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Hard Drive Won't Boot Up. Please Help!


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#1 Healingbear

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Posted 20 December 2006 - 01:06 AM

I'm running an AMD Athlon XP 1600+ with Windows XP Pro. I have 2 hard drives (say HD1 and HD2) and 2 CDROM drives.

One day HD1 refused to boot up to completion. It got to the windows welcome screen then returned to a complete boot up. All attempts to get past this point had the same results (i.e. last known config, safe mode, command prompt).

I reformatted HD2 and reinstalled Windows XP making that the new master. I set up HD1 (bad) as a slave and got the exact same result (welcome screen then reboot).

Next I booted up Knoppix Live CD and was able to visualize all the data on the bad drive but obviously could not copy that data over to the new drive as Knoppix is unable to write to NTFS drives (as far as I know).

I even tried booting up with the bad drive as both master and slave on the IDE2 cable with the same results.

Have I lost all this data or is there help for me? (I've thought about using knoppix to copy to a 256mb flash drive but the volume of the bad drive (160gb) seems prohibitive. Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

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Posted 20 December 2006 - 05:37 AM

My guess is the fault is not with either of the hard disks at all but some other vital component, though you should be getting a series of POST beeps during boot up which can be used to help diagnose what component is faulty. With most computers, a single beep means 'All OK', but a series of beeps means some hardware fault. Are you getting these beeps?

Just one thing in case I'm wrong and HD1 is indeed corrupted. When you installed XP onto HD2 and switched over the master/slave configurations of each HD, did you leave the IDE connections as they were, with the 'bad' drive still connected to IDE0 ? If you did, then you need to go into the BIOS setup to change the first boot device from IDE0 to IDE1, otherwise the system will still be trying to boot from the original 'bad' drive (unless you were presented with a dual-boot menu at start-up). I think my reasoning is sound, isn't it?

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Posted 20 December 2006 - 01:18 PM

Thanks for the input and reply. It is definately a hard drive issue as I have no POST beeps and a completely normal boot up as long as the offending drive is NOT connected to the system in any way. The BIOS is correct as it autodetects correctly (even WITH the offending drive). It's not until the after the splash screen and before the welcome screen that it auto-reboots. Any other ideas? Thanks again...

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Posted 20 December 2006 - 03:08 PM

If your bad hd has nothing on it except the os, repartition and reformat it, then try to reinstall your os. If the same problem happens, your hd is probably bad.

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Posted 23 December 2006 - 04:54 AM

I'd purchase another hard drive for the backup data and use it to transfer the data using Knoppix. Would cost a lot less than most other solutions.
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