Download and run Seagate Seatools for windows and run the "Short Drive Self Test", if it passes its probably OK, if you want you can the run the "long DST" (wave goodbye to a couple of hours).http://www.seagate.com/ww/v/index.jsp?l ... 04090aRCRD
It works on all drives not just Seagate ones and is not Biased against other manufaturers.
I strongly suspect that the bit of software that gave you the message is not a Microsoft product at all, but is instead a bit of Malware that is giving you bullshit information and then tries to get money out of you - have a look at the link below for an example.http://www.geek.com/articles/news/new-m ... -20110520/
Or.....http://antivirus.downloadatoz.com/news/ ... ostic.html
And so on.
At which point you will want to download the items in the following links.
NOTE, when installing Spybot DO NOT install "TeaTimer" it will cause problems.http://www.safer-networking.org/en/ownm ... index.html
When using MBAM, at some point it will offer you the beefier version on "Trial", decline its offer.http://download.cnet.com/Malwarebytes-A ... tag=button
Before doing any Malware/Virus scans disable system restore, it protects and hides viruses from the Virus/Malware scanners.http://www.nirmaltv.com/2009/03/14/how- ... windows-7/
I assume that you have Antivirus software, if you dont, get some, AVG Free is pretty good and FREE. The only one I would spend money on is NOD32, the rest of the paid-for ones are shit (that includes Norton and McAffee), NOD32 do a free 1-month trial as well, and it also gets quite a lot of Malware which the rest barely touch.http://download.avgfree.com/filedir/ins ... 2a3812.exehttps://shop.eset.co.uk/Store/Home-Security