Well, so here’s the thing:
- For quite a few weeks, my laptop started running slow unexpectedly. No new driver or windows updates installed, no new applications installed, nothing. When I’d boot up, just like a sequence, explorer would crash, launch taskmgr, and then restart explorer.
- So I decided to check for driver updates, windows updates and as expected everything was up-to-date
- I somehow doubted there was some issue with the disk and randomly launched Crystaldiskinfo and it showed caution, indicating a pending reallocated sector count of 1. That’s not a thing to be too afraid of, as that will be nullified when it’s overwritten, but that’s not the thing and I don’t have great belief in SMART, as the HDD manufacturer simply uses different ways to hide away the reality of the HDD. So yeah, I ran a chkdsk and it reported that everything was fine. That’s kinda obvious because the OS contacts the HDD and the HDD simply hides away the bad sectors.
- So let’s do some deep digging. I ran HD Tune and AOMEI disk checks and they detected 8 bad sectors, but that’s not a big deal, is it?
- Then the thing I ran a while ago was a DST check (extensive and short) from the UEFI Diagnostics and yeah, there’s the error detected, as both the tests failed!
- I also ran a DLDIAG test and all it throws at me are bad sectors that cannot be corrected. The funny thing is that SMART doesn’t even have a clue about what’s going on, rendering it an useless component
Here are a few screenshots that may make the issue clearer:
Above from AOMEI Wizard
From DLDIAG (Above ^)
So what’s the resolution now?