A friend asked me to look at his computer due to issues getting on the internet. Diagnostics of the network connection point to the network adapter, but the adapter diagnostic doesn't report an issue. What I did find is that the computer boots up and wants to run chkdsk every time. Chkdsk reports that it is deleting a corrupt attribute at the same sector each time, then attempts to boot windows without continuing on. Windows boots, but then restarts and chkdsk comes back up.
The only way to boot to Windows is to skip the chkdsk. I've run chkdsk with the /F and /R parameters. This is Windows 7. I suspect there are hard-drive issues causing the network issues. I have run sfc /scannow and fixed one issue there, but chkdsk continues to throw an error at the same sector and recycle itself until I tell it to stop.
This is a Toshiba HD.....I don't know whether it's a Fujitsu or Hitachi. What is the best next step. Is there a good diagnostic tool out there to find (and hopefully) repair the hard drive issue, or is this hard drive on it's way out?