I have a DELL XPS 8300 computer from June 2011 (about 6 years now) which has been a great computer yet the internal 1 TB drive may be failing now; the hard drive may this thus require replacement. I have a Windows 10 OS and have backed things up onto a 1 TB external Western Digital drive (using Smartwire over the last 1-2 years).
I was running a program and there was some difficulty in it finding a file by it as it was definitely on my computer per my manual check of files with Windows Explorer and still finding it there. I ran Tweaking.com-Windows Repair beginning tasks and the system had bad reparse points and CHKDISK was required. Running CHKDSK resulted in computer "hanging" at 11% for an extensive period of time. System restore did not seem to restore to earlier time points either.
I ran my Avast-FREE anti-virus and it found nothing (it was just updated automatically which may have influenced things to some degree). I ran both Super Antispyware free and Malwarebytes and found no bad infections. AdCleaner only found one bad item which probably had no influence on this.
Basically, I ran HDDScan v3.3 which I have run in the past. It took about 12 hours to run and found 2 bad blocks, many blocks taking greater than 100 ms to read, and significant time to read LBA blocks in the beginning part of my drive. It seems that I definitely need to replace the hard drive per this diagnostic and any advice/preparation that you can provide would be appreciated. [attachment=195920:chart 100 percent 7-8-2017.jpg]
I have Speccy and the HDDScan log reports which I can provide to assist in determining how to proceed.
1) I do not have a system image so if iI should create one. Please advise with recommendations as to what to use and how to do this.
2) i could buy some time with my system by re-partitioning the bad C: drive to an area of the drive that is good and copying over the bad part to that section. I have the "Mini-Tools Parttion Wizard" which i can use for this but i would need advance guidance in how to do this. I do not know how to determine where an LBA block area would correspond on the drive to know what part section is good or bad to transfer in a partition copy.
If there is additional diagnostic testing that I should do please let me know. Although i feel I have more experience and knowledge of the computer than many but there is a limit to what i feel comfortable in doing myself without guidance from someone more knowledgeable.
i appreciate any assistance. I realize I probably should plan on getting a new computer ASAP but would like to do what I can with what I have for now.