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Ijuststrangledthecomp

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Dear All

Am in need of urgent advice before I trash the comp. Please forgive me if I sound unclear because I have not been much of a tech freak. I first noticed that my pc was getting noisier about a month back but did nothing more than a system defrag (yes I know, lazy me). Back then I was having me exams and so I did a transfer of the world of warcraft folder to an external hard drive. Alas when I was in the midst of transferring the wow folder the system hanged and I got a blue screen. Did a hard reboot but the system couldn't power up, there wasn't a prior system restore point so I tried reformatting the hard drive but the OS couldn't load. On my 3rd try i managed to reinstall the OS but the pc continued to be sluggish as though i hadn't reformatted. Dskchk failed and so did Scandisk. Also, when I tried defragging I got a blue screen. On Bios my hard drive self test has also failed with error #01-07. I ran several antispyware programs, and then tried doing a defrag with Auslogics which succeeded partially before crashing as well. After doing a chkdsk/r on boot I am now able to defrag but the pc continues to be sluggish.

Performance of pc has also deteriorated such that when playing media like songs, videos and online streaming I notice an intermittent "kicking' or "jumping" every few seconds. When i tried to load my WoW game, I have crashed with an error 134 which I have found to be cause by a failure to read data. I have tried reseating my hard drive and memory cards and done a memtest which gives an all clear on the ram. I have done a SMART test on the hard drive which shows that my hard drive is still on a 58% performance with 38% heating. Cooling wise my pc is near a window and my fans are working. Can I assume that it is not a hard drive mechanical failure cause I do not hear a clicking sound (although I can hear the hard drive struggling at times to read data). I have updated all my drivers and video cards after reading in the forums that it could be a driver error but the problem continues. Would I be right in saying that it is a bad sector problem? If so should I go about doing a HDD regen or would it be recommended to ghost my OS and replace the HD? I am afraid that the problem could be with software and replacing the HD would not solve the problem. In such an instance, I would only corrupt another HD which would be an absolute nightmare.

Please do advise on what I might do to correct this issue. A week without WoW is [bleep] for someone like me and I would appreciate all help in resolving the matter. Many thanks in advance.

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Hi Ijuststrangledthecomp,

Unfortunately, error 07 is happening because the HDD is dead. Try replace the HDD and see if it will solve the problem.

Regards,
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More serious than bad sectors - replace the drive, put a new copy of Windows on it and then get what you can off the old drive before it packs up altogether.
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Cheerios guys :)

Going about with replacing the drive. Will update!

Best Rgds

Grey
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