There are a set of standard S.M.A.R.T. attributes that are used in every drive of recent manufacture.
Additionally, many manufacturer's add their own S.M.A.R.T. attributes to their own drives. That's why we recommend using a hard drive diagnostic from the manufacturer of that drive.
This particular disk error can have many different causes:
- different aspects of the hard drive being bad (the hard drive diagnostic will test this)
- corruption of the file system on the hard drive (chkdsk /r should fix this)
- corruption of the file on the hard drive (recreate the pagefile to fix any corruption)
- bad memory writing bad information into the file on the hard drive (a memory diagnostic will test this).
I'd suggest (in addition to hamluis' advice) that you recreate your pagefile to rule out that as an issue. To do this:
a ) Go to Start...Run...and type in "sysdm.cpl" (without the quotes) and press Enter.
-Then click on the Advanced tab,
-then on the Performance Settings Button,
-then on the next Advanced tab,
-then on the Virtual Memory Change button.
b ) In this window, note down the current settings for your pagefile (so you can restore them later on).
-Then click on the "No paging file" radio button, and
- then on the "Set" button. Be sure, if you have multiple hard drives, that you ensure that the paging file is set to 0 on all of them.
-Click OK to exit the dialogs.
c ) Reboot (this will remove the pagefile from your system)
d ) Then go back in following the directions in step a ) and re-enter the settings that you wrote down in step b ). Follow the steps all the way through (and including) the reboot.
e ) Once you've rebooted this second time, go back in and check to make sure that the settings are as they're supposed to be.
Also, it's not very likely that bad memory would cause this - but I'd suggest running a memory test "just in case". Here's a link to a free one: http://www.memtest86.com/
Let the test run for a minimum of 3 passes (overnight is easier and better). If it starts spitting out errors you can stop the test immediately (and we'll have to troubleshoot the memory issue).
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