HP Windows 7 Pavilion upgrade to Windows 10

Good morning,
A couple of weeks ago I looked into upgrading my Windows 7 to Windows 10.  The option I had and took at the time was to get on the waiting list.  The wait was fine with me, except that since that time I have been having hard drive problems and needing "Startup Repair - System Restore" each time I shutdown.
I know that I can manually upgrade to Windows 10, which I believe I'll have time this coming weekend.
So, what is my question; Do you know whether the upgrade to Windows 10 will fix my hard drive problem, or might it be that my hard drive is giving up on me?  I have had the laptop a number of years.
After it does its "startup repair" it operates fine.  Could it be that the remote/automatic Windows 10 "attempt" is or has caused this problem?
Thanks
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it_saigeDeveloperCommented:
If you are constantly getting the Startup Repair screen, this could indicate issues with the harddrive (such as bad blocks).  Have you performed a CHKDSK?

-saige-
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rindiCommented:
Windows 10 won't fix your disk. If you have disk errors, first test it using the disk manufacturer's diagnostic tool (not any HP tool that may be installed). Make sure to run the long or extended test. If it tells you the disk is bad, replace it, then either restore your backups or use the factory restore DVD's you made just after you bought the PC to restore it to factory defaults. Run all the Windows updates, and after that upgrade to Windows 10.

If the diagnostic tool reports the disk has 0 errors, run a chkdsk /f /r on all the disk's drive letters. That will fix any file-system errors your disk may have. After that upgrade to Windows 10.
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chimaAuthor Commented:
it_saige and rindi, I'm not at home now, so I'll have to follow your instructions tonight.  I'll get back to you soon, thanks
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rindiCommented:
Forgot to add this. The Disk manufacturer's diagnostics are included on the UBCD, provided you aren't using an SSD:

http://mirror.sysadminguide.net/ubcd/ubcd535.iso

Besides that, first downloading the correct DVD iso file of Windows 10 that corresponds to the version of Windows 7 you are upgrading from, and then extracting the contents of the iso to your PC's disk, then running the setup.exe program from there is usually faster and more reliable than running the upgrade from your Windows 7 taskbar icon, and you then have the iso so you can use it again later if needed. But it is important to get the correct version, for example if you are upgrading from Windows 7 home premium 32 bit, you need to download the Windows 10 Home 32 bit version. If you are upgrading from Windows 7 Pro 64 bit, you will need Windows 10 Pro 64 bit. If you get the wrong version of Windows 10, the upgrade won't work. You can use the Windows 10 media creation tool to download the iso:

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-10/media-creation-tool-install?ocid=ms_wol_win10
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
You need definitely check your HDD health with its its vendor made tools. Seagte makes Seatools and WD has WDDiag. Run the appropriate tests.
Then you need to run chkdsk x:/ from command line on all partitions where x: is a drive letter of your partition you want to check.
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Gary CaseRetiredCommented:
Agree -- and if you don't have a complete and current set of backups NOW would be a really good time!    You should, of course, always have backups, but especially when your disk starts giving you problems you do NOT want to wait for it to actually fail.

I'd IMAGE the disk to an external drive;  then replace it with a new disk (consider an SSD ... it will make the system "feel" like new) ... and then restore the image to your new drive.    [If you get an SSD that's smaller than your current disk the process is a bit more complex, but still not hard as long as it's larger than the amount of space you're actually using on your current disk.]
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chimaAuthor Commented:
Thank you for waiting on me.
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