check disk... hardware or OS?

hi,

when my computer starts it does to check disk, then boots...

is this a hardware or software issue?

intelogentAsked:
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nobusCommented:
it can be both.
what i do is run a disk diag to know it's status  download ubcd and run the disk diag you need  : http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/      

note that it can come from bad ram too -  you can run memtst86+ from that cd also
davy999Commented:
Have a look at this link

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/831426
nobusCommented:
and if the disk is bad, my article will help you handle the problem :  http://www.experts-exchange.com/articles/Storage/Hard_Drives/The-bad-hard-disk-problem.html
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intelogentAuthor Commented:
nobus,

the system still boots... and works... i just find it freezes. on it's own.. and needs to be restarted, and then check disk runs.

what is the Ultimate CD and what will it do for me?

would you copy and image the disk? then move the image?
PowerEdgeTechIT ConsultantCommented:
Chkdsk itself runs to correct software problems (corrupt file system, etc), but the cause can be hardware or software.  Ultimate Boot CD has hard drive diagnostics you can run (as would your PC manufacturer) to determine if the drive or memory are faulty and the possible cause of the software issue.  Addressing the software issue can be done after determining that the hardware is sound.
nobusCommented:
did you visit the site it links to?  it contains all diags you can need for testing
i recommend testing ram and disk, to be sure about your basics..
intelogentAuthor Commented:
i will follow your recomendations and report back.
intelogentAuthor Commented:
i am told to also consider the log... i have heard this so many times before...

how do i asscess the error log..?
nobusCommented:
ask the guy who told you ..lol
no, seriously, look here : in eventviewer, look for the winlogon entry, double click it

so : rightclick my computer>Manage>logbooks>applications>winlogon

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intelogentAuthor Commented:
he had the same answer... told me to find it on  EE  :)
nobusCommented:
and what is the outcome?  bad disk, or ram or what?
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