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    Exclamation PC Freezes Intermittently - Takes Too Long To Boot - Bad PSU?

    My Rig

    ASUS M5A78L-M/USB3
    Crucial MX 100 250GB SSD
    Corsair Vengeance 4GB x 2
    Cooler Master B500 V2.0 PSU
    AMD FX 6100 CPU
    Seagate HDD (500GB + 160GB) + 1 External HDD 160GB
    Windows 7 PRO x64


    So this has been going on for a few months now. My PC would randomly freeze, either completely or for a few minutes before going back to normal. If it freezes completely and I reset the system, I have noticed that the system takes forever to get past the Starting Windows screen. All this while, the SSD LED flickers but slowly and mildly (the intensity of the light is low).

    It eventually boots but takes 5-7 mins or longer. Once it boots, it runs fine till the cycle recurs.

    Also when this happens, if I try to login via Safe Mode, it takes a very long time to boot into Safe Mode as well. So I guess that rules out any rogue drivers/programs causing the issue.

    Interestingly, what I've found that when this happens, if I reconnect the SATA cable to my SSD, it starts working fine, even if not on the first attempt, after a couple of attempts for sure.

    I have also tried switching the SATA Ports on my MoBo, changing the Sata cables, re-installed Windows, but the problem persists. I've also looked into Event Viewer, but there's no log of any anomalies, except for the "Previous Shutdown was improper..." message.

    Another important thing worth mentioning, is that when this happens, I often find the oldest HDD of my system missing from the My Computer menu. It is a 160 GB HDD that's nearly 10 years or more old. It vanishes every time the PC recovers from the freeze. Maybe I should try removing it completely from my system and see if anything changes?

    I am wondering if my PSU, by any chance, is the culprit here. I have ran SSD checks using the Crucial Storage Executive software and it was all fine. Except in AS SSD benchmark, where it detected PCIIDE as BAD. I also checked with CrystalDiskInfo and the health was detected as GOOD 87%

    Any help would be greatly appreciated. Is there any software or such that I can use to diagnose issues with my PSU? Using a multimeter is beyond my capacity..lol
    Last edited by probuddha; 12-14-2019 at 09:40 AM.

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    Of course it's not the PSU.

    Is either a bad drive or bad motherboard controller.

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    I'd reinstall Windows

    I think the free upgrade from Windows 7 to 10 may be over.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jon Gerow View Post
    Of course it's not the PSU.

    Is either a bad drive or bad motherboard controller.
    Thanks, Jon

    I'll remove the old drive and see what happens

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    Quote Originally Posted by ashiekh View Post
    I'd reinstall Windows

    I think the free upgrade from Windows 7 to 10 may be over.
    I've tried that as well, sorry should have mentioned that in my OP

    Didn't work, unfortunately

    Thank you

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    Quote Originally Posted by probuddha View Post
    I also checked with CrystalDiskInfo and the health was detected as GOOD 87%

    If a hard drive has reallocated any sectors at all I would replace it.

    Check the firmware on the SSD
    https://www.crucial.com/usa/en/support-ssd-mx100
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    Quote Originally Posted by probuddha View Post
    Thanks, Jon

    I'll remove the old drive and see what happens
    You've cleared the CMOS and tried running with default settings, right?

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