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I can't defrag anymore. I've tried several 3rd party programs and Vista's defrag. They all freeze shortly after starting. Then I can't ctrl+alt+del or anything except click Cancel or Stop on the defrag, but then that freezes too.
I downloaded SMART Monitor to check but can't figure out what commands to use.

Is my hard drive going? And if that isn't enough to tell... how do I start up SMART to check?
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Why not download HDTune?
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Ok I tried running the error scan on HDTune. 2 seconds in on its timer, it froze. It let me stop it, but everything was still froze. I ctrl+alt+del'd and got an hour glass, then 10 seconds later a black screen, that's when I had to shut down (it's done this before, nothing happens after the black screen).

Am I doomed?
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Hmm. It could either be a bad HDD or Windows is goofed. If you can, maybe try running a LiveCD of Linux and running a SMART test that way. But things aren't sounding good.
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Ok I got LiveCD running but I have no idea how to run anything on Linux.

Anyone have any other ideas?
Edited by Neophilus - 1/31/11 at 8:18am
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Is you CPU @ Stock? Also check your southbridge heatsink if it has one.

As mbudden says - a live boot would be ideal, do you have a usb drive that's big enough?
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I would have to say hard drive issue. Whatever is happening, try to download Unstoppable copier and copy over all your important files, just in case. This program will skip the bad sectors.

Do you have multiple hard drives to do different testing with? See if this problem happens with other drives.

Isn't there a dos command that checks the system files for errors? You could pop in a win recovery disc and see what happens. Maybe installing over the current windows to eliminate other possibilities?
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Is you CPU @ Stock? Also check your southbridge heatsink if it has one.

As mbudden says - a live boot would be ideal, do you have a usb drive that's big enough?
Yes it's stock. I don't know anything about the heatsink :/. I just know it's running at 40° celsius according to HD Tune.

So I used InfraRecorder to get LiveCD onto a disc and got Slax Linux running, but yeah I have no idea how to run any programs on there except Firefox. Good suggestion if only I weren't Linux-illiterate!
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I would have to say hard drive issue. Whatever is happening, try to download Unstoppable copier and copy over all your important files, just in case. This program will skip the bad sectors.

Do you have multiple hard drives to do different testing with? See if this problem happens with other drives.

Isn't there a dos command that checks the system files for errors? You could pop in a win recovery disc and see what happens. Maybe installing over the current windows to eliminate other possibilities?
I'll check out Unstoppable. Already filled my external/portable HDD trying to clear off my internal. But no I only run this one internal at a time. I don't know about defragging the external - I barely use it except for storage.

So my next step is to clear the HDD and try reinstalling Vista.
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I ran the Vista System File Checker:
Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files but was unable to fix some of them.
Details are included in the CBS.Log windir\\logs\\CBS\\CBS.log.

Does this help pinpoint things any better?
Edited by Neophilus - 1/31/11 at 12:38pm
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