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Hardware failure refers to the act of a piece of physical hardware failing to meet its designed standards during operation.

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Can it be that two S.M.A.R.T. hard drives die at the same time?

I have a PC with 2 S.M.A.R.T. drives, of different makes and age. Both started complaining about bad sectors this week and finally failed. The PC didn't fall or something. Can it be that it's a ...
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Do I have a mechanical failure or a PCB failure?

In reference to a question I asked earlier today, I switched from Recuvra to HDD Regenerator 2011, with better results. The tool has been running for 11 minutes now, and it has recovered 18 bad ...
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Newly built, very high-spec PC, encountering errors and performance issues

Since building my new PC, it’s been having a load of hard-to-trace issues. However as all the components are pretty much new, I can’t really pinpoint the cause. It’s a fresh install of Windows 8.1, ...
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What do I need to do in order to protect my hardware from electrical damage? [on hold]

The Specifics I've just recently started using more equipment. My set-up consists of two external monitors powered by a laptop (15" late 2011 MacBook Pro if that matters). I have a docking station, ...
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is a “Fusion” drive still usable after the flash portion fails?

It seems like with a Fusion drive you now have two separate components that can fail. The MTBF between the SSD part and the spinning part isn't going to be all that different, although the reason for ...
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Computer doesnt work properly [closed]

My computer got harware failure last week.When i boot the pc sometime it doesnt boot the screen and also doesnt posting (beeping)(all fans and light ,that is inside, work fine),but after lot of ...
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Recovering data from a fried external hard drive

I've got an old Seagate FreeAgent external hard drive, 500 GB. It’s the kind that needs an AC adapter to power it. It has been sitting in storage for about 3 years when I pulled it out to get the ...
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“Weak bits” test for flash drive?

Flash memory has a limited number of write cycles. In a recent question, @Rsya Studios discussed problems with reads affecting neighboring bits, which is correctable up to a point. Neither of these ...
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CHKDSK finds no errors but drive keeps on failing

So here is the problem: I have an external disk that I use to store all the archived data, e.g. photos, movies, etc. The drive is formatted as NTFS, and checking the Disk Management tool from the ...
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External HD Damaged During File Transfer

A friend was exporting a project from Final Cut Pro when his external drive containing this HD was disconnected and is no longer accessible. He was using a mac and the drive is formatted for Extended ...
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Error notebook samsung np300e4c Boot menu is empty

I have my notebook Samsung NP300e4c. When turned on yesterday it shows me a picture with the list of boot options menu and app, but the list of boot I get empty !!!! Entering BIOS recognizes my ...
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Hard Disk head stack trouble [closed]

P.S: it's maybe stupid, and maybe duplicate question. If it's so sorry. I have a problem with my Hard Drive (SATA III). Shortly and simply I explained my problem in this link. I searched this on ...
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Slow computer. Used to be fast [duplicate]

Ok guys my last question was flagged so I will try to be more specific. I bought a computer 3 years ago that a friend of the family built for me. He seems to know what he is doing so he built it ...
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External HDD failures with safely remove usb

I have external HDD ADATA SH93 500GB. OS Windows 7 64 bit. Its file system is NTFS. When I unplug the HDD from my PC sometimes it fails and it is not recognizable from the Windows. My suspicion is ...
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Unusable HDD and wrong 'Power-On hours' of S.M.A.R.T

Recently (last month) I bought a 120GB Maxtor (Model: 6L120P0) Hard disk drive and and now, I can not even format or re-partition it and I understood that there are some bad sectors on the disk. So I ...
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PC fails to boot after a knock to the top of its case

I accidentally knocked off a small block of fools' gold on-top of my computer case, but didn't actually hit anything inside (since the case was open), and now the computer is having serious stability ...
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Bad hard drive recovery, odd drive recognition issue

I have a 1GB hard drive that's decided to die on me. Nothing unusual there. However, when I hook it up via, say, USB dock it shows up in fdisk along with the correct partition table for a minute... ...
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My PC starts up with black screen

My PC just crashed, and now I can't get it to start up. I was watching something on my PC. All of a sudden my screen started flickering at the top and bottom of the screen. After about 10 seconds, ...
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Diagnosing RAM being damaged by other hardware

About a year ago I had trouble with some bad memory as discussed in my previous question. After that I replaced all 4 of my RAM sticks which solved the issue. About a week ago the issue ...
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Adding more RAM to Gigabyte GA-P35-DS4 rev. 1.0 makes it extremely slow

Summary: Using the motherboard mentioned at the title, adding the DDR2 modules (from 4 GB to 8 GB) caused extreme slowdown. Memtest86+ reveals that probably reading the upper 512 MB works, but is ...
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Does end-user stress testing hardware serve a purpose?

Every now and then questions come up that ask for good ways for an end user to "stress test" a particular type of hardware. This is not one of them. Rather, I am asking whether end user stress ...
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Apple late early 2009 MacBook Pro does not wake (easily) from sleep

My MacBook Pro does not wake up from sleep. Someone told me (because she also had a problem with the same symptoms as mine) there is a sensor at the hinge at the bottom of the display that tells the ...
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How do I know if my PSU is dead or if my PC won't turn on because of something else?

The other day, my PC shut off in the middle of using it and will not turn back on. I think it could be my PSU because it is exhibiting some of the same behaviors of what I've seen on the negative ...
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PC slow when creating folders, displaying file open/save dialog

I've noticed my trusty Windows 7 PC seems to be getting sluggish, but in quite specific ways only. When I am using a specific program it is responsive and works fine. But more and more frequently, ...
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DELL Inspiron beeps after remove the screen

I needed to remove my Inspiron N5110 screen. Everything would be okay but the computer is beeping now (8 times over and over in case of screen error). Is it possible to turn that beeping off? If ...
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Are these problems symptoms of a broken motherboard? [closed]

I've got a Latitude E5500 That has been apparently been sitting in a box for a few years. Lady gave it to me, said it would never boot up. As I suspected, the bios battery was dead. I yoinked it out ...
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Is it bad to move my laptop (or change its orientation) while its on if it has a Solid State Drive?

I am thinking of putting a solid state hard drive in my computer. Besides from the obvious major beneficial factor of upgraded read/write speeds i also have this habit of ALWAYS turning off my laptop ...
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Western Digital (WD) External Hard Drive 1 TB making loud whirring sounds, disconnecting on its own, overheating (?)?

I bought my 1 TB WD My Passport external drive 10 months ago. A few minutes ago, I heard a loud whirring sound. Louder than the usual (usual meaning the sound you hear when you put your ear on the ...
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Is it safe to keep laptop upside down?

The air intake of my laptop is on the bottom surface. Whenever I set some huge files for downloading, I close the lid and keep the laptop upside down. I am concerned about the HDD getting damaged. ...
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Amount of RAM went down when I installed more?

I have an old PC that I would like to use as a home file server. The amount of RAM it had was very low (somewhere around 500mb), so I decided to add some more. I got the exact same kind it uses ...
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Windows 8 hang on startup and chkdsk /f /r

Trying to fix a friends Lenovo p400 laptop. The drive is a samsung spin point one terabyte drive. The system hangs during booting, will go into system recovery, or the uefi firmware settings screen. ...
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Audio is suddenly glitchy or mono-only and right ear bud giving me tiny shocks

I've had this desktop PC for years. The mobo is a Gigabyte GA-73VM-S2 (rev 1.0). Last week, suddenly, while I was listening to music, I noticed the sound was glitchy, as if only part of the signal was ...
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How do I know if one of my RAID 1 drives died?

Lets say I have a few HDDs in a RAID 1 array. From where will I know that one of my HDDs is dead? Is there some kind of automatic alert system or do I have to check it manually? If I have to check it ...
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My Dell Latitude E6420 won't start up

When I turn on my laptop it stops shortly after it turns on and displays nothing at all but it lights up the screen. I tried the BIST which it appears there's nothing wrong there. I hooked up my ...
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Hardware error, dell optiplex 760 error code 3 and 5 steady amber

i own a used Dell optiplex 760. The problem that i'm facing is that it shows a steady amber power light, and the blinking diagnostic error codes 3,4. Given this ...
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Windows 7 Keeps Rebooting after RAM Upgrade

My Notebook comes with a 4GB RAM (2x2GB) (Sony Vaio vpcea46fm) I am Upgrading to 8GB (2x4GB) memory, but after i installed the new ships, windows keeps rebooting. If i return the old RAM everything ...
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Accidentally got a little bit of water in uninterruptible power supply outlet; just let it dry, or trash it?

So, I had some water in my home office, I know that wasn't very responsible, but let's not point any fingers here. Long story short, a bit of water ended up spritzed onto some of the actual plugs of ...
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Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 failure to post with peculiar PCI card

We have a couple of peculiar PCI cards being used in a circ. 2007 proprietary phone/radio communications logging appliance(WindowsXP PC). Both the card connectors and the old motherboard sockets ...
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Determining which Graphics Card is causing BSOD?

I used to mine Dogecoin with my tower. It has 2x NVidia GTX GeForce 570 2.5 GB graphics cards SLI'd together. I no longer mine but I mined for months, maybe a year, 24/7 and it has shortened the life ...
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Laptop hard drive is silent, but it was noisy before. Should I be worried?

So my laptop's hard drive always had this soft, buzzing, clicking sound when the hard drive was working. The sound was there when the laptop was brand new and it was always present during the years, ...
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Is it my motherboard or something else?

One day while working on my PC, it suddenly hung with no response. I looked at the hard disk to ensure whether it's working but it failed - there was no blinking LED. I restarted my PC, my computer ...
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My External USB Hard Drive won't show up

My External USB Hard Drive don't show up. I checked in Computer Management, Disk Management and Device Management, the partition of my Hard Disk exists I was trying to install a linux ...
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Troubleshooting Hardware with limited resources

I have a newly built computer which won't post, output video, or even beep despite the installed speaker. The case fans and CPU / GPU fans start up and continue, and the hard drive seems to soon up. ...
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Original cracked laptop screen works. New one goes off after a minute

I have cracked screen on Lenovo S400. With this cracked screen, laptop works as excepted. When I install replacement screen, laptop works for about a minute and then the display goes black. It is ...
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How to check RAM on nVidia graphics card?

How to check RAM on nVidia graphics card? I am experiencing some errors and would like to check my video card memory. I downloaded cuda-memcheck, but looks like it is not memory check, but memory ...
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I accidently shorted a circuit on my motherboard

I was working on installing a new motherboard. I accidentally shorted a circuit on the board with my screwdriver. I saw a few tiny sparks when it touched. Now the board wont power on at all. Is there ...
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ram errors solved by swapping slots used by ram

I had 4 sticks of ram (2.5GB) working for ~3 days until on reboot POST showed ram error.By elimination I removed the (seemingly?) 0.5GB bad ram.Then after ~10 days I added 0.25GB of ram causing the ...
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Usb ports connecting and disconnecting

I know this is not the place to ask about hardware problems and solutions, but I can't search on google anymore... I've been for over 24hours searching on google about my problem and trying to get a ...
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Laptop with loose or failed DC jack, burnt but still functional motherboard [closed]

I have an ASUS G74SX laptop. Over time the DC jack deteriorated, probably by coming loose. The laptop would not charge unless I oriented the power cable in a particular way. Eventually, it started to ...
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My CPU fan is constantly at ~500RPM - LOW SPEED

I have tried setting the RPM in the bios but the only two settings are "Off" and "Slow". My mobo is DP55WG and it is updated. I am using an 212 EVO heatsink + fan and the fan is plugged in the correct ...