I am running Windows 7 (purchased by me, x64bit) on a home-built machine. I boot Windows from a Sandisk Extreme 120gb SSD and I also have a WD internal HD for storage.
Today while using Google Chrome, my system had its first serious crash (I built it 2-3 years ago). Cursor wouldn't move, music kept repeating, everything froze up. I restart the computer only to find that I have a few glorious seconds of functioning before everything freezes up again. I thought it was a Google Chrome issue, but it happens no matter what I try to use. It even froze when I just hovered over the start menu. Safe mode also freezes after about half a minute. Sometimes I can't even make it into Safe mode before everything crashes.
I thought maybe my SSD was dying, but the BIOS continues to detect it. Chkdsk tries to run now every time I reboot, with varying levels of failure. Sometimes it makes it further than others, but it never completes before a brief BSOD (too brief to read) and then a total reboot. After that happens, the machine tries to boot from my WD drive, which does not have Windows on it. I switched back to booting from the Sandisk in the BIOS, but with the same results as before.
I have fiddled with the physical connections and have even tried a different power socket for the Sandisk, but I'm not sure what the problem is.
Could it be malware? Or does it sound like a physical problem?
As always, your help is greatly appreciated!