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Windows 7: Hard drive light goes solid red and computer locks up...

15 Sep 2011   #11
maxseven

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit 6.1 Build 7601 (SP1)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by cwright111 View Post
Maxseven - as for the locking up thing i mean it completley locks..mouse doesent move.. CTRL ALT DEL does nothing..only thing i can do is hit the power button untill it shuts off. iv tried leaving it but the computer was still the same after half an hour :/
I'm with the others then--you've had hdd problems before also. Get a new one, they're cheap nowadays.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seekermeister View Post
Once, when I had a hard drive fail, I checked it with the defragger, and found an abnormally large area showing up as fragmented, and running a defrag didn't change it as expected.
That was probably the pagefile.


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15 Sep 2011   #12
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

No, I said that it was the hard drive, because it was the hard drive.
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15 Sep 2011   #13
maxseven

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit 6.1 Build 7601 (SP1)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seekermeister View Post
No, I said that it was the hard drive, because it was the hard drive.
The pagefile is called pagefile.sys and is located at the root level of your system harddrive i.e. C:\. You can only see it if you have "Hide protected operating system files" unchecked. Mine is 8GB in size.

You may also have a very large hiberfil.sys there as well--mine is >6GB--this might be another file defraggers won't touch; you probably have to disable Hibernation before defraggers will work on it.

But I don't think you can "disable" pagefile.sys, defrag it, and "enable" it again. The act of disabling it deletes it iirc.
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15 Sep 2011   #14
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

I really don't see the point in having to explain, but in the instance that I spoke of, it wasn't just a few GBs that was fragmented, it was the entire drive. I don't know what caused it, but I suspect that the logic board went bad, and was spraying writes all over the drive. In any case, the only solution was to replace the drive.
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15 Sep 2011   #15
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Seekermeister,

This old-timer with much hardware and software experience understood perfectly. We are a little past the point of needing an education on pagefile.sys and the hibernate file.
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15 Sep 2011   #16
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by karlsnooks View Post
Seekermeister,

This old-timer with much hardware and software experience understood perfectly. We are a little past the point of needing an education on pagefile.sys and the hibernate file.
You speaking to me, or maxseven?
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15 Sep 2011   #17
maxseven

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit 6.1 Build 7601 (SP1)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seekermeister View Post
Once, when I had a hard drive fail, I checked it with the defragger, and found an abnormally large area showing up as fragmented, and running a defrag didn't change it as expected. This would be just another quick check to throw in with the others.
All I said in response to this, was that this "large area" that wouldn't defragment was probably the pagefile!

If sm was saying that it was not a "large area" but rather the whole drive that wouldn't defrag, well I took "large area" to mean "not the whole drive, but a large portion of the drive".
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15 Sep 2011   #18
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

We all have our experiences and some of us, more than others.

However, speculation will lead us nowhere.

Main thing is that the thread poster is helped.

Let us not devour ourselves.

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20 Sep 2011   #19
cwright111

Windows 7
 
 

Right guys im back and my computer is now fixed!

It turned out to be my newer hard drive that was causing the system to lock up..after removing it iv not had one lock up for that past 5 days or so that its not been in.

Not to impressed with its failure after 9 months though..western digital shall most definitely be getting a call about this.

Thanks very much for all your help guys
Hope i can do the same back one day!

Daniel.
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20 Sep 2011   #20
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Sorry to hear about the hard drive failure, but thanks for the update, and I hope you can get the drive replaced without too much trouble.
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