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Crash,Crash,Crash and another Crash

by taylor1277 / August 6, 2011 12:56 PM PDT

first of all i am running vista home premium,if that matters i have 512mb of ram,500gb harddrivve.What problem is in the last four months i have had about 3 burned out harddrives,i cant understand what keeps crashing them.,any ideas would be greatly appreciated,like if there is any software that i can make a restore point of my harddrive and then if it starts acting up i can just revert it back.i cant keep family photos on my system i am afraid of it crashing again and then i loose them,or music,any thing of that nature,is there any program that i can use that will keep my computer at the state that i want it.i want a restore point where if i add something i can restore it,everything that went in gets taken out and everything that was moved around gets put back where its at,i run some of the best programs from Cnet and still cant keep my computer secure and running,i had this computer for 4 years and until march 2011 i never had one problem with it,now and i cant afford a new one right now,i would love to chuck this out the window before i do any ideas of what i can do to make my computer run correctly.

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Vista on 512MB RAM = lots of disk activity.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 6, 2011 12:59 PM PDT

I think you cleared up part of the mystery!

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To lisamosley. Post deleted.
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / August 6, 2011 9:35 PM PDT

I don't think Bob requires Norton 360. He has his own ideas about virus control.

But in any case spamming these forums gets posts deleted. That is why I deleted yours.

Also, you may want to review that web site you linked to. WOT doesn't like it;
http://www.mywot.com/en/scorecard/teezsoft.com

Perhaps the web site administrators need to rethink their strategy?

Mark

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what are you talking about
by taylor1277 / August 7, 2011 7:30 AM PDT

what mystery did i find

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Sorry I think you revealed a cause.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 7, 2011 7:43 AM PDT

Vista on 512MB is going to work the drives harder than most systems. It's a fine clue to early hard drive deaths.

Even so, if they fail that fast the warranty will keep you from paying over and over.
Bob

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The mystery of the problem crashes ...
by Edward ODaniel / August 7, 2011 7:50 AM PDT

and the three "burned out hard drives".

What makes you think the drives are "burned out"? Can you describe the crashes (exactly what happened during and after each? If the BIOS can still see the old drives there is a strong probability that they are merely corrupted and not "burned up".

Read this link and see what Microsoft insists are the minimum WORKING system requirements for Vista:
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-vista/products/system-requirements

At the bottom of that link you will see that your RAM meets only the bare minimum to get Vista up and running and then trying to run applications too causes a lot of swap file thrashing.

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