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Solved PC Restarts At Random Times

February 24, 2013 at 19:51:01
Specs: Windows 8 Pro with Media Center, AMD FX(tm) Eight Core Processor 3.10 GHz / 8.00 GB

My computer will restart spontaneously at any given time, but I do notice a few things about the restart:

1) I hear a loud click come from the PC before it restarts. Could it be a bad HDD causing the restart? I also have two slave HDDs hooked up, could they be causing the restart if they are bad even though they are just slaves?

2) After the PC restarts, it freezes at POST, until I hard power it down and turn the PC back on again.

What piece of hardware could be causing this problem? My guesses are either my master HDD is bad or my motherboard is bad. Any suggestions?


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#1
February 24, 2013 at 20:46:10
✔ Best Answer

Don't guess, take it systematically.
Install HWMonitor to monitor your internal temperatures to see if it is a thermal problem and where. Post the results at idle, normal use, and maximum use (if applicable, gaming).
Test your memory with Memtest via a bootable CD. Run all tests.
Test your hard drive(s) with the manufacturer's utility. If they are different brands, use Seatools from Seagate as the most universal. Use the longest test.
LIST ALL of your hardware in detail for us to be able to determine if you have any weaknesses or incompatibilities there. Sometimes, it is simply that you have added and upgraded hardware but failed to upgrade your power supply, or cheap-ed out and used one that does not deliver what it claims. When listing hardware, list the brand and model numbers. On power the supply (in addition to the model), list the Amperage on the 12Volt rail(s) as well as the overall wattage.
This is just a start, when we have this information, we probably will need additional details or tests.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#2
March 3, 2013 at 21:29:15

Problem solved. I imaged a spare HDD with Linux and everything was back to running smooth. No more random restarts. I then imaged another spare HDD with Windows and everything is fine now. The original HDD that I had running as a Master Drive was bad.

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#3
March 4, 2013 at 04:08:43

Glad to hear you solved it.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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