c:\windows\temp is corrupted and unreadable

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  1. 8Ring

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    My HP Pavilion is acting up.

    Error message is that c:\windows\temp is corrupted and unreadable.

    I started chkdsk and it ran for over six hours before I canceled it- the screen was scrolling rapidly saying something about orphan files and insufficient disk space. The 140GB hard drive is less than 40% full.

    The short and long disk diagnostic programs with PC-Doctor 5 hung up at exactly the same point (18% into the program).

    Many programs are loading and running slowly. I've backed up up important data and have a rescue boot disk.

    Any suggestions for un-corrupting the file or getting the PC running better?

    Thanks,

    Chris
     
  2. srhoades

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    You should let that chkdsk run, those orphaned files are part of the corruption. It may take a while but it will eventually fix it.
     

  3. Pierre!

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    Hope you have a backup of the stuff you want to keep.

    Could be the drive is failing... it's possible that this is one of the first symtoms.

    Good Luck!
     
  4. kc8ykd

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    This ^


    8Ring, if you open the Event Viewer, you should be able to look under system and then look for anything that has a red stop sign looking icon next to it. those are generally bad, if you see a bunch of disk related ones, it would further the proposition that your disk is failing.

    Either way, i'd keep a constant backup of the data on the current disk in the expectation that it's going to die soon.

    You might want to check out www.newegg.com for a replacement disk (they're pretty easy to install actually) and get it installed before the current one fails.
     
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    I would make sure the antivirus and anything else that is running in your taskbar is disabled before running chkdsk. As well disable hybernation and screensaver. In the event it still happens to hang up at same spot the disk is going south.
     
  6. 8Ring

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    Thanks for the suggestions. I opened the Event Viewer and there were two Error messages from a week ago stating that the hard drive has a bad sector.

    Other error messages there concern the adapti not responding and a delay in the response of the service control manager. There are several warnings about w32time.

    I'll shut off the anti-virus and screen saver and try checking the disk again.

    On a positive note, virtually every program and website goes at a snail's pace expect for Glocktalk.

    Chris
     
  7. Rabbit994

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    The disk is failing. I'd bet Casino dollars on it. Backup and get a new HD.
     
  8. Steve in PA

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    Yup............back up and get a new HD asap. I just replaced the HD in my HP laptop. It started with "bad sectors"........and just got worse. Then one day I started my laptop and got a black screen with "Operating system not found". Had to put in a new HD.
     
  9. kc8ykd

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    The adapter failing could mean that the eide/sata controller (the interface between the computer and the disk drive) on the motherboard is failing. If that's the case, it could cause corruption on the disk, similar to what you're encountering currently.

    A couple of errors here and there isn't bad, but i'd still maintain a backup of your data, daily if possible, in the event whatever the problem is, becomes catastrophic.

    prepare for the worst, hope for the best. There are some decent deals on external drives over @ newegg.com.

    considering the size of your current disk, i'd recommend getting an external and using this software: http://www.runtime.org/driveimage-xml.htm (free)
    to image the current disk to the new external. after the initial image, you can then just copy over the files you modify or create daily to the external drive. Pretty easy.
     
  10. HKUSP45Css

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    This, either run check disk from Windoze (check automatically repair) or run it from Recovery Console by typing "chkdsk /r" without the quotes.

    Start the recovery and walk away, it will eventually finish and, most likely, repair the damage to the file structure.

    Bad sectors are a "normal" thing with platter drives, hard drive manufacturers even ship drives with "extra" sectors to be reallocated later as the original sectors "go bad." It isn't necessarily a sign of a failing hard drive to see bad sectors ... well, any more than it's a sign that all mechanical parts eventually fail.

    chkdsk /r it and let the software fix it for you. It's entirely possible you'll never have another problem with it again .... until it finally fails because it's destined to do so, in time.
     
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