Question "Dying" Hard Drive causing freezes and crashes?

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Hello! This is my first post on here.
Long story short: Everything was dandy for a while on my 4yo PC, until January, when I started getting freezes. They were short and rare, so I just stupidly shrugged them off. Then, over the months, I realized they were actually pretty common, one to three freezes a day, less than 2 seconds. And last month, the whole computer crashed (no BSOD, the computer restarted itself right after), that's when I started panicking a bit.
I first blamed myself for opening my computer and installing another brand new drive in it, thinking I must've tugged on some wires inside and screwed everything up. Then I asked an IRL if he had any idea what could possibly cause freezes, he instantly blamed my RAM and told me that I "absolutely" had to factory reset my computer to repair it.

I ran countless tests myself, taught myself how to handle stuff I've never used before, updated my GPU driver (which is always up to date anyway), reset the WinSock Catalog, turned off Fast Startup, downloaded process explorer, ran chkdsk on every single drives, checked them again manually, updated the BIOS, the list goes on... Everything basically told me "Nope, everything's fine." while my computer still froze every now and then no matter what I was doing. (It crashed a second time later, while I was away from the computer, with only google chrome open, it also restarted itself instantly).
The recurring error from Event Viewer was "The device, \Device\Harddisk1\DR1, has a bad block." , while Reliability History named the freezes (?) as "Hardware error".

I even considered that, maybe, doing a factory reset was the only option... Until I downloaded CrystalDisk, which instantly warned me about this:

https://ibb.co/XW0DNDD

And for once, I actually got told that no, my computer isn't "all healthy". Thankfully, I have a backup of all my disks, always plugged in and backing up every hour.

All I want to know is, could this particular Drive be the cause of my freezes and 2 crashes? Hopefully it is, because I'm honestly fried from all the work I've been doing for the past 3 months trying to see what was wrong.

Thanks a lot! Sorry if this is incoherent, I'm exhausted lol.
 
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Hello! This is my first post on here.
Long story short: Everything was dandy for a while on my 4yo PC, until January, when I started getting freezes. They were short and rare, so I just stupidly shrugged them off. Then, over the months, I realized they were actually pretty common, one to three freezes a day, less than 2 seconds. And last month, the whole computer crashed (no BSOD, the computer restarted itself right after), that's when I started panicking a bit.
I first blamed myself for opening my computer and installing another brand new drive in it, thinking I must've tugged on some wires inside and screwed everything up. Then I asked an IRL if he had any idea what could possibly cause freezes, he instantly blamed my RAM and told me that I "absolutely" had to factory reset my computer to repair it.

I ran countless tests myself, taught myself how to handle stuff I've never used before, updated my GPU driver (which is always up to date anyway), reset the WinSock Catalog, turned off Fast Startup, downloaded process explorer, ran chkdsk on every single drives, checked them again manually, updated the BIOS, the list goes on... Everything basically told me "Nope, everything's fine." while my computer still froze every now and then no matter what I was doing. (It crashed a second time later, while I was away from the computer, with only google chrome open, it also restarted itself instantly).
The recurring error from Event Viewer was "The device, \Device\Harddisk1\DR1, has a bad block." , while Reliability History named the freezes (?) as "Hardware error".

I even considered that, maybe, doing a factory reset was the only option... Until I downloaded CrystalDisk, which instantly warned me about this:

https://ibb.co/XW0DNDD

And for once, I actually got told that no, my computer isn't "all healthy". Thankfully, I have a backup of all my disks, always plugged in and backing up every hour.

All I want to know is, could this particular Drive be the cause of my freezes and 2 crashes? Hopefully it is, because I'm honestly fried from all the work I've been doing for the past 3 months trying to see what was wrong.

Thanks a lot! Sorry if this is incoherent, I'm exhausted lol.
Yes, a bad disk can cause all kinds of problems and that one is REALLY BAD and can't be fixed. Suggest immediate replacement.
 
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Yes, a bad disk can cause all kinds of problems and that one is REALLY BAD and can't be fixed. Suggest immediate replacement.
Alright, thank you, that's very good to know. I've got modded games and pretty important work on here, thankfully everything's backed up.

What worries me the most is that, as linked below, it seems like my D: and E: drives are somewhat "linked" together. And E: happens to be my recovery drive. (Both were already in my PC when I received it, I couldn't physically find the Recovery drive inside my PC)
I'm worried that, when I'll physically remove my dying D: drive to replace it with a brand new one, the Recovery drive will disappear with it or get damaged somehow. Will backing it up allow me to safely put it back like any other "normal" drive if it does disappear?

https://ibb.co/QJ7qJgb
https://ibb.co/s5Pntt8
https://ibb.co/Z22xpBh

Hope that makes sense. Thanks again for the help
 
I'm worried that, when I'll physically remove my dying D: drive to replace it with a brand new one, the Recovery drive will disappear with it or get damaged somehow.
Will backing it up allow me to safely put it back like any other "normal" drive if it does disappear?
Can you show full (uncropped) screenshot from Crystaldisk window with all SMART data?
Also show screenshot from Disk Management (full window screenshot, do not crop it).
 
Alright, thank you, that's very good to know. I've got modded games and pretty important work on here, thankfully everything's backed up.

What worries me the most is that, as linked below, it seems like my D: and E: drives are somewhat "linked" together. And E: happens to be my recovery drive. (Both were already in my PC when I received it, I couldn't physically find the Recovery drive inside my PC)
I'm worried that, when I'll physically remove my dying D: drive to replace it with a brand new one, the Recovery drive will disappear with it or get damaged somehow. Will backing it up allow me to safely put it back like any other "normal" drive if it does disappear?

https://ibb.co/QJ7qJgb
https://ibb.co/s5Pntt8
https://ibb.co/Z22xpBh

Hope that makes sense. Thanks again for the help
Those are not "linked" drives but 2 partitions on same physical drive. You should back up data from both of them.
 

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