PC freezes for 2-3 seconds then continues

RageMadVenom

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Hello there,

So a few days ago I got this annoying problem where the PC freezes for 2-3 seconds then resumes, I believe it's an HDD problem since when I used some programs that test the HDDs, there were bad sectors or something like that as shown in the picture, this program shows that the performance is at 100% but health is at 76%, If anyone can help me, I'd be really happy.
 

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Hi, @RageMadVenom, and welcome to the Windows Questions forums!

First off, I'd like to say that I don't see a picture attached, but no worries, it might be a forum thing.

Would you mind filling in your system specs and / or listing them here in a reply? CPU, Motherboard model, and HDD models would be helpful, though the more details you can give would help.

If your machine is a pre-built machine (as in laptop or desktop bought from a retailer) try to give as much information as you have (No serial numbers, though, please).

As of right now, it could be any of a number of issues, but bottlenecking due to increased HDD usage is something that happens more often than not. Once we get the information, we can start taking a closer look - and, if need be, have you move to the BSOD section where the BSOD specialists can help with apps that will gather a lot more data that they can scrutinize and peruse for all sorts of issues and assist with possible fixes.

If you are unable to attach a picture directly, maybe upload it online to imgur, etc. and link us to it so we can see it.
 

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RageMadVenom

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At the moment, I don't have access to my PC but I will try to clear everything.

CPU: i5 4690
RAM: 8GB DRR3
GPU: GTX 1050
HDD: some brand (I don't really know it since the HDD is 8 years old according to Hard Disk Sentinel)


I saw on some forums that the HDD could be the problem because, on Hard Disk Sentinel and many HDD testing software, you could see bad sectors and stuff like that, I find that if you do reinitialize disk surface on Hard Disk Sentinel, It might make the HDD work well again? like it might make the health at 100% and the HDD will be at a perfect status, I don't really know.
 

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My Computer

System One

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    Windows 10 Pro X64
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    The Beast Model A (homebrew)
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 9 3950X
    Motherboard
    MSI MEG X570 GODLIKE
    Memory
    4 * Corsair Vengeance 32 GB 3600 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    eVGA GeForce GTX 970 SSC ACX 2.0 (04G-P4-3979-KB)
    Sound Card
    Realtek® ALC1220 Codec
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 * Lenovo LT2323pwA Widescreeen @ 1920*1080
    Hard Drives
    3x Sabrent Rocket PCIe Gen4 NVMe M.2 1 TB SSD (SB-ROCKET-NVMe4-1TB)
    SanDisk Ultra SDSSDHII-960G-G25 960 GB SATA III SSD
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    PC Power & Cooling’s Silencer Series 1050 Watt, 80 Plus Platinum
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RageMadVenom

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I read the article but it doesn't explain much on how to fix the bad sectors.
 

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The idea here is that sectors go bad, and usually there is not much you can do about them. There are advanced techniques, but usually require some sort of low level formatting to even attempt to fix them - if they are fixable at all to begin with.

The method in the article makes them marked as unusable, but you'd have to use advanced utilities to get any data that might be on them. However, if you were to format the entire drive (not a quick format, but a full format, which can take a while, depending upon size) the format might be able to make them work, but more than likely will just permanently mark them as unusable.

In situations like this you should start considering a new HD and / or moving any critical data off the drive so that a further failure won't result in critical data loss. Easier said than done, I know, but with mechanical drives, it's just a matter of time, they simply cannot last forever.
 

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    4 * Corsair Vengeance 32 GB 3600 MHz
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    2 * Lenovo LT2323pwA Widescreeen @ 1920*1080
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    3x Sabrent Rocket PCIe Gen4 NVMe M.2 1 TB SSD (SB-ROCKET-NVMe4-1TB)
    SanDisk Ultra SDSSDHII-960G-G25 960 GB SATA III SSD
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It's not something that you can easily do, and requires a good bit of technical knowledge, but it can be done. If done incorrectly, though, it can render your drive useless.

Pay particular attention to the section Disk formatting - Wikipedia and then the following section, Disk formatting - Wikipedia

All of this leads to basically the same conclusion - you can try, but your best bet is to move to a new HDD, or even an SSD, which is much faster.
 

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  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro X64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    The Beast Model A (homebrew)
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 9 3950X
    Motherboard
    MSI MEG X570 GODLIKE
    Memory
    4 * Corsair Vengeance 32 GB 3600 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    eVGA GeForce GTX 970 SSC ACX 2.0 (04G-P4-3979-KB)
    Sound Card
    Realtek® ALC1220 Codec
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 * Lenovo LT2323pwA Widescreeen @ 1920*1080
    Hard Drives
    3x Sabrent Rocket PCIe Gen4 NVMe M.2 1 TB SSD (SB-ROCKET-NVMe4-1TB)
    SanDisk Ultra SDSSDHII-960G-G25 960 GB SATA III SSD
    2 * Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB 7200 RPM --> RAID1
    PSU
    PC Power & Cooling’s Silencer Series 1050 Watt, 80 Plus Platinum
    Case
    Fractal Design Define 7 XL Dark ATX Full Tower Case
    Cooling
    NZXT KRAKEN Z73 73.11 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler + Air (3 * 140mm fans from case)
    Keyboard
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