So I've got a SanDisk Extreme 240GB (first generation) that's got 40 months on 'er now (4 months out of warranty, nice play SanDisk) and I was going to do my monthly image of that and my laptop's drive when it failed. I just shrugged it off and decided to play FO4 for a bit and planned to run the backup while I slept but the game was running 90% ok but would once in a while just freeze, and not a framerate choke (I'd be pretty pissed if my computer couldn't handle FO4 but my friend's 660Ti/E8400 computer could lol) but an outright 5-10 full second freeze. It wasn't that consistent but would do it just enough to piss me off to the point of saving and then restarting the computer (my computer has probably been on for months and I just sleep it whenever I'm not using it for prolonged periods of time).
So I restart and it starts loading windows, and then bluescreens me. Try that like 6 more times with the same result. I disable AHCI just for S's and G's because I've had that be the problem for whatever reason way back and then re-enabled it later and was cool for months. Nope, still BSOD'd me again. (and yes I installed windows with AHCI on so it put the driver on properly for you sticklers lol)
I booted from my flashdrive of wonders and opened up MiniXP to run Victoria on it and it started scanning and instantly errors were stacking up (not in crazy amounts but steadily increasing the count). I then ran a chkdsk session and it saw a lot wrong but the second pass was fine since I ran the /R argument, so I tried to boot windows again with high hopes...that were dashed with yet another BSOD.
I just plugged my laptop drive in to get a third assessment with HD Tune's error scan (it's a little more visually appealing than Victoria imho) and whelp, I'll let it do the talking:
I guess she's a sinking ship now, glad I decided to investigate before just trying a refresh of windows. I may try another SATA cable but I doubt that would cause only some sparse read errors.
Any other thoughts about what to do before I start shopping for a new drive?
Also, side-rant, fuck S.M.A.R.T. for not throwing any kind of error whatsoever lol.
Edited by IVIYTH0S, 03 January 2016 - 11:22 PM.