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Computer Freezing

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by loony_taz00, Oct 30, 2005.

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  1. loony_taz00

    loony_taz00 Thread Starter

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    Alright I had a post in Game problems but now the problem has extended to Everything. When i am using my computer one of my hard drives makes a click sound... then the computer freezes then after about 5 seconds it works then in about 10secs- 2 mins later it clicks again and does the same thing? anyone got an idea?
     
  2. ClubMan

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    It's quite possible that your hard disk is failing and the pauses are caused by it retrying many times to read faulty sectors. If possible get low level diagnostic utils from the drive manufacturer and test the disk. Check the Windows Event Viewer for any events related to disk problems that might be logged. Check in your BIOS if hard disk SMART reporting is enabled and, if so, if there are any SMART events logged. If the disk is failing and you want to continue with your existing setup then you could always get a new disk the same size or larger than the existing one and use something like CloneMaxx (free) to clone the disk contents. If necessary, after cloning you can use some form of non destructive repartitioning/partition resizing to access additional diskspace that may be available. I have used CloneMaxx in the past to clone a badly failing server hard disk and while it too ages (due to many retries on many sectors on the failing disk) it eventually worked and I was able to put the new disk into the server and things worked as if nothing had happened! :)
     
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