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HDD Failure ???

by GuitarFiend13 / June 21, 2013 5:12 AM PDT

Mothers comp has been having problems for months now.First known issue was comp. going into boot-loops.Tried avast boot scan.I believe during the course of this scan it was looping.I left the comp alone and let it do it's thing overnight while scanning.Only checked on it occasionally.Got tired of it & finally went to sleep but left the comp running). After I got up I checked it again.Was actually surprised the scan even finished because of the looping.

Scan told me about 2 possible viruses.Was able to remove only one.After some searching,found that the 2nd one may not even actually be a virus. In addition to this boot scan I have run Malwarebytes,CCleaner,Eusing free registry cleaner and (I believe) if I remember correctly,Spybot.

Everything seems (and seemed) to be up to date also (drivers/programs). Checked all (outside of the tower) connections and all seemed fine.Checked for dust clogging fans.All seemed okay.Ran recovery (not restore) (and for about 2 weeks +/- give/take) all seemed better.NOT ! Boot loping started again.Next,I did a restore.Again,things seemed fine (for awhile) (Again,2 weeks +/- give/take).

After (finally) being able to get the comps internet connection set up again (kept looping while trying to do this) computer was back online (supposedly). BUT-IE would work not work well.Kept erroring out.Finally (after boot looping during process of updating IE & downloading FF) I was able to get the browsers to start working again without erroring out constantly (sometimes).

Comp has been working (again +/- 2 weeks give/take) but still with browsers erroring out a lot.New problem...after booting up this morn,I went back to the comp & had a blank screen & comp tower was beeping.One (slightly long) beep.Repeating over & over.I am at my wits end with this comp.Been working on this for months now.And,if it matters,I have even tried MS's fix it center.

Have considered buying and trying a new hard drive.But,is that the route I should go ? Is it maybe something else ? Motherboard,etc ? Loose connections inside the tower ? Maybe some (slightly) new ram that was installed (MONTHS ago) ??? I cannot keep a "constant" eye on this post today.But,every now & then I will check in.Any advice would be immensely helpful and much appreciated.

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Beeping?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 21, 2013 5:15 AM PDT
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That's usually a sign if there is some heat issue.

Did you clean it with canned air, check the fans and if over 2 years old replace the old heatsink compound?
Bob

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Beeping ?
by GuitarFiend13 / June 21, 2013 6:12 AM PDT
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R. Proffitt-No I didn't clean the fans with air (unless you're talking about the heat sink.And,in that case,then,I have to find out what/where the heat sink is ! Happy

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Then it's likely the yearly maintenance was never done?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 21, 2013 6:52 AM PDT
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Run chkdsk
by wpgwpg / June 21, 2013 5:41 AM PDT
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I'd check that hard drive for bad sectors with chkdsk. Boot to the command prompt and issue the command Chkdsk /r /f . Be aware that this could run for several hours.
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I also must tell you that registry cleaners are snake oil. Since you've run one, you may end up reinstalling Windows or restoring to factory settings. Whatever data you have that you don't want to lose should be backed up ASAP.
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Good luck.

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HDD Failure ???
by GuitarFiend13 / June 21, 2013 6:09 AM PDT
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wpgwpg...Actually...very sorry...chkdsk has already been run at least 3 x (3x because again...the looping problem).I just forgot to mention it.

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It even has the problem from the command prompt?
by wpgwpg / June 21, 2013 1:12 PM PDT
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Usually that kind of problem can be circumvented by booting to the Command Prompt instead of the normal Windows or even Safe Mode. Did you try it from the Command Prompt? If that doesn't work, you could get some live CD like Ubuntu, boot from it and run chkdsk from that. You could also download stand alone hard drive diagnostics from Seagate or Western Digital.
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Good luck.

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