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Forsooth

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Over the past couple days, my computer has began to blue screen almost constantly.

There were a few errors; kernel_data_inpage_error and kernel_stack_inpage_error. Stop codes were 0x000000F4 and 0x0000007A. There was also something concerning atapi.sys.

I read up on a few things but the most I did was switch out my sata cables and made a different peripheral the master (both of which were only temporary solutions). I ran a Memtest for a few hours and it returned no errors, so I'm confident it isn't a problem with my memory. So, I need some help.
 

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I haven't installed any new hardware. I've been using the same setup for over a year now. Those don't really help because I haven't installed anything new.
 
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Are the fans working , is there dust, pet hair, ... buildup inside the tower, is anything that can buildup static like a phone, radio, ... near the tower ?
 

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Fans work completely, I clean my PC thoroughly and often, and there is nothing near the tower.
 
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Also try running System File Check by clicking Start / Run and type in sfc /scannow ( make sure to leave a space between sfc and /scannow ) Have your installation cd handy as you may be asked for it.
 

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Ran Chkdsk. Now I can go about an hour without BSODing.

If it helps any, after these BSODs I get the message, " Disk boot failure, insert system disk and press enter." So, it's basically failing to boot from my HDD? After a few minutes it's able to boot again.
 
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You say that you switched out your sata cables, are you sure their seated tightly and that there's no damage or bent pins ? Also is the bios set to boot from the hdd first ? Finally if no joy try a system restore.
 

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Yes, my bios is set to boot from the hdd. The cables are brand new and there is no damage to my motherboard or the cables themselves.

I turned off system restore when I build the PC :|
 
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Backup your data immediately!. "Disk boot failure, insert system disk and press enter" means the bios did not detect the hard drive and there is no boot devices.

You have all the symptoms of immediate future hard drive failure.
 

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So my best bet is to replace the drive completely?

And for the record, I was mistaken. I never turned off system restore. A system restore won't help here?
 
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DiskMonitorFree is great monitoring and diagnostic tool and will provide a overall health percentage based on the SMART statistics.

System restore wont help no, that is not meant as a backup solution as the original data is stored on the same volume as the restore points. Also you would need a "full" backup of your hard-drive for the restore to your new hard drive.

I would not bother doing a complete backup, we know there was data corruption because chkdsk in the short term worked. Just backup the personal data.

The best solution:

1) Backup all the personal information on the harddrive
2) Run DiskMonitorFree to confirm hard drive failure
3) Purchase a new harddrive
4) Install OS and drivers and programs
5) copy personal data to new hard drive
 
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Yes in IMHO, you can also run DiskMonitorFree software and see what the software detects the hard drive health as.

There is only so much that can be done without physically examining the machine, if your apprehensive about purchasing the hard drive based on my advice get the computer examined at the local computer shop first.
 
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