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Hard Drive Crash, Maybe?


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#1 hispaladin

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Posted 21 February 2008 - 02:50 PM

I am getting the error message "error loading operating system" when the system boots. I read another post that suggested that the hard drive might be damaged/crashed. I went with this suggestion because the hard drive had problems before that i had to fix by repairing/reinstalling(i don't remember which) the OS. the question i have is if it is possible that the hard drive controller is the problem not the hard drive itself (or possible both) because i have put another used hard drive (one that has tested good on other systems) in and got the same error message. i am about to try reinstalling the OS on the used hard drive just to see if that takes care of the problem. I just don't want to buy a new hard drive and find out that it isn't the problem. Thanks for any help you can give.

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Posted 21 February 2008 - 03:32 PM

Update
I finished reinstalling the OS and the computer boots fine now so i think I've ruled out the hard drive controller but i would still like to hear back as to if the hard drive controller could be a cause.

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Posted 21 February 2008 - 04:01 PM

It could be a number of things...but it basically (IMO) comes down to the fact that the BIOS is not properly recogning the hard drive which should be bootable.

More detailed reasons include outdated BIOS, screwed-up MBR, or anything else which would disturb/prevent proper recognition of the boot partition/drive.

http://smartcomputing.com/techsupport/deta...p;ErrorID=21747

I would not list the hard drive controller as a suspect...versus the drive itself...since the controller is on the drive, http://smartcomputing.com/techsupport/deta...p;ErrorID=21747

IME, XP will reflect error messages when the HD controller is noticeably bad. These can be found in Event Viewer.

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Posted 21 February 2008 - 05:38 PM

Thanks for the input I'm fairly sure that the hard drive is bad cause I was able to successfully replace the drive and reinstall an OS and now it runs fine. looks like I'm ordering a new drive. :thumbsup:

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Posted 21 February 2008 - 06:21 PM

New hard drives have never been bigger, faster, and better consumer bargains.

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