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Windows 7 not booting

rrhandle8 asked
For a few months, I have occasionally experienced the blue screen of death. A simple reboot got me back up and running.  After the 5th of 6th time, I decided to look on the internet for some help.  Microsoft help site suggested running CHKDSK, so I tried it.  Took 2 days to run!  Since then, the blue screen has not returned.  Things have been good for over a week now.  I reboot each morning.  Today, after booting up and some programs starting, the computer froze.  I rebooted, and got the black screen with something like "Disk failure. Please insert CD".  I inserted the Windows CD, booted to Safe Mode, then rebooted to Normal Mode.

I have not tried rebooting without the CD.  Wanted to get this message out before I try that.

Two questions:

1) Can anyone offer advise to get to the bottom of this problem?
2) How can I create a thumb drive to boot from so I don't have to dig out the Windows CD which I keep inside the computer.

Thanks for your help.
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IT Product Manager
Top Expert 2009
It is time to test the HDD. Do you know the model of your HDD? In My Computer - right click on C: - Properties - then select Hardware tab and see how your internal drive is named there. See my example, I have HGST (hitachi global star technology).
Find it out and go to the web site of the HDD vendor. Download from there the disk test tool and perform Quick and Long tests of the drive.
It could be that you need to replace the drive.

Have you written down the exception code of BSOD?


Got a ST1500DL003-9VT16L ATA Device. Will go to their site.
Any opinion on this hard drive?
If I need to replace it, do you have any suggestions for a good hard drive?
noxchoIT Product Manager
Top Expert 2009

From a HDD drives I prefer Hitachi made HGST 500GB drives. But for a laptop I would choose a SSD drive which will give you max out of your laptop. Samsung or Intel SDD drive. Depends on the money you are ready to invest.


Thanks for your opinion on hard drives.
I went to Seagate and download some diagnosis tools they make available.  All test were successful.  I have a strong suspicion the problem is Outlook. It has always been a problem on this pc.  Going to create a new profile, and see if that helps.