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Is my hard drive failing?

by Jacob881 / March 20, 2018 12:45 PM PDT

Recently my pc has been struggling with everything being honest here, from right click desktop freezing, to games with sound out of sync. My computer freezes when I minimize programs too or even when i load a simple program like task manager, it takes ages.

So i think its my hard drive thats the problem, can someone explain the results?



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Clarification Request
I would suspect RAM failing
by James Denison / March 20, 2018 5:30 PM PDT

Download memtest86 and check the RAM to be sure it's not failing.

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RAM test
by Jacob881 / March 20, 2018 8:06 PM PDT

RAM test came back fine with no errors dont worry i thought it was the RAM too at first, I have also had random blue screens too occasionally. Forgot to add that bootup takes ages too, and my hard drive is at 100% at 90% of the time with read and write speeds below 10 MB/s

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The 100% at 90% and low speeds
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 20, 2018 8:10 PM PDT
In reply to: RAM test

Points again to HDD issues.
Between this and the image, it's a HDD issue.

But the good news is you have time to clone this before it's all gone. Some folk keep trying and then the day comes and they lost it all, get to start over.

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by Jacob881 / March 20, 2018 8:45 PM PDT

Thanks for the help you guys,

i'll get back to you with an update

Kind regards

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since not RAM
by James Denison / March 21, 2018 4:52 AM PDT
In reply to: HDD

then HDD like Robert said. checking RAM first is always easier.

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Sorry no but I will confirm
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 20, 2018 1:05 PM PDT

That when I see those alarm signs on those values we do not keep such a drive. It gets replaced with a good drive.

Such freezes are too often traced to this HDD report and errors as you see here.

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The short explanation.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 20, 2018 1:32 PM PDT

Read errors and the other errors mean Windows could freeze waiting for data to arrive. This drive has errors that we expect OSes to just freeze or even reboot.

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by Bob__B / March 21, 2018 7:35 AM PDT

The smart values show the hdd had or has a problem or the prog is not reading the values correct.

Go to the hdd maker's site and see if they have a drive fitness test.

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The slow reads and writes
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 21, 2018 9:54 AM PDT
In reply to: Hdd

Are a form of fitness test.

Because more testing can move this from a badly working drive to a non-working drive my advice is to stop testing and clone to a new drive before it breaks down entirely.

Why? Because most folk don't backup the entire drive and recovery moves from a simple clone job to a full recovery job.

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by Bob__B / March 21, 2018 10:29 AM PDT

The signs are a bum hdd.

First up is a clone to a new hdd.

Once that's done and verified everything functions then move into testing the suspect hdd.

I could never understand why folks don't have base level install media and have full system backups.

If that's the way they want to run the machine it's their business.

Keeps the service counters busy.

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 21, 2018 11:15 AM PDT
In reply to: True

Those are my friends at those counters. No joke. While I have not worked the counters for years I did own shops long ago.

The thing is, with many drives well under 60USD now, it's time to get the job done before it gets to the point we have to ask the OP about base level install media and backups (which we should do anyway.)

Nod to the "Disaster recovery plan" most have today which is "don't have disasters."

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by Bob__B / March 21, 2018 12:05 PM PDT
In reply to: Hey!

Your friends make a pretty good living off of folks like my sister.

She knows how to turn the machine on or off and click on something.

If it does not do what she wants she takes it to the repair counter.

I gave up on trying to explain anything to her, she does not want to hear it.

She's happy with keeping the R.P. wallet fat.

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