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    I think my hdd is about to go on my Sony Vaio Laptop.
    All the simptoms are there... the light stays on for ages computer goes slow more often e.t.c.

    I wanted to backup my files but it wouldn't let me (error msgs)

    I dont know much about computer components but it looks like C:/ drive is o.k but the D:/ drive could be the one causing the trouble..
    The drives arn't too full or anything just abit too slow.

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    What sizes are drives C and D and what percentage are they full. Is drive D a partition?
    And what error messages do you get and when do they appear?
    What OS are you running,what RAM is installed and what do you use your laptop for,gaming,office etc...

    Does it pick up usb drives?

    Hard to answer without the above
    Edited by: "simplex" 23rd Nov 2010

    Original Poster

    C is 18.3 GB free of 47.9 GB
    D is 41.6 GB free of 55.8 GB
    Dont know what partition means but C has a Microsof Windows sign on it and D doesnt
    I'm using vista home premium with service pack 2? 32-bit OS
    1.00 gb RAM
    I only use my computer for internet at home and not much else never downloaded games or anything.
    It does pick up usb things
    I have a seperate portable drive just using as a memory for pictures/ videos from my phone
    phew!oO

    Try running the file system checker on both partitions. Best way to do this is as part of a reboot (it will take about 1 hour per partition so make sure that you are running of mains power and leave it running overnight).

    Open Command Prompt on the start menu (if you can't find it hold down the Windows key and press R. A window captioned "Run" should open. Type CMD and click OK.)
    Type the following, pressing ENTER after each one:
    FSUTIL DIRTY SET C:
    FSUTIL DIRTY SET D:
    Close the Command Prompt (click red X top right)

    Now restart/reboot windows. It should pause during the boot sequence then start running tests on the drive.

    Use usb drive if nothing else works to transfer over,
    Ok seems you have a notebook, move music,vid,pics and what ever you can from C drive to D drive
    and keep C drive just for essentials,that should run smoother,
    but as above move to somewhere else while you can

    nick1austin

    Try running the file system checker on both partitions. Best way to do … Try running the file system checker on both partitions. Best way to do this is as part of a reboot (it will take about 1 hour per partition so make sure that you are running of mains power and leave it running overnight).Open Command Prompt on the start menu (if you can't find it hold down the Windows key and press R. A window captioned "Run" should open. Type CMD and click OK.)Type the following, pressing ENTER after each one:FSUTIL DIRTY SET C:FSUTIL DIRTY SET D:Close the Command Prompt (click red X top right)Now restart/reboot windows. It should pause during the boot sequence then start running tests on the drive.




    hmmm OP said they didnt know what a partition D was,so i wonder what this will mean to them,

    Original Poster

    nick1austin

    Try running the file system checker on both partitions. Best way to do … Try running the file system checker on both partitions. Best way to do this is as part of a reboot (it will take about 1 hour per partition so make sure that you are running of mains power and leave it running overnight).Open Command Prompt on the start menu (if you can't find it hold down the Windows key and press R. A window captioned "Run" should open. Type CMD and click OK.)Type the following, pressing ENTER after each one:FSUTIL DIRTY SET C:FSUTIL DIRTY SET D:Close the Command Prompt (click red X top right)Now restart/reboot windows. It should pause during the boot sequence then start running tests on the drive.



    This is is like star trek me...
    If i do a file checker thingy and it gives me errors or crashes on me, what do I do then?
    I'm gonna try doing a backup on the expansion/ F drive first and then we'll see what happens

    yeahbutitsnotfree

    This is is like star trek me... If i do a file checker thingy and it … This is is like star trek me... If i do a file checker thingy and it gives me errors or crashes on me, what do I do then?I'm gonna try doing a backup on the expansion/ F drive first and then we'll see what happens



    Good choice, but try moving non essentials to drive D, it should speed it up also do a disk defrag afterwards

    Start>Accessories>system tools>disk defrag
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