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i have been having random bsod's.

i've tested memory with memtest, orthos and occt, passes. i've tested the cpu as well. my only other thought could be bad drive. i have a WD 250GB hard drive, vista ultimate 64bit. bsod's just started recently (past 2 days) after no change in hardware or software.
 
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See if your Mobo has S.M.A.R.T. capabilities in the BIOS options. It should tell you if you have a bad HDD.
    
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I have used HDTune for a while and it does quite a good job. It will test speed as well as check for bad sectors and it will read out any SMART settings that the drive has.
Also, if you have bad sectors and don't want to invest in a new drive, Norton Disk Doctor did the trick for me. I had a bunch of bad sectors on one of my HDs and would get random reboots etc, but after I ran NDD, those all stopped. I think it just marks the bad sectors as unusable so the OS just doesn't use them, or something like that, but it can help.
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