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Improper Shutdown = broken hardware?

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July 22, 2010 3:19:10 AM

Hello, I build a PC in Mach and it was working perfectly until now, a few days ago I reinstalled Windows 7 Professional 64 bit and everything worked nicely. Yesterday, I lost power and my pc was shut down improperly. I turned it back on and it seems to boot fine but for some reason I get random Blue screens, freezes, browser crashes etc. My computer almost never crashed before but after the power outage, it stopped working properly. Can you guys give a few tips on how to troubleshoot or find the issue?
I have a feeling that my old sata 1 160gb seagate hard drive might be to blame and since it is so outdated compared to the rest of the pc, I ordered a WD Caviar Black but it will come in a week or so and I need a working computer until then.

Any help appreciated.

Hardware:
MSI p55 GD65
Core i7 860 @2.8
Gskill 4gb 1600 RAM
OCZ 700w PSU
XFX 9600GT

OS:
Win7Pro 64 bit

July 22, 2010 4:00:12 AM

What BSOD are you receiving?
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July 22, 2010 4:04:04 AM

I'm not sure, usually a blue screen appears for a second or two and my pc restarts automatically. Are these errors stored in a log file or something?
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July 22, 2010 9:15:55 AM

Control Panel/System/Advanced/Startup and Recovery -Settings uncheck automatically restart.
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July 22, 2010 6:26:55 PM

Power outages can cause a lot of problems with computers. The BSOD error code could help figuring out what the problem is.
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July 22, 2010 6:32:36 PM

It would be safe to say the outage did some damage to the hard drive.
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