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Is my HD dead?

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I have had a problem for a while where I get the "blue screen of death" with an error message (can't remember it off hand, something like 0x00000007. A friend directed me to the MS site, where that error message was listed as being to do with kernels, which he said was really bad, and I should format and reinstall windows.

I've now done this, but the error has started coming up again, although not as frequently. He says my HD is probably knackered, and I'll need a new one. Is he right? The HD also gets incredibly noisy from time to time, even if nothing major is running.

The checks he did:
CPU temperature was fine
Antivirus/spyware scan
Checked cables were plugged in
Checked RAM was seated correctly.

Any help would be appreciated.
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The hard drive makers have utilities that test the hard drives are OK. Go to the website of the drive in your computer and download the program. It will tell you if the drive is going bad. Usually a thrashing HD is doing so because it is developing bad sectors.

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type chkdsk c: /f /r.
If this message is displayed

Chkdsk cannot run because the volume is in use by another
process. Would you like to schedule this volume to be
checked the next time the system restarts? (Y/N)

then type y and press enter.
restart ur computer. and let the scandisk to run. dont cancel it... if there are any bad sectors then they will fixed.
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