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Topic: OT: BSOD - Reformat or chuck it?

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    OT: BSOD - Reformat or chuck it?

    My C drive on my Win XP machine has recently become unstable.
    It's working now as I type but next reboot is anybody's guess.
    I have gotten the BSOD several times recently and did a windows check disk to no avail. My question is: How do I know if I should just reformat and re-install windows or replace the drive? Is there a utility that will test the physical drive and is reliable? I would really prefer to go the path of least resistance since my data is backed up. The way I have it setup now is to clone or make an image of the drive on my external drive. If I make an image do I have to re-install everything?

    Thanks in advance.

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    Senior Member Richard Berg's Avatar
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    Chapel Hill, NC

    Re: OT: BSOD - Reformat or chuck it?

    Every drive manufacturer has diagnostics you can download, e.g. http://www.seagate.com/www/en-us/support/downloads/.

    It's best if you use the tools from your HD's manufacturer, though it's not strictly necessary.

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