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Hey guys,

A while ago I posted about an issue with one of my drives, the Spinpoint F3 1TB, but the problem seemed to go away until recently I started having a a now issue that I was hoping someone could give me some advice on. The original issue was that this drive was taking forever to start up when being accessed directly (through Windows Explorer), or through software (playing a song in WMP etc).

Come forward a few months and I was doing my scheduled weekly backup on Sunday when my PC froze up completely, the first time its done this since I built it in February, leaving me unable to click anything or have the cursor even move across the screen. I waited a while and got the cursor to move a bit, but eventually had to restart the machine to alleviate the problem. At first I thought the issue might have come from my Samsung F3 drive when it had started being accessed on the backup as its my documents drive and put the entire system lock up down to the backup process.

Yesterday after work when I was browsing OCN, the same thing happened, this time with no backup running, simply just Chrome from my SSD/Windows drive, once again requiring a restart.

Now, a few minutes ago, I woke up from a nap (long day) to find that my PC froze whilst I was asleep. The clock read 19:56 but my phone read 20:08, a 12 minute lapse to which if it were a normal freeze/lag instance, it (I would think) have rectified itself.

I have now started to think their might be an issue with my SSD (Intel 510 120GB) or Windows installation, mainly because the issue at hand is fairly more severe than what I was experiencing a few months back, plus if it was my Samsung F3, why would it lock up my whole PC? I have run diagnostics through HD Tune and looked at readings in CrystalDiskMark, with both saying both drives are in "good" health. I've checked the error log in the event viewer as well and there is nothing in there either.

I'm just wondering what you guys think may be the issue here and thanks for reading, if you can give me any help its much appreciated.
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It sounds like there's some sort of software issue in there somewhere. Locking up & freezing is very annoying because it doesn't generate a dump file, therefore you're unsure of what the driver (if any) is causing it. I would recommend reinstalling your sound and graphics drivers, because those are the most common when it comes to any issues. Also, uninstall any GPU monitoring programs you may or may not be using.

I would also recommend disabling HWA (hardware acceleration) in Flash and in your browser. To turn it off for Flash, right click any Flash video and go through the settings. For browser, I'm not sure where it is for Chrome, but I can only assume it's somewhere in Advanced options / options in general. If none of that works, I'd recommend reformatting if you have nothing to hold on to, or if you have a backup disk to backup any documents you may want to bring over.

Oh, also important to note that it may be an unstable overclock (that is, if any hardware is overclocked).
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Originally Posted by E-Peen View Post

It sounds like there's some sort of software issue in there somewhere. Locking up & freezing is very annoying because it doesn't generate a dump file, therefore you're unsure of what the driver (if any) is causing it. I would recommend reinstalling your sound and graphics drivers, because those are the most common when it comes to any issues. Also, uninstall any GPU monitoring programs you may or may not be using.
I would also recommend disabling HWA (hardware acceleration) in Flash and in your browser. To turn it off for Flash, right click any Flash video and go through the settings. For browser, I'm not sure where it is for Chrome, but I can only assume it's somewhere in Advanced options / options in general. If none of that works, I'd recommend reformatting if you have nothing to hold on to, or if you have a backup disk to backup any documents you may want to bring over.
Oh, also important to note that it may be an unstable overclock (that is, if any hardware is overclocked).

Thanks for the tips, I will give these a go.

I had thought it possibly could be my CPU overclock causing the issue, however its been running at 4GHz fine since day one up until this last week, rather frustrating indeed.
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Thanks for the tips, I will give these a go.
I had thought it possibly could be my CPU overclock causing the issue, however its been running at 4GHz fine since day one up until this last week, rather frustrating indeed.

Eh, the "it is stable in, or it has been running fine since" is negligible. I'd say your overclock is actually the issue now that you've mentioned it. Just reset the CMOS and go back to stock for awhile, if the problems stop, it was your overclock. If not, it's software. Be sure to bring your memory back to advertised settings when you reset the CMOS, though.
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Hey im trying to format a 900gb external hard drive it says unable to complete format i tryed deleting the write protection and other stuff but nothing works any help her??
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Hey im trying to format a 900gb external hard drive it says unable to complete format i tryed deleting the write protection and other stuff but nothing works any help her??

Hello, please make a new thread here for your problem smile.gif
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