drive needs to be checked for consistency, once checked doesn't seem to report any problems. I have run various troubleshooting programs with no effect, still happens every time. When running doesn't seem anything wrong but I am worried that I have a disk failure waiting to happen. Can anyone advise what I should do? Thanks

  brundle 18:10 28 May 2008

Check the `dirty` bit is not set;

click here

Run manufacturer's diagnostics on it; click here

  woodchip 18:56 28 May 2008

Sounds like this is a S.M.A.R.T drive software warning message for the drive

  jezzabevan 19:51 28 May 2008

thanks for your responses. Followed first thread link and the 'dirty' bit was set on the drive - removed it and did full chkdsk scan on re boot and all fine, rebooted again and the scan did not run - Result, or so I thought. Then downloaded Seatest diagnostic tool and ran Short test - passed. Then ran SMART test which failed - on research this sounds like a warning of near disk failure! But has only showed up during this test not as a drive error any other way - also both my hard dives failed this - can they really both be about to fail?? How much do I need to worry about this Smart fail result? BTW can you recommend good Backup software - just in case the worst doeas happen!

  brundle 21:34 28 May 2008

You might need to disconnect un-necessary hardware and run the checks several times, try with only one drive attached too.
When you say SMART test , is that different to full or long test? Run the long test. SMART diagnostics are a good idea but I wouldn't rely on them alone.

Acronis is best for backups according to general concensus on the forum. click here

  jezzabevan 22:00 28 May 2008

Thanks, Brundle, for the input. Will try the long test tonight and report back tomorrow.

  jezzabevan 22:36 29 May 2008

Well I ran the Long Test and result was PASSED - so I have decided that I can rest easy now. Have downloaded and installed Acronis which seems just the ticket at the moment - thanks for the advice.

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