I have a 2010 Acer Aspire AM5910 Desktop computer. It has an Intel Core i5-650 3.2 GHZ processor and 6GB RAM. The operating system is Windows 7.
In late January, the computer wouldn’t boot into windows, and the hard drive crashed. I replaced it with a new hard drive (a Seagate 1TB SATA, 7200 RPM – same capacity and speed as the previous hard drive, although the previous drive was by a different manufacturer).
I restored the OS and all software/data, and the computer was running fine. The computer speed was fine. Suddenly, after 6 weeks, the computer started slowing down, and then after about two days, it wouldn’t boot into Windows again.
I took the computer to Staples, where I bought the hard drive, and they agreed to test only the hard drive for free (otherwise, their charge would have been $70 to run complete diagnostics). They said that the hard drive failed the linear test.
Seagate replaced the hard drive, as it was still under warranty, but before I re-install it, I wanted to find out if it was likely that it was simply a bad Seagate drive, or if something else is likely (such as overvoltage from the power supply). We have the computer plugged into a Smart UPS that regulates incoming power, but that doesn’t mean that the power supply is not supplying steady DC on the inside.
I don’t want to put much money into a 3.5 year old computer – it could be nearing the end of its lifespan.
Does this sound like the second (new) hard drive was faulty?