Good job, MM!! Now you can run the other test, MEMTEST, per instructions in my other post. Run that test for a minimum of 8 passes as it says. This can take awhile in machines with more memory. Allow 12-24 hrs. for this to complete in machines with 6GB or RAM. If MEMTEST returns any errors (just like SEATOOLS), you have a faulty RAM memory stick and it must be replaced. Remember to run the test on each stick individually if you have more than 1 stick; then if the test passes on each stick individually, reinsert all sticks and run MEMTEST one final time with all sticks inserted. If MEMTEST returns no errors, you are free to proceed with software troubleshooting and/or W10 Clean Install.
On the 2TB drive, yes, that drive size makes a difference, as the 2TB drives began using the GPT formatting for large drives in Win8.1 and continues to be the default in W10. I'm still looking for that article that explains this, but basically, W10/MBR will only give 2-4 partitions; where W10/GPT will give 6-8 partitions and can have unlimited partitions. So, if a W10/GPT Clean Install does not work on the drive that came with your computer (Make/Model did you give to us?; since the Edge post was the HP for your friend's PC right?), it's very likely that your new PC has a problem with it's Motherboard and may need to be replaced.
Here's the situation, since your new PC is less than 1 year old, you should consider returning it to the place you purchased it if it fails the W10/GBT Clean Install; clearly the W10/GBT on your friend's identical model is working ok. Whether or not you purchased it online or from a bigbox store such as Best Buy, Staples, Frys, Costco, or Walmart, you have the same issue here. When you return it, even if you bought an Extended Warranty on the computer (did you?) for 2-5 years, due to agreement with the Manufacturer, you'll most likely need to return the PC to the manufacturer for repair and pay to ship it their on your dime. This could be $50-$60 US. After they repair or replace the computer, they will ship it free back to you. The deal here is there's a 50/50 chance the hard drive could still be bad, even though it passed SEATOOLS, but if you open the case to replace it (which is what I would do) to further narrow down the problem, you could violate the 1 yr. factory warranty. And, of course if you do this and perform the W10/GBT Clean Install again--and it fails again, now you have isolated the problem down to a faulty Motherboard. This part typically costs from $175-$400, plus labor to put it in--unless you use the Warranty. But, if you do this test, it will probably violate the Warranty, and the manufacturer will not do the repair until they call you tell you this and could charge you $100-$300 or more to repair the PC with the violated warranty! That's a repair of as much as $475-$700 which might be avoided if you simply send it in for warranty repair after this next W10/GBT Clean Install test!!
I mean to tell you that you should only do non-destructive testing at this point not to violate that all important 1 yr. factory warranty.
Edited by BIGBEARJEDI, 13 November 2015 - 11:32 AM.