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i have defrag scheduled every night, and defrag every time before i play cod4
Erm......that's really bad for your HD...FYI.
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lol i thought so too, how often is appropriate tho? I tend to do it after i install a game or large application.
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Originally Posted by redsunx View Post
Erm......that's really bad for your HD...FYI.
erm...cant imagen why. considering when its not highly fragmented a defrag takes less then a fw minutes, it doesn't have allot to move around - so really....theres nothing wrong with it (that i can see), the drive is not doing any heavy writing/re-writing.

ALSO this WD drive has been running almost 24/7 since about 2001or 2002 and is still absolutely fine. in depth SMART reports and all that, report the drive to be at 98% performance and Fitness.
Edited by Joshn - 6/17/08 at 3:48am
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On your current system is shows 3 hard drives, it only takes 1 of those to mess up.
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On your current system is shows 3 hard drives, it only takes 1 of those to mess up.
well they are data drives, i cant imagen why one of those would cause my WHOLE OS to freeze. i dont really have anything running off them. im sure they could make my OS hang, but freeze like this? not sure. as far as i can tell (i have done SMART reports on all the drives) they are fine, who knows...
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Tired tests?
like memtest?

try looking for PC Check6

its a system test to look for hardware problems
just checking it out now, lets hope it works
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well they are data drives, i cant imagen why one of those would cause my WHOLE OS to freeze. i dont really have anything running off them. im sure they could make my OS hang, but freeze like this? not sure. as far as i can tell (i have done SMART reports on all the drives) they are fine, who knows...
Joshn, please conduct a full surface scan on the drive. You can download Western Digitals Lifeguard tools here: http://support.wdc.com/product/downl...sid=53&lang=en. Simply click the "Download" button. You need version 11 of the Data Lifeguard tools. Burn that .iso to a CD and boot to it. Run the surface scan and let us know if it finds any bad sectors. If it doesn't then you ruled out a bad hard drive. Now a surface scan can't detect if the internal parts are "failing" so perhaps an aging drive could also be the culprit.

Make sure your running the memtest scan outside of Windows. In other words download the app and burn it to a CD. After you've booted to the utility, hit (C) and select tests 5 and 8. Run those each for at least an hour.

I would also verify the voltages on your PSU with a multimeter. If your unsure on how to do this here is a guide that I would recommend checking out: http://www.clunk.org.uk/forums/guide...ing-guide.html.
Are you plugged into a UPS/Surge protector? Have you phyiscally reviewed your motherboard and looked for possibly leaking/bulging capacitors?

These are very simple troubleshooting procedures that anyone can do. I'm sure you can handle it.

Let us know

Good luck
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Joshn, please conduct a full surface scan on the drive. You can download Western Digitals Lifeguard tools here: http://support.wdc.com/product/downl...sid=53&lang=en. Simply click the "Download" button. You need version 11 of the Data Lifeguard tools. Burn that .iso to a CD and boot to it. Run the surface scan and let us know if it finds any bad sectors. If it doesn't then you ruled out a bad hard drive. Now a surface scan can't detect if the internal parts are "failing" so perhaps an aging drive could also be the culprit.

Make sure your running the memtest scan outside of Windows. In other words download the app and burn it to a CD. After you've booted to the utility, hit (C) and select tests 5 and 8. Run those each for at least an hour.

I would also verify the voltages on your PSU with a multimeter. If your unsure on how to do this here is a guide that I would recommend checking out: http://www.clunk.org.uk/forums/guide...ing-guide.html.
Are you plugged into a UPS/Surge protector? Have you phyiscally reviewed your motherboard and looked for possibly leaking/bulging capacitors?

These are very simple troubleshooting procedures that anyone can do. I'm sure you can handle it.

Let us know

Good luck
thanks for your response, good idea with the Lifeguard tools, but i can do it straight away for the same reason i didnt run mem test properly no blank cd's! aghr lol - i will head down the shops and get some ASAP!

I also dont have a multimeter, but i do know people who do so i will attempt to borrow one, as you suggested i scanned over my motherboard for any bulging/ leaking capacitors and they all seemed to come up pretty clear.

im really hoping its the ram more then anything, as i have ordered some and it should be arriving in a few days (theres a package at the P.O waiting for me, i hope its it).

ill get round to all this and let you know.
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Have you phyiscally reviewed your motherboard and looked for possibly leaking/bulging capacitors?
???What would that look like???
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???What would that look like???
Example of one of my proprietary HP mATX boards:


There's about 10 bulgy caps in that image. This is what happens when you plug a computer directly into a wall outlet without a UPS/Surge protector.
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