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Hard Drive Recognized By Bios But System Won't Boot!


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#1 deezdmngooks

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Posted 20 March 2008 - 03:10 PM

basically i have two PCs but one is new while the older one still had a bigger hard drive. so what i did was take the hard drive from the old pc and install it in the new one as a slave. i followed some online instructions and checked to see if bios recognized it and it did. so it boots up and i see the new drive and the older hard drive. after a couple of minutes though...i noticed that the computer was lagging and when i accessed the older hard drive, it had some clicking noises. then a blue error screen came up saying something about a "memory dump" so i restarted the comp. now it says that the roboot has failed even though it still recognizes the two hard drives. so i disconnected the old hard drive and the comp reboots correctly. what is wrong with the older hard drive and if possible, how can i still use it? thanks in advance.

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Posted 20 March 2008 - 03:21 PM

If you are absolutely sure both drives are jumpered and cabled properly then your power supply is too weak or the old drive is failing and drawing too much power

Often times when a drive sits too long it will do this, I had one that I could only start with a more powerful Power Supply, after a while of being run it fixed itself. Go figure
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Posted 28 March 2008 - 11:05 AM

basically i have two PCs but one is new while the older one still had a bigger hard drive. so what i did was take the hard drive from the old pc and install it in the new one as a slave. i followed some online instructions and checked to see if bios recognized it and it did. so it boots up and i see the new drive and the older hard drive. after a couple of minutes though...i noticed that the computer was lagging and when i accessed the older hard drive, it had some clicking noises. then a blue error screen came up saying something about a "memory dump" so i restarted the comp. now it says that the roboot has failed even though it still recognizes the two hard drives. so i disconnected the old hard drive and the comp reboots correctly. what is wrong with the older hard drive and if possible, how can i still use it? thanks in advance.


Most likely the older drive has failed, or is on the verge of failing. At least that is usually what is occurring when a drive clicks. At the very least there is some major issues with the file system that is preventing your system from booting properly when the drive is connected. There's really not going to be much you can do with it unfortunately.
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Posted 28 March 2008 - 12:16 PM

basically i have two PCs but one is new while the older one still had a bigger hard drive. so what i did was take the hard drive from the old pc and install it in the new one as a slave. i followed some online instructions and checked to see if bios recognized it and it did. so it boots up and i see the new drive and the older hard drive. after a couple of minutes though...i noticed that the computer was lagging and when i accessed the older hard drive, it had some clicking noises. then a blue error screen came up saying something about a "memory dump" so i restarted the comp. now it says that the roboot has failed even though it still recognizes the two hard drives. so i disconnected the old hard drive and the comp reboots correctly. what is wrong with the older hard drive and if possible, how can i still use it? thanks in advance.


Most likely the older drive has failed, or is on the verge of failing. At least that is usually what is occurring when a drive clicks. At the very least there is some major issues with the file system that is preventing your system from booting properly when the drive is connected. There's really not going to be much you can do with it unfortunately.




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