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#1 narcoreality

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Posted 26 November 2006 - 05:42 AM

K, i got some PC knowledge, but i am baffled. Got a Toshiba portege 7200 sries. Had XP Pro SP2 had it for 2 weeks. had e trust antivirus, spybot, and the works. been working great, last couple days h/d been slow, then, I got home tonight, was on for 2 minutes, it crashed, when it rebooted, got to the xp screen with the bars going, after that, reboot again. I reinstalled xp, took forever to format the hard drive. After reinstall. got to xp screen, bars moved, then rebooted. It took 4 ever to format the drive. the blue screen came so fast, couldn't write the error message down. I think the hard drive went. Please Help, its not my PC.

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Posted 26 November 2006 - 04:41 PM

Could be a virus, could be a bad hard drive - could be a lot of other things also. I'd suggest slaving the hard drive to another system (or using a USB drive caddy) to scan it for malware and to see if you can recover your stuff.

There's may be some utilities available at the hard drive manufacturer's website that will let you boot to a diagnostic program that they developed.
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Posted 26 November 2006 - 04:50 PM

You say it isn't your Computer but after Formating the hard drive the only thing I can think of is to check your CPU fan and or Mother Board.
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Posted 26 November 2006 - 05:02 PM

I would see if you can boot from a external device and run a program called HDTUNE. THis will check for errors on the HD. I believe this could be your issue.
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Posted 26 November 2006 - 05:19 PM

How did you re-install XP?

Did you use a recovery disk that came with that laptop, a Windows XP Installation cd that came with that computer or something else?

How did you install the Toshiba proprietal drivers (if you used anything but a Toshiba Recovery cd supplied with that particular computer when it was new)?

Can you boot in safe mode and do you hear fans running as the laptop boots?




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