Solved: Vista crashing/unstable (crash while defragging)

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Vista has been acting up on me for a while now. Mostly blue screen's and various application crashes (superfetch and quite a few other things). It seems to crash most while running a virus scan or IE9.

Yesterday in an attempt to try and smooth out the performance I tried to defrag my HDD's. During the defrag I ended up getting a blue screen. I left the defragging at that, but now im trying to install a game (starcraft2) which had installed perfectly fine no more then 48 hours ago, and I constantly get errors saying "Could not write ______ to disc".

My question is, could a crash during defrag corrupt the HDD and make it impossible to write to it? (above info if you think the problem could be easily fixed)
 

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A faulty hard drive could be the problem all along. Have you tested the hard drive? Each hard drive manufacturer puts out diagnostics that can test the hard drive.

I wouldn't blame defrag for damaging the drive if thats what it turns out to be, it could cause some file system corruption but that you can likely fix with a CHDKSK, I would more likely blame a failing drive for causing the crashes you experiencing though.
 
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Yes I agree with triple6 on this, sounds like this was something that may have been going on for a little while.. chkdsk /f should be enough.
 

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Thanks. Would a faulty HDD also be progressively worse?
At first everything ran fine, then started having trouble with IE9 and some applications crashing, and then finally larger games/vista crashing itself, and then now (Get the vista loading screen, but the desktop doesn't load, just blank).

EDIT-The desktop loaded now.
 

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Yes, parts can get progressively worse, actually thats very common.

Also CHKDSK /F is not enough if the drive has bad sectors or has other problems beyond simple file system errors.
 
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