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So yesterday nothing was wrong, eveything running fine and normal. But then for some reason my internet stopped working entirely although my modem/router and even my computer said I was connected. Then my programs started acting glitchy one by one, so I restarted, and it fixed it.

But the problem started happening again, today in Ableton I was making music and it took a significantly longer amount of time to save than it usually does, and certain audio files would freeze the program about 30 seconds. I didn't think much of it until later when I was downloading samples for music and after about my 9th download a pop up saying something about there being an error with my I/O device.

So I went to the hard drive that I was downloading files to and windows explorer was freezing up when I was in that directory. So I figured a restart would fix the problem, not so. Windows hung at the shutting down screen for 15+ minutes so I decided to manually shut it down. When I started the computer it took about 5 minutes to boot up, then I get a notice that Windows is checking the hard drive I'm talking about for consistency. Now I'm looking at this screen that hasn't changed in 10 minutes.

For clarification, the hard drive that I think is failing is NOT my windows hard drive, which is odd because I don't get how a hard drive that has no system files on it or anything to do with start up would hang when starting or shutting down, or cause my windows to get glitchy. The hard drive in question contains all my big game files and media files, none of which windows needs to start up.

Could I get some help here? I've never had a hard drive fail in my life so I'm kind of amiss as to what I can do to troubleshoot, and google hasn't given me any straight answers
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first off DL CrystalDiskInfo and run that and post a screen shot so we can see if any S.M.A.R.T errors
http://crystalmark.info/software/CrystalDiskInfo/index-e.html
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What brand of drive is it? Seagate and Western Digital offer error checking toold for their drives, I would look at hose first. Also, get used to reading SMART data
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Unplug the drive and see if it makes a difference.

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It is a seagate, I unplugged it and windows did start at its regular margin. Going to get the tools you are all recommending and see if I can run them in safe mode with it plugged in
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Alright after restarting the chkdsk started running automatically and didn't freeze up and windows has started like normal again... This is either the first time microsoft has actually ever made a repair tool that worked or a fluke. Going to run the tools you all recommended anyways to see if there is still an underlying problem
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first off DL CrystalDiskInfo and run that and post a screen shot so we can see if any S.M.A.R.T errors
http://crystalmark.info/software/CrystalDiskInfo/index-e.html
Alright I don't make much sense of this but maybe you will
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first off DL CrystalDiskInfo and run that and post a screen shot so we can see if any S.M.A.R.T errors
http://crystalmark.info/software/CrystalDiskInfo/index-e.html
Alright I don't make much sense of this but maybe you will

it is dying, i would recommend you get all the data of that drive ASAP as i wouldn't trust it... RMA if you have warranty left other than that it will die..
i had the same problem
http://www.overclock.net/t/1304581/current-pending-sector-count-warning
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it is dying, i would recommend you get all the data of that drive ASAP as i wouldn't trust it... RMA if you have warranty left other than that it will die..
i had the same problem
http://www.overclock.net/t/1304581/current-pending-sector-count-warning
Damn... Alright, thank you for your input I was freaking out a bit :]
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So I used SeaTools for DOS and it actually fixed the problem with my hard drive, it's now reading Good in CrystalDiskInfo
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