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Windows 7 BSOD, other problems as well

A few days ago I've been starting to get blue screens. I can't remember what the first one was, but the most recent one I've had (earlier today) was "Memory Management". I've been getting them almost everyday since a few days ago. BSOD isn't my only problem though. Ever since the BSOD started, my programs and games such as Skype, Steam, Arma 2, Minecraft, Google Chrome (Loads of "Aw Snap" crashes), etc. I haven't been able to re-open Steam or Skype after the crashes. Just today my .NET framework started to constantly crash. A friend told me to do a hardware scan in my BIOS, which I did. Everything passed except my Hard Drive. I'm assuming that's what is causing it. Please help!
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  1. Sounds like you've already figured out that your hard drive is going bad. Get a new hard drive and restore from your backup... you do have a backup, right?
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    Download a bootable version of memtest86, and test your RAM. When lots of stuff goes FUBAR, the RAM is likely to blame. You should run Memtest for at least 1 hour on each stick of RAM, making sure to only have 1 stick in the PC at a time.

    But yes your HDD could also be bad. But sometimes that's false, since it was bad data in the RAM that was getting written to disk. How old is the HDD?
  3. You've already found the problem. The hard drive is on it's way out. Get a new one ASAP and back up all your important files onto whatever you can immediately as it could completely die any minute now.
  4. Trenchcoat said:
    You've already found the problem. The hard drive is on it's way out. Get a new one ASAP and back up all your important files onto whatever you can immediately as it could completely die any minute now.


    How would I backup my windows 7 on the new HDD I buy? I've never had to do this before, and I don't want to have to buy windows 7 again.
  5. JakeV said:
    Trenchcoat said:
    You've already found the problem. The hard drive is on it's way out. Get a new one ASAP and back up all your important files onto whatever you can immediately as it could completely die any minute now.


    How would I backup my windows 7 on the new HDD I buy? I've never had to do this before, and I don't want to have to buy windows 7 again.


    You'd have to get the new hard drive, format it and create a drive image onto it (that's what windows calls a copy of an entire hard drive). Unfortunately the chances of this being successful is very small with a dying hard drive as it will just copy over the exact same bad sectors.

    If you don't have a retail copy of windows you can send an e-mail to the retailer/manufacturer explaining that you have a hard drive fault and politely beg for an OEM windows 7 disk to be sent to you (worked for my brother but his machine was still within warranty).
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