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Windows 7: Hard Drive Locks Up

09 Apr 2015   #1
WaltB32

Windows 7 64 bit Home Premium
 
 
Hard Drive Locks Up

I have 4 partitioned hard drives all but one function properly. The troubled one locks up and I've placed all power options back to standard and have run a memory check which indicated normal. I also changed the batteries in the key board and mouse. Are there any Windows 7 tweaks that may help? Could this be a indication that the hard drive is on it's last legs?


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09 Apr 2015   #2
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 10 Pro x64 dual boot
 
 

What do you mean by the hard drive locking up? Does it stop turning, or working at all, or does the PC freeze when accessing it?
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09 Apr 2015   #3
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

I also don't know what is meant by lock up.
Is this hard drive internal or external?

I also don't know what batteries in mouse and keyboard or a memory test have to do with hard drive with a problem.

Please explain in exact detail what your problem is.
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09 Apr 2015   #4
WaltB32

Windows 7 64 bit Home Premium
 
 

The screen locks up the mouse cursor does not move, there is no circle indicating a process. The drive is internal it is the #2 drive in a tower. The reason I changed the battery was I thought the mouse had something to do with it. I try ctrl/alt/delete and nothing happens.
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09 Apr 2015   #5
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Does your system boot into Windows 7 in Normal or Safe mode?
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09 Apr 2015   #6
WaltB32

Windows 7 64 bit Home Premium
 
 

It boots into Windows 7 in normal mode.
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09 Apr 2015   #7
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

What are you doing on your computer when this black screen happens?

Could you post all the security programs you use?
Also could you post all the Cleanup, Tuneup, or Registry programs you use.

What other things do you have plugged into your computer?

Example:
Phones
Printers
Camera
External drives
Head phone ect.
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09 Apr 2015   #8
WaltB32

Windows 7 64 bit Home Premium
 
 

I have a printer and no external drives, camera or phone. I am using Bit defender and adware as a antivirus, Norton Utility for cleanup and tune up.
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15 Apr 2015   #9
CKWD

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Hello WaltB32!

Do you have an OS on that drive or is it just personal files? Do you have programs on it?

By saying “lock up” I think you mean that each time you try to access the drive your system freezes and needs a hard reset to run smoothly again, am I correct?

If this is the case, the drive may just have a problem/damage thus by trying to access it, the system can't perform that action and freezes.

Can you post a screenshot of your Disk Management and Device Manager? What make and model is the drive?

I would suggest you first using a back up software to save the data from that drive onto another one, before troubleshooting any further.

CK_WD
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15 Apr 2015   #10
Berton

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit, Mac OS X 10.10, Linux Mint 17, Windows 10 Pro TP
 
 

Quote:
I have 4 portioned hard drives
But your System Specs shows only 3 HDDs. How is the 4th connected to the motherboard? A PATA cable allows only 2 drives each whether HDD or ODD or one of each type. This page for the board shows only 5 SATA ports but no PATA ports.
GIGABYTE - Motherboard - Socket 1155 - GA-Z77-DS3H (rev. 1.0)
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