6 Signs of Impending PC Doom
6 signs your computer is about to crash.–PC Pitstop.
By Dave for PCTechBytes.com
Your computer is a machine destined to fail. While we’d all like to think our machines will boot faithfully until the end of time, it’s just a matter of time before your hardware fails. Hardware failures can occur all of the sudden, but there are often tell-tale signs that something terrible is on the horizon. Below are several signs your computer is about to crash.
1. Your Computer Has Poor Performance
One of the signs associated with a failing computer is poor performance. While this could simply mean your computer needs some general maintenance, it could also mean your hard drive is dying or that there is some other hardware issue. Some computer manufacturers such as Dell and Lenovo have built in storage drive diagnostics. Try tapping the F12 or F10 key when booting to see if your system has this capability. If not, consider download and running the Ultimate Boot CD (UBCD). Burn that to a disk and then boot to the disk to run a hard drive diagnostic tools such as ViVard.
2. SMART Error Messages
Most modern computers have SMART (Self-Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology System) capable hard drives in them. SMART is a firmware on the hard drive that continuously monitors drive parameters such as error rates and overall performance. It uses a technology known as predictive failure analysis to inform you when a hard drive failure is imminent. Some of the errors you might see include:
If you see any of these messages, be sure to backup your data and consider the drive unreliable. You should work on having the drive replaced as soon as possible.
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