Posted 21 February 2013 - 18:42
I've experienced a problem on my PC recently.
I have a Dell XPS420 and towards the end of last summer the PC started to crash, screen would go black, and one of the fans sped up inside really quickly, until i rebooted, and the fan would come on slowly again, and then eventually the same thing would reoccur.
I removed the side panel, blew out the inside with compressed air, downloaded the latest driver for my Geforce 8600GT video card and as soon as i downloaded the driver the fan speed sped up without it crashing, i reformatted the hard drive, reinstalled Windows, and all was fine until two days ago.
The same thing happened again two days ago, first the operating system locked up, and the Windows bar at the bottom of the desk top screen changed colour (went white) then the screen started locking up, then it went blank, the fan sped up, i tried downloading the driver for the graphics card again, but didn't work this time.
I therefore purchased a new video card yesterday, the Geforce 630 with a massive fan ontop of it, installed that last night, but the operating system was playing up big time, i couldn't install the drivers for the video card, tried the enclosed CD Rom, even online, everything i tried to do on the Pc wouldn't work, even right clicking on the desk top and choosing 'personalise' came up with errors, Google Chrome wouldn't open, i couldn't even right click 'my computer' to try and get into Device Manager, as it told me that Windows Explorer could not open or something to that effect!
The whole thing was running slow, even though i'm running Vista on a Quad Core Intel with 4GB Ram (i know Vista can only use 3GB).
It was even doing a religious CHKDSK on every reboot!
So, i went for a fresh install of Windows, using the installation CD, all sorted i thought, until it loaded for the first time and told me straight away on the login screen it came up with some error box telling me that the user account control file or something is corrupt! This was a fresh install!
So, i'm now thinking hard drive problems, so thought about replacing the hard drives and removing the dreaded RAID 0 whlist i was at it, thought i would experiment with the old drives whilst removing the RAID0 and then if i can do it, then buy 2 x new hard drives once done.
Managed to remove the RAID0 volume from within the RAID BIOS screen (CTRL & I) and then set the hard drives to ATA in BIOS, then reformatted both hard drives using the Vista installation CD, and all reinstalled fine and i now have 2 x 300GB separate hard drives showing in Windows Explorer (happy days !)
The hard drives and the PC all seem to be working brilliantly now, but do you reckon i could still have bad hard drives?
I'm running a CHKDSK now but it seems to be taking a lot longer now they are no longer RAID0.....
Also, its been so long since i've not had RAID0 set up, how would you use the 2 seperate hard drives?
I was thinking having 1 of the drives just for the operating system and program files, and the other hard drive for my media, i have about 180GB of media consisting of photos, videos etc., and if i wanted to replace that hard drive for media with a 1TB drive would that be easy enough to do if i keep it seperate to the program and operating system drive?