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Not always detecting Hard Disk + startup fails

Question: Not always detecting Hard Disk + startup fails

Hi, I have a system here that does not always detect the harddisk during startup (Detecting IDE Drives ...). If it does detect it, it will show the primary and secondary drives, the HD led stays on for a few seconds, then the screen jumps to black with a cursor blinking in the upper left corner: _ (In those few seconds I can still access the BIOS).

If it doesn't detect the HD, it continues the POST till it gives the BOOT FAILURE message.

I was actually trying to fix the problem that the system locks up during some applications. I had already run the WD diagnostics tool for the WD HD and it showed that everything was fine yesterday. I also ran the Windows Memory Diagnostic tool (from a bootdisk) and that one did not show errors, but the pc did restart automatically during the test not at specific points. (just before that there is a short pitching sound). I removed the dust inside the pc and checked the cables. And it was still working after that. I closed the case and moved it aside a bit and this morning the problem started that it does not always detect the HD and that it doesn't startup even when the hard disk is detected. I have run the Windows Memory Diagnostic tool again when it failed to detect the HD and it still gives no errors, and now the problem that the system restarts automatically during that test, is gone.

But I don't know what is wrong with it now and I've gone from a system that locks up regularly to a system that does not even starts up Windows. Can I just put in a harddisk from another pc (that is already installed with OS etc.), to check if it is the harddisk giving problems? (And also try the IDE cable from the other PC)

I had run Everest yesterday before the problems so here are some of the specs:
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OS Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
OS Service Pack Service Pack 2

CPU Type Intel Celeron 4A, 2677 MHz (26 x 103)
Mainboard ECS P4VXAD+ (5 PCI, 1 AGP, 1 CNR, 3 DIMM, Audio)
Mainboard Chipset VIA VT8753A Apollo P4X333
System Memory 512 MB (DDR SDRAM)
BIOS Type Award Modular (03/05/03)
Video NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200 (Microsoft Corporation) (128 MB)
Sound VIA AC'97 Enhanced Audio Controller

IDE apparaat VIA Bus Master IDE Controller - 0571
Floppy Disk Floppy Disk
Hard Disk WDC WD400BB-00DGA0 (37 GB, IDE)
Optic Station JLMS XJ-HD166S (16x/48x DVD-ROM)
Optic Station LITE-ON LTR-52246S (52x/24x/52x CD-RW)
SMART Status hard disk OK

SPD Memory Modules:
Nanya M2U25664DS88B3G-6K 256 MB PC2700 DDR SDRAM (CL 2.5 @ 166 Mhz) (CL 2.0 @ 133 Mhz)
BD256TEC400A 256 MB PC3200 DDR SDRAM (CL 2.5 @ 200 Mhz)

Tsystem 38 C (100 F)
Tcpu 36 C (97 F)
Fcpu 2860 RPM
Vcore 1.49 V
V2.5 2.59 V
Vio 1.74 V

CPU Core 1.49 V
+2.5 V 2.59 V
+3.3 V 1.74 V
+5 V 3.17 V
+12 V 8.13 V
+5 V Standby 2.50 V
VBAT Battery 2.03 V
Debug Info 5D A2 6D 76 7F 93 6A 5D 7F 24 26 C9 (43)

Are those Volt values above in the proper range? Or is there maybe something wrong with the power supply? They seem to be quite of the mark, but I don't know what the +3.3 V, +5 V, etc mean and if those values are normal. (I don't want to try hardware from another system if there's something wrong with the power supply.)
Also when I auto detect the hard disk in the BIOS it says at Capacity: 8455 MB (While It's 40 GB disk)

If anyone can help me with this, it will be greatly appreciated, thanks.

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Answer:Windows vista not detecting my hard disk or my hard disk is damaged?

Well that paragraph was hard to read...Double check all your connections to the drives.You say you thought there was trouble with the vis card " but it's not "...how did you determine this ? ?Have you checked your system operating temps ? ?

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Trying to boot from the windows 7 install dual boot begins booting but almost instantly kicks to an old style loading bar then goes to startup repair
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but somehow it LUbuntu has no problem booting when i select to boot from it instead of windows 7
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When I tried to boot in safe mode. it stopped after a few system files were loaded then went to startup repair. I dont remember the file it stopped at.

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Answer:usb hard disk not detecting

When you reinstalled the OS did you install the motherboard's drivers?

Also please list system specs, especially motherboard.

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Answer:not detecting my 2 hard disk

Look in the BIOS in the STANDARD option and see if the second hard drive is set to AUTO
 

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Answer:External Hard Disk Not Detecting

First thing that comes to mind is to shut down the computer then unplug the power for about ten second then plug back in and restart. If that doesn't work and you have another computer or laptop that you can use then test it on those.

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Answer:Hard disk not detecting in BIOS

Hello and welcome tomcatic fist of all mate how old is the machine and some more specs would be real handy.

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send some screen shots if possible as it would be good to see what the temps are doing too.

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Answer:New sata hard disk not detecting

you have to set your bios to recognise the sata drives..its probably set only to ide.. try unplugging the ide from the mobo then attach the sata and boot.i hate computers!but cant help myself....

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Answer:Hard disk sometimes not detecting in bios please help

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Hi,
I have two hard disks in my PC one is IDE(120GB) and the other is IDE(60GB). My PC is not detecting my IDE(120GB) hard disk. I have been replaced my jumper cable but it still not recognizing. Please tell me what is the Problem and how can i solve it.

Answer:My Computer is not detecting Hard Disk

np
You have to change the jumper situeted at the rear of the hdd from master to slave or vice versa that mean's one must be a master drive while the other should be a slave cause changing the cable as you said has nothing to do in this process



Good luck

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Answer:computer is not detecting my hard disk

What is new or different since the last time everything worked properly (ie, new hw, new sw, virus, error, etc)?

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Answer:Hard disk not detecting on windows 7

Do you mean it doesn't show in the BIOS or in Windows explorer? Have you looked in computer management to see if the new HDD is shown there? Unless the disk is formatted it wont show as available for use.

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Answer:Hard disk drive not detecting

Could you please type correct spelling. I hate having to decypher messages.
"stp tyeping liek y0u cNt sple werdz"

Write a more detailed description of the problem that I can read and I'll see if I can help you out.
 

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So I am not able to find any solution.Any other solutions?

Thankyou.

Answer:External hard disk detecting but not opening

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After knowing that it had lot of bad factors I used HDD regenerator and at 95 percent it stopped working and I restarted my Pc and now my HDD is detecting but not showing up


Bad sectors are physical defects and modern hard drives are designed to automatically fix them via a process called sector remapping. Basically what it does is to mark the original failing sector as bad in an internal table called "G-List" (growing defect list ) and allocate a spare good sector from the hidden sector reserve pool as a replacement to the failing one. This process is transparent to both user and OS.

The only way a bad sector will show up on your disk is if the pool has been completely used. In other words, your remapping pool is so full that it cannot take another bad sector and now the drive is throwing errors that it can’t read from a sector.This is a clear indication that the drive is in a very critical state, has been for quite awhile and is deteriorating at an alarming rate.

There is no point in trying to "fix" this disk. Even if you managed to create a partition, the disk will completely fail very soon.

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Answer:Seagate hard disk not detecting in BIOS

No idea what is going on, safest way is to slave your HD to another HD/comp ( no need to bolt it in, just cable it & leave it outside the case ) & copy your stuff ( don't forget your emails & address book ) onto the other HD or other media.You may have a choice of jumper settings on the master HD, such as master with slave or ms.

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Answer:Disk Check on every startup that fails.

Open an elevated command prompt.

Elevated Command Prompt

At the prompt type

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Now boot into windows and again in elevated command prompt, the following then hit Enter.

chkdsk /f /r c:

Let chkdsk run, it may take a while.

Hopefully this should fix hard disk errors. Also download the hard disk diagnostic for your brand from this site and run it.

Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp.

If the hard disk passes the tests, you can try reenabling chkdsk at boot.

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It also appears in disk management. It's shows as Disk 1 Unknown, Not Initialised and the right column is blank.

I downloaded the MiniTool Partition Wizard and attempted to recover my data. I completed all the steps expect the last step as I can't right click to give the drive a letter.

I have important unbacked information on this device. Any help would greatly be appreciated. Thanks

Answer:External Hard Drive Not Detecting. Disk 1 Unknown.

Hello Liyah,

Your screenshots are two small to be able to read.

For now in Disk Management, see if you area able to right click on the smaller Disk 1 box in the lower pane, and click on an Online or Initialize option in the context menu. Afterwards, make sure the disk has a drive letter.

Disk - Set as Offline or Online

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Answer:PC is not detecting the Internal Hard disk. Connection Lost.

Hi and welcome to TSF do you mean you set the usb to be the boot device ? have you tried going into the bios F2 on booting and setting the hdd as first boot device then use F10 to save and exit

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Please help!
 

Answer:Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex 1 TB external hard disk not detecting

When the drive is plugged in, does it appear in the disk manager?

(To get to disk manager click START > Right click on Computer > Manage > Disk Management)
 

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Answer:Lenovo Thinkpad T410 is not detecting transcend 250 GB external hard disk

Please somebody reply as soon as possible.Thankyou

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Answer:Windows 7 startup fails. Recovery disk says -isapnp.sys missing or corrupted

As far as I know you can do both. But preferably try to use command prompt from an installation disk because who knows if the downloaded file is healthy.

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Hi
I have 2 HD's on my computer (primary master & primary slave). Master is Maxtor & slave is a Samsung HD. it has been working fine for over a year now. 2 days back while booting I got the message "primary hard drive fails".

I checked the BIOS settings & found that it had lost the settings for my master HD. I rebooted again and it booted fine & the master HD settings in BIOS came back. I thought that probably my CMOS battery was dying so I replaced it. The same symptoms have come back after that. The system keeps loosing the primary HD settings in the BIOS. it has never lost the settings on the slave drive ever. sometimes it will recognize the master drive but still fail to boot giving a error "boot disk failure".

if I turn it off for a while and power it back up, the system will boot up properly sometimes & at other times it refuses to boot. I am not sure where the problem is since it has been working for 1+ yrs now.

Is my HD failing?. it is only 1+ yr old. But since it boots up sometimes, I tend to think otherwise.
Something wrong in the MB?

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Answer:Primary Hard disk fails

Make sure that Hard drive connections (cable and power) are tight. You can download a hard drive diagnostic program from the Maxtor web site and run it, although an intermittent problem might not show up. It sounds like your hard drive is failing and you should make sure that you have backed up all important data before it goes completely.
 

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Answer:hard disk fails on Vista (R400)

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Answer:Vista fails to recognise USB hard disk

First check your BIOS settings to ensure these ports are enabled.

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Windows update will also say "Windows cannot search for updates with error code C80001FE."

What could be the reason for this and how can I trouble shoot it?

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Answer:Hard Disk Check Fails In Normal Mode

I would RMA the drive back to Best Buy and get a replacement. The drive is obviously bad. It happens a lot more often than many people think. Erase the drive and take it back and tell them it is defective and failed Western Digital's diagnostic test.

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It always fails to Clone/copy my current hard that has bad sectors, to a new hard disk. My present HDD is a 320GB and its health is really bad. I bought a new 500 hard disk and tried to clone and copy the whole HDD. I tried Paragon HDD Manager, O&O disk image and other two Software. All of them failed to clone or copy my old hard disk to new one.

What is the best solution. Paragon, copied data partially and gave an error at 80%. I tried few times and the same thing happened

Answer:Always fails to Clone/copy old hard disk with bad sector

Maybe try running

chkdsk {drive letter} /f
as in
chkdsk D: /f

on the older drive it will identify and lock out the errant sectors. The "/F" means "Fix" so run it first without that and see what it returns as "Bad Sectors" then try the clone.

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hi there!

this is my first post. please excuse if i have done it in the wrong place.

using axiomatic software i backedup my system partition of 20 gb to the 80 gb exboot usb external disk.

i enabled, boot from usb in my bios, selected external disk as first boot priority and started the computer.

the external disk boots, reaches the windows splash screen, i can see the moving illuminated squares, but windows fails to load.

the computer reboots and goes to the screen which asks whether to load normally, or safe mode etc?

i tried the options, safe mode etc, but no luck.

could anybody suggest any error on my part?

thanks for reading and for any help in advance.

i am using windows xp with service pack 2.

i use a intel 915 gav motherboard.

salt
 

Answer:exboot usb external hard disk fails to boot into windows

Can you please post a link to the axiomatic program that you used to back up your hard drive.
 

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I have a two year old HP Pavillion (now a year out of waranty) that crashed and now returns "disk read error press ctl+alt+del to restart" when attempting to boot. Using the diagnostic tools avialable under F2, I get the following failure: Hard Drive Short DST Check: FailedFailure ID: GLL3S1-76684P-MFPV7G-60RA03Product ID: E9Z18AV Would anyone be so kind as to tell me what this particular failure ID code means?  Thank you.

Answer:Disk Read Error on boot, Hard Drive Short DST Check fails

 The hard drive has failed and will need to be replaced.  A retail laptop SATA hard drive can be used-Western Digital, Seagate, Toshiba,etc. Just be sure to get one of at least equal capacity as the original in order to use Recovery Media to install Windows. It can be larger, but not smaller capacity.For instance if you have a 500GB hdd you could use a 750GB hdd but not a 320GB hdd. Your model is not one of the easiest to replace hdd on but the Maintenance & Service Guide will help you or your chosen repair shop.http://h10032.www1.hp.com/ctg/Manual/c04438537

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I have a SD card with 50Gb space available. How to use this space to get the upgrade done?

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My home PC (not this one) is not starting up. I get the message:

'Non-system Disk or disk error
replace and strike any key'

I presumed this was something to do with the CD Drive which I had set as the primary boot device to help with another problem. I've knocked it down the list on the Startup F10-Options menu, but when I re-boot it does the same.

I did get a message stating 'HP UNI PXE-s - blah-blah- Copyright-Blah-Blah-CLIENT MAC ADDR-bla-blah' but then got the non-system disk message again.

I re-booted and went into the IDE DPS Self Test option on the F10-Options menu and got the message:

'Test Failed. Drive Replacement recommended
Completion Code: 15
Drive Information:.............'

Assuming the worst and I need to replace the hard drive, what can I do about all the stuff (photos, i-tunes, files, etc) on the hard drive? The files are much more of a concern than the actual drive itself.
 

Answer:Hard Disk Error at Startup

Often you can connect a bad HD to your computer as the slave/secondary drive and retrieve files from it. Not always but definitely worth a try as a first step.

So get a new HD and put Windows on it. Then take the old HD and connect it as slave. This involves moving the jumper on the back of the old drive to slave position. There is usually a label on the drive or markings above the jumper to show slave position. Connect the drive to the middle connector of the data cable. Restart Windows and with a little luck the old drive will show up in My Computer and you can copy files from it.

As the drive warms up it will become more unstable so you may have to turn the PC off and wait a few hours in between attempts to copy data.
 

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My mother gave me her HP ENVY dv6-7213nr Notebook PC when she got a new pc. When I startup, I get a black screen and an error message that tells me to Please run the Hard Disk Test in System Diagnostics, Hard Disk 1 (3F1). After, this is the following: Quick Check:SMART Chech: PASSEDShort DST: FAILEDFAILURE ID: RGE091-70S87M-QFPKOK-61sW03PRODUCT ID: C2M18UA#ABAHard Disk 1 Extensive Check:SMART Chech: PASSEDLong DST: FAILEDFAILURE ID: RGE091-70S87M-QFPKOK-61A603PRODUCT ID: C2M18UA#ABAHard Disk 1 I tried navigating through HP Support, but only found out that my warranty expired before I even got the dang thing. And I did upgrade to Windows 10 (from Windows 8) when the free upgrade was offered. Can anyone help me?   

Answer:Startup Hard Disk Error

Purchase a new sata notebook hard drive and install it. The Windows 10 digital license entitlement for the notebook should be on the Microsoft licensing server. That means that when you reinstall Windows 10 all you have to do is click on the I don't have product key link in the install and continue with the install. As soon as the notebook goes online it will validate. I can verify that it works because I have done that serveral times recently while upgrading my new motherboard to an M.2 NVMe SSD.  It took time and was not a simple upgrade. In your case it should be simple.  You can download a Windows 10 ISO from the following link and create a USB flashdrive installer.https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10 I recommend using RUFUS to create the usb flashdrive installer.https://rufus.akeo.ie/   

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Hi
I was wondering if the sounds my hard disk make at startup are natural

While it is loading up the RAMs at startup it makes a whole lot of funny noises. when it finally settles down , there is a constant hum

my hard disk is a new WD 160 gig Caviar ATA 100

Answer:hard disk startup sound

It'd help to describe exactly what kind of noises its making. But to tell you the truth it really should be generally quiet. Are the noises loud, screeching what? Noises in the harddrive are generally NOT good.

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Gday

I've had a problem with my Dell PIII 2Ghz computer for a while now and have finally decided to do something about it.

When I start the computer up the following message appears before windows loads (straight away)





my dell computer said:



Dell's disk monitoring system has detected that drive 0 on the primary EIDE controller is operating outside of normal specifications. It is advisable to immediately back up your data and replace your hard disk by calling your support desk or Dell Computer Corporation.

Strike the F1 key to continue or F2 to run the setup utility.Click to expand...

It has been this way for over a year, and I always hit F1 where it goes to another screen where I choose to load Windows XP.

The computer then runs, as far as I can see, fine, although I do not employ it to complex use, but rather for the internet and odd word document.

Is my hard disk truly stuffed or is there perhaps another problem, perhaps a total format would help?

Looking forward to your responses

Cheers,
Daniel.
 

Answer:Startup Hard Disk Warning

What you have here is a disk failure in progress motherboards have a program to monitor harddisk it call S.M.A.R.T and when the paramater are off
by too much you will have this message you having, so yes it's times to
change your harddsik NOW.....

But to be shure is that go into your bios and check for SMART and disabled it
reboot if your message dissapears then you knows this is your harddisk.....
 

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I haven't been able to get my computer to turn on, so ran diagnostics. It came back with error GGC78C-00088V-WPXF1F-60Q903Please tell me there's a way to repair this and not just replace the hard drive? I don't have backups and I would really hate to lose everything on a 2TB hard drive!

Answer:Hard disk fail at startup

Test failed. Drive replacement recommended.Completion code: 7Size 2.0 tbModel ST2000DM001-9YN164Firmware HP16Location SATA0

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Hello more knowledgeable person than myself. I've been having trouble trying to get my computer to boot; I'd noticed a drop in performance (still unsure why) so decided to boot up in safe mode and poke around - it was not my original intention to install Advanced SystemCare 5.3.0 but somehow it happened. I ran the 'deep-care' utility and everything was working fine, my computer rebooted and performed a disk check: there weren't any errors that I can remember apart from [something along the lines of] 60 reparse files. Following this my computer restarted and Windows failed to load, restarting to show my startup repair - this isn't the first time this has happened, a similar thing occurred following previous attempts at boosting speed, though before I was able to get Windows up and running using an Ubuntu installation disk, although I still don't understand why - no need to say that it didn't work this time.
Startup repair refuses to work and my system restore points have vanished; I would try doing a repair install if I had a copy of the disk. I built the computer myself a few months back, borrowing a Windows 7 installation disk from a friend (who has now lost said disk), startup repair does tell me something about 'Problem Signatures' which are included below:
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Problem Signature:
Problem Event Name: StartupRepairOffline
Problem Signature 01: 6.1.7600.16.385
Problem Signature 02: 6.1.7600.16.385
Problem Signature 03: Unknown
Problem Signature ... Read more

Answer:Windows fails to boot, startup repair fails to fix

  
Quote: Originally Posted by nomtree


Hello more knowledgeable person than myself. I've been having trouble trying to get my computer to boot; I'd noticed a drop in performance (still unsure why) so decided to boot up in safe mode and poke around - it was not my original intention to install Advanced SystemCare 5.3.0 but somehow it happened. I ran the 'deep-care' utility and everything was working fine, my computer rebooted and performed a disk check: there weren't any errors that I can remember apart from [something along the lines of] 60 reparse files. Following this my computer restarted and Windows failed to load, restarting to show my startup repair - this isn't the first time this has happened, a similar thing occurred following previous attempts at boosting speed, though before I was able to get Windows up and running using an Ubuntu installation disk, although I still don't understand why - no need to say that it didn't work this time.
Startup repair refuses to work and my system restore points have vanished; I would try doing a repair install if I had a copy of the disk. I built the computer myself a few months back, borrowing a Windows 7 installation disk from a friend (who has now lost said disk), startup repair does tell me something about 'Problem Signatures' which are included below:
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Problem Signature:
Problem Event Name: StartupRepairOffline
Problem Signature 01: 6.1.7600.16.385
Problem Signa... Read more

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I have a WD internal hard disk.
i installed win7 professional 64 bit on 2gb ram system.

All problems started when there was date n time reset issue.
So i changed the CMOS battery.
Just after that,my computer started experiencing startup problems.
There was blue screen errors too ... for one or two times.
Many times i got the DISK READ ERROR on startup; but i was able to fix it up using the bootrec commands using the installation disk.

Some said that win7 64 bit should have atleast 4gb ram, so I installed the win7 professional 32bit back once again.
But the startup problems didn't stopped.

I was suggested that i should delete all my partition during installation and install windows on only one partition and after that i can make other partitions.
I did so. I installed windows 7 professional 32 bit and also made some partitions after installations.
Everything was going fine, but some problems are still there.
As soon as i started to load some things on my hard disk, my computer was slowly started to be un responsive.
I only installed some programs.
I just downloaded a 10GB material on my pc..and the computer started to lag.
I wanted to copy that thing on my mobile, but the copying was struck and it never happened.
Last night once again while watching a video,i got a blue screen error and after that my pc once again had the same old problem of DISK READ ERROR,PRESS CTRL+ALT+DEL to restart.
But my PC started today very fine, but lagginess is still there.
My PC is around 5 year... Read more

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3 year old Gateway computer running XP, shut off computer one day, it had been running extremely slow, went to start up next day, wouldn't turn on. Replaced the PSU and booted it up, now getting error message while booting up:

Pri Master Hard Disk: S.M.A.R.T. Status BAD, Backup and Replace.

I can hit F4 to boot up all the way.

Any chance this is related to the psu dying or just a coincidence the hard disk is now failing too.
 

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Sometimes, when I startup my laptop, it gives the error: Primary hard drive disk 0 not found. It does this on both a cold boot, and when coming out of hibernation. The laptop is an Aspire 5630 running vista 32-bit SP3. I've updated the BIOS, and reset it to the default, to no avail. It doesn't have any viruses. It's a WD Caviar Blue sata drive, thought I don't remember the exact model number. All of the SMART data shows up normally, with nothing out of the ordinary. I'm out of ideas for what to try. It's had this issue for a while, but trying everything imaginable, and then ignoring it doesn't seem to have helped.

*the catch with all of this, is that if I shutdown, and restart again, it works just fine. It's an intermittent problem.

Answer:Hard disk drive not found on startup...sometimes.

Run hard drive diagnostics: http://www.tacktech.com/display.cfm?ttid=287 (or http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=28744&hl=hard+drive+diagnostic)Make sure, you select tool, which is appropriate for the brand of your hard drive.Depending on the program, it'll create bootable floppy, or bootable CD.If downloaded file is of .iso type, use ImgBurn: http://www.imgburn.com/ to burn .iso file to a CD (select "Write image file to disc" option), to make the CD bootable.For Toshiba hard drives, see here: http://sdd.toshiba.com/main.aspx?Path=ServicesSupport/FujitsuDrivesUSandCanada/SoftwareUtilities#diagnosticNote : If you do not know how to set your computer to boot from CD follow the steps HERE

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Here's my problem:

Whenever I start my PC, and load up Windows XP Pro, the HDD whirs quickly and makes a quick clicking noise, following by either a freeze of the screen, or a blue screen indicating the following error message: "STOP, 0x000000F4 (0x00000003, 0x82AA5238, 0x82AA53AC, 0x805F9F88)." The HDD almost sounds like it is starting up whenever the system is started (I.E. the normal boot up sounds when the HDD is loading the BIOs, windows, ect). I'm guessing maybe the HDD is rebooting itself for some reason?

The period of time where I am able to use Windows is random, but usually is less than 1 minute. I have been trying to backup some of my data before Windows crashes, but without much luck. I just really want to get some of my school data off of here, the rest is expendable.

I know the PC isn't overheating and I haven't added any new hardware.

Any suggestions?

Thanks,
-Charger69
 

Answer:Hard Disk failure @ Windows startup?

Hi and welcome to TSG

It does sound as if you have a failing Hard Drive.

Clicking noises usually indicate that the HDD is on it's way out.

If you have files / data that you need to recover I suggest that you try connecting this drive as a slave in another system and take off any data that you need - copy it to the other system's HDD and burn to cd/dvd.

If you copy files to cd/dvd then transfer to a new HDD it could be that they will be Read Only - there is, however a way around this "problem".

Hope this explains - the more you use your present system the less is the possibility that you will be able to recover your data.

This article provides a little more info.
 

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Hi.

So, yesterday, I turned my computer off so it could update. It turned off correctly.

The next morning, I turn on my computer, and windows starts, and then configures it's updates. After this windows restarts my computer. When the computer restarted, Windows couldn't start. I tried multiple times, but got nowhere. System restare didn't work, I got errors when trying to restore. (I have tried 2 different restore points.)

Startup repair, after a few tries, finally gave me an error. It said:

Root cause found:
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Bad hard disk: Bugcheck 7a. Parameters = 0xfffff8a001342c00, 0xffffffffc000009c, 0xdda0b8c0, 0xfffff900c0780000.
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Every other test ran without errors.

This was somehow caused by windows update, because my comp has worked perfectly until windows installed these updates.

How can I fix this problem I'm having?

Thanks,
- Pilot

Answer:Startup Repair: bad hard disk: Bugcheck 7a

  
Quote: Originally Posted by ThePilotGuy


Hi.

So, yesterday, I turned my computer off so it could update. It turned off correctly.

The next morning, I turn on my computer, and windows starts, and then configures it's updates. After this windows restarts my computer. When the computer restarted, Windows couldn't start. I tried multiple times, but got nowhere. System restare didn't work, I got errors when trying to restore. (I have tried 2 different restore points.)

Startup repair, after a few tries, finally gave me an error. It said:

Root cause found:
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Bad hard disk: Bugcheck 7a. Parameters = 0xfffff8a001342c00, 0xffffffffc000009c, 0xdda0b8c0, 0xfffff900c0780000.
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Every other test ran without errors.

This was somehow caused by windows update, because my comp has worked perfectly until windows installed these updates.

How can I fix this problem I'm having?

Thanks,
- Pilot



Please explain why you turn off the computer to update...

I suggest you run Check Disk.

Disk Check

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Plz help!
I tried restore BIOS to default but nothing good. :(

Answer:Re: Stuck on "boot from bbs hard disk..." on startup

Hello

Can you please give us more info about your notebook and what have you done at last?
When you start your notebook can you see Toshiba welcome screen?
Can you enter BIOS settings using F2 key at start-up?

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 Startup errors for hard disk failure - ran diagnostics and failure ID is: M4U7XT-68H8J2-MFMP0J-60DD0. I select enter and laptop boots-up normally.

Answer:Startup errors for hard disk failure

AS we have properly undertsood your issue  we are going to provide you some information please read this information properly:  Because hard disks are mechanical devices, they are subject to wearing out, even if you treat them better than your own children. Around 60% of hard drive failures occur through predictable mechanical failure, with the remaining 40% of failures occurring through misuse. Hard disk failure might occur if any of the following happens:Your computer is bumped or jostled while it is running;The electric motor which allows the platter to spin fails due to bad bearings or other components;The filter on your air intake gets too clogged or the filter isn't working properly;Extreme heat while running causes the electronic circuit board to fail;There is a sudden power failure while the disk is writing. 

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Hello,
The hard drive on my laptop recently failed and I purchased and installed a new one to replace it. I cloned as much of the data off of the old drive as possible. However, when I go to boot from it, it gets stuck in a startup repair loop. Startup repair doesn't find any problems, but it is unable to boot windows. I installed windows 7 on a new partition see if I could do a repair install to the other hard drive, but that does not appear to be possible. I've ran chkdsk and it does not find any errors. Is there anything else that I should try to be able to run the older install, or should i just start reinstalling everything.
Thanks.

Answer:new hard disk-startup repair loop

sounds like you need to do a proper wipe then start from step 0

follow these in order, it should give you a nice clean functioning install.
SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation
Clean Install Windows 7

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While attempting to perform a startup repair....I get a hard disk could not be found. I have a HP dv6 -3050 US....I'd like to know if this is for sure a hardware issue...before wasting time and money on ordering HP recovery disks...Any help would be great.

Thx

Answer:hard disk could not be found when doing startup repair

Will the HD Drive show in BIOS?

I would Check the hard drive with the manufacturer's diagnostic tools.
Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp.
HD Diagnostic




   Information
Boot up using the Startup Repair CD or Windows 7 DVD. (not the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disk) If you have a Netbook, you will need a CD/DVD drive.
NOTE: Make sure no USB drives are plugged in.
Do not use a USB Pendrive for Startup Repair.
startup repair disc-create



Do a Strartup Repair:
Startup Repair
Note: You may need to do startup repair 3 to 4 times.
Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times

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HI, AND THANKYOU FOR TAKING THE TIME!
History: P11 266 using 40gig Maxtor hd that was partitioned
with partion magic 5 into 3 partions (c:6gig D:8gig E:25gig)
running win98se for a year or so.
upgraded to win 2000 installed on C: drive changing
files system for c to ntf. left d and e the way they were.
got virus!... lots of trouble! Crashed hard!
would not reboot. could not boot up on startup disk..
said disk io error... all versions of boot disk gave me
disk io error.
so put partion magic emergency boot disk in....it worked allowing
me to put C: back to fat32 the same as it was... seemed to work.
But boot up to hard drive failed but
thats when bios stopped seeing hard drive.
I have now used all diagnostics available to me to no avail.
updated bios to make sure.
put in another hard drive and it booted perfectly.
Got new ribbons, rechecked jumpers and pins.
used maxtor hard drive utilities to boot up computer
.. it found the hard drive and brought up these errors.
smart enable command failure,
bios extension support failed,
partition information read failure,
ERROR CODE S01
drive recal test failed
smart disable function failed
ERROR CODE UK0E02
ADVANCED DIAGNOSTICS..
LBA 0 BLOCKS 0 HEADS 16 SPT 63
MAXIMUM LBA 0
CONGRADULATIONS HARD DRIVE IS NOW ERROR FREE AND
RECERTIFIED.
Bios does not see hard drive, cannot use Fdisk or
Fdisk /mbr cannot put sys files onto hard drisk.
used debug to remove all hard drive info..
used debug to rem... Read more

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The whole internet is void of information on this specific error code, so here it is, lo and behold, the ONLY English-language Google result for this error message: Hard Disk ErrorPlease run the Hard Disk Test in System Diagnostics.Error code:Hard Disk 1 (3F1)F2 System DiagnosticsFor more information, please visit: (illegible due to colored text) Specifically, the "Hard Disk 1 (3F1)" part, that's nowhere to be found online. Tons of pages about 3F0, apparently the primary hard disk. No, this is an error regarding the secondary hard disk, attached via eSATA. Problem is, there's NOTHING wrong with the attached drive, other than this error on startup. No SMART failures. Comes up and works fine in Windows. Scanned 100% OK. It'd be nice if there were a way to bypass this error automatically, but I always have to hit F2, then Esc to abort its forced diagnostic routine. It's a WD My Book Studio, 750gb, attached via eSATA. Doesn't happen if I leave it unplugged during startup... but SATA is a connection that likes to be present on startup. The system, as in the title, is a dv4-1225dx laptop, running Windows Home Server (Server 2003), but previously running Windows 7 Home Premium. Vista is evil. It's also my home server, as of about yesterday (when I set it up and started getting this message). The system seems to crash pretty routinely over the past few days and every time it reboots, it hangs at that stupid "Hard Disk Error" message. Not a pretty sight when I... Read more

Answer:HP dv4-1225dx "Hard Disk Error" 3F1 on startup with eSATA HD...

Almost any hard disk error code during a test means the drive is defective and needs replaced. I would back up your data and prepare of a hard disk replacement. Here is the error code table for HP, scroll down the page http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/Document.jsp?objectID=c01443317 .

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A month ago I was shutting down my laptop and while it was shutting down i closed the lid and then the next day when i turned it didnt boot like normal. It gives the option to do startup repair or to start windows normally or something and when i click start windows it takes me to startup repair still. My vaio laptop has been stuck scanning startup repair for about a month now. I let it scan for a whole week and nothing. I did some searching to try to fix the problem and it lead the start up repair saying "A hard disk problem is preventing windows from starting" so basically the disk is damaged or whatever. And that "Startup repair cannot repair this computer automatically. It gives me the option to send information about this problem or dont send. When i go into system recovery options i tried doing a system restore and system image recovery and those didnt work. I know i need the windows 7 installation disc which i dont have for some reason. Could someone please help me if there is another way to fix or if i really need the disc (i will buy it) and if i do need it then how or what do i do step by step and will i still have files like photos and documents saved. Thanks
 

Answer:Laptop stuck on startup repair (bad hard disk)

you can download and run a hdd checker from most manufacturer's websites. If you don't know the make download Seagate's bootable "Seatools"
Run this to see if there's an actual issue with the disk.

If you have an option to get a Command Prompt under repair options you can run a "chkdsk /r" That will attempt to locate and re-assign bad sectors on the drive.

Lastly, you can remove the disk and get a USB converter cable, connect to a different machine and get files off that way. Assuming that the disk isn't completely dead.
 

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Hello,

I have Intel p4 3 ghz computer with 512 mb ram on it and geforce fx 5600 128 mb video card. When i start to boot up my computer i get this error message: PRI MASTER HARD DISK:S.M.A.R.T COMMAND FAILED
I started to get this message from then, when my brother connected this hdd to another computer...

I have these few questions about the error:
1) Could this affect my computers perfomance?
2) If yes then what should i do? I mean should i replace my hard disk to new?
3) If it isn't hard disk problem then where the problem is? Can it be solved? What part should i replace with to fix this problem?

Thank you for answering these questions

Answer:On startup: Pri Master Hard Disk:S.M.A.R.T command failed

SMART stands for "Self Monitoring and Reporting Technology". You BIOS has detected a pending error in your hard drive. My advice to you would be to take the hard drive out and use an enclosure to extract all the data you might want to take out of it soon, since that hard drive is failing. If possible, try going into the BIOS and disabling SMART, so you can boot into Windows and copy all the necessary files you want to get off of the hard drive. Removing the hard drive would ultimately get rid of this problem though.

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After I tried to make a dual boot with Ubuntu and Windows 7 Ultimate (64-bit), Windows now does not boot. I have tried to reinstall and repair the HDD but the disc fails to recognize my HDD (Western Digital Scorpio Black 500 GB). My HDD is Basic, has 3 primary partitions and 1 extended (3 logical). Ubuntu 11.10 can boot fine.

Answer:Windows 7 Install Disc fails to see hard disk after Ubuntu install

Did you install Windows 7, then install Ubuntu?

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Ok, here is the deal, and I don't know why it happened. If someone can explain why this happens, I'd be grateful.

For some reason the system hung/froze at the Windows flag logo during start-up. I know what caused it, but I don't know why, and would like to understand why.

I made a backup of the system image, and backed it up on an external hard disk. I restarted the computer, and it hung at the Windows flag log. The flag animation froze and the system become completely unresponsive. The only way to shut the power down was pushing the power button to force computer to do a hard shut down. Ie started the computer back up and it booted into the Windows Error Recovery screen.

I first chose the ?Start Windows Normally? option, and it froze at the Windows flag logo again. I forced the system to shut down by pushing the power button, and chose the ?Launch Startup Repair? option when the computer booted back up. Windows was unable to repair the computer after two attempts, and the computer recommended that I use a Restore Point to fix the error. I chose the most recent restore point that I created earlier. I rebooted the computer and loaded into Windows just fine. But to make sure everything was O.K., I restarted the computer again, and it froze again at the Windows flag logo. I shut the computer down and restarted it, and the Windows Error Recovery screen appeared again. The computer failed to repair the program, chose my restore point again, and when the comput... Read more

Answer:System Image on External Hard Disk Forces Freeze at Startup?

Anyone have any ideas what would cause this?

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If you have installed a large hard disk of size say 2 terabytes or more on a computer that is running Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 you may find that the computer may start slowly.
WHY? KB2505454 explains that this issue occurs because the Microsoft Software Shadow Copy provider is being initialized.
To fix this issue, you will have to specifically request for and apply a hotfix from Microsoft Support.

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First of all, I'd like to thank all the volunteers on this forum who offer technical assistance.  Many of us would be completely lost without your guidance!  ===============================================MY STORY:===============================================I'm a web developer and my laptop started experiencing strange symptoms, originally in November 2012 (3 months ago).  The first sign of problems was when a coworker at work complained that my yahoo account had sent him some spam.  Upon logging in to my YMail, I discovered that several contacts had been messaged from my account.  I immediately ran MalWareBytes and a scan with MS Security Essentials (after successfully updating, of course).  To my recollection, between MBAM and SE they found 2-3 malicious softwares (sorry, don't remember what it was).  I selected to removed the offenders in both programs, rebooted, re-scanned -- nothing found.  I concluded at the that point that all the malware was gone and then proceeded to change my YMail password.  Everything seemed fine.For the record, I wasn't ever able to identify what freeware/website/email was the actual trojan that opened the door for the baddies.  I'm aware of security issues as a developer and rarely get infected because I have SE and MalwareBytes.  But, ever since some profit-seeking corporation bought MBAM and converted to a pay-model, it seems like the converted once free functio... Read more

Answer:MalwareBytes fails detecting virus/malware generating Google Chrome popups and r

(This part got cut off on my first post)*****************************************                         DDS - Attach.txt *****************************************.UNLESS SPECIFICALLY INSTRUCTED, DO NOT POST THIS LOG.IF REQUESTED, ZIP IT UP & ATTACH IT.DDS (Ver_2012-11-20.01).Microsoft Windows XP ProfessionalBoot Device: \Device\HarddiskVolume1Install Date: 10/20/2010 1:59:26 AMSystem Uptime: 2/13/2013 10:03:17 AM (4 hours ago).Motherboard: Hewlett-Packard |  | 30C1Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU     T7300  @ 2.00GHz | U10 | 1995/200mhz.==== Disk Partitions =========================.C: is FIXED (NTFS) - 112 GiB total, 60.48 GiB free.D: is CDROM ().==== Disabled Device Manager Items =============.Class GUID: {4D36E972-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}Description: Intel(R) Wireless WiFi Link 4965AGDevice ID: PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_4229&SUBSYS_10008086&REV_61\4&EB37384&0&00E1Manufacturer: Intel CorporationName: Intel(R) Wireless WiFi Link 4965AGPNP Device ID: PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_4229&SUBSYS_10008086&REV_61\4&EB37384&0&00E1Service: NETw5x32.Class GUID: {4D36E972-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}Description: Bluetooth LAN Access Server DriverDevice ID: {95C7A0A0-3094-11D7-A202-00508B9D7D5A}\BTWDNDIS\1&30EE4AD&0&1000000020000Manufacturer: BroadcomName: Bluetooth LAN Access Server DriverPNP Device ID: {95C7A0A0-3094-11D7-A202-00508B9D7D5A}\BTW... Read more

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First of all, I'd like to thank all the volunteers on this forum who offer technical assistance.  Many of us would be completely lost without your guidance!  ===============================================MY STORY:===============================================I'm a web developer and my laptop started experiencing strange symptoms, originally in November 2012 (3 months ago).  The first sign of problems was when a coworker at work complained that my yahoo account had sent him some spam.  Upon logging in to my YMail, I discovered that several contacts had been messaged from my account.  I immediately ran MalWareBytes and a scan with MS Security Essentials (after successfully updating, of course).  To my recollection, between MBAM and SE they found 2-3 malicious softwares (sorry, don't remember what it was).  I selected to removed the offenders in both programs, rebooted, re-scanned -- nothing found.  I concluded at the that point that all the malware was gone and then proceeded to change my YMail password.  Everything seemed fine.For the record, I wasn't ever able to identify what freeware/website/email was the actual trojan that opened the door for the baddies.  I'm aware of security issues as a developer and rarely get infected because I have SE and MalwareBytes.  But, ever since some profit-seeking corporation bought MBAM and converted to a pay-model, it seems like the converted once free functio... Read more

Answer:MalwareBytes fails detecting virus/malware generating Google Chrome popups and r

(This part got cut off on my first post)*****************************************                         DDS - Attach.txt *****************************************.UNLESS SPECIFICALLY INSTRUCTED, DO NOT POST THIS LOG.IF REQUESTED, ZIP IT UP & ATTACH IT.DDS (Ver_2012-11-20.01).Microsoft Windows XP ProfessionalBoot Device: \Device\HarddiskVolume1Install Date: 10/20/2010 1:59:26 AMSystem Uptime: 2/13/2013 10:03:17 AM (4 hours ago).Motherboard: Hewlett-Packard |  | 30C1Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU     T7300  @ 2.00GHz | U10 | 1995/200mhz.==== Disk Partitions =========================.C: is FIXED (NTFS) - 112 GiB total, 60.48 GiB free.D: is CDROM ().==== Disabled Device Manager Items =============.Class GUID: {4D36E972-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}Description: Intel(R) Wireless WiFi Link 4965AGDevice ID: PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_4229&SUBSYS_10008086&REV_61\4&EB37384&0&00E1Manufacturer: Intel CorporationName: Intel(R) Wireless WiFi Link 4965AGPNP Device ID: PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_4229&SUBSYS_10008086&REV_61\4&EB37384&0&00E1Service: NETw5x32.Class GUID: {4D36E972-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}Description: Bluetooth LAN Access Server DriverDevice ID: {95C7A0A0-3094-11D7-A202-00508B9D7D5A}\BTWDNDIS\1&30EE4AD&0&1000000020000Manufacturer: BroadcomName: Bluetooth LAN Access Server DriverPNP Device ID: {95C7A0A0-3094-11D7-A202-00508B9D7D5A}\BTW... Read more

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Purchased from Amazon 2 months ago and worked perfectly without a hitch until a few days ago when I got on the receiving end of  the win8 equivalent of the BSOD with the . From them on I ended up with slow boots random pauses etc. I opted to refresh the PC without affecting any files but toward the end of the reinstall the BSOD appears and now all I had was a black background with only a white cursor. Left that for over a hour, nothing happened so held down the power button to force shutdown.  Found that Z500 no longer boots into win8 so eventually decided to do a clean reinstall with the onekeyrecovery via the help of the NOVO button. This should have been the end of all the problem I was having but unbelievably the problem is still there. Research what I could about this and found that the slow boot is caused by hard disk constantly being thrashed about by a system file ntoskrnl.exe. I tried updating the wifi driver and it appeared to have done the trick until the next day when I booted up the system again. It appear that the constant hd activity goes away after a few hours of leaving the PC on. Anyway I have drawn a blank as to what's going on especially as everything was working perfectly until up to that point with no signs of system conflict. Would appreciated if anyone can shed any light into this?













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Answer:Ideapad Z500 incredibly slow startup due to constant hard disk activity

http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/blue_screen_view.htmlUse BSOD Viewer to post the last three BSODs here. It contains detailed information how and why the BSOD happened.Or some screenshots if that is easier.

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I boots up my computer, and the laptop gives me 5 choices to start my computer: start windows normally, safe mode, safe mode with command prompt, last good known configuration, etc. No matter which one i choosed though, they all give me the same result. i could sees the windows xp logo loading with the bars loading up XP but shortly after that i gets a Blue Screen of Death for about a second (not long enough for me to see the error), then it goes back to the Boot options I listed above.

and this problem repeats whenever i choose any of the five options from the menu.
i had run the recovery console, but it reports that the recovery console cant locate any hard disk on the computer and i had to press F3 to quit and when i try the reinstall option for windows xp, it said that there is no hard disk detected.
however, when i try to load ntfs4dos into a usb drive (bootable) i able to get chkdsk to repair the drives and it reported that it had fixed some problems but after i restart i get the same error again with the 5 choices in which i cant boot to windows xp.

i had tried attrb -h boot.ini, attrib -s boot.ini, del boot.ini , bootcfg /rebuild, fixboot but still to no avail using the usb boot drive.

fyi, the laptop had a 120 gig of hard disk, installed with windows xp on drive e: and a partition with no windows installation on drive d:

is this a problem with boot.ini , or mbr records for the disk? i was able to browse the directory for both of the drive c and d us... Read more

Answer:big startup problem with winxp, hard disk not detected cant enter recovery console

hello ,

read this

http://www.informationweek.com/LP/sh...o=1&queryText=

you will want to select the drive with the os on it

get back to us

Mike

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So I tried using the Startup Repair Infinite Loop Recovery (Startup Repair Infinite Loop Recovery) and It did not work for me.

I tried the Startup Repair and It said "Hard Disk could not be found"
On another instance, It said "Registry is corrupt"

Checked BIOS in one instance and it showed 2 boot drives, but now it only shows one.
Is there any way to recover the files in my laptop without reformatting it?

Note: Asus Music Now can access the drive where Program files, windows and Users.
I can even listen to music using that and browse the internet using it but that was all I could access through it.

Using Windows 7 Home

Answer:Startup Repair Infinite Loop, Cannot Find Hard Disk, Registry Corrupt?

Hello and welcome Noel mate can you try the drive/s out on another machine using a USB to SATA adaptor? (see pic)

Alternatively you could make a bootable Ubuntu disk set the BIOS to boot from optical and use the TRY version any rives hooked up can be read in that OS data recovered etc

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I am having issues with the comp, a friend built the computer for me quite sometime ago, for some reason recently I started getting random startup repair pops upon startup.

Today, it went one step further, during the startup repair, it stated could not repair due too then gave a list of error codes all of which were 0x0 until it got down to the bottom where it listed the code 0x490.

When I try to do any type of other repair nothing works. Have tried repairing via command prompt to no avail. I am able to get into safe mode. However if I restart and try to get into normal windows mode, the computer acts like it's disconnected from the monitor, I get the standard win startup chimes, however nothing to the monitor.

Checked vid card, everything seems fine there, and if that was the issue I don't think I would be able to see anything on the screen during a safemode session.

Checked for viruses using Avira, as well as ran a quick scan using malwarebytes, and ran a hyjackthis, posting log here just in case I am missing something.


Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4
Scan saved at 10:20:54 PM, on 5/25/2012
Platform: Windows 7 SP1 (WinNT 6.00.3505)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v9.00 (9.00.8112.16421)
Boot mode: Safe mode with network support

Running processes:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware\mbam.exe
C:\Users\Brandon\Downloads\HijackThis.exe
C:\Windows\SysWOW64\DllHost.exe

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Answer:computer giving 0x490 after startup failure and startup repair fails

Please do not post HJT logs here due to Forum rules that we cannot comment on any malware issues.
on Another computer Download the ISO image for Seatools in my signature and burn the image to CD using IMGBurn also in my signature boot off of the newly created CD on the troubled computer and run the short and long tests. If either tests fails, the drive needs to be replaced.

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Hi,

I am trying to help a family member with problems with their laptop. Over the past few months it has been slowing down badly, with anything from photos to websites to excel taking minutes to load. Usually I was able to fix this by identifying the programs slowing the PC and ending them in task manager. In the worst case scenario restarting would fix it

This evening, someone tried to turn it on, and on return found it on start up repair. After waiting a while, I realized it was in the notorious start up repair infinite loop. After turning off the computer, and trying a normal boot, it loaded the windows logo, before going back to the start up failed screen. After choosing the start up repair option, the windows background appeared, but the start up repair failed to appear. Multiple restarts have also failed to have the startup repair appear. Any ideas or help would be appreciated.

(Extra point, as it is a family PC, the owner is not too keen on me messing around in bios or safe mode)

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3 year old Sony Vaio
Intel Core i5
Nvidia Geforce

Answer:Computer slowdown, Startup now fails and Startup repair won't launch

Good news to you then, boot into Safe Mode

Start with this as AVG had a recent issue, perhaps you are experiencing the same

Windows 7 stuck on "starting windows" screen - includes a link to how to uninstall AVG if you can't boot into Safe Mode.

Also set the laptop to run a clean startup - Troubleshoot Application Conflicts by Performing a Clean Startup (keep security software checked)

You can try re-installing AVG or go for Microsoft Security Essentials. Also scan with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware free (you can start the free trial, easy to revert to free when trial is over).

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My company's computer needs to be patitioned and reformat. The system is still working well. I mean, nothing wrong with anything (weird huh?). Ok the hard disk just need to be 'split'. I mean, make drive C & D on the hard disk. I know how to do that... easy... Then the HD need to be formatted & reinstall windows XP. Ok, easy too..

But the main problem occured before I do anything (partition & format). I have my own bootable CD that I usually use for partitioning & formatting.

Ok, i insert the CD & restart.
I went to BIOS & changed the boot order (1st boot: CD-ROM, 2nd: HDD-0 & 3rd: Floppy). Then restart again.
Ok the bootable CD is excellently loaded.
I typed fdisk, then came the first problem. it says something like 'no fixed disk'. I exit fdisk.
Then I typed format c:, 2nd problem occured. it says something like, 'invalid drive'.
I forgot the error message because the pc is in my office right now. I'm currently at home 'begging for help' So the error message is not accurate. sorry..

I think, if I run the CD, the hard disk will not be loaded (or should I say, hard disk failure). & If I take off the CD & restart again, change the BIOS (1st boot: HDD-0) then windows will load! Weird right?

I don't think my CD is 'corrupted' nor broken because I tried to run the CD from another PC. Yes, I can access the C drive from that PC.

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Answer:Can't format hard-disk nor do partition when using boot disk. Hard-disk failure

It sounds like it might be the bootable CD you've created is not picking up the HDD's/partitions.
To eliminate this as a posibility travel to bootdisk and grab the WinME bootdisk and boot from there. If it picks up the HDD you can FDISK and Format from there.
The other option is to boot using the XP CD and let it handle the formatting/partitioning duties...

patio.
 

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See topic.

??? The QT icon is still there in the right bottom corner at startup.
 

Answer:msconfig > startup fails to turn off Quicktime at Startup

Should be able to either right-click the icon (or start QT, then go to Preferences) > Preferences > Under general (IIRC) there is a checkbox for showing the QT icon in the system tray. That'll get rid of it. If you want to get rid of QT inserting itself on startup every time you run it, you'll need to rename the QTTask file to something else.

Or, just run Quicktime Alternative.
 

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I had a 6.4GB Samsung hard disk that I wanted to backup, as it contained some information I needed.
Model name: SV0644A
I was using USB-PATA interface.
When the disk was making my computer stuck, I switched it off, then turned it back on, just to hear that loud screeching noise of death.
I turned it off, then turned it back on, and the noise was gone...for a second.
Then the disk failed to recognize, then the scratching noise, then disk powered itself off.
I am quite sure that there's something wrong with the head inside the disk, but it is strange.
When the scratching noise can be heard, the disk would be recognized, then it would power off. When it's not, it would just refuse to work.
Since I couldn't find user manual for this hard disk, I need your help.
 

Answer:Loud scratching noise from disk, then disk fails to read

That does not sound good at all. Have you run windows check disk? If it is your disk it will let you know. Other than that you might have some viruses on there.
 

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After the latest round of Windows 10 updates, my computer does not boot up when I press the computer's On button. Instead, a blue window appears without the dots moving in a circle.
So I press and hold the On button to take the computer down, then press it again to restart the computer. This time the computer starts normally. That is the only weirdness I have from the latest update.
Is there a setting I can change, or should I remove some of the latest updates?

Answer:First Win10 Startup Fails, Second Startup Succeeds

I hate saying this, but it might be time for a clean reinstall. (That, of course, is the default answer for any weird Win10 behavior.) My wife's laptop exhibited very similar behavior after the AU upgrade. That happened for the first 3 boots (or rather, pairs of boots). After that it pretty much cleared up ... except that switching users would make it happen again. The "switch" would result in a black screen with just a cursor. The cursor would move, but nothing else would happen. Following a forced power off, the next startup would hang - either on the lock screen or on the login screen. Another forced power off. The next startup would succeed and everything would work normally (except trying to switch users.) After a clean reinstall, all was well.

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Have a new Double Power 8.1 Tablet that I've upgraded to Win 10. Now I've got it set up just right, I'm attempting to create a Rescue Disk. Purchased a 16gb micro-usb drive which is successfully recognized. Ran 'Create Rescue Disk' from Windows search and checked 'copy system files' b4 proceeding. Process fails after about 200mb copied to disk.

USB drive was formatted MSDOS32, reformatted as NTFS and retried. Got same "Create Rescue Disk has encountered an error and cannot continue" error.

Windows 10 has been made so 'user-friendly' that it gives you no useful information when it has an error. How can you know what size hammer to use as a workaround? If the process would tell you what it doesn't like, you could figure out what to do to make it happy.

Anybody experienced with 'Create Rescue Disk' on Win10?

Answer:Create Rescue Disk fails during disk creation

Here's a link to the site's Windows 10 Recovery Drive Tutorial. At the end of the tutorial are user comments, questions, problems, solutions, etc. Maybe something here can help you.

Recovery Drive - Create in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums

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Disk #4 of 7, Vaio Recovery Disk Set fails because corrupted. For model VPCL212FX. Can it be replaced?

Answer:Disk #4 of 7, Vaio Recovery Disk Set fails because corrupted

Some info here which might be useful:https://community.sony.com/t5/VAIO-...Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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I apologise about the content here. I am having 3 separate issues although the one mentioned in the title is most important. I just managed to put this build together yesterday, with the help of a friend. My first build ever. Powered up first time, no major issues, just a few questions:

1) I am using a razer mouse (ive installed its driver/Razer Synapse) and for some reason my computer doesnt pick it up upon startup, i have to plug it out and in each time for it to work. Ive installed the msi driver that came with the mobo. I ran the 200+ windows update but had to call it an early night because work next morning. I asked my friend and he said he had the same issue with his build, and it was something in the bios but he cant remember properly. Im going to try installing intel usb 3.0 driver i found on msi's website. Im pretty sure it was included in the list of drivers from the mobo but there must be a reason why this is available to download separately on their website. This issue is only caused by the mouse, tried all usb ports, keyboard and other mice work fine. Once plugged in, it doesnt even say installing new driver it just works instantaneously.

2) Mobo came with Sound Blaster Cinema 2 as well as Realtek HD Audio. I can guess sound blaster would be the superior one out of the two so shall i simply uninstall realtek? They are both installed at the moment but I'm not sure which is active/more dominant (if it even works like that). The problem I'm having is all musi... Read more

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So, I just recently got a new motherboard, and did a fresh install of Windows 7. Since then I have been having a connection problem with my internet. Every time I start up my computer the Network Icon in my task bar will have a yellow exclamation and the message of no network detected. Obviously not, because I can connect to the internet through my router on both my laptop, and my iPhone. So the Modem and Router can be ruled out. In order to fix my connection and be able to get on line using the PC, I have to go to the change adapter settings option, then disable, and re-enable my connection. Then it picks right up and works until the next time I restart. I have tried connecting to the ethernet on my motherboard, as well as PCI ethernet card. The same thing happens. Any ideas what the problem could be? It's not like this is a HUGE issue, it takes like 20 seconds on start up to do the dis/re-enable thing I figured out. I would just prefer that my connection stays detected like it used to. By the way, before I re-installed 7 my connection had no problems, I just figured if I did a fresh install it my be better for my system. But I digress. Any help with my situation would be appreciated.

Answer:Windows 7 Not Detecting My Connection At Startup

Welcome!

Try updating your network adapter drivers in Device Manager.

~Jonathan

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Good day to all,

I've recently noticed that when I right-click on My Computer under Installed memory (RAM): 24.0GB (16.0GB usable). Obviously this sucks and I went through a few forum post in an effort to fix this but here's some info first

Motherboard: Gigabyte X58A-UD7 (rev 1.0)
RAM
3 x 4GB Corsair Dominator GT PC3 16000 2000MHz (as can be seen on this link CORSAIR DOMINATOR GT 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2000 (PC3 16000) Desktop Memory with Airflow Fan Model CMT8GX3M2A2000C9 - Newegg.ca
3 x 4GB Crucial PC3 10600 1333MHz

No matter which setup I try to use I always get the following in my bios (which was recently updated)
Notice how although slots 6,5 show up as DIMM Slot they do not show up as enabled slots. I have tried several different configurations and before anyone points out to the 2 different RAM types being used, I tried mixing them up in slots 1 to 4 and no matter the configuration the computer always starts up with 16GB of RAM. I'm a little lost as to where to go next. In forums the steps I've read are

1. Update BIOS
2. Reseat all RAM
3. Check CPU for bent pins

Does anyone have any further suggestions? I'll update the post as suggestions come in for further users.

Thanks

Answer:Detecting DRAM error on startup

Did you read all this info in the manual?

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My issue is that my sony vaio VPECH laptop windows 7 wont start like it used to.
this issue arised a few days ago, basically the problem is that everytime i start my laptop it gives me two options
Launch startup repair (which was recommended)
Or
start windows normally
i chose the recommended option. So the startup repair is detecting problems and it did warn me that it would take over an hour or so, so i waited and waited and came to check up on it and it still said the same thing, now its been a whole day and it still has that same mesage, along with that there is a black empty screen, its was minimised at first i just maximised it to see what it was.
I just dont know what i should do?
i have a ton of essays saved on the laptop have no idea if the files are backed up
or anything like that. Please id really appreciate any kind of help?!
i did try to start the laptop normally, thing is everytime ig reached the windows logo it just oaused for a minute and then a quick flash of a blue screen appeared then disdisappeared, and started the whole process again.
thats my issue, please any help i would really appreciate!

Answer:startup repair is just detecting problems and thats it! nothing else!

Hi

Have you tried booting in to "Safe Mode" ?. If not and you don't know how to, please read the below tutorial.

Safe Mode

Let us know whether the system can boot to "Safe Mode" without issues.

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I apologise about the content here. I am having 3 separate issues although the one mentioned in the title is most important. I just managed to put this build together yesterday, with the help of a friend. My first build ever. Powered up first time, no major issues, just a few questions:

1) I am using a razer mouse (ive installed its driver/Razer Synapse) and for some reason my computer doesnt pick it up upon startup, i have to plug it out and in each time for it to work. Ive installed the msi driver that came with the mobo. I ran the 200+ windows update but had to call it an early night because work next morning. I asked my friend and he said he had the same issue with his build, and it was something in the bios but he cant remember properly. Im going to try installing intel usb 3.0 driver i found on msi's website. Im pretty sure it was included in the list of drivers from the mobo but there must be a reason why this is available to download separately on their website. This issue is only caused by the mouse, tried all usb ports, keyboard and other mice work fine. Once plugged in, it doesnt even say installing new driver it just works instantaneously.

2) Mobo came with Sound Blaster Cinema 2 as well as Realtek HD Audio. I can guess sound blaster would be the superior one out of the two so shall i simply uninstall realtek? They are both installed at the moment but I'm not sure which is active/more dominant (if it even works like that). The problem I'm having is all musi... Read more

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I have a Thinkpad Yoga with a OneLink Pro Dock.I have 2 LT2252P monitors Connected to the OneLink Dock. One via DisplayPort and one via DVI. If I plug the Laptop into the Dock (With the Lid Closed) and turn on the laptop it boots up fine.However it thinks that the Laptop monitor is open and presents the login screen on that monitor.I have to open the laptop and then close it to get it to move the Login screen to one of the external monitors. I have installed the latest OneLink Pro Dock Drivers.Running Windows 8.1 Update.

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Hi, a few days ago this message started to pop-up at the startup.
I'm running Windows 7 Ultimate with AVG Free Antivirus.
I would like to remove this malware.
Please tell me what other information do you need. Thank you.
DDS.txt:
 
DDS (Ver_2012-11-20.01) - NTFS_AMD64 
Internet Explorer: 10.0.9200.16686  BrowserJavaVersion: 10.45.2
Run by Felipe at 9:23:15 on 2014-01-24
Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate   6.1.7601.1.1252.56.1033.18.4063.1969 [GMT -3:00]
.
AV: AVG AntiVirus Free Edition 2014 *Enabled/Updated* {0E9420C4-06B3-7FA0-3AB1-6E49CB52ECD9}
SP: Windows Defender *Disabled/Updated* {D68DDC3A-831F-4fae-9E44-DA132C1ACF46}
SP: AVG AntiVirus Free Edition 2014 *Enabled/Updated* {B5F5C120-2089-702E-0001-553BB0D5A664}
.
============== Running Processes ===============
.
C:\PROGRA~2\AVG\AVG2014\avgrsa.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\AVG\AVG2014\avgcsrva.exe
C:\Windows\system32\lsm.exe
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k DcomLaunch
C:\Windows\system32\nvvsvc.exe
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k RPCSS
C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNetworkRestricted
C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalSystemNetworkRestricted
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k LocalService
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
C:\Windows\System32\DriverStore\FileRepository\stwrt64.inf_amd64_neutral_960c1f056a541068\STacSV64.exe
C:\Windows\system32\Hpservice.exe
C:\Program Files\NVIDIA Corporation\Display\nvxdsync.exe
C:\Windows\system32\nvvsvc.exe
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -... Read more

Answer:AVG detecting idp.program.d1b0a5c0 - Reappears on every startup

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Okay, so I'm ripping my audio CDs,

and I just had a problem getting the drive to open,

So I looked and saw a tiny hole on the drive, I stuck a paper clip in it and it opened.

Now however I cannot get it to detect any CDs. It will not load anything.

Now I looked and I realized that my CD/DVD drive was not listed on my computer.

I am trying to figure out what driver I had, so I can try re-installing it.

I run a Dell Inspiron M5010 64 bit.

PLEASE someone help

Answer:Please HELP: Disk Drive Not Detecting or Loading My CD's

  
Quote: Originally Posted by Fearless


Okay, so I'm ripping my audio CDs,

and I just had a problem getting the drive to open,

So I looked and saw a tiny hole on the drive, I stuck a paper clip in it and it opened.

Now however I cannot get it to detect any CDs. It will not load anything.

Now I looked and I realized that my CD/DVD drive was not listed on my computer.

I am trying to figure out what driver I had, so I can try re-installing it.

I run a Dell Inspiron M5010 64 bit.

PLEASE someone help


Hello Fearless, Welcome to the forum.

Check that the connectors on the back of the drive are seated securely

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I have started to have problems with my CD/DVD rom drive: It has trouble detecting disks and only rarely recognizes when one is inserted. Even with the disk in the drive it prompts: "Please insert a disk into drive..."
The ATAPI DVD-ROM 16x SCSI CD Rom device is recognized consistently both by the BIOS and in Device Manager as working properly, but only rarely not finds the disk inserted. On those occasions when it does find the disk, it works fine, playing a DVD, music CD or reading data without a problem. But this happens only rarely now. Interestingly, it is most likely to find a disk if it is left in the drive when the computer boots.

The DVD drive is the master on the secondary IDE cable with a CD-R drive in the slave position. There has been no trouble with the CD-R drive.

I noticed this behavior only after I recently reinstalled my OS (Windows XP Pro SP2).
I did not change the setup except to remove a slave drive from the primary IDE cable. Now the Hard drive is the only device on the primary IDE cable. The configuration with the two CD drives has not changed.

Any ideas on how I might fix this problem, short of getting a new DVD drive? I'm not sure it's dead as it seems to work sometimes..... ???????
 

Answer:CD/DVD Drive trouble detecting disk

I had the same problem and when I changed out the cable connecting the drive it fixed my problem. if that doesn't work I would try the drive in another computer before you buy a new drive.

good luck
 

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I have a Toshiba Satellite with Windows 10 that is jut over one year old and today I went to connect my Toshiba 500GB disk drive to is to transfer some files off of my PC's hard drive and the computer made the typical noise when something is inserted in a USB port, but did nothing else. I checked the device manager and there was no sign of my drive. Also, I went to my school's library and tried it there on a Dell desktop with Windows 7 and it worked completely fine so I know that it is my computer, but I don't know what to do about it. Please help!
 

Answer:Computer not detecting disk drive

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Hello, I recently went out and purchased Flight Simulator X. I popped it and and nothing happened. I went to my Computer, and noticed the Cd Drive was not reading the disk. I have tried uninstalling drivers, other disks, etc, but to no avail. I did notice one strange thing, however, I right click on CD-RW Drive in my computer, click properties, and it displays Under Type: CD Drive, File Type: Unknown, here is a picture for reference:


To add to that, I then go to the Hardware tab, and see this:


Now, I know my disk drive is the bottom one. However, what is the disk drive at the top? My guess is that it is a default driver installed by Windows? Just speculating... Anyway, to further indulge into that, I am unable to disable the generic drive (the top one), as seen here:


Simply put, I NEED HELP! If I left anything out, please ask me via PM or post here and I will get back to you ASAP!

Answer:Disk Drive not detecting Cd/Dvds

the drive at the top is your hard drive
How to troubleshoot CD-ROM drive problems in Windows XP
first try uninstalling and reinstalling your burning software

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Hi,

I am running windoows xp and when i put a disk into drive d (dvd) the light flashes briefly then nothing happens(it used to autoplay). When i check further it seems that the computer does not even detect a disk present. It used to work. Please help me.

Answer:d drive not detecting disk present

check for any yellow marks along side of it in the device manager

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So I've got a hard drive with one bad physical sector I am trying to isolate in its own partition, but any program I've found that scans specific partitions (not just the whole drive) will not detect the sector. HDTUNE and HDAT2 on ubcd detect it everytime, however they do not scan specific partitions.
Does anyone have perhaps an alternative idea or knowledge of a better free program?
 

Answer:Disk scanners not detecting bad sectors! ?

There is no purpose in you doing anything about a single bad sector on a hard drive, period. The drive's mechanics as well as the drive's controller are way ahead of you: they know where the bad sector is, they've already mapped it out to one of the spare sectors included on all modern hard drives for "replacing" that bad sector, and as such your best course of action is simply the standard rule of leave it alone since mucking around with things could potentially make them worse in the long run.

*phew*

Get the manufacturer's diagnostic for whoever makes the drive (WD, Samsung, Seagate, etc) and run that using the full/advanced/thorough diagnostic (which includes the surface scan) and do the complete test start to finish. When that tool is done, that'll be the results you're looking for and the drive will be as good as it can be based on that diagnostic. If you own some off-brand drive (unlikely) you can use the Hitachi Drive Fitness Test which works with any hard drive (it's not tied to a specific brand).

One bad sector... it's not worth all that fuss.

Those apps don't "detect" the bad sector because the drive controller has remapped it meaning no disk tools are going to "see" it anymore - it's been mapped out of the drive's available space and replaced with a known good spare sector. This is how hard drives work. And don't put 100% trust in S.M.A.R.T. data either - only that manufac... Read more

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Howdy all, I'm having trouble getting my Computer to Detect my CD rom.

I installed my OS from it, but it won't see it in my computer (windows xp home).
 

Answer:trouble detecting my disk drive

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Hard disk type : Seagate SATA.
Model Number : ST3160215AS
Serial Number : 6RA1J7H0
Firmware Revision : 3.AAD

OS : XP SP3
Mother Borad : Intel 945 GCCR

My hard disk has passed Short DST and failed Long DST of SeaTools, do the hard disk going to fail? If yes, how to transfer my data to a new hard disk easily?

Complete description of the issue :

1.I have experienced boot up issue with my PC 2 days back. My PC not even boot into safe mode also.I got the following blue screen errors on successive restart of PC .

A. 0x00000050 ( 0xC374037F, 0x00000000, 0x804FBA19, 0X00000000 )
B. STOP : C0000135 ( Unable to locate component )
c. 0x0000007E ( 0XC0000006, 0X80698C12, 0XF79896E4, 0XF79893E0 )

2. I have removed and replaced the hard disk ( several times ). I can boot into windows now and can work normally, But,one of the above Blue sreen errors is coming all of sudden while working on PC. It is happening independent of the application I am using.

3. And the following messages are coming at the XP welcome screen and while working on the PC.

A.C:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\netloc.wlt has corrupted and unreadable. Perform CKDSK.
B.C:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\APPFCONT.DAT has corrupted and unreadable. Perform CKDSK.
C.C:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\idsflt.cfg.bck has corrupted and unreadable. Perform CKDSK.
D.Cagefile.sys has corrupted and unreadable. Perform CKDSK.

4.I have performed CHKDSK on all local drives exept local drive C. CHKDSK giving a message that " can no... Read more

Answer:My hard disk has passed Short DST and failed Long DST of SeaTools, do the hard disk g

In a Run box, enter "chkdsk /r"
You'll be asked if you want to run chkdsk at the next reboot. Enter "Y".
Reboot, and be prepared to wait, as it may take a long time.
 

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I ran Dist Test in system diagnostics and read failed. Error log read Hard Disk Failed id# osng6c-5r76hw-xd6v4k-6odpo3 then next line same id but tune up failed then run in failed

Answer:SMART Hard Disk Error detected an imminent failure Hard Disk

Confirmed, You have a bad drive.

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What do I need to fix this issue?

Answer:Hard Disk Test Failed Hard Disk 1roduct QE24UA#ABA ID: GG8KH...

The hard drive has failed and will need to be replaced. If you are still in warranty HP will send a replacement. If not a retail  SATA hard drive can be used. I believe this model uses a laptop/mobile hdd.Just be sure to get one of at least equal capacity as the original in order to use Recovery Media to install Windows. It can be larger, but not smaller capacity.For instance if you have a 500GB hdd you could use a 750GB hdd but not a 320GB hdd.

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I'm hoping this is a simple fix. I'm trying to fix my elderly uncle's Asus laptop. System Repair pops up and fails. I booted to command prompt and found out it may be hard disk space. 400+ GB Hard drive (only one drive) and there's only 1024kb Free. I'm thinking that could be the issue. Hardware was checked out at the computer store and is fine. But they were going to charge him $200 to fix this failure to boot up issue. I told him to let me try first.

Can I possible "compact" this drive from the command prompt screen?


Note: I have no other Win 7 systems, so can't create a disk, and I have no original disks.
Also, no restore point has ever been set, and there are no partitions on the drive.

Answer:"Startup repair" failing - hard disk space issue?

Normally, I'd tell you to download a program or two to examine what's using the space or to clean up unnecessary files.

But with only 1024 kb of space, you probably can't install anything.

So--try this:

Start button, search box, type in "disk cleanup" and then poke the disk cleanup listing that shows up.

Let it clean up the drive and report back with how much space you then have.

You'll see an option in disc cleanup where it asks if you want to clean up system files as well. Say yes.

It should calculate how much space it will recover.

Let it run to completion. Might take a few minutes.

Then check your recycle bin to see if it's empty.

Report back with available space.

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.1
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium , Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) II X2 240 Processor, AMD64 Family 16 Model 6 Stepping 2
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 2815 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 6150SE nForce 430 , 256 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 466884 MB, Free - 424443 MB; D: Total - 9952 MB, Free - 1465 MB;
Motherboard: PEGATRON CORPORATION, Narra6, 6.01, 102412180000656
Antivirus: The Shield Deluxe Antivirus, Updated and Enabled DISPLAY MODEL: All I got with it was mouse and power cord
On Startup, I get icons for the Administrator and Standard user. Clicking on the Administrator gives me a desktop with an on-screen keyboard; the computer keyboard disabled, and a panel saying,"FAILED, The application has failed to start." Going back and clicking on the Standard User icon gets me running for the most part. Here's the BIG problem. Every time I try to install any program, the User Account Control box drops down and asks for the Administrator Password, plus the question,"Do you want to allow the following programs to make changes to your computer?" You click "Yes", but, since no one is in the Administrator office, your installation comes to a halt. This blocks "Install" and "Uninstall".
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Answer:Win 7 Startup: Administrator startup fails.

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