Windows 10: Identifying a hard drive failure.

Discus and support Identifying a hard drive failure. in Windows 10 BSOD Crashes and Debugging to solve the problem; I have had a series of performance issues over the last four months. I have a Toshiba Satellite laptop running W10. It had stopped working and had to... Discussion in 'Windows 10 BSOD Crashes and Debugging' started by CliffordSanford, Jan 12, 2019.

  1. Identifying a hard drive failure.


    I have had a series of performance issues over the last four months. I have a Toshiba Satellite laptop running W10. It had stopped working and had to be restored using the Windows Media Creator. The issues continued afterwards and boot up began to be increasingly slow. Most recently it ceased completing the boot up process completely. Now when started it seems to work normally thru the Toshiba login process. Afterwards the screen goes to black (it does not ever show the "blue screen of death"). It remains in black for about a minute, then the message "Preparing Auto Repair" for a short period of time. The screen goes back to total black and nothing appears two be happening. Hours later the PC responds to no commands or keystrokes. Then the PC can only be shut off by removing the power and the battery.


    Because the PC can perform the Toshiba Login I have concluded that the mother board and memory is not likely to be defective. I suspect that the Toshiba Login process is derived from a separate piece of ROM. I believe the W10 login is loaded from the hard drive, thus the hard drive has died.


    Is my reasoning applicable in the situation described above, or are there other issues that cripple the PC in this manner? All ideas are Welcomed. Tnx

    :)
     
    CliffordSanford, Jan 12, 2019
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    Heres a much easier hack that I realized quite a few years ago that really does work!

    REQUIREMENTS:
    • Hard drive with molex power connection.
    • PSU with more than 1 strand that has molex plugs on it.
    • Wire strippers, soldering iron if you're fancy, electrical tape if you're not.
    STEPS:
    • Take the strand of connectors from your PSU, and decide which one will be the donator for this overclocking adventure.
    • Cut the yellow and orange cables, then twist them together.
    • Find the power connector you've chosen as the overclocking connector, and release the orange cable from the connector. Now use your preferred method to bind them together, then place it back together.
    • Plug in a drive and feel the speed!
    Congratulations! You've just overclocked your hard drive!
     
    Sir B. Fannybottom, Jan 12, 2019
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  4. Identifying a hard drive failure.

    Seagate External Hard Drive

    Hi Barbara,

    Hardware failure or corruption within your system files are some of the possible reasons why you are experiencing an issue with accessing your external hard drive. For us to provide an accurate solution, we would need you to answer the following questions:

    • Which build, version and edition of Windows 10?
    • Are you experiencing the same issue when you are trying to access the external hard drive using another PC?
    • What troubleshooting steps have you done so far?

    In the meantime, we suggest running the automated troubleshooter for hardware. Follow these steps to do so:

    • Open the Control Panel.
    • Using the search box at the upper right corner of the window, type troubleshooting.
    • From the search results, click on Troubleshooting.
    • Click on Hardware and Sound and then choose Hardware and Devices.
    • Once done, restart your computer and then check if the same issue persists.

    We are looking forward to your response.
     
    Darleen Pen, Jan 12, 2019
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