My computer has been working "fine" for almost a year now (averaging around 50 blue screens/crashes a month -- but I can use the computer for long periods of time usually). It was believed that the hard-drive was causing the failures back then and I had it replaced/RMA'd but it still occurred so I managed as best as I could.
Now, my computer will not even reach the Windows login screen.
More about my computer:
- Western Digital 500-600GB drive (not sure model at the moment)
- Radeon HD 4670 GPU
- AMD Athlon Quad-core 2.8Ghz CPU
- ASUS motherboard (not sure model at the moment)
- Windows 7 Professional 64-bit (I don't believe SP1 was installed)
What happens when I turn the computer on:
The computer will post and the BIOS message will flash but then I see this:
Then after selecting either option ('Start Windows Normally' or 'Launch Startup Repair') I see this:
It will begin loading files but stop around 35-40% completion in the progress bar at the bottom.
The next thing I see is this message:
Hitting continue or ESC essentially starts the process over again (Windows fails to load, select an option, fail to load Windows files, see Windows Boot Manager error message again).
What I have tried:
- Both options 'Launch Startup Repair' and 'Start Windows Normally'
- Changing the boot device order in the BIOS settings (hard-drive is only storage device connected)
- Unplugging/replugging in the hard-drives power and SATA cables to/from motherboard and power supply
- Changing the SATA port connected, several ones tested - same result.
I don't have an alternative hard-drive to test.
- Is this error actually caused by the hard-drive, like I suspect?
- Is the drive salvagable, able to be used again?
- Is the data itself salvagable, able to be recovered somehow?
Edited by DrKevorkian, 15 July 2011 - 05:52 PM.