External to Internal File Transfer - Crash - Ram Usage?

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Vellaura

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Hello all!

Basically the title, I was just wondering if file transfer uses RAM because I was copying files over from my External Harddrive to my internal and lets just say the process was very...weird.

While transferring files from my external to my main harddrive at times would cause my pc to hang, almost like a freeze, then come back, the transfer rate would go from 30mb/s to 100kb's...stay at that speed for a while, no noises from my hard drive, lock up the pc, then continue as normal. This happened a few times then eventually my pc crashed. Could this indicate a problem with the harddrive?

I'm trying to narrow down whether these are symtoms of a failing hard drive or ram, granted my RAM is brand new and my Harddrive is very very old now. I'm not making it the culprit despite its age (almost 10 years but not used 24/7, i had another drive) because I did scans of it from HD Tune pro and nothing came up. I'm also using it as we speak and other then downloads taking a bit to start and sometimes task manager taking a bit to start everythign is going good, not great, but good. I'm going to run Hard Disk Sentinel again and see if anything comes up, I read its a really good diagnosis tool.

Thank you :)

TLDR: PC crashed during a 60gb file transfer from Externel to Internal, trying to determine what hardware may be faulty.
 

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Update: Sometimes my videos will stop playing, like a stream, everything with lock up for a bit with no hard drive writing sound, then continue as normal seconds later.
 

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With out knowing what you system specs are it is hard to state.

Download then run Speccy (free) and post the resultant url for us, details here, this will provide us with information about your computer hardware + any software that you have installed that may explain the present issue/s.

This does not include the power supply you will need to post the make and model

To publish a Speccy profile to the Web:

In Speccy, click File, and then click Publish Snapshot.

In the Publish Snapshot dialog box, click Yes to enable Speccy to proceed.

Speccy publishes the profile and displays a second Publish Snapshot. You can open the URL in your default browser, copy it to the clipboard, or close the dialog box.
 

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OS: Windows 10
CPU: intel core i7 950 @3.07GHz
Mobo: Asus Rampage 3 Formula
RAM: G.Skill F3-10666CL9D-8GBXL 8GB (2x4GB) 1333MHz DDR3
GPU: Leadtek GTX 570
HD: Western Digital WD1002FAEX Caviar Black
PSU: Corsair AX850

I had a notepad file with my specs on it and my system is a fresh copy of latest windows 10 as I just formatted.

I basically just want to narrow down whether it could be a RAM issue or a Harddrive and which one the symptoms are pointing towards more. If it's harddrive then I can easily just get a new one ezpz. But I want to confirm so I don't buy a new one for no reason.

Thank you :)
 

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Furthermore at 0-1% disk usage i can hear my hard drive making kind of like beepy read/write noise consistently. Other times my chrome will freeze up, i won't be able to interact with the tabs or anything, i can only go to the desktop but I can't open up task manager or click/open anything else. During this time no sounds from the harddrive but after a little while everything i clicked on will open at once like task manager or another program and the hard drive writing/reading sound with it.
 

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Lets check the HDD

To post the results follow these instructions

Here is one way that you can pull the log to view it.

Press the Windows + R keys to open the Run dialog
Type powershell.exe
Then press Enter.

In PowerShell, copy and paste the command below, and press Enter.
get-winevent -FilterHashTable @{logname="Application"; id="1001"}| ?{$_.providername –match "wininit"} | fl timecreated, message | out-file Desktop\CHKDSKResults.txt

The CHKDSKResults.txt file will be created on your desktop,

COPY and PASTE the contents from the CHKDSKResults.txt file into a post.
 
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