I no longer have doubts on why my computer has been acting up recently, but here's the list of issues:
1. RAW data type: holds up AUTOCHK preventing defrag from running
2. BSoD's. Sometimes randomly, usually upon startup or shutdown.
3. Monitor will not turn on upon restart; takes 10-15 tries, which most likely damage the HDD more.
4. random Application crashes/errors. ITunes no longer has registry entries for CD burning, skype will sometimes give I/O errors. games will crash without warning.
5. Complete system failure. Every program crashes with a 0x00000004 memory reference error, opening another application gives a corrupt DLL error, reboot fixes problem after 10-15 reboots to get my monitor back on.
6. Overall system slowdown. I got the computer 3 years ago and it is significantly slower than when we got it. It can take up to a full minute to oopen a folder. Startups take up to 5 minutes.
What I can/cannot do:
1. I absolutely cannot risk data loss. This is a family computer and my dad would kill me if he lost anything.
2. along with the above statement, reformatting is out of the question.
3. Partioning: I can partition my drive if I am talked through it. I've never actually done it before so step-by-step instructions would be necessary. Partitioning would allow data loss risk assuming I am only losing data on one partition.
4. New Hard drive: possible. yes. convincing my dad it's a good idea. highly doubtful. I may be able to do it if I have power to run 2 hard drives at once, but I don't think I do.
My question is: what's the best way to approach this problem?
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Edited by sausage, 01 May 2010 - 04:47 PM.