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#1 Pip0025

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Posted 08 November 2017 - 04:46 PM

Hello all, so i have an older dell thats prolly 9ish years old that i installed a new hard drive on about 4 months ago. Got windows 7 on a usb loaded it all up and since then its been working like a charm. Got home today to turn it on and windows will not seem to load. It gets to the windows loading screen, goes for about a minuite then reboots itself. Ive tried to go into safe mode, repair mode, even put the usb i used to load windows on it initially in and it still wont repair or do anything aside from black screen and freeze up. I said screw it ill just reinstall windows but even that froze and wouldnt work. I have it set so windows has to get permission to install updates so i know its not that ... any help is much appreciated so i dont have to take this poor old machine outback and shoot it!

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Posted 08 November 2017 - 05:09 PM

Does tapping F12 at boot allow you to access the System Diagnostics? If yes then run the full diagnostics. 



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Posted 08 November 2017 - 05:21 PM

Yes it will so i just started the diag, about 5 min in it gets error code 0142
Msg error code 2000-0142 hard drive 0 self test unsuccessful

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Posted 08 November 2017 - 05:32 PM

That indicates a failed or failing hard drive.

 

Edit: You can confirm this by downloading the iso of UBCD. Burn the iso to a CD, boot and select Parted Magic from the menu screen. At the desktop of Parted Magic select Disk Health and do the short/long tests. If the short fails then you know the drive is toast.

 

http://mirror.sysadminguide.net/ubcd/ubcd537.iso

 

Disk Health is GsmartControl


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Posted 08 November 2017 - 05:49 PM

The heck ... the hd is 4 months old. Is it my computer thats cooking them or im guessing the new one i got just isnt that great? Whats a recommended hd thats pretty reliable, my last one lasted about 8ish years

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Posted 08 November 2017 - 06:37 PM

Even new drives can fail. It's the luck of the draw. All new drives are crap compared to the ones years ago. I would still verify the drive failure with UBCD. If a desktop change out the data cable. 






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