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My desktop hard drive seems to be failing

By brightrenown ·
Tags: Hardware
I'm getting memory errors, it struggles to load up my computer sometimes, and occasionally my browser and stuff I have open in general will crash because of memory problems, and I just got a unknown hard drive error warning now. Is there any way to restore a hard drive's health, or should I just invest in a new hard drive and transfer my operating system to it? It's a Samsung SSD, 1TB, and only 3 years old. Thanks in advance.
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Re: hard drive

by kbtr1 Moderator In reply to My desktop hard drive see ...

Usually, memory means RAM and hard drive is storage. So it's very unclear what causes the crash you mention and what that "crash" exactly means.

Usually, an error and a warning are different things, so it's unclear what your "error warning" is.

That being said, what are the SMART values of that SSD? Does chkdsk find any errors? Does Samsung somewhere on their site have a diagnostic program you can run?

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by brightrenown In reply to Re: hard drive

I've just used Samsung magician and checked it with command prompt, both says the hard disk is healthy. It seems to work perfectly fine for a while sometimes, and then my browser will crash, and whatever's open along with it. I have two sticks of Corsair DDR4 3200 MHz dominator ram, and it's not like I'm running anything too memory heavy, so I really don't know what the problem could be.... I also still have 65 gigs of space left on the drive, so it shouldn't be a problem with programs failing because of a lack of storage.

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Re: memory

by kbtr1 Moderator In reply to .

Things you can try:
1. Test RAM with memtest86 (free download)
2. Test with 1 stick of RAM instead of two. Check both.

You still didn't tell what exactly happens when it "crashes", what error message lets you think it's a problem with memory and what that "unknown hard drive error warning" exactly is.

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by brightrenown In reply to Re: memory

Thank you, I updated its firmware with Samsung Magician and so far touch wood I haven't had the same problems, but if I do get the same problems I will definitely test my RAM, or I might do it anyway just because

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Re: failing because of a lack of storage.

by kbtr1 Moderator In reply to .

That's not disk space, I think. Maybe virtual memory settings; just settings, not hardware at all.
What are your settings (check in Control Panel>System)?

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by brightrenown In reply to Re: failing because of a ...

Another thing to note is that it happens often when I leave my computer running and it goes to sleep, when I go back on after sleeping things will be not responding, and I'll have to close stuff down, and then reopen everything. I downloaded that memory checker but it looks like you have to put it on a USB for some reason? So I haven't done that yet.

[edit] My virtual memory settings are 22031 mb.

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Re:virtual memory

by Kees_B Moderator In reply to .

Set it to managed by Windows without an upper limit. Does that make any difference?

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by brightrenown In reply to Re:virtual memory

I think I might have underestimated how much memory a browser can take up. I use Opera, and I had the same problem, a game I was playing crashed, so I closed a load of tabs and I didn't have memory issues again, and the game didn't crash either. So I think I just need to limit how many tabs I have open in my browser, possibly... I can have close to a hundred tabs open at a time sometimes

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by brightrenown In reply to .

Scratch that... it's not my browser, pretty sure it's a driver issue, I got a Driver Power State Failure bluescreen recently.

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Re: driver issue

by Kees_B Moderator In reply to .

Since there are no drivers for RAM, and only generic drivers for a hard disk (they come with Windows, not with the disk drive) I really doubt if it's a driver issue.

Since there is no way to replace the drivers for the hard disc in Windows, you'll need to stop using Windows and start using Linux in stead to get rid of a possible driver issue.

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