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Windows 7: Is the hard drive bad?

30 Dec 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Is the hard drive bad?

I have a older dell computer, and everytime it starts to load windows it would freeze, so I reinstall windows and it worked fine, the drivers installed fine etc etc, after a few days of turning on and off and working around it started to freeze again and again, so after restarting and putting "last known config" It started but as soon as it reached the desktop it froze once more... I replaced the psu ram and other goodies could it be the hard drive or CPU?


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30 Dec 2010   #2

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

If you can get the computer to work well enough you can test both HD and CPU

CPU Stress Test www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/100352-cpu-stress-test-prime95.html

Test Hard Drive HD Diagnostic or this test Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp.
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30 Dec 2010   #3
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

For the HDD, you can run chkdsk /f /r in elevated Command Prompt -- that will fix bad sectors and repair it. But it could also be something else, e,g. a RAM stick. Take one stick out and run only on 1 stick (assuming you have 2). Then try the other one.
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30 Dec 2010   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

You might want to check for driver conflict as well as the above
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30 Dec 2010   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I tired the ram etc, and the check disk it would work with the check disk then it would freeze again after a few hours of surfing and sitting, Honestly after I took the hd out and kinda shook it a bit I heard a sound I thought hds are supposed to be solid I know it has moving parts but it shouldnt make sound?
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30 Dec 2010   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

If it id a SSD, it is solid. But HDDs have moving parts - shaking is not a good cure. It could lead to a head crash.

But since zou problem occurs onlz after a certain amount of time. it could be a defunct PSU or overheating. I would check that with CoreTemp.
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30 Dec 2010   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I replaced the psu 4 times and they all seem to do it, and the core temp doesnt seem to hot, Im going to put a new paste on it, and try it again, I dunno whats going on lol, the heatsink isnt so hot to the touch but who knows.
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30 Dec 2010   #8
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Make sure none of the 4 little feet of the heatsink is defective. If they are in plastic, they have a tendency to melt away.
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30 Dec 2010   #9

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult. x64 Windows 8.1 x64
 
 

Hi,

Please download and run this program, which checks the health of your hard disks:

CrystalDiskInfo - Software - Crystal Dew World

Post back an image if you can, so we can look at that.

Regards,
Golden
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31 Dec 2010   #10

win7
 
 

SSD is the future * i;m thinking to buy one soon
my current HDD won;'t handle 1gb/s home connection for sure
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