So I literally noticed that Windows Media Player was just… missing. wmplayer.exe no longer exists on my system. Where did it go? Chkdsk from October 3rd has the answer:
Index entry wmplayer.exe of index $I30 in file 0x147c points to unused file 0x16f9.
Deleting index entry wmplayer.exe in index $I30 of file 5244.
More than a dozen other files have probably had similar entries like this over the last three months, meaning components of Windows are actually being deleted because they are being labeled as “corrupted”. Despite this, nothing on my system will acknowledge any physical hardware problems with this HDD, and the corruption problems are still only limited to the partition that Windows itself is on - other partitions on the same physical drive are not being effected.
I should try re-burning this copy of Windows XP (the one that accepts my legit, legal licensing key), do a complete format of the C:\ partition and see if a total re-install won’t fix it. But I need to hurry; the next time I shut down Windows could be my last…
In other words, I know I said I’d have a video review ready for Halloween, but I don’t think I’ll be able to do it at this rate.
And Newegg still doesn’t have any good HDDs under $70… ugh. I know nobody likes to hear this kind of thing, but between this, the car accident, and a bunch of other stuff, I’m actually developing serious sleep problems because of all the worrying I’m doing…