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Hard drive failures – Western Digital Hard Drives are winning!

Over the years ive had two hard drive’s fail but one failed before there was even a chance to know the drive was about fail probably before S.M.A.R.T back in 2002/2003.  It was a brand new drive with alot of programming stuff on it.  I didnt think id need to backup a brand new drive oh what a lesson learned.

The first one was at a time where there was no google cloud and no online sync and backing up was a pain in the ass.

The Windows 10 1903 update
When the Windows 10 1903 update “rolled out” it became one of the worst experiences ive ever had to go through in upgrading a Windows PC in almost 20 years.

When i did get the fecking thing to work after two BIOS tweaks it revealed another problem. Everytime windows booted up one of the harddrives would dissapear for no reason.

Turns out after a few software hard drive diagnosis programs, the drive is kinda fu*cked and its a Western Digital Drive.

S.M.A.R.T – Self Monitoring and Reporting and Tool:
This invention in hard drive tech is fantastic, if your having problems with a hard drive and do a scan if there are any problems with the SMART settings then you could be in trouble.

Now the drive is still working but S.M.A.R.T is reporting problems with the drive which isnt a good sign.

Thats two Western Digital Hard Drives dead!

Dont buy Western digital Drives im guessing i bought these drives cause they were the cheaper option and that wraps up this post with this link to a survery of hard drive failures and yes Western Digital is number one.

Hard drive failure survey;
56,224 hard drives later, Western Digital fails most often

 

 

 

Windows 10 1903 freezes PC – Fix Found

Microsoft did it again, released another f***king update for Windows 10 that broke things. This is the second or third time this has happened now.

This time the problem is similar again to one i had just solved a while ago where my PC would just freeze randomly.

Again this problem was caused by updating Windows 10 to 1809 which i only did a few months ago due to all the issues that update had.

This fucking update is a disaster and i have not been able to roll back to 1809 yet and i still down know whats causing the problem. All the evidence points to the Windows 1903 update.

The problem:
Only seems to occur when the PC is either idle or watching youtube or netflix.

Windows 10 Reliability:

Windows 10 Reliability after the Windows 10 1809 update

 

Windows 10 Reliability after the Windows 10 1903 update

 

So far ive;

Did Not work:

  • Reinstalled Video drivers
  • Reinstalled Bluetooth dongle drivers
  • uninstalled Realtek sound drivers
  • uninstalled Realtek ethernet drivers
  • Changing the ‘Default Sound Format’ from 48khz to 44khz
  • Reinstalling Realtek Lan Drivers
  • Reinstalled Realtek sound drivers
  • Uninstalled USB 3.0 Drivers
  • Ran the system file checker command ‘sfc /scannow
  • Reinstalling Asmedia USB 3.0 drivers
  • Disabled C1E power state in BIOS
  • Update Graphics card drivers (New Nvidia version)
  • Ran chkdsk on all drives-no errors reported
  • Reset Power saving settings
  • Reinstallion of Clean Windows 10 1903
    • The problem remained despite having a brand new clean install of Windows 10.
  • Turn Off Link State Power Management
  • Disable AppXsvc using Registry Editor
  • USB 3.0 – front side of PC disabled
  • Installed dot.net 3.5
  • Running Windows Memory Test
  • DPC Specfic fixes
    • disabled IPv6

The Fix in the BIOS:

  • Disable Core C6 state
  • Disabled C1 Support

Note:
This may be a BIOS or Motherboard compatability issue with Windows 10 1903. The motherboard in question here is an Asus m5a97 r2.0 with BIOS version 2501.

 

Windows 10 May 2019 Update Megathread from Windows10

Fixing DPC latency;

The below article which im still reading recommends a few things;

Fix High DPC Latency on Windows 10


Problem *seems* to be a compatability problem between windows and a Bluetooth Dongle.

I had old Bluetooth dongle from Motorola “BCM92035DGROM” which worked fine but i did have problems with it and the 1809 update.

The cause is still unknown the PC froze again for no known reason. The below article has some tips to stop it happenening;

Laptop freezes randomly after Install Windows 10 May 2019 update
https://windows101tricks.com/windows-10-freezes-randomly/

 


Articles about this problem;

https://howtofixwindows.com/windows-10-laptop-freeze-and-crash-issues/

https://wintechlab.com/windows-10-freezes-applications-not-responding/

Finding the cause of freezes;

https://www.digitalmastersmag.com/magazine/tip-of-the-day-how-to-find-crash-logs-on-windows-10/

How to rollback on the update;

https://howtofixwindows.com/rollback-windows-10-update/