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14-10-2013, 01:15 AM
RE: Computer geeks, chime in. Windows XP freezing and/or not shutting down...
It does.
What do you keep on your E: drive?

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14-10-2013, 07:30 AM
RE: Computer geeks, chime in. Windows XP freezing and/or not shutting down...
Mostly just use it as a backup. There's really nothing else on it.
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15-10-2013, 07:30 AM
RE: Computer geeks, chime in. Windows XP freezing and/or not shutting down...
I suppose I could do an experiment where I disconnect the E drive?
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15-10-2013, 10:30 AM
RE: Computer geeks, chime in. Windows XP freezing and/or not shutting down...
(15-10-2013 07:30 AM)DeavonReye Wrote:  I suppose I could do an experiment where I disconnect the E drive?

It can't hurt. If the drive is causing the freeze, you need to replace it ASAP. Having an external is good for backups that you may need quick access to, but I always recommend cloud storage for reliable backups.

I have a redundant backup setup, I do daily incremental backups to both the external HDD and to my cloud drive. This way, I can access the backups quickly (100+ GB takes a while to download) from the HDD, but all my files are protected against catastrophic loss (house burning down, theft of equipment)

But, back to the point: Yeah, unplug the drive and try a few power cycles. If the system starts up and shuts down fine, it's the drive. A delayed write fail can be caused by something as simple as file system errors and running a chkdsk /f on it could fix the issue. On the other hand, it could be bad sectors or a failing drive controller.

Before you try to run diagnostics or anything, get your data off that drive. Store it somewhere safe. If the drive is in the process of total failure, the stress of diagnostics could cause it to fail completely. Once your data is safe, you can use the Hiren's BootCD I linked to to run physical diagnostics on the drive to find out what the exact cause is.

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15-10-2013, 10:49 AM
RE: Computer geeks, chime in. Windows XP freezing and/or not shutting down...
^ Thanks for the comment. I'll give that a try.
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15-10-2013, 11:09 AM
RE: Computer geeks, chime in. Windows XP freezing and/or not shutting down...
(15-10-2013 10:49 AM)DeavonReye Wrote:  ^ Thanks for the comment. I'll give that a try.

No prob. Let me know if that helps or if you need more advice.

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22-10-2013, 03:59 AM
RE: Computer geeks, chime in. Windows XP freezing and/or not shutting down...
Everything would be perfectly fine if you were to reinstall the OS. Unfortunately, you will loose all your programs and will need to reinstall them all as well. Everything you do not backup, will be deleted, because reinstalling without formatting is just pointless.

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22-10-2013, 09:00 AM
RE: Computer geeks, chime in. Windows XP freezing and/or not shutting down...
I'm in the process of testing a simple "fix". I'll get back to this after a few days of testing.

Thanks for all the comments and advice!
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22-10-2013, 09:09 AM
RE: Computer geeks, chime in. Windows XP freezing and/or not shutting down...
Do a clean install of windows, if you are still having issues then it is hardware. Hell I never run a windows machine for > 2 years without going all 'eternal sunshine' on it's ass.

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22-10-2013, 09:12 AM
RE: Computer geeks, chime in. Windows XP freezing and/or not shutting down...
If you get file read errors during new install, your ram is bung.
even if it explicitly says its CD\DVD file read error, its Ram
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