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I'm not a great computer person, and lately i've been having some serious problems with my setup. fortunately, this time it isn't a graphics card driver problems, processor overheating/throttling, or RAM issues. this time it's something new for me (unfortunately.) I think either windows or my HDD is failing. Here is what is currently happening; when i run a program like Battlefield or minecraft (and in a few cases, google chrome) windows will freeze. half of the time, it will unfreeze after about a minute. the other times it will give me a blue screen and reboot. the first time i got the blue screen, it wouldn't reboot (as i am typing this, it is making weird clicking noises, which i've heard is a sign of the hard drive failing) i tried to system restore, but it didn't work. somehow i was able to get windows to boot up again, and it checked the hard drive b4 loading up. it showed some files and said it either erased or fixed them. the freezing is still happening, and i need some help. i currently have 2 HDD's installed, the 1st one (the one with windows 7 on it) is 1.5 Tbs (it's clicking again >.<) and is about 60% full. i have been using it for a little over a year now. when i load up windows, i get this :

and under the control panel, i get this:

i checked all the connections, and everything should be good.

right now, i am going to try defragging my drive. if anyone has any suggestions for me, that would be great.
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Do not defrag, don't do anything to push the HDD like benchmarking

Clicking noise usually means the HDD is dying. The first thing to do is to copy your data if possible from the faulty drive, so if you managed to boot at least you can save some of your data. After all your data is safe you could fire up a free soft like HDTune and check its health status. In HDTune there's a "Health" tab which reports the values for different parameters used to asses the performance and reliability of a HDD - they're pretty cryptic to all but professionals, but HDTune also computes a score to asses the overall state of the drive, it's even color-coded. Your drive likely has red colors in places like "sector relocation count" or "spin retry count", you could post that screen on OCN for us to take a look.
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You just described I/O flatlines. Now that you're getting read and write errors as well, I'd say the drive is beyond toast.

You can run chkdsk C: /r to get Windows to go over the entire drive and mark all the bad sectors. I'm not sure if that'll be good for it in the long run (It just stresses it more to do so), but if it succeeds it might help it limp along until it gets worse.

I highly advise you to pick up a replacement drive ASAP.

Could you do as dragosmp asks, and post an HDTune Health screenshot?
     
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will do. i am going to back up the drive to an external drive (this should work right?) and look into a replacement drive. if i do backup this drive/transfer windows, will all my game installs carry over as well? (just a question, still a noob at this.) and is it safe to use the backup feature? what exactly does it do (as in what files does it keep and what does it not) thanks for the input. will run that program and repost the results
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yea, i think the drive is dying >.< just going to double check, is it safe to backup?
post #6 of 31
Win7 backup saves a lot - but I'm not sure how it'll react when it encounters corrupted files. Reinstalling fresh on a new drive is best if you want a crash-free OS.

There's other tools which will go over the drive multiple times to try and grab everything - but first lets see how far gone your drive is.

Edit: ~4000 Reallocated Sectors... that drive is toast.

Another Seagate bites the dust...
     
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post #7 of 31
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Win7 backup saves a lot - but I'm not sure how it'll react when it encounters corrupted files. Reinstalling fresh on a new drive is best if you want a crash-free OS.

There's other tools which will go over the drive multiple times to try and grab everything - but first lets see how far gone your drive is.
what do you suggest i do? my current plan is to attempt to backup my stuff, get a new HDD and install windows, and then somehow transfer the backup data to the new HDD. would that be possible? or what approach should i take?
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Do you have any experience with Linux or linux tools? (Just trying to get an idea of what I should recommend)

If you've got a backup HDD onhand, try to backup stuff with Windows Backup and see what happens. I honestly don't know how it reacts to I/O errors.

You've also got a 1TB drive - I'd be copying anything really important over to that right now!
     
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post #9 of 31
Drive looks like it was dead and should have been buried a while ago. It's the equivalent of a rotting zombie drive.

I relegate drives to spare computer or RMA them after the first bad sector. After 5-10 I throw them away because it would be fraud to sell them to someone. ~4000 almost certainly means a head crash or some similar dramatic and progressive failure.

Anyway, backup what you can ASAP, and replace the drive.
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Do you have any experience with Linux or linux tools? (Just trying to get an idea of what I should recommend)

If you've got a backup HDD onhand, try to backup stuff and see what happens. You've also got a 1TB drive - I'd be copying anything really important over to that right now!
will start copying, then will do the backup. no i have no experience with linux, im mainly a gamer and am not as familiar with OSs and hardware as i should be.
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