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post #1 of 17
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So I am 5-6 months into my overclocking career and have 50-70 BSOD under my belt over a few windows installs.

My question is what impact does constant BSOD'ing have on your windows install? I have had a few times where I have be booted up into the windows repair tool (something like that).

Tonight I plan on redoing my OC from the ground up and wonder if it is worth partitioning a drive and installing a new copy of windows there to mess with?

Or am I free to BSOD away to my hearts content?
post #2 of 17
Depends, sometimes they can actually corrupt files (since all a BSOD really is most of the time is a corrupted file or something of that nature causing the OS to crash) and other times they don't do much other than annoy you. I've had a few from overclocking but haven't run across any issues with my OS yet however.
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Depends, sometimes they can actually corrupt files (since all a BSOD really is most of the time is a corrupted file or something of that nature causing the OS to crash) and other times they don't do much other than annoy you. I've had a few from overclocking but haven't run across any issues with my OS yet however.
Yeah that's what I'm wondering about, I see 20ish BSOD in my future tonight and would like to not corrupt anything....

Any other thoughts?

I'm thinking of loading a stripped down copy of windows xp maybe and just running Prime and IBT in that
post #4 of 17
Hrm, not sure whether write caching is enabled on SSD's or if they operate differently than HDD's in that matter (no personal experience with an SSD) - but - I generally disable write caching when I overclock to test in Windows so that BSOD's don't wreak too much havoc on the file system / OS install. It's not fail-safe, but it helps maintain the integrity.

I've run chkdsk/sfc after a BSOD if I think it may have messed with Windows in any way after, then get back to overclocking and testing.

I would say you'll get mixed answers on this but the best way (in my opinion) is to install Windows/drivers and testing/stress programs (and anything else you need/use for your personal use while testing your clocks) and do an immediate image for backup (Windows, Norton, Acronis). Then start overclocking and if you have problems and/or find your top/stable clocks you can just do a fresh image of a perfect installation to get back to normal operation/daily use.

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Originally Posted by ibfreeekout View Post
Depends, sometimes they can actually corrupt files (since all a BSOD really is most of the time is a corrupted file or something of that nature causing the OS to crash) and other times they don't do much other than annoy you. I've had a few from overclocking but haven't run across any issues with my OS yet however.

BSOD's are not always related to corrupt files and I find more often than not are caused by three main things: drivers (incompatible and/or unstable with associated hardware), memory (probably related to a lot more BSOD than people give credit), and hardware failure (voltage, clocks, etc). Also cheap antivirus and firewall programs will cause BSOD's like crazy.
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In the past my OC's have all come when I was getting a new drive or new cooler or something where I was fine just reinstallling Windows, but now maybe I will just make anohter image and then just reload that when I finish....
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post #7 of 17
I made the mistake of shutting of write cashing on my ssd..... 3 bsod's later my windows was toast. Had to reinstall. Had many bsod's too..... they usually don't hurt a whole lot as long as you let check disk do its thing if it wants to.
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So far with all my overclocking and numerous BSODs, I haven't noticed any performance drop. If there is one, it's so small that it doesn't matter. I did have one BSOD while trying to overclock my RAM that resulted in Windows being unable to boot, but thankfully that was fixed by the repair tool. Scared the heck out of me though. Any newer Windows OS seems quite resilient to BS's and personally I think that nothing serious will happen most of the time. But people here might have experiences that say otherwise.
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post #9 of 17
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Ok, yeah I had a few windows repair tool experiences that scared the hell out of me. I also have had to reset my CMOS twice which alos took a few years off my life.

So.. concensus is that BSOD dont hurt if you let it startup regularly, etc
post #10 of 17
It depends on what causes the BSOD. If it's early in the boot it usually doesn't break anything, the issue is when you have it up and doing something (potentially writing something to an important file) that could cause an issue.

Just overclock slow and test often. I don't think that I even BSOD'ed on my last CPU overclocking.
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