Bad hard drive? Advice needed!

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Stefk005

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This is a problem I was trying to resolve in another thread, but the situation is clearer and slightly different now and I need advice: is it possible for a hard drive to be faulty even after passing the HDTune scan and all the SeaTools (Seagate's software) tests?

The problem was crashes and BSOD's on a system I built last October, which ran perfectly until 2 weeks ago when I installed 2 new Seagate 7200.11 drives in RAID 0, connected the computer to the internet and updated drivers, etc. After many reinstallations of Vista (SP1), diagnostics, and mentally accusing different software and drivers, the situation is as follows:

I installed the OS on the 2 HD's seperately. On the 1st, I got 2 crashes inside a few hours of use, after installing programs and updates - no BSOD, just the screen went different colours and lines and then restart. On the 2nd HD, everything has been working perfectly all day, and installing all the programs I have has produced no crashes. I've meanwhile run HDtune and all the SeaTools tests on the 1st HD, which came up clear. Likewise on the 2nd HD, which has still one more long test to do.
A lot of the BSODS that came up previously were "page fault in non-paged area," which someone suggested implies the HD.

Anyone with experience of bad HD's please let me know!
Thanks!
 
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I have seen the same errors come up with bad RAM have you tried a program like Memtest? maybe its a Video error have you tried checkign that out? The error (without seeing your prior post) can be quite a few things actually.

0x00000050: PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA
(Click to consult the online MSDN article.)
Requested data was not in memory. An invalid system memory address was
referenced. Defective memory (including main memory, L2 RAM cache, video
RAM) or incompatible software (including remote control and antivirus
software) might cause this Stop message, as may other hardware problems
(e.g., incorrect SCSI termination or a flawed PCI card).
 

Stefk005

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Thanks for the replies so far. Yes I've run memtest several times, and stressed the video card with several programs - all's fine. I also thought it was some new software I was using, but as I said I've had no problems now with everything installed on one of the hard drives, and had absolutely no probs until I installed the 2 new drives.
 
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