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Windows crash due to hard disk failure|Identify if your windows is crashing due to hard disk failure.

If your computer keeps restarting unexpectedly, showing a blue screen and a crash dump, with an unsuccessful restart process, chances are your hard disk is fried. See, Windows and other OS versions have their system files and program files installed on the hard disk. If a hard disk fails therefore, the computer should shut down because, the OS cannot find some installation files.

Blue screen error-blue screen of death

Your hard disk has probably fried one of the main capacitors, and chances are the hard disk cannot be able to regulate its temperature. Therefore when it overheats, it disconnects the circuit and shuts down the hard disk to prevent further damage on the hard disk due to the heat.

How to realize if your hard disk is damaged.

  • You may be experiencing some major freezing of the computer especially when you run some heavy software. This is because, when the hard disk shuts down to cool down, the OS cannot read or write anymore data, and therefore takes a lot of time to respond, or does not at all.
  • The desktop may turn white.
  • If you try to force close some applications, or run other applications, the computers fails to respond completely, and with more pressure it crashes returning a blue screen with an error: “Windows has shut own to prevent further damage to your computer,” it then presents a crush dump which Marely or sometimes successfully completes.
  • The computer attempts to restart however, it takes a lot of time boot, only presenting a blank black screen.
  • After the computer fails to restart, it attempts to perform a startup repair, which then completes successfully and prompts the user to restart the computer.
  • If the user restarts the computer, it fails to boot again and the process repeats.

If the user shuts down the computer and waits for a few days, the computer may boot successfully at times, however, it fails soon after the hard disk starts to overheat.

Causes of hard disk failure.

The hard disk is a very delicate device. Minor mistakes that a user makes slowly kill it and weakens it bit by bit.

1.      Sudden power surges.

Any storage device is not supposed to be plugged from power suddenly. It is as similar as hitting an open hard disk using a hammer.

I have compared it with hitting an open hard disk with a hammer, since it is subjecting traumatic stress on a hard disk capacitors with traumatic electric discharge when it is currently most vulnerable.

A hard disk in use is heavily charged, and therefore when discharged all of a sudden it tends to wreck the capacitor, and is never able to regulate the current use in the hard disk, therefore causing it to overheat.

Therefore sudden power surge will ultimately cause the hard disk to fail.

2.      Several OS installations.

If you want to corrupt a driver signature and behaviors you will probably install several versions of software on the same device, programmed to run the computer at the same time.

Installing of windows and other OS versions (Like LINUX,) on the same computer is quite a menace to your computer.

You should begin to witness the computer fail to agree to some driver versions. If you install a new updated driver on a computer it tends to crash an act in a quire manner every time you start the computer, until you downgrade your driver back to an old driver version.

This is because the different driver signatures installed disagree and probably overrun the computer causing it to shut down suddenly to prevent further damage on other devices on the computer.

One of the most influenced device by this is the hard disk.

How to fix the problem and run your windows.

The only solution for the user at this stage of the hard disk failure is a new hard disk installation.

Therefore, the user is required to make an effort to:

1.      Backup the data on the hard disk.

You try to copy the data on the hard disk to another hard drive before you unplug the hard disk from the computer.

However, for your hard disk’s safety, I would strongly recommend you do not do that. This is my best recommendation method to save your data.

  • Unplug the hard disk from your computer.
  • Buy a USB hard disk extension code at a low price.
  • Install the new hard disk and install your windows using your installation disk.
  • Plug in the USB hard drive to your computer, and copy your data.

Hint: Use the Easeus partition Master to copy all the data from one hard disk to another by cloning the previous hard disk.

This is a better method since the hard disk is not overused by the computer hence it does not overheat quickly.

2.      Install a new hard drive in the computer.

Installing a hard disk on your computer, does not require much expertise. However, if you are not certain about the right screws to open, do not just open up your computer.

Also please ensure your safety while uninstalling the hard disk from your computer.

3.      Take the hard disk to repair.

After you have secured your data and installed a new hard disk, you can therefore buy and replace the hard disk motherboard.

However, replacing your hard disk motherboard, causes your data to be lost forever, and that’s why it is important to salvage your data before trying to repair the hard disk.


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