Solved PC Freezes when bumped , moved

September 29, 2017 at 04:57:28
Specs: Windows 10
Hi all I've had this gaming pc for a while now (3 years to be exact)

Recently if something moves the box quickly it just freezes completally and i need to restart it for it too work , Sometimes that doesn't work. It just starts like normal and goes beep goes back off and tries again.

Any help on this issue on what it might be that could be causing this ?


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#1
September 29, 2017 at 06:47:16
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If the hard drive is a spinning drive, that is normal behavior. If the system get moved, bumped, jostled, it can jar the acuator/arm that reads the data on the platter of the hard drive.

Bottom line is, if you have a platter-based hard drive, don't move the system when it is powered on.


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#2
September 29, 2017 at 07:26:05
Not at all wise to move a computer when its powered up - if it has a mechanical hard drive; one that has a spinning drive and an arm which holds the head assembly which has to traverse the drive when in use... Doing so is simply asking for trouble...

Only an SSD drive can be moved whilst in use; which is why they're very popular in tablet style laptops/notebooks etc...


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#3
September 29, 2017 at 07:47:40
I would think that would happen *constantly* with laptops.
This is the first I've heard of it.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#4
September 29, 2017 at 08:26:14
One "can" move a laptop with a mechanical hard drive, whilst it's powered up - and getaway with it - as long as one is reasonably gentle about it.

Bear in mind that many systems appear put the drive into a pause mode (for want of a better term) when the laptop is booted up but not doing anything (and not in sleep/hibernate mode); the drive only spins up when actually required... Thus one can move the laptop OK - again being gentle about it. But if one is clumsy - whether or not the drive is powered down (paused...) one can do some serious harm to the drive if handling the unit carelessly.

Until the arrival of SSD devices, in broadcast environments, where laptops were used, it was common practice to move them in/out of on-air shots and situations - carefully!. Every floor manager knew they were not be bashed about. Moving them was usually done with the lid closed, which in effect parked the hard drive, thus reducing possible problems with the drive. SSD devices allow a greater latitude of movement (and abuse...).

Drop - or seriously knock/bump - a computer with a mechanical hard drive and very likely you can kiss the drive good bye... Much as dropping/seriously knocking the mechanical hard drive on its own means bye bye to it...


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#5
September 30, 2017 at 21:23:08
I do not see the note "Laptop" by the OP, he/she refers to it a "Gaming PC".
It still should not be moved when active.
If moved gently and happens then also remove RAM, graphics card, and other cards and clean their edge contacts with a soft clean pencil eraser, remove dust, then pop in and out of sockets 4 to 5 times to burnish the contacts. Then check all connectors to be sure that they are all fully inserted. This may reduce the chance that there will be a break in any contact from shifting.
Still, it is not advisable to move it when it is running, as mentioned, the hard drive may be damaged and if bad enough you may loose everything on the drive.

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


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#6
October 1, 2017 at 03:37:21
Sounds more like a loose/corroded cable/connector (SATA?), RAM or PCI board not seated properly anymore.
If you gently more the PC nothing should happen. A strong jolt can produce disk errors. This could cause BSOD or freezing if the program (or OS) cannot recover from the errors.

3 Years of daily use can accumulate lots of dust. Have you cleaned out the box in those 3 years?


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#7
October 1, 2017 at 03:45:21
Thanks for the info

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#8
October 1, 2017 at 03:46:45
Not moving it on purpose , more like dogs accidentally ( Doesn't happen a lot ) bumping into it and so on

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#9
October 1, 2017 at 03:48:07
Doesn't happen on a gentle push/nudge. like in above comment , somebody not know to be careful or dogs

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#10
October 1, 2017 at 03:49:09
Yes i have , i clean once every 3 or 4 months, about to clean it again this month

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