V.T. Eric Layton, on 23 November 2017 - 03:14 PM, said:
Regardless, I do believe this is some sort of hardware issue. Any failure (vid card, RAM, mobo, CMOS, CPU, etc.) can cause reboots. However, PSUs are the likeliest culprits.
Agree with Eric and others. Sounds more like a hardware issue than software, however nothing can be ruled out at this stage.
However, I would definitely see if you can use a Linux disk booted and left for hours or a couple days, to rule out Windows 10/Windows Updates as the culprit first since that would be the least expensive route.
Especially since the problem came back.
Let us know how that goes.
Digerati, on 01 December 2017 - 10:12 AM, said:
And for that matter, when you apply power to the computer, the HD will spin anyway even if you boot to the CD/DVD.
Very true. You could disconnect power to the suspected hard drive when you boot to a Linux cd/dvd and test it twice; once with hard drive connected and once with it disconnected.
Phantom issues sure are a pain LOL