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Can a bad Hard Drive Cause Blue Screen?

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August 29, 2012 9:47:07 PM

I have a Western Digital WD2500AJS that I had Ubuntu installed on with some legacy files that I rarely booted. I had the Ubuntu operating system fail to boot after becoming too hosed to be worth the time to figure out, and having other back ups of the legacy files I reformatted it and re-installed Ubuntu..... only to have it get hosed after a while.

I am not a big Linux user, so I attributed the failures to my inexperience with the OS and this time wiped the disk and installed a fresh and fully updated version of Win XP SP3 and the old files again.

That worked for a while, but I have just had another failure. This time the OS became very sluggish... something going wrong while in Windows Explorer. A coupe of slow screens later.. BSoD...

The drive had been reformatted and bad sectors repaired before the windows install.

The rig is my primary rig and has run like a champ when booted from its main disk with its main Win XP OS.... it has worked through all the failures and I am typingon it now.... so the blue screen can't be any other hardware on the rig.

I don't see how malware or virus could take down both Linux and Windows either... which leaves the hard disk.... Do I have a bad Hard disk?

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August 29, 2012 9:57:05 PM

Run the western digital test, http://support.wdc.com/product/download.asp?groupid=606...

That isn't your drive, but i think its the same one for all drives and i'm to lazy to hunt yours down. BSOD can be caused by a bad drive, and about 30,000 other things.

Start by testing your drive though, that's quick and easy.
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September 1, 2012 12:52:55 AM

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September 1, 2012 12:58:02 AM

tomatthe said:
Run the western digital test, http://support.wdc.com/product/download.asp?groupid=606...

That isn't your drive, but i think its the same one for all drives and i'm to lazy to hunt yours down. BSOD can be caused by a bad drive, and about 30,000 other things.

Start by testing your drive though, that's quick and easy.



Thanks. With the weekend I had time to run this utility.

The quick test failed.

The extended Test failed.

I tried repairing sectors, but that operation failed with "handling Error" a an error code.

I have this data backed up elsewhere, so I guess I will just trash the drive. 1st HDD I have ever had fail on me.
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