I would suggest running Memtest86.
1) Please download the Memtest86
Pre-Compiled Bootable ISO file.
2) Unzip the downloaded memtest86
file. You will need a program like 7-Zip
to unzip this file.
3) Inside, you will find the memtest86 file.
5) Insert blank CD into your CD drive.
6) Open ImgBurn, and click on Write image file to disc.
7) Click on the Browse for a file... icon:
8) Locate the memtest86 file, and click on the Open button.
9) Click on the blue arrow to start burning bootable memtest86 CD.
10) Once the CD is created, boot from it, and memtest will automatically start to run.
Please note: It may be neccessary to change the boot order in the BIOS so the CD/DVD-ROM is the first device in the boot order and the hdd second.
Each pass consists of 8 tests, it is suggested that you run at least 7 passes, this will take several hours, you may find it simpler to let it run overnight. The longer you run the passes the more comprehensive the results will be.
If you are running multiple modules and have a failure, remove all but one module and test it separately, continue this with each module till you find the one that failed.
When you discern that a module is good, use it to test each slot to be sure there isn't a problem with one of them.
When the test is complete a display similar to the one below will appear. Note the locations of the Pass and Errors, any Error is indicative of a failed module.
I would also suggest running chkdsk C:/r.
Click on the Start orb
, type in cmd
in the Search programs and files
box. When cmd
is seen in Programs
right click on it, then click on Run as administrator
You will see a screen similar to the one below.
Type in chkdsk c:/r then press Enter.
You will receieve the message "CHKDSK cannot be run because it is in use by another process. Would you like to schedule this volume to be checked the next time the system restarts? <Y/N>".
Type in Y and press Enter.
Restart your computer to start the scan.
This will take a while to run, please be patient and allow it to complete the scan.
To determine the condition of the hdd I would suggest going to the hdd manufacturer's website and download the diagnostic tool. These usually will offer a short and a long test, run the longs test.