Hi everyone, new member here.
I'm writing to ask people's opinion on an issue I have been having with my hard drive over the last few days. I own an Acer Aspire 8735G laptop and a few days ago the problems started as it all started to become quite sluggish. Without ever freezing completely, programs have started to stop responding, before quickly coming back to life again and multitasking isn't as quick as it used to be. There are also frequent drop outs in audio and video, whether I'm listening to Itunes, using VLC media player or just on youtube.. its everywhere basically!
Believing it just needed a quick Spyware scan/disk check and defragment as normal, I did each of these and had no problems till I got to the defrag part. I use Auslogics Disk Defrag and there are 2 local disks on the laptop; Local Disk (C:), which has Windows and all the files you'd expect to find, and then Data_2 (D:), which contains more media files than anything. The D drive defragged fine in about a minute, but the C drive didn't even get past the analysing stage and instead pointed out that the drive may contain errors and I should run a disk check.
I did this and left it alone, as it was taking its time to go through each of the 5 stages (I ticked both boxes on the disk check). I only managed to notice a few errors at a glance during this period.. one was something along the lines of bad index files being deleted and another was 4 bad files processed or something to that effect... in other words, I could really do with a log file! There was definately a mention of a clusters there as well which, again, doesn't look good! Anyway, I was straight on the internet googling Hard Drive self testing and found Seatools for Windows. The worrying part is that the Short Drive Self Test with this program failed ... 3 times (I repeated to be sure).
So my question is, is it looking like I need a new hard drive? I have everything backed up so that shouldn't be an issue and since the original disk check was completed I have been able to defrag the drive. But that doesn't take away from the fact that there was a bad cluster in there somewhere.
The laptop is just short of 13 months old (bloody typical!) after buying off Acer Direct last April and with this being the first problem I've had, and without wanting to make any rash decisions, I thought I would come on here first. I know one of the first things I'll be asked for is the log file for chkdsk, but having trawled through the Event Viewer looking for it, I still don't know where it should be.
Thanks for any assistance!