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MoBo or SSD failure? Reboot successful only with fixmbr cmd.


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#1 Initiate

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Posted 25 May 2015 - 07:51 PM

Hello,

 

I am running a Samsung Pro 256 GB SSD and I've been experiencing BSODs and boot failures ever since I installed an HDD into my custom rig. The BIOS never recognized the HDD but I had been running the SSD just fine for at least 6 months prior to HDD installation. That is another problem in itself though. 

In order to install the HDD I had to remove the drive bay along with the SSD (perhaps static electricity is the culprit?). The problem first made itself apparent by a failure to install any programs followed by crashing of all processes including explorer.exe. This kept on occurring and was occasionally accompanied by BSODs. This became more frequent over time. 

I ran a chkdsk and it found bad sectors. Boot up was normal and I was able to install programs. But now every time I shutdown the rig, a blinking cursor will appear with a black background. I run a Windows 7 install disk and run the bootrec.exe/fixmbr command. I tried to run system repair but an error explaining that this version is not compatible with my version of Windows (they are both Windows 7 Ultimate. Usually, the comp boots up just fine. I am now sometimes experiencing BSODs after this temp fix.

 

Any help would be greatly appreciate. 

 

Thanks,

Paul

 

Windows OS Version: Win 7 Ultimate

SSD: Samsung 256 GB Pro

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 750 GB

Processor: AMD FX 8320 3.5 GHz 8-Core

MoBo: ASUS M5A97 R2.0

RAM: G-Skill Sniper 4 GB x2

 


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Posted 26 May 2015 - 07:42 AM

The problems that you describe started with the Seagate HDD being installed.  Try removing it (temporarily) and see if that helps.
Another thing to try is a hard drive diagnostic.  See this page for a link to the Seatools bootable diagnostic:  http://www.carrona.org/hddiag.html


Edited by hamluis, 26 May 2015 - 01:46 PM.
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Posted 26 May 2015 - 01:25 PM

The HDD was removed weeks ago after I was unable to successfully install it. The bios detected the HDD the first time I installed it, and I was able to initialize the disk with the Seagate Disk Wizard. However, the disk disappearwd from then on. I have installed the disk in a different PC and confirmed that it is a working disk. I do not think the issue has to do with the HDD.

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Posted 27 May 2015 - 05:28 AM

Have you tested the disk with diagnostics in order to see if it has any problems (even though it seems to be working properly)?

 

Please provide this information so we can provide a complete analysis (from the Pinned Topic at the top of the forum):  http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/576314/blue-screen-of-death-bsod-posting-instructions-windows-10-81-8-7-vista/


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Posted 30 May 2015 - 05:34 PM

As of right now, I cannot access my OS as the drive keeps disappearing from BIOS. Fml

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Posted 31 May 2015 - 05:07 AM

Well, there's not much else to try here.  It's most likely either the hard drive or the motherboard (although the SSD is a possibility).

Try testing the hard drive on another computer.

See if you can access the hard drive (maybe with a bootable disk) with the SSD removed

Beyond that, I'd suspect the hard drive - but this isn't a solid diagnosis (so don't go replacing the mobo on my say-so).

 

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Posted 31 May 2015 - 12:04 PM

You can try using SeaTools for DOS to diagnose the drive fitness.  This tool utilizes a bootable .iso file (which can be burned to CD/DVD and then used to run the long/extended generic diagnostic (which should apply to any hard drive, regardless of manufacturer).

 

Guide, SeaTools For DOS - http://www.seagate.com/support/seatools/SeaToolsDOSguide.pdf

 

SeaTools for DOS Download - http://www.seagate.com/support/internal-hard-drives/consumer-electronics/ld25-series/seatools-dos-master/

 

SeaTools For DOS and AHCI - http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/313457-seatools-dos-windows-how-use.html

 

IMO, if the drive cannot be detected by this utility, the problem is clearly the drive.  Please...read the informational links above...before trying to run the diagnostic.

 

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