I have two old CPU's that the hard drives crashed. If I take out the hard drives is that where all my information is, so am I safe to toss the CPU or s there other areas or a way to "destroy" the coponents of the cpu to safely get rid of.
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This is usually dust clogging up the CPU cooler.
When the owner of the PC forgets to clean the fins and the fan of the CPU cooler it plugs up with dust and dirt and looks like the inside of a vacuum cleaner.
There is not enough airflow and thus not enough cooling, so the CPU overheats and the safety circuit shuts the CPU off until it cools down, and the CPU will not reboot the PC until it is cool enough that the safety circuit can reset.
First step remove the CPU fan and check the fins of the CPU cooler. If they are clean, the problem is usually somewhere else.
Hello, there are many reasons for a computer to lag and crash. But most probably is because the cpu could be working at 100%. If the cpu is working at 100%, you need to find out if it's Windows, or some kind of malware.
Please, search for "My cpu is working at 100%" and some instructions on how to identify the problem should be display.
You may have a faulty version of Windows. The only thing to do is go to a IT support center like Best Buy or Radio shack. The hard drive may have crashed, which means the computer doesn't have the proper files to start up. This means you would need to replace the hard drive. Reply if you have any more questions. Good Luck, Cooper. (Please give a good review, I am doing this for a summer job!)
You have one of two problems. Either your operating system crashed and you will need to get windows reinstalled on the computer or your hard drive crashed. If the hard drive crashed you will need to replace the hard drive first and then also reinstall windows. In both cases it is needed to reinstall windows. This is probably something a computer technician should take care of.
It very well could be your hard drive getting ready to go bad...could be months or years, or it is the fan to cool the processor. Identify where the sound is coming from. If it's coming from where the vent is it's you processor fan...no big deal to replace. If it's your hard drive, start backing it up now and start moving everything off that is confidential. Once crashed and disposed of, your information is still accessible. Once you have backed up everything on your hard drive, try formatting the hard drive and reloading a fresh copy of windows on it. I did this several times on hard drives that were for sure going to die and they were all better after a format.
One beep means a problem with your processor (CPU). You can try to reset it (there is(are) clip(s) on the side that hold it down to the socket). Unplug everything from your computer before opening. You may need to remove the heat sink on top of the CPU; get some thermal paste to put on the CPU before you replace it. Lift up the clip, make sure the CPU is correctly oriented (one corner is marked) and press it back down. Spread new thermal paste and replace the CPU cooler. Try rebooting the computer. If that doesn't work, you should try a new CPU - match to the socket on the motherboard. Unfortunately, if you use Windows, you will probably need to contact them to ensure that the OS key is valid.
I hope this helps.
Cindy Wells (if your computer is really old or was cheap, replacing it with a new machine may be easier. Pull the old hard drive and either install it as a slave drive in the new machine or use a hard drive enclosure (IDE or SATA to USB or eSATA if that is on the new machine), a hard drive dock (SATA) or a IDE/SATA/USB dongle (that lets you connect a bare drive out in the open to the USB port) to get your data from the old computer.)
I hate to be the one to say this but the reason you are seeing the spike in CPU usage when you connect the hard drive is because the computer is trying to read the hard drive and the hard is beginning to go bad, I would recommend taking the hard drive to a repair shop mom and pop type they often have the best rates and ask them to recover the data. Treat the hard drive as if it were an egg bumps can make it very difficult to recover your data that you need. That is if you have any.. I deal with hard drives for a living this happens to my laptop and quad core desktop all the time but i am always able to get the data if they bring it to me before it gets worse DONT RUN THE HARD DRIVE time is critical...
Hi, i guess you mean you are trying to copy your old information from your old PC to your new one, you can only transfer information like my documents, pictures, music etc from your old pc, It wont work for Programs. If you try copying the folders for old programs and using them it wont work,
Only thing you can do is backup word documents, letters, pictures and copy them to the new pc. by going into view my files on the autoplay option.
Sounds as if you have an overheating problem, remove the side panels of your desktop and see if you get any longer before he crash.
While the sides are off check the Heatsink and fan are'nt clogged with dust and check that the cables are not restricting the air flow.
If the panels removed stop the crash, you may have to fit a system fan to remove hot air, they are only cheap and do the job.
The worst case senario is a processor problem and will need replacing.