Thursday, June 19, 2014

Work Life: Windows detected a hard disk problem

Windows detected a hard disk problem - Back up your files immediately to prevent information loss, and then contact the computer manufacturer to determine if you need to repair or replace the disk. Start the backup process. Ask me again later. If the disk fails before the next warning, you could lose all of the programs and documents on the disk.

I was getting the somewhat frequently last year over a span of 2-3 months. Some days it would just come up every 15-30 minutes. After a while, the problem just went away.

A few months back, the problem started back up again. This time around, I had more downtime to report the issue to support. They were going to "re-image" to a new disk.

Typically a reimage would provide me the same configurations and such, but it was not so. I also received a larger disk. Even though the support tech said re-image, the programs were reinstalled and not re-imaged. This forced me to reinstall quite a few other applications that are not part of the standard install.

The process also took 2 days to complete. At first this was odd because a re-image should not take so long. But in hindsight, reinstalling Windows then all the applications will take quite a bit of time.

Unfortunately with a larger hard drive, my computer seems to run slower even though everything else seems to be exactly the same.