Originally Posted by jdeb
What is the make and model of the laptop?
Hitachi Drive fitness test would do the trick if there is not any hardware diagnostics that come with your laptop. Here is the link for the application.
I found that program and ran it from the bootable CD I made for it. It didn't find any issues with the drive.
This is an Acer Aspire 5630 laptop.
I know it has trouble keeping the heat down. I may end up opening the case and blowing out the dust/dirt/fuzz that is likely inside the cooling path. I've had the BSOD appear a couple of times recently when there was a lot of activity going on at the CPU level. It didn't help matters when I installed a larger hard drive with a higher rpm then the stock one. I'm sure it generates more heat than the stock hard drive because of the higher rpms.