Hanging PC

Just looked at a PC that would hang on boot for a minute or more.

Found 2 problems:

The first was a furballed CPU heatsink:


The second which was the main reason was the solid state drive (SSD) where Windows was installed was dying and the writes to it had dropped to 12-24 MB a second where it should be 200+:


I cloned the SSD to a standard hard drive and got normal write speeds:


That proved the motherboard was OK and the SSD was at fault.

I advised the customer to replace the SSD with a VelociRaptor drive, giving improved reliability with comparably fast boot speeds.