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Recently I've been having a lot of trouble with my computer. Random restarts, overclocking mishaps..

Now my hard drive is dying. A couple of days ago my backup 6gb drive died. It's now "corrupt and unreadable". Now my main 55gb Western Digital is beginning to die.

Yesterday I've been having random popups from my taskbar telling me that a system restore file is corrupt and unreadable. Then random files on my computer are getting corrupt. Firefox dies when I try to reload it. The firefox installer is corrupt. My hard drive is DYYYYING! Also some of my music is getting corrupted, and I've only just copied it over from my MP3 player.

Do hard drive deaths have anything to do with overclocking? I'm now at a 20% overclock (sounds big but it's only 300MHz )

If so, would reverting to stock perhaps save my hard drive?
    
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I think your no-brand PSU is killing your drives. If the voltage spikes a lot on the 12V or 5V rail, it can cause damage to your drives. Id get a more reliable PSU.
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It's most likely the power supply
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I'll log the sensor page of Everest. If the PSU is causing the problems there's not much I can do until Christmas, which by then this computer will be solely for posting in my build log when I'm priming my new system .

I think the random reboots were down to the RAM. They weren't getting enough voltage to run at a 4:3 divider with FSB at 120. Now they're running just fine at 1:1
    
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I've monitored the logs from Everest and the results are..

+5: 4.89 on average
+12: 12.31 on average

Would this cause problems?
    
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Backup your data and do a windows reinstall.
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I've been using Norton Ghost disks to restore recently. They were from after a fresh install with graphics drivers installed and basic software.

I've had to restore around 4 times in the past few days. I'm gonna stop doing stupid things like updating to graphics drivers that don't work and then prevent me from booting to windows! I'll just struggle through
    
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post #8 of 15
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Originally Posted by adam144
I've monitored the logs from Everest and the results are..

+5: 4.89 on average
+12: 12.31 on average

Would this cause problems?
Your 12V looks a bit high. If it gets any higher, like 12.4V+, it may very likely cause problems. If you have a multimeter, check the voltage with that, since it is more accurite than software.
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Well the maximum 12v was 12.86, ROFL. It hardly touched this though, a couple of times. Sometimes it was 12.6. Damn this PSU sucks..
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by adam144
Well the maximum 12v was 12.86, ROFL. It hardly touched this though, a couple of times. Sometimes it was 12.6. Damn this PSU sucks..
Ouch. No wonder your drives are dying. Id try to get that PSU replaced ASAP.
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