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Hard Drive Dying Or Mobo Kicking The Bucket?


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#1 Vvardenfell

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Posted 31 January 2006 - 09:18 AM

Hey all!

First time posting on this forum. I'm having some trouble with my computer. When I boot it up after having it off overnight, the computer gets stuck at the bootscreen where the computer is recognizing the primary/secondary master and slave drives. Specifically, when the computer tries to recognize my C drive, the drive makes a nice little "crunching sound" and the computer may or may not recognize it. I also have a slave drive hooked up (that is much larger and newer) that is not recognized by the computer either. I can reboot the computer usually once or twice, and the computer will then recognize the drives and go along it's merry way. Once on it works beautifully.

Now, while I realize that the noises coming from my C drive are bad, it has been happening for quite some time. I'm thinking that the problem is actually my Mobo, since the computer is not recognizing either of my two drives.

But, I wanted to get some other opinions before I go out and fork out the money to replace/upgrade my Mobo/processor.

Thanks much!! :thumbsup:

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Posted 31 January 2006 - 09:53 AM

If you suspect your motherboard is not identifing your drives, the first thing is to replace the motherboard battery.
If you suspect a dying drive the first thing would be to backup your Data. ASAP. You can use the S.M.A.R.T. Disk Drive Utility in Digital Dolly. You will have to download into a folder, unzip, and burn an .iso imade to a CD.
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Posted 01 February 2006 - 08:13 AM

May I add that Leurgy wrote a great hard drive post that listed hard drives and manufacturer's diagnostic software. If you know the make of the drive, take a look:

Hard Drive Installation and Diagnostic Tools

Take care

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