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For the past month or so i have been having numerous strange issues with my computer and i am very puzzled as to what it may be. Usually i would just format, but as i now run a server and have licenses for a lot of programs such as adobe, i wish to avoid that process if possible to avoid the hassle.

My Operating system is currently running on an SSD and when a majority of the issues i will explain below occur i hear some strange click sound coming from inside the computer. Just a single and distinct click that then repeats over varied rates between 1-5 seconds and seems related to what is happening on screen.

Here are a list of issues.
* Windows sometimes gets stuck on loading the windows logo on boot then makes a click sound. Pressing power instantly shuts off pc.
* Windows will sometimes load in, however it is incredibly slow, unresponsive and constantly freezes. Clicking sounds present. Another restart can solve this.
* Windows may sometimes work for several hours and than experience above issue or blue screen without a specific error and just have the general "shut down to prevent damage" message.
* Boot manager will sometimes fail to find the OS.

Overall the computer is unreliable and very slow at times. Could it be the SSD failing? Will formatting help at all?
I am very puzzled.
    
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Hmmm. It sounds like you are having some sort of power issue or board issue. Either way you need to do some testing.

My suggestion as to how to go about doing this is to take a spare hard drive and install another copy of windows on it for testing purposes. Pull all of the other drives while doing this and leave them unplugged (power and data). If you have an overclock, write down your settings then reset everything back to default just to make sure things dont stab you in the back during the test install.

Once that is done (if it finishes), you need to do a variety of heavy stress testing to check the system/PSU stability. Use both furmark and Intel Burn Test (6GB of ram just to ensure the testing periods are as long as possible). Start Furmark first, and let it run for a few minutes before starting IBT. Word of warning: this will put a huge amount of stress on the hardware. If it continues working fine during this period of extreme load, then you can at least verify that your system is stable at stock.

Next, re-establish your overclocks and do it again, starting with furmark and then adding IBT on top of it. At this point your rig will be demanding something along the lines of 400W from the PSU and 500+ from the wall. If it passes this test then its likely you have some sort of drive failure. If it fails and you hear the clicking noise then your PSU is going out and you definitely want to get it replaced.

If your rig passes the above, plug the drives in one at a time (while still booting into the test install), and run some drive checks. I recommend Hard Disk Sentinel for this task as it has everything you could possibly need to test the health of a hard drive. Check every drive, mechanical and solid state that is normally plugged into your computer. Here is where you'll find the dealbreaker. If all of the drives are logging lots of SMART errors then its your PSU crapping out. If only one does it, then that one drive likely has a failing controller board and the computer is throwing a fit trying to make it behave.
If interpreting the data Hard Disk Sentinel confuses you, post the screenshots of the SMART tab for each drive and i'll do it for you.
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