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Posted 19 August 2009 - 01:58 PM
Posted 19 August 2009 - 02:04 PM
Posted 19 August 2009 - 02:22 PM
Sounds like a failing hard drive. If you have a XP installation disk boot into that, select Recovery Console and run Chkdsk /r.
Posted 19 August 2009 - 03:14 PM
Posted 19 August 2009 - 05:14 PM
Thanks, doing that now. The program ran a quick test which came back with 0 errors--it's doing a full scan now.
I suggest running the appropriate hard drive diagnostic (long/extended test) on the drive in question.
Hard Drive Installation and Diagnostic Tools - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/28744/hard-drive-installation-and-diagnostic-tools/
Posted 19 August 2009 - 06:06 PM
Posted 19 August 2009 - 07:49 PM
Built the system myself, and upgraded it about 4 months ago(with a new processor, RAM and motherboard). It's been running smoothly. I actually didn't reformat when I rebuilt it, which i'm thinking was a huge bleeping mistake. Last complete wipe was about 11 months ago.
System manufacturer and model?
IMO, could be a damaged MBR, could be damage to physical hard drive, could be damage to NTFS file system...among other things.
It's good to get a fix on the status of the hard drive, since there aren't many things which will prevent access to the hard drive by the Recovery Console...let alone cause a freeze while trying to access it.
Generally speaking...the BIOS will recognize a hard drive (that's properly connected) unless it's totally dead.
But the fact that XP seems to have a problem recognizing/accessing the drive...is a better indicator of a problem, if not exactly a clear path to what the problem is.
Edited by orcheon, 19 August 2009 - 07:55 PM.
Posted 19 August 2009 - 08:51 PM
Posted 19 August 2009 - 09:01 PM
Edited by ThunderZ, 19 August 2009 - 09:02 PM.
Posted 19 August 2009 - 09:03 PM
That many upgrades and the system still booted and ran?
Have yet to see that many upgrades, usually requiring new drivers at the very least.
I`m guessing a driver conflict of sorts has finally reared it`s ugly head and a fresh install will be by far the best fix.
Well...since you have an XP CD, let's not format anything yet.
I'm kind of mystified by the fact that the drive passes the extended test...yet the RC cannot access the drive.
Go into the Recovery Console...and try to run the fixmbr command.
Write down and post any error message that appears.
Posted 19 August 2009 - 09:09 PM
Oh, no, I put in new drivers and removed any trace of the old ones.
Edited by ThunderZ, 19 August 2009 - 09:10 PM.
Posted 19 August 2009 - 09:11 PM
Posted 19 August 2009 - 09:16 PM
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Edited by orcheon, 19 August 2009 - 10:16 PM.
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