HDD light stops goes off and computer becomes unresponsive


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the HDD light on my desktop computer goes off if i have apps on like the iplayer downloads or when im using screen recorder screen o matic or chorme or opera and the computer becomes unresponsive don't know if it is a windows issue or hardware it also keeps showing sometimes as it boots scanning and repairing drive
 
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What brand of HDD do you have and how old is it?? It may be on the brink of failing. I would make a backup of your system as long as you are still able to and think about getting a replacement....
 
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Download and install something like hard disk sentinel. It will read the SMART data for your hdd and give you a readout on your hdd's health. That's where I'd start.
 
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its a Hitachi
Sounds like and OEM. I'd replace it immediately.
Purchase a suitable replacement drive. Create a full disk image of the existing drive including all partitions and recover that image to the new drive.
is it safe to used
I'd be reluctant to use it any more than I actually had to, until I was able to create a complete image.
Including installing any new software programs on that drive.

Some software that is available to create a disk image
Not recommendations or endorsements.... just options.
Acronis True Image http://www.acronis.com/en-us/personal/pc-backup/ free two week trial available
AOEMI BackUpper http://www.backup-utility.com/
EaseUS ToDo http://www.easeus.com/backup-software/tb-free.html
Macrium Reflect http://www.macrium.com/product/7/macrium-reflect-v6-home-edition.aspx free 30 day trial available
Most of which will allow you to create bootable media from which you can create a disk image offline by booting to their proprietary bootable media and create the image.
 
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