Question Odd Disk Failures/Issues Even After Replacing "Bad" Drive ?

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Hello!

Several months ago Windows 10 continued to crash at random times and on boot up I would have the automatic disk repair utility come up. I thought it was clearly my SSD going bad since I had it for nearly five years. However, the Samsung hard drive tool found no issues and neither did Samsung support when I RMAd it. I still got a new Samsung 1TB SSD and removed the old one.

I do have one second, old HDD, that has Windows 10 as a backup in case I have issues. Essentially I have been running on the 1TB SSD, Windows 10 version while having that HDD as backup. Earlier this week I had libre office, Chrome, and Itunes continuously open. Throughout the day I had place the PC in sleep mode and woken it several times, at some point it started to become extremely slow and unusable so I did a hard shutdown after trying to bring up the task manager manually but failing. This brought me back to the scan and repair screen which kept running in loops for about an hour. At some point I did another hard shut down and this process kept happening until a screen told me “Automatic repair couldn’t repair your PC”.

Now I am unsure if I may have screwed the process and caused a corruption, if Windows 10 is causing these issues or the other parts on my PC are too old. I built this PC back in 2013, upgrading the GPU, RAM, and graphics card only, so perhaps the MOBO or other components are starting to fail and I should upgrade? Does anyone have additional pointers on what may be happening?

Here’s a link to my original parts: [https://pcpartpicker.com/b/jqWZxr](https://pcpartpicker.com/b/jqWZxr)

Just keep in mind the RAM, GPU, and PSU are upgraded and I have not gathered those being in a rush today but can if needed or helpful.

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5 years might be about when it starts to be possible, although its got a 7 year warranty

I can't think of anything else that would cause new drives to fail unless its just another bad drive.

I had a run of bad drives almost 20 years ago and for a long time I blamed the drives, now I see it was the PSU I had at time.
SuperNOVA arern't bad PSU but its always possible.
Samsung don't make bad drives.

anything showing in event viewer that relates to the drives? Its not best place to look but it should have something if windows can see a problem.
 

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5 years might be about when it starts to be possible, although its got a 7 year warranty

I can't think of anything else that would cause new drives to fail unless its just another bad drive.

I had a run of bad drives almost 20 years ago and for a long time I blamed the drives, now I see it was the PSU I had at time.
SuperNOVA arern't bad PSU but its always possible.
Samsung don't make bad drives.

anything showing in event viewer that relates to the drives? Its not best place to look but it should have something if windows can see a problem.
The difficult part is that I am using my HDD windows as a backup at the moment so I don’t believe any events there will reflect the other version of Windows on my SSD, which I cannot access at the moment. It’s been a pain to reinstall this so many times but when I’ve used Ubuntu it never happened. Maybe it’s time for that upgrade I’ve been wanting for a while.
 
The difficult part is that I am using my HDD windows as a backup at the moment so I don’t believe any events there will reflect the other version of Windows on my SSD, which I cannot access at the moment. It’s been a pain to reinstall this so many times but when I’ve used Ubuntu it never happened. Maybe it’s time for that upgrade I’ve been wanting for a while.
Run a pass of crystal disk info and post a screenshot for all disk.
 

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Run a pass of crystal disk info and post a screenshot for all disk.
Interesting. I just created a multi boot usb in case all OSs fail and while I couldn’t install Ubuntu again, which I was just trying to do, upon rebooting none of my disks are bootable. I just get a message stating “reboot and select proper Boot device”.
I’m not sure it’s possible but I have neglected using compressed air to clean the PC and wonder if that has somehow caused issues too.
 

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So I had to do quite a lot of steps and ended up just reinstalling Windows. Crystal Disk Info gave me lots of info and one particular detail of interest is the health status of my oldest drive the WDC WD10EZEX-75ZF5A0. It says Good with no percentage and I wonder if it's almost at a lower than thought level. I removed some, to me needless data or data containing potential serial numbers, etc.

----------------------------------------------------------------------------
CrystalDiskInfo 8.17.13 (C) 2008-2022 hiyohiyo
Crystal Dew World: https://crystalmark.info/
----------------------------------------------------------------------------

OS : Windows 10 [10.0 Build 19045] (x64)
Date : 2022/12/04 15:17:55

-- Controller Map ----------------------------------------------------------
+ Standard SATA AHCI Controller [ATA]
- Samsung SSD 840 Series
- Samsung SSD 870 EVO 1TB
- WDC WD10EZEX-75ZF5A0
- Microsoft Storage Spaces Controller [SCSI]

-- Disk List ---------------------------------------------------------------
(01) Samsung SSD 840 Series : 120.0 GB [0/0/0, pd1] - sg
(02) Samsung SSD 870 EVO 1TB : 1000.2 GB [1/0/0, pd1] - sg
(03) WDC WD10EZEX-75ZF5A0 : 1000.2 GB [2/0/0, pd1]

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(01) Samsung SSD 840 Series
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Model : Samsung SSD 840 Series
Firmware : DXT0AB0Q
Disk Size : 120.0 GB (8.4/120.0/120.0/120.0)
Buffer Size : Unknown
Queue Depth : 32
# of Sectors : 234441648
Rotation Rate : ---- (SSD)
Interface : Serial ATA
Major Version : ACS-2
Minor Version : ATA8-ACS version 4c
Transfer Mode : SATA/600 | SATA/600
Power On Hours : 14507 hours
Power On Count : 11230 count
Host Writes : 12135 GB
Wear Level Count : 207
Temperature : 26 C (78 F)
Health Status : Good (82 %)
Features : S.M.A.R.T., NCQ, TRIM, GPL
APM Level : ----
AAM Level : ----
Drive Letter :

-- S.M.A.R.T. --------------------------------------------------------------
ID Cur Wor Thr RawValues(6) Attribute Name
05 100 100 _10 000000000000 Reallocated Sector Count
09 _97 _97 __0 0000000038AB Power-on Hours
0C _88 _88 __0 000000002BDE Power-on Count
B1 _82 _82 __0 0000000000CF Wear Leveling Count
B3 100 100 _10 000000000000 Used Reserved Block Count (Total)
B5 100 100 _10 000000000000 Program Fail Count (Total)
B6 100 100 _10 000000000000 Erase Fail Count (Total)
B7 100 100 _10 000000000000 Runtime Bad Block (Total)
BB 100 100 __0 000000000000 Uncorrectable Error Count
BE _74 _58 __0 00000000001A Airflow Temperature
C3 200 200 __0 000000000000 ECC Error Rate
C7 _99 _99 __0 000000000001 CRC Error Count
EB _99 _99 __0 00000000015C POR Recovery Count
F1 _99 _99 __0 0005ECE8C717 Total LBAs Written

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(02) Samsung SSD 870 EVO 1TB
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Model : Samsung SSD 870 EVO 1TB
Firmware : SVT02B6Q
Disk Size : 1000.2 GB (8.4/137.4/1000.2/1000.2)
Buffer Size : Unknown
Queue Depth : 32
# of Sectors : 1953525168
Rotation Rate : ---- (SSD)
Interface : Serial ATA
Major Version : ACS-4
Minor Version : ACS-4 Revision 5
Transfer Mode : SATA/600 | SATA/600
Power On Hours : 496 hours
Power On Count : 259 count
Host Writes : 1473 GB
Wear Level Count : 2
Temperature : 35 C (95 F)
Health Status : Good (99 %)
Features : S.M.A.R.T., NCQ, TRIM, DevSleep, GPL
APM Level : ----
AAM Level : ----
Drive Letter : C:

-- S.M.A.R.T. --------------------------------------------------------------
ID Cur Wor Thr RawValues(6) Attribute Name
05 100 100 _10 000000000000 Reallocated Sector Count
09 _99 _99 __0 0000000001F0 Power-on Hours
0C _99 _99 __0 000000000103 Power-on Count
B1 _99 _99 __0 000000000002 Wear Leveling Count
B3 100 100 _10 000000000000 Used Reserved Block Count (Total)
B5 100 100 _10 000000000000 Program Fail Count (Total)
B6 100 100 _10 000000000000 Erase Fail Count (Total)
B7 100 100 _10 000000000000 Runtime Bad Block (Total)
BB 100 100 __0 000000000000 Uncorrectable Error Count
BE _65 _53 __0 000000000023 Airflow Temperature
C3 200 200 __0 000000000000 ECC Error Rate
C7 _99 _99 __0 0000000000AC CRC Error Count
EB _99 _99 __0 000000000013 POR Recovery Count
F1 _99 _99 __0 0000B8378752 Total LBAs Written
FC 100 100 __0 000000000001 Vendor Specific

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(03) WDC WD10EZEX-75ZF5A0
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Model : WDC WD10EZEX-75ZF5A0
Firmware : 80.00A80
Disk Size : 1000.2 GB (8.4/137.4/1000.2/1000.2)
Buffer Size : Unknown
Queue Depth : 32
# of Sectors : 1953525168
Rotation Rate : Unknown
Interface : Serial ATA
Major Version : ATA8-ACS
Minor Version : ----
Transfer Mode : SATA/300 | SATA/600
Power On Hours : 18866 hours
Power On Count : 11193 count
Temperature : 25 C (77 F)
Health Status : Good
Features : S.M.A.R.T., NCQ, GPL
APM Level : ----
AAM Level : ----
Drive Letter : D:

-- S.M.A.R.T. --------------------------------------------------------------
ID Cur Wor Thr RawValues(6) Attribute Name
01 200 200 _51 000000000000 Read Error Rate
03 175 173 _21 0000000008A8 Spin-Up Time
04 _88 _88 __0 00000000307F Start/Stop Count
05 200 200 140 000000000000 Reallocated Sectors Count
07 200 200 __0 000000000000 Seek Error Rate
09 _75 _75 __0 0000000049B2 Power-On Hours
0A 100 100 __0 000000000000 Spin Retry Count
0B 100 100 __0 000000000000 Recalibration Retries
0C _89 _89 __0 000000002BB9 Power Cycle Count
C0 200 200 __0 00000000014B Power-off Retract Count
C1 196 196 __0 000000002F33 Load/Unload Cycle Count
C2 118 100 __0 000000000019 Temperature
C4 200 200 __0 000000000000 Reallocation Event Count
C5 200 200 __0 000000000000 Current Pending Sector Count
C6 200 200 __0 000000000000 Uncorrectable Sector Count
C7 200 200 __0 000000000000 UltraDMA CRC Error Count
C8 200 200 __0 000000000000 Write Error Rate
F0 _76 _76 __0 000000004642 Head Flying Hours
F1 200 200 __0 000943EE5568 Total Host Writes
F2 200 200 __0 00074128CE32 Total Host Reads
 
So I had to do quite a lot of steps and ended up just reinstalling Windows. Crystal Disk Info gave me lots of info and one particular detail of interest is the health status of my oldest drive the WDC WD10EZEX-75ZF5A0. It says Good with no percentage and I wonder if it's almost at a lower than thought level. I removed some, to me needless data or data containing potential serial numbers, etc.

----------------------------------------------------------------------------
CrystalDiskInfo 8.17.13 (C) 2008-2022 hiyohiyo
Crystal Dew World: https://crystalmark.info/
----------------------------------------------------------------------------

OS : Windows 10 [10.0 Build 19045] (x64)
Date : 2022/12/04 15:17:55

-- Controller Map ----------------------------------------------------------
+ Standard SATA AHCI Controller [ATA]
- Samsung SSD 840 Series
- Samsung SSD 870 EVO 1TB
- WDC WD10EZEX-75ZF5A0
- Microsoft Storage Spaces Controller [SCSI]

-- Disk List ---------------------------------------------------------------
(01) Samsung SSD 840 Series : 120.0 GB [0/0/0, pd1] - sg
(02) Samsung SSD 870 EVO 1TB : 1000.2 GB [1/0/0, pd1] - sg
(03) WDC WD10EZEX-75ZF5A0 : 1000.2 GB [2/0/0, pd1]

----------------------------------------------------------------------------
(01) Samsung SSD 840 Series
----------------------------------------------------------------------------
Model : Samsung SSD 840 Series
Firmware : DXT0AB0Q
Disk Size : 120.0 GB (8.4/120.0/120.0/120.0)
Buffer Size : Unknown
Queue Depth : 32
# of Sectors : 234441648
Rotation Rate : ---- (SSD)
Interface : Serial ATA
Major Version : ACS-2
Minor Version : ATA8-ACS version 4c
Transfer Mode : SATA/600 | SATA/600
Power On Hours : 14507 hours
Power On Count : 11230 count
Host Writes : 12135 GB
Wear Level Count : 207
Temperature : 26 C (78 F)
Health Status : Good (82 %)
Features : S.M.A.R.T., NCQ, TRIM, GPL
APM Level : ----
AAM Level : ----
Drive Letter :

-- S.M.A.R.T. --------------------------------------------------------------
ID Cur Wor Thr RawValues(6) Attribute Name
05 100 100 _10 000000000000 Reallocated Sector Count
09 _97 _97 __0 0000000038AB Power-on Hours
0C _88 _88 __0 000000002BDE Power-on Count
B1 _82 _82 __0 0000000000CF Wear Leveling Count
B3 100 100 _10 000000000000 Used Reserved Block Count (Total)
B5 100 100 _10 000000000000 Program Fail Count (Total)
B6 100 100 _10 000000000000 Erase Fail Count (Total)
B7 100 100 _10 000000000000 Runtime Bad Block (Total)
BB 100 100 __0 000000000000 Uncorrectable Error Count
BE _74 _58 __0 00000000001A Airflow Temperature
C3 200 200 __0 000000000000 ECC Error Rate
C7 _99 _99 __0 000000000001 CRC Error Count
EB _99 _99 __0 00000000015C POR Recovery Count
F1 _99 _99 __0 0005ECE8C717 Total LBAs Written

----------------------------------------------------------------------------
(02) Samsung SSD 870 EVO 1TB
----------------------------------------------------------------------------
Model : Samsung SSD 870 EVO 1TB
Firmware : SVT02B6Q
Disk Size : 1000.2 GB (8.4/137.4/1000.2/1000.2)
Buffer Size : Unknown
Queue Depth : 32
# of Sectors : 1953525168
Rotation Rate : ---- (SSD)
Interface : Serial ATA
Major Version : ACS-4
Minor Version : ACS-4 Revision 5
Transfer Mode : SATA/600 | SATA/600
Power On Hours : 496 hours
Power On Count : 259 count
Host Writes : 1473 GB
Wear Level Count : 2
Temperature : 35 C (95 F)
Health Status : Good (99 %)
Features : S.M.A.R.T., NCQ, TRIM, DevSleep, GPL
APM Level : ----
AAM Level : ----
Drive Letter : C:

-- S.M.A.R.T. --------------------------------------------------------------
ID Cur Wor Thr RawValues(6) Attribute Name
05 100 100 _10 000000000000 Reallocated Sector Count
09 _99 _99 __0 0000000001F0 Power-on Hours
0C _99 _99 __0 000000000103 Power-on Count
B1 _99 _99 __0 000000000002 Wear Leveling Count
B3 100 100 _10 000000000000 Used Reserved Block Count (Total)
B5 100 100 _10 000000000000 Program Fail Count (Total)
B6 100 100 _10 000000000000 Erase Fail Count (Total)
B7 100 100 _10 000000000000 Runtime Bad Block (Total)
BB 100 100 __0 000000000000 Uncorrectable Error Count
BE _65 _53 __0 000000000023 Airflow Temperature
C3 200 200 __0 000000000000 ECC Error Rate
C7 _99 _99 __0 0000000000AC CRC Error Count
EB _99 _99 __0 000000000013 POR Recovery Count
F1 _99 _99 __0 0000B8378752 Total LBAs Written
FC 100 100 __0 000000000001 Vendor Specific

----------------------------------------------------------------------------
(03) WDC WD10EZEX-75ZF5A0
----------------------------------------------------------------------------
Model : WDC WD10EZEX-75ZF5A0
Firmware : 80.00A80
Disk Size : 1000.2 GB (8.4/137.4/1000.2/1000.2)
Buffer Size : Unknown
Queue Depth : 32
# of Sectors : 1953525168
Rotation Rate : Unknown
Interface : Serial ATA
Major Version : ATA8-ACS
Minor Version : ----
Transfer Mode : SATA/300 | SATA/600
Power On Hours : 18866 hours
Power On Count : 11193 count
Temperature : 25 C (77 F)
Health Status : Good
Features : S.M.A.R.T., NCQ, GPL
APM Level : ----
AAM Level : ----
Drive Letter : D:

-- S.M.A.R.T. --------------------------------------------------------------
ID Cur Wor Thr RawValues(6) Attribute Name
01 200 200 _51 000000000000 Read Error Rate
03 175 173 _21 0000000008A8 Spin-Up Time
04 _88 _88 __0 00000000307F Start/Stop Count
05 200 200 140 000000000000 Reallocated Sectors Count
07 200 200 __0 000000000000 Seek Error Rate
09 _75 _75 __0 0000000049B2 Power-On Hours
0A 100 100 __0 000000000000 Spin Retry Count
0B 100 100 __0 000000000000 Recalibration Retries
0C _89 _89 __0 000000002BB9 Power Cycle Count
C0 200 200 __0 00000000014B Power-off Retract Count
C1 196 196 __0 000000002F33 Load/Unload Cycle Count
C2 118 100 __0 000000000019 Temperature
C4 200 200 __0 000000000000 Reallocation Event Count
C5 200 200 __0 000000000000 Current Pending Sector Count
C6 200 200 __0 000000000000 Uncorrectable Sector Count
C7 200 200 __0 000000000000 UltraDMA CRC Error Count
C8 200 200 __0 000000000000 Write Error Rate
F0 _76 _76 __0 000000004642 Head Flying Hours
F1 200 200 __0 000943EE5568 Total Host Writes
F2 200 200 __0 00074128CE32 Total Host Reads
Can you just post a screenshot instead of all that verbage.

Like this.
 

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Nothing jumps out as being bad.
Thanks a lot for all of your help! This is such an odd set of issues. I think I will then take the approach of upgrading and replacing the PSU. Probably other components as well. I just missed black friday and cyber monday sales too :(.
 

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i feel your pain, I bought 3 fans last tuesday and am still waiting for them to ship them out.
I also have to buy a new PSU which is sad as current one only 3 years old.
fortunately microcenter is having a sale on several bundles the i5-12600k and they are throwing a seemingly, to my novice eyes, nice board in there. Will post on a separate thread to ask for advice, in case anyone else is curious parts are these: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/49PWd9
 

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fortunately microcenter is having a sale on several bundles the i5-12600k and they are throwing a seemingly, to my novice eyes, nice board in there. Will post on a separate thread to ask for advice, in case anyone else is curious parts are these: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/49PWd9

i feel your pain, I bought 3 fans last tuesday and am still waiting for them to ship them out.
I also have to buy a new PSU which is sad as current one only 3 years old.
So I think I found the possible issue, will have to fix it and use the PC for a while to see if I’m right. I began unplugging all hard drives and trying each one at a time to see if that was the issue. I left the latest bought Samsung 870 in as I just installed windows and noticed the Bios found no boot drive, that was odd. Tried the same with the oldest drive I have a Western Digital 1TB HDD and same issue came up. That one also had a Windows on it.

My 120GB SSD, an 840, had Ubuntu AND also windows boot manager on it. However if I selected windows boot manager it found issues, possibly because all the necessary data was on the other drives. What the heck happened? I read another person that was recommended to unplug all drives when installing windows and now I see why, but why did this happen in the first place? I had windows on the 120GB SSD a long time ago, is it possible a boot manager always remained there and Windows thought it needed to use it?
 

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I read another person that was recommended to unplug all drives when installing windows and now I see why, but why did this happen in the first place? I had windows on the 120GB SSD a long time ago, is it possible a boot manager always remained there and Windows thought it needed to use it?
if the ssd had a boot partition that was still in place and you leave the drive in the pc when you install windows on another drive, the installer will see the partition and use it instead of making one on the new drive. it is only trying to be helpful.
When/if you remove that drive, windows won't boot... like you see there.

That is why people suggest to only have 1 drive in when you install windows,
You can create a new boot partition on the C drive, do you happen to know if you use mbr or gpt partition scheme on drives?

can you right click start
choose disk management
expand both upper and lower area of next window
take a screenshot and share here.

It could be the ssd is cause of the failures. Might have been looking in the wrong place. Should take it out or at least replace it as boot drive. See if problems go away. The Samsung you replaced might not have been bad.

I only looked at PSU as 2 drives dying so soon made me think it was a power issue. But if the boot partition has been on same drive both times, it could be it.
 
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if the ssd had a boot partition that was still in place and you leave the drive in the pc when you install windows on another drive, the installer will see the partition and use it instead of making one on the new drive. it is only trying to be helpful.
When/if you remove that drive, windows won't boot... like you see there.

That is why people suggest to only have 1 drive in when you install windows,
You can create a new boot partition on the C drive, do you happen to know if you use mbr or gpt partition scheme on drives?

can you right click start
choose disk management
expand both upper and lower area of next window
take a screenshot and share here.

It could be the ssd is cause of the failures. Might have been looking in the wrong place. Should take it out or at least replace it as boot drive. See if problems go away. The Samsung you replaced might not have been bad.

I only looked at PSU as 2 drives dying so soon made me think it was a power issue. But if the boot partition has been on same drive both times, it could be it.
Will check on this when I’m back at home but I was already deleting the old HDD and the 120 HDD, so will have to check. Regardless I already reformatted the 870 :( . I always backup every important doc in the cloud for these cases so the only pain is reinstalling software. Speaking of which, is there are reliable way to get software auto installed?
 
years ago a bunch of the smaller ssd drives had firmware issues that would cause the drive to get behind on its TRIM commands. This caused the windows system process to get backed up if the system was set to go to sleep too fast. The TRIM commands are set to begin running after the system is idle for 5 minutes and runs until the system sleeps. Generally, the fix was to update the firmware of the ssd but you could help the drive by booting into bios and leaving the system powered on and idle for a few hours. This gives the firmware time to run its internal cleanup commands.
 

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Better to not have to upgrade than to forced to. I had to upgrade a long time ago when AGP graphics cards were replaced by PCIe and I couldn't find a GPU when mine died.
Yes that rushing through generally leads me to big mistakes. You may have seen my other thread started recently regarding what parts to pick based on current deals. If this fix works I can dedicate more time to properly learn how to compare more than the basic specs based on my needs, save more, etc.
 

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My current pc took about 4 months to plan, most of time was spent saving. Hardest part for me was what case to use, I didn't get what I wanted but then it was 2020.

I always look at reviews and videos before buying anything. depends on choices. right now I am planning a new GPU but as the ones I am looking at aren't released until next week, I can't read any reviews yet.

Better to look for mistakes before you get them. But solving problems you don't have is also a bad idea. I did that once. A little knowledge can be dangerous. It can make you see problems you don't have.

2 years later, none of the changes I would make to order are substantial. Would have replaced case fans but I will be doing that soon anyway, and maybe a better CPU but I really haven't had any problems with hardware I have now.
 

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My current pc took about 4 months to plan, most of time was spent saving. Hardest part for me was what case to use, I didn't get what I wanted but then it was 2020.

I always look at reviews and videos before buying anything. depends on choices. right now I am planning a new GPU but as the ones I am looking at aren't released until next week, I can't read any reviews yet.

Better to look for mistakes before you get them. But solving problems you don't have is also a bad idea. I did that once. A little knowledge can be dangerous. It can make you see problems you don't have.

2 years later, none of the changes I would make to order are substantial. Would have replaced case fans but I will be doing that soon anyway, and maybe a better CPU but I really haven't had any problems with hardware I have now.
You know, now that you mention it, I am solving problems I don’t have. I actually have an Iphone 7 I should replace, which is literally falling apart inside out. The money is best spent there.

However, my PC has components that are very old and I should probably upgrade and replace and I’m thinking the PSU may be one since, as you mentioned, it is 5 years old and I wonder if I should replace it soon before it fails or wreaks havoc. I recently broke one of the case fan blades, which I’ve read will cause issues over time. The hyper evo and CPU are also from 2012/2013, I wonder if I should upgrade the cooler so I can overclock this or get a CPU compatible with my MOBO that has more performance. Not sure if they are worth buying from that era. Would love to play Minecraft with mods but my CPU only handles it when overclocked. The WDB and 850 are my oldest drives, besides those I have a second 870, 500G version. May wipe clean the oldest ones using linux and sell them if I can get anything.

Any additonal suggestions on what to replace?
 

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PSU has 7 year warranty, its currently 5. It should be okay for at least 2 more years. My PSU has a 10 year warranty, I have only used it 2 years... shame I need to replace it to get new GPU.

finding a faster CPU might be difficult. There comes a time you need a new PC, not just a few parts.

I recently broke one of the case fan blades, which I’ve read will cause issues over time.
you can replace them. Most cases use similar sized fans so just buy a replacement one.

I don't believe in selling drives. Its a landmine for someone else. Better to just keep them or destroy them.
Just as I wouldn't buy a 2nd hand drive as my data is valuable to me. You have no idea if it will work next start.

I have the drives from one PC in my drawer, drives from my last PC are still in it. Its possible the drives from my PC I had in 2005 are still in its case too... in garage.
 

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