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What does computer crash mean?

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"Crash" is a very subjective term when used in the context of computers. A crash can be a relatively minor problem, or it can be catastrophic. There was a time when "crash" literally meant that the read/write head of the hard drive had physically crashed into the platters that store the data rendering the hard drive useless. This is a very infrequent occurance now that hard drives are built to avoid such problems. Hard drives do still experience crashes from time to time, but usually the problem is something aside from the heads coming into contact with the storage media. Aside from hard drive crashes, there are software crashes too. Software crashes are typically easy (by comparison) to solve. Any time your computer locks up or reboots unexpectedly after giving you an error message, this can be referred to as a crash. It might not be technically accurate, but most computer people will know what you are talking about anyway.

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It's just a term used when the screen freezes or you can't move the curser or do anything else to the computer.

It usually means you have to restart the computer so it could of messed up your files you were working on and didn't save it before it happened. You then have to find out why it crashed and repair it.

If your car crash's you can't do anything to it until you repair it so the same thing happens on a computer, you have find out why it happened.

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A crash is when something momentarily causes your computer to fail as a whole. One kind commonly known as the BSOD or blue screen of death happens when your operating system has a fatal error of some kind, causing it to shut down, and restart your computer. Some people would classify a freeze, when your display stops updating, as a crash as well.

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It means that the computer or program stopped running without proper preparation. Rather than shutting down or closing, it just stopped running, usually due to a critical software error or loss of power. For example, you can "crash" your computer by unplugging it while running. This term may have come from the idea of crashing a hard drive, which is less of a problem now. Older hard drives did not have safeties to keep the head from dropping to the disk surface on power loss, so the head would sometimes "crash" against the disk, damaging or destroying it.

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Some signs of a crashed computer would be webpages not loading, noisy CPU, shutting down on its own, not going to the start screen, seeing blue screen, and not powering up.

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A computer server crash means that the operating system or OS has completely stopped responding for the server. To fix this, many servers just need to be rebooted.

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