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Each time I start my computer, it wants to do a consistency check. Whether I try to cancel it or not, it counts down from 9 to 1, but hangs at 1.... Nothing happens. What do I do now?

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Test the hard drive with the manufacturer's software. Seagate, Western Digital and others each have tools that can be launched in a pre-boot environment, or DOS. –  user3463 May 3 '11 at 4:05
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I had the exact same issue, unplugging all peripherals fixed it( mouse headphones etc) no idea why that fixed it but it worked.

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