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my 320 gig drive is in pretty poor shape(27 relocated sectors) and i had windows xp installed on it so i could play left 4 dead 2 without eating 100% of my ram. It locks up constantly sometimes it locks up doing nothing and other times it will lock up just watching a video on youtube.

now it only does this on that hard drive my 500 gig with windows 7 has never locked up on me since i installed it back in may 2010 which leads me to suspect its the hard drive causing the issues.

what do you think?
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Sounds like you have correctly identified your problem.
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Sounds like you have correctly identified your problem.
OK that's what i thought I'll just throw it out then.
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It very well could be the hard drive. I have hard drives fail on me with great frequency and they'll sometimes cause stuttering or slowness but I haven't experienced complete lockups before.
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post #5 of 13
Dang i'm too late! I was going to say that it was a petrified worm stuck in your cpu fan
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OK that's what i thought I'll just throw it out then.
It's probably under warranty...
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post #7 of 13
If the hard drive is dead, the computer will usually crash whenever it tries to access the drive.
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post #8 of 13
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Quote:
Originally Posted by AMD20x6 View Post
It's probably under warranty...
no it came with a 2007 dell rig so not worth the fight with dell



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Dang i'm too late! I was going to say that it was a petrified worm stuck in your cpu fan
lol what?


Quote:
Originally Posted by AMD20x6 View Post
It very well could be the hard drive. I have hard drives fail on me with great frequency and they'll sometimes cause stuttering or slowness but I haven't experienced complete lockups before.
its dirt slow compared to my windows 7 start up last time i loaded it up it took half an hour to load.


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If the hard drive is dead, the computer will usually crash whenever it tries to access the drive.
it doesn't do that.
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post #9 of 13
Most definitely a failing drive can cause system lock ups.
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post #10 of 13
Keep in mind you don't have to be loading a level or anything to access the hard drive, windows could just do anything in the background.
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