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My PC had been crashing a lot recently, which I put down to the heat, and left it off for a day (normally on 24/7). Came home, turned it on and got 'Disk Error detected, press ctrl alt del to restart' before booting into Windows or anything. I turned it off left it a bit, came back, same thing. I went into the Bios and changed the primary boot source from CD to HDD-1 or 0. I think that was it, anyway. Then it booted into Windows, crashed, rebooted, and loaded Windows as normal. It's been working for about an hour since which I have been using to back up important things. It's a two year old 160 gig Samsung SATA HDD.

I doubt that it's fixed now though, will it just fail again if I reboot? Is my harddrive dying? I read this thread, should I do the same as recommended? Any info would be appriciated.
 
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Do you have any other drives to boot from to check its your drive at fault? Does the drive tick loudly? Restarts can also be caused by a failing power supply.If you can borrow a psu to test this is or isn't the problem. The psu may be failing to supply enough watts for a stable system this results in failed boots, drives not reading & crashes.
 
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firewallblocked said:
Do you have any other drives to boot from to check its your drive at fault? Does the drive tick loudly?

I one drive in an old PC with Windows 98 on it, and one with just data on it. It hasn't really been ticking, but it's been making a lot more noise than normal, especially when booting. It's been running fairly well since I posted this thread oddly enough, but next time it won't load I'll grab the other drive and give it a go. Thanks.
 
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