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Is my HDD dying?


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#1 monkeydave

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Posted 06 February 2016 - 06:04 PM

So lately, my computer will freeze up. Chrome will say something like 'Waiting for Cache', games will fail freeze up when loading sounds, etc.. My CPU and RAM aren't maxed out at these times. Windows will sometimes take 30-60 minutes to start up, hanging up on the screen with the pulsating Windows logo 'Starting Windows'. CTRL ALT DELETE is slow to respond, sometimes taking 30+ seconds. Resource monitor will show things like svchost.exe (netsvcs) or (DComLaunch) reading a lot from disk. 

 

At one point when windows was taking forever to load, I turned it off and back on and it went into repair mode or something to look for a problem. It said there was a disk error.

 

So is this my HDD dying, or is it a virus? Malwarebytes and AVG both show nothing. AVG was also doing a lot of reading, slowing my computer down so I uninstalled it but it doesn't seem to help.



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Posted 06 February 2016 - 06:10 PM

Possibly, it does have a familiar ring to it.

Back up data if possible in any case and prepare funds for a replacement.

There are other ways to verify though, got another computer?


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Posted 06 February 2016 - 06:25 PM

Only other computer is my wife's laptop. I've already backed up all documents and such to my external. I'm planning on buying a new computer in about a month when I get a stipend from work.

 

The HDD is probably around 10 years old at this point. Hopefully it will hold out until I get that stipend.

 

Does this forum encourage putting together a computer? I'm nervous about it. I've replaced just about every part before, built one from all parts.



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Posted 06 February 2016 - 06:37 PM

Yes and we can help you, dont be afraid to build your own.

But I am guessing you have a real dinosaur computer there?


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Posted 06 February 2016 - 06:44 PM

More like a Frankenstein's monster. I bought it brand new in 2007. Replaced the mobo in 2009. Replaced the CPU in 2011 with an AMD x4 840 m(3.2 quadcore). Replaced the GPU twice, last time in 2011 with a HD6870. 

 

So yeah, even the new parts are out of date.



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Posted 06 February 2016 - 06:50 PM

LOL, well even though some of the parts are old I would still keep that computer around anyhow if you have space for it and just replace the HDD.

You could just make it into a linux box or something if windows isnt playing nice with it anymore


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Posted 06 February 2016 - 10:56 PM

Ram could be failing. Try running a few passes of memtest86
http://m.wikihow.com/Test-PC-Ram-with-MemTest86

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Posted 06 February 2016 - 10:58 PM

Ram could be failing. Try running a few passes of memtest86
http://m.wikihow.com/Test-PC-Ram-with-MemTest86

 

Its possible, though with his hard drive being so old I would not rule out a failing HDD


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