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About 6 months ago I bought a top of the range P.C (put it together myself) i7-930 etc and it's worked perfectly since then up until today, basically, I was playing a game and I minimized the screen to see MSN was frozen then my whole computer froze, after about 7 seconds of freeze it went back to normal and maximized my game, then the game froze.

So I restarted the P.C and my computer didn't detect my HDD on restart (this has never happened before until now) so I restarted again and it detected it fine but windows froze on startup, restarted and it finally worked, I've restarted it several times since and it's been fine, I used chkdsk and it found no bad sectors or any problems.

I'm checking the temps and everything seems fine but the HDD is making noises like it's doing something every 5-10 mins or so then goes quiet again, it was also making a beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep noise around the time my computer couldn't detect it.

Any help here please guys? This comp cost me £1,200 and I've had it for like 6 months only, would be devestated if it's breaking down on me already.


HDD = wd1002faex (western digital black 1TB)

Mobo = P6X58D-E
post #2 of 7
Have you scanned the drive using Western Digital DataLifeguard Tools? This can be done with a Hiren's Boot CD or an Ultimate Boot CD. You will want to use the manufacturers diag tools for an accurate assessment of your HDD. Run a short DST, if it fails you will know there is something up. If it passes run a long DST for good measure as a full surface scan may be necessary to pinpoint things that chkdsk can miss. When running chkdsk what command parameters are you using? You should run a thorough chkdsk with the following command line "chkdsk /r c:" or "chkdsk /f c:". The /r command runs chkdsk to look specifically for issues and repair them as needed. It will also data verify as well as scan security desciptors and is the most thorough chkdsk. A /f command will allow the chkdsk program to perform a full scan but ignores data verification of files stored on the drive. Also, make sure that you have the latest BIOS for your mobo.
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Originally Posted by BodyShield View Post
Have you scanned the drive using Western Digital DataLifeguard Tools? This can be done with a Hiren's Boot CD or an Ultimate Boot CD. You will want to use the manufacturers diag tools for an accurate assessment of your HDD. Run a short DST, if it fails you will know there is something up. If it passes run a long DST for good measure as a full surface scan may be necessary to pinpoint things that chkdsk can miss. When running chkdsk what command parameters are you using? You should run a thorough chkdsk with the following command line "chkdsk /r c:" or "chkdsk /f c:". The /r command runs chkdsk to look specifically for issues and repair them as needed. It will also data verify as well as scan security desciptors and is the most thorough chkdsk. A /f command will allow the chkdsk program to perform a full scan but ignores data verification of files stored on the drive. Also, make sure that you have the latest BIOS for your mobo.
Haven't got Datalifeguard Tools or an Ultimate Boot CD, would greatly appreciate links to both. Just used a standard chkdsk search the one that happens when you restart your computer etc.

My BIOS version = 08.00.15, I'm not sure if that's the latest version though.

Thanks for the help, really appreciated.
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Okay, if its still working, copy everything you need from is as soon as you can to an external hard drive. I mean you wouldnt want to lose anything would you?
    
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Okay, if its still working, copy everything you need from is as soon as you can to an external hard drive. I mean you wouldnt want to lose anything would you?
Yeah I've backed everything up, it seems to be working fine now though which is really weird.
post #6 of 7
Install HD Tune free trial and check the SMART data section. It might indicate towards any errors or failures waiting to happen.
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Install HD Tune free trial and check the SMART data section. It might indicate towards any errors or failures waiting to happen.
I used Data LifeGuard Diagnostics and everything came back fine but everytime I try to open HD Tune I get what I had before, everything freezes/becomes slow/unresponsive and it lasts until I turn off the computer then start it up again and everything runs fine up until I try to open HD Tune.

This sound like a hardware problem or a software one?

Srsly puzzled as to why this is happening out of the blue when there was absolutely nothing wrong with it for 6 months.
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