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my friend's Windows install keeps getting corrupted, is his HDD on its way out?

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His Windows 8 became a black screen with a cursor and and explorer.exe only loading the taskbar with no icons. We got it to work sorta but his Windows Update was missing from control panel and his Windows Defender could not be turned on. There were some other weird stuff too.

We reinstalled Windows 8 all was good, and then hours later it's back to the being blackscreen with cursor and all borked up. What does this sound like to you guys? Dying HDD?
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Can you give us teh specs of the system? and the info on the HDD
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his mobo is MSI 870a-g54 (ms-7599)

the HDD is Samgsung HD103SJ

no overclocking btw, all stock bios
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any ideas?
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post #5 of 7
Its most likely the HD. Probably has relocated sectors. Have him conduct a smart test on said HD.
I had similar issues way back on my asus laptop, turned out i had a lot of unreachable sectors so a new HD solved my problem.
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what program do you recommend for SMART tests?
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ok under the health tab in hdtune everything says Ok. What next?
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