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Hard Drive Makes Boot Hang

Q: Hard Drive Makes Boot Hang

Hi guys

I have been having trouble with a hard drive. It is from an old computer of mine and it has some stuff on it that I want. It is an IDE drive, but my mobo is a sata board so I went to maplins to get an adaptor to switch between the 2.

I know this adaptor works as I use it for my laptop hdd (which is now also in my desktop) and it works perfectly.

The bios recognises this dodgy hdd and is fine with it, but when I try to load windows, it just hangs once all the little squares have joined together to make the windows sign at the boot screen...it sits there "glowing" for ages

I have tried disabling the hdd in the bios, tried switching the switch on the adaptor the other way and nothing happens...windows will only boot if i unplug the power to it.

There is no bootable info on this hdd, just a few files

Any help will be gratefully received

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A: Hard Drive Makes Boot Hang

Will it boot with just the adapter...no hard drive?

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I have an HP Compaq 8100 Elite desktop and an HP SimpleSave sd320a external hard drive.  I had been using the EHD with another non-HP PC and never had this problem.  Today I deleted the old backup files from the other pc, plugged the EHD into the HP PC, configured everything, ran the initial backup, etc. and everything was fine. Now, though, if I leave the EHD plugged in to the PC, the PC hangs on boot-up.  I have gone into the boot order menu and put USB last, and that didn't work.  Next I disabled USB entirely and that still didn't work.  When I unplug the EHD, the PC boots up fine. Any ideas?

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Hi there people, This a follow to a previous thread I started as my former 400 GB Seagate Barracuda 7200 HDD was faulty. I have since returned it to Seagate who took over a month to send me a new one!

The problem is the one they sent me doesn't seem to work either, it makes a horrible noise on start-up and then in Bios it reports the status as bad and advises to first back up and then replace the drive. Once it boots into windows it seems o.k but often causes crashes and some really slow performance. I use it as a media drive and it has a lot of video and audio files on it.

The problem is really getting to me as I need the drive for my work and I worried that if I send them back this drive they are just going to send me another that doesn't work and also it cost me every time I send it back! If anyone has anay advice on what it could be please let me know, does it sound as if it's a problem with the rest of my pc or just the drives their sending me? The first HDD problem was different to this one so I guess it's just the drives that are at fault.

Thanks in advance,


A:Seagate Hard drive has bad status and makes horrible noises on boot-up!

Difficult to tell, depends on the noise, is it clicking, or whirring noisily ?

Tried chkdsk to scan your hard drive in search of a wide range of errors. This tool can also attempt to correct a number of hard drive problems.

Would lean more towards the HDD being faulty rather then the PC, but as I said difficult to tell without further analysis.


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The harddrive makes this chirping noise for about 20 seconds when I power on the computer, please see the link.

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After that and the rest of the time it runs fine.

Could it be a power supply issue on startup or is there something definitely wrong with my hard drive.

Many thanks

A:Seagate Hard drive makes horrible chirping noises on boot-up

It's most likely a dying hard drive. It may still be under a 5-year warranty

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Running Windows 7
Hard drive is an OCZ 120gb SSD 3yrs old still in warranty.
Was just about to send to them for RMA but thought to use a caddy first and found I can access my files still.

On boot I get a single beep as per normal.
Memory test runs.
sata interface finds devices
The ssd drive is listed
Freezes at this screen.

If I unplug the drive and boot it runs past the test and goes to insert disk to boot screen

Update : after using the caddy to see if I can access drive I put back into pc and booted.
Ran past tests quickly and now I'm at disk boot failure screen.
Update 2: using windows install disk i tried to run repair but could not find the OS installed on the SSD so i formatted and re installed OS
Boots to windows 7 just fine now.
However my other hard drives were unplugged at this time, 2 x older 1TB HDDs

I plugged them back in and booted to the same hanging screen from before.
I tested each HDD and each SATA port individually. Will not boot if there is more than one hard drive plugged in.

update 3:
my motherboards sata ports are faulty - there are a total of 6 ports ( 3 channels)
channel 1 and 2 cause a hang
channel 3 works fine

end result is i can only use two HDDs until i buy a new motherboard

probably consider this solved but ill leave it open for a day or two for safety

post suggestions if any

A:Unable to boot/hang/freez after hard drive check during POST

You can try booting into the BIOS and restoring to factory default. Aside from that, not much that you can do about a hardware failure.

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Dell inspiron 2 years old. My daughters Computer ran fine before this. Will not boot in safe mode. or last known good configuration. Ran Dell diagnostic, HD short test failed. Tried booting F12 CD/DVD from Vista CD, optical drive makes noise but screen returns to failed boot. Tried other boot disc same thing, noise like its being read, but nothing on screen. Optical drive worked fine before this episode.

A:Dell will not boot into Windows, optical drive makes noise will not boot from CD

Are you saying you believe the optical drive and hard disk have failed, or you think the optical drive has failed?

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hello !   the fan of the hard drive has been making noise for the last x-number of months.  the operating system = genuine windows7 home premium. the product name = qu116aa#aba.  i am sure that it is not an easy forecast in order to know when the fan may die. does any company still support the fan for this equipment ?  should i just buy another computer ?  the model number = p6-2014.  thank you.

A:"...the fan of the hard drive makes a lot of noise..."

Hi, I don't think Hard drive has a fan. It could be CPU fan or the fan of the case (most likely). Can you check to see which one ? Regards.

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So, i got a new hard drive today, and i wanted to install it. It was my computers third hard drive, after i put it in, and fiddled around fitting it with the other two hard drives. I had to cut off one of the sata power connectors on my hard drive and replace it with the ones to fit the ide type hard drive. after i did this, and tried to turn my computer back on, the screen did not light up. I moved my graphics card to my other agp port, to see if it was the port on my comp, but that did not help. I think i might have bumbed something, but i have no idea, ive been trying to figure this out for hours, ive pulled everything in my computer out that it doesnt need to run, and it didnt help. i really dont want to hear i need to replace my graphics card, or motherboard

Please help me!

A:New hard drive makes bad things

Okay, so i read online to pull the power cord, and hold the power button for 30 seconds to a minute, and that worked. at least for my monitor. now that i can see what is happening, im getting an error reading

" Chassis intruded !
Fatal Error . . . System Halted. "

no joke, im not sure why this is happening, at all


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A:my hard drive makes very strange noises when my co...

Hello, Could you give me the first ten characters of the computer serial number (S/N)? Only the first ten.

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Hi all

I have recently put a new motherboard (asus M4A89GTD PRO) on my pc and, since then, everytime I shut down the pc, the HD makes a very strange sound, I will explain that with more details:

when I shut down the pc from windows, I get the "Shutting down" screen, everything is normal there, but some seconds later the HD Led turns on and the HD makes a very strange sound, that happens during a second or two, and after that, the sound stops and the pc turns off

EDIT: I forgot to say it: that noise sounds like the HD is revving very very fast... sounds like a disk turning very fast

It makes me feel that there is something wrong with my motherboard/OS/HD... What do you think? What can be the cause of that? is it a serious problem?

A:My hard drive makes noise when turning off PC

I dont seem to understand the meaning of revving, would it be like when its too busy, that kind of a sound or something else.
Because if that's the case then it could be ok, plus is that a SATA or IDE disk/s...
I also think it could be Data caching, maybe look at you disk properties in your management console and see it you have a setting like this snapshot below...


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Hi there,
I did replace my old hard drive on my Gateway laptop (Windows XP) with a larger drive and did install Windows 7 on it. In order to transfer data and files I did stick the old drive into a USB case and attached it several times. Some files became only available in Windows 7 after some change of owner ship (on the "Documents ..." folders), which I agreed to.

However, I wanted now to use the old hard drive as a primary drive for looking at some special app that I had installed there. But the drive does not boot anymore.

What is going on here? Any idea why the drive says only "Press F11 to recover" and does not react to this at all?

Any idea what the remedy might be?

A:Windows 7 makes old hard drive not bootable

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I just installed Vista Ultimate 32bit on my computer. Its a dual core 2.4 with 4 gigs of ram and a 320 gig hard drive. My hard drive is always running loud like tons of programs are running. I would like Vista a lot more if only my hard drive would be quiet for once. How do I get it to run like normal?

A:Vista makes my hard drive loud

Hi jlskiut83 and welcome to the forum

This is perfectly normal behaviour on a fresh installation of Vista. It is merely the indexing service collecting its data. For more details on this service, see the following Tutorial: Index - Enable or Disable

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Recently my Toshiba Portable hard drive has been making a clicking noise when I plug it in in intervals of 1 seconds. Does that mean its failing (PS: Its only 2 months old)

A:Hard drive makes clicking noise

It's a strong possibility. Most drives that fail do it in the first few weeks. If it didn't make the noise before and now it does.....I would make an image to have ready in cased it fails. Make an image every two days and keep an eye on it. It could be something else, but it sure sounds like a bad drive to me.

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i have my mother-in-laws 2kpro system that stopped booting last week with a blue screen stop error. chkdisk fixed some security descriptor problems, and i it has worked fine until today.

w2kpro splash screen appears, status bar fills up, and the disk continues to chatter for a few seconds then bammmm... hard reboot. everytime. No safe mode/or safe mode command prompt.

ran wd diag on the HD it returned error 0223, which it said it fixed. chkdsk then fixed errors. So i thought i might be good to go. But still the hard reboot at the same point in the boot process. I deleted an old iomega driver, iomdisk.sys that seemed to be causing problems and that didn't help. Could this be a driver problem? any logs i can check via recovery console? Bad hardware?

I sure would appreciate any help. I follow directions well and can even "rtfm" if necessary!

Thanks so much!

A:w2kpro boot hang : then does hard reboot

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When I double click the IE icon on my desktop my os (XP HE) seems to hang. After about 20 mins my homepage appears and all seems to work OK from then on.
I don't seem to have any other problems with the system. Outlook Express works fine, and any other software programme can conect to the internet without problem.
There are 2 accounts on the PC, and the problem only occures on one of them (mine).
Any kind sole got any advice please??

A:IE6 makes XP 'hang'

Best guess would be its a setting causing it to "hang" (or take long, whatever you ment by that).

Check the settings, one thats different might be causing the problem.

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i found an issue that sounds just like my case, but i didnt want to bump a thread from July to ask this, but on my laptop windows 7 rc1 totaled my original hard drive, and so i bought a new one with more space (old one was 100gb this one is 500gb) anyways the new one has been giving me problems where it just locks up out of nowhere and the hard drive light stays on and everything will be sortof onfrozen, as soon as you go into any window itl say not responding, and if i go into task manager and even sometimes when i dont, the whole pc freezes, mouse wont move, keyboard does nothing(caplock test) and it will hang like that for a min or so, and sumtimes have a bsod after i wait a min. Unfortunately i cant get bsod error number because i finally found decent driver for my chipset and its vista and lets me use the catalyst manager, whcih newer drivers won't, somehow in relation to this my bsod's are just blue, no white text. Heres the article i didnt want to bump Random harddrive lock-ups - Page 2 - Windows 7 Forums.

My problem is that from what i can tell, i'm on ide mode, because my bios doesnt have any settings for changing to raid or ahci, and the device manager says im in ide mode if im checking this right. i didnt want to install some software from intel not designed for my hardware, and i wanted to know if anyone could help me out with this issue. And for anyone wanting to know i'm actually a pretty up and up tech being 17 so feel free to talk tech.

A:windows 7 rc1 hard drive hang

Check the jumper on HDD. Match it to your system. If system mainboard=SATA I port, leave jumper on. If system=SATA II port, take it off.

Edit: I researched for you. Leave the jumper in on the drive. It needs it.


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Windows XP-64 SP 2
8 gb ddr2 ram
2 - 2.8 ghz xeons
WD Raptor hard drive
Hitachi hard drive

I had just installed my new hitachi 500 gb hard drive and transferred lots of files onto it that was spillover from some externals that were full. No OS installed. All was fine and the installation of a new hard drive may not mean anything to the rest.

So I bring my computer back from sleep (not really sleep I don't think, but a low power state of some sort) a few days after installing the hitachi and the hourglass goes on and it's acting so slow then not really responding at all. So naturally I restart my computer only to get the message (paraphrased) "no OS found". However in POST both hard drives were "seen". I assume after coming back from sleep it was just running on what was in RAM.

So dang... I figure it's messed up physically but hopefully it's a logical reason. I put in my XP-64 cd to try and repair the OS. It loads up all the drivers and when it says "windows is preparing setup" it hangs there and doesn't continue further.

I unplug the drive with the OS and boot from the XP CD again. This time it works fine... but of course that doesn't help me. So I pulled out an older drive and installed XP to it with the original hard drive unplugged.

I got XP on it fine and shut off the computer, replugged-in the problem drive and now it hangs on the normal windows XP start-up for a very long time. H... Read more

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Hi guyz, last time on my pc i was working on this thing suggest for a virus in security section:

Once in Safe Mode, open the SmitfraudFix folder again and double-click smitfraudfix.cmd
Select option #2 - Clean by typing 2 and press "Enter" to delete infected files.

Now what happened is my system stucked, i restarted and it took forever to load on windows XP loading area and never went on logging area. After that i thought to uplug my big hard drive and then XP took no time in loading and everything went smooth. Please help me how can i run xp with that hard drive. I am facing many prbs, i have only xp in this hard drive while all data was in other one

A:Pluging Hard Drive makes XP to load forever

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I have a Compaq laptop that had a bad hard drive (a 40gb Seagate Momentus 4200.2). I replaced the HD and reinstalled the OS and laptop is working fine. But I'm wondering what's wrong with the old HD and if it can be fixed. If I connect it to my desktop, using my "S-ATA&IDE-to-USB" adapter, the HD spins-up but just makes continuous clicking noise and is not recognized as a new device by the desktop's XP operating system. Is the hardware bad or is there a boot file that is corrupt? I'm looking for suggestions - thanks - Bill in Maryland

A:Laptop Hard Drive Makes Clicking Noises

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I have had my computer for about six months, and the last few days I have noticed a faint clicking sound coming from it after it has been turned off. It is a continuous, rapid clicking noise, almost like someone tapping a key on a keyboard. I opened the case tonight and determined that the sound is coming from the hard drive. It stopped when I unplugged the power cable and did not restart when I plugged it back in. What could this sound be?

A:Hard drive makes clicking sound when computer is off

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i have a western digital 160gb hard drive and im running the latest version of quicktime on xp but when ever i so much as highlight a dv or mov file the drive and folder freezes up and i have to end task to get rid of it ive run several virus scans with no results and quick time files are the only ones that do it avi files and wmv work fine

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Hey everyone, here is my problem
-Previously (a week ago) I had 3 hard drives in my PC and it worked fine
-Last week, I bought a fourth hard drive, put it in, turned on PC and everything worked
-Next Day, turned on PC, it froze at the startup screen for like 4 minutes, then it told me something about S.M.A.R.T failed and press F1 to continue, I did, new hard drive didn't show up (once PC booted)
-Next day I turned on PC, it worked with four hard drives, I then dled Western Digital Hard Drive check and checked the S.M.A.R.T status of the new hard drive and it said it was fine
-I disconnected the new hard drive and this error disappeared
-I reconnected the new hard drive and (and here's the issue) and disconnected any of the OTHER hard drives, and my PC turned on normally (and new hard drive was working fine).

It seems that when I connect the fourth hard drive (regardless of which one it is) I get the problem - now it won't even give me the S.M.A.R.T error, it just won't start up.

Any Suggestions on what I should do?



A:Fourth Hard Drive makes my Comptuer not start?

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I have built a new gaming pc a few months now, I noticed that my hard drive makes noises when I boot the system for a few seconds then it stops. I have games and personal data saved on my WD 1 TB PC Hard Drive - Blue and windows 10 is running from my Kington ssd drive. Is this a sign of a dying hard drive because hard drives shouldn't make that noise. I have ran disk check and found no errors on the drive, the drive is working fine. Should I get a replacement coz its still under warranty??????????

A:My hard drive makes mechanical noises at startup?????????

I'd switch to a WD Black series ... 5yr warranty ... dual platter supports.
How many hours on the drive ???
Samsung or WD Blue SSDs are better for the next time.

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The problem is that when i plug in a hard drive the computer cuts off in a few seconds. The power led and hdd led stay on but everything else shuts off. I have to completely turn off the p/s by the switch to get it to start again. This had been happening for awhile but it would only do it once and then it would start and run fine. I bought a new hdd as an upgrade and i tried to run it but whenever it was plugged in it constantly made the computer turn off. I tried to use the old hdd but it does the same now. Whenever they are not plugged in the computer boots and posts fine. I figure this is the p/s, but I wanted to make sure there wasn't anything thing else i should check or worry about. So any suggestions would be appreciated. I don't want to get the wrong part. Thanks in advance--

A:Solved: Hard Drive Makes computer restart

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Hey everyone, here is my problem
-Previously (a week ago) I had 3 hard drives in my PC and it worked fine
-Last week, I bought a fourth hard drive, put it in, turned on PC and everything worked
-Next Day, turned on PC, it froze at the startup screen for like 4 minutes, then it told me something about S.M.A.R.T failed and press F1 to continue, I did, new hard drive didn't show up (once PC booted)
-Next day I turned on PC, it worked with four hard drives, I then dled Western Digital Hard Drive check and checked the S.M.A.R.T status of the new hard drive and it said it was fine
-I disconnected the new hard drive and this error disappeared
-I reconnected the new hard drive and (and here's the issue) and disconnected any of the OTHER hard drives, and my PC turned on normally (and new hard drive was working fine).

It seems that when I connect the fourth hard drive (regardless of which one it is) I get the problem - now it won't even give me the S.M.A.R.T error, it just won't start up.

Any Suggestions on what I should do?

Here's the full specs as well:
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6500
GPU: XFX 8800GT (nvidia)
RAM: 6 Gigs DDR2
OS: Win7
Power Supply: HX 520W Corsair
MOBO: P5K-E Asus
Hard Drive 1: Seagate SATA 500gig (forgot model)
Hard Drive 2: Western Digital Western Digital Scorpio Blue 640gigs,
Hard Drive 3: Western Digital Caviar Green 1.5TB
Hard Drive 4: Western Digital Caviar Green 2TB (New one)


A:Fourth hard drive makes my comptuer not start?

I wouldn't think so with a 520W Corsair PSU, but perhaps you are flirting with the limit of your PSU.

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I have two hard drives here that are still in warranty. Both are Seagate 2TB drives of the same model, both ordered at the same time about a year and a half ago. One is installed in a system as a secondary drive and the other as a third drive. Both drives will occasionally Blue Screen and start a rythmic beeping sound about once per second or two. Restarting the computer does not help; however, turning the computer off and disconnecting the power cord for a half minute or so seems to clear the problem for a couple of weeks or a month.

The drives test good both with the Seagate DOS-mode tester and with the Windows tester.

I am sure the beeping sounds are being emitted by these two drives as I have (because of this problem) moved them both to a position where I can place my ear tightly against them in order to be absolutely certain.

I have the data on these drives duplicated on other drives so nothing is at risk.

So, if the drives test good, what are other possible causes?

A:Hard drive makes beeping sounds and then BSOD

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Hi there, I've been struggling with this for ages, and cannot find a solution.

I'm currently using an IBM x206 server, with two SATA hard drives. Originally, I had a dual boot system with windows xp and ubuntu 7.04 on a single drive. Recently, I bought a second western digital 160GB drive. It installed fine, I formated it to ext3 under ubuntu, and then installed ubuntu 7.04 to it.

I used this system for a month or so, then tried to install FreeBSD to the new old hard drive. However, I'm guessing something must have gone wrong, as now my machine is unbootable. It will cylce through all the BIOS POST stuff, but then hangs with a non-flashing cursor at the top corner of the screen; no grub or anything. Removing the original hard drive booted Ubuntu, and removing my new hard drive booted FreeBSD.

I have tried completely wiping the old hard drive from a grml livecd, using the command;

dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sda

However, this doesn't clear the error.

Any advice would be really appreciated, I'm completely out of ideas!

A:Second hdd makes POST hang

Try to completly clear the hdd with delpart and than try out again your FreeBSD installation.

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Hello everyone,

For the last few weeks, I've been receiving a reccuring error saying explorer.exe will be shut down because it attempted to access some restricted memory or whatever. I didn't write down the exact error text. Some file called SysFader.exe seems to be related (please see details bellow).

I'm certain that my system is clean since i just got rid of a malware last month with the help of a guy from these forums. However, the malware might have damaged some files which keep causing this even if the malware got removed.

Here's more info on the error message :
1)This occurs only on my XP machine.

2) It hadn't happen in 2-3 weeks and today it happened several times in a row. The first time, I had a folder window open and I was only attempting to right click on a file name. The context menu never showed up and I got the error saying that explorer.exe was to be shut down. It didn't even close properly : it only froze (including the taskbar ; but ALT-TAB still worked). I had to use taskmanager to shut down the window and the taskmanager again to launch explorer.exe again. The taskbar was restored.

3) The problem occured again, a few minutes or hours later, when I attempted to select an opened program (Excel 2000) from the taskbar. For some weird reason, I had two excel tasks even if only a single file was opened. That's a bug I've seen before with Word 2000 also : there seems to be a "main task" with no filename and a "secondary task" ... Read more

A:bug that makes explorer.exe hang

The first thing that I would do is boot the PC using the WinXP CD. Choose the Repair and Recovery Console options when prompted. Type "chkdsk /r" (without the quotes) when you get to the Console prompt and press enter. This will likely take 30-40 minutes, but should (75% chance based on experience) resolve the issue.

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I have an Asus Mobo capable of holding both DDR and SDRAM (not simultaneously)

It runs fine with SDram but when i put DDR ram in the system frequently hangs after around 10 - 20 mins.

I have...

Athlon XP 1.7GHz
Asus Geforce 3 v8200 64MB DDR AGP

My system is kept cool so its not an overheating problem...

i need help! any suggestions welcome!

A:DDR ram makes system hang

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I am having an issue with my OS hanging every so often (approx. every two weeks). It always requires a hard restart via the power or reset button. It doesn't seem to be related to doing the same things on the computer, but other symptoms that have been occurring are as follows:
When the OS hangs the hard drive light is lit and stays lit continually until the system is restarted.
Previously after restarts, the MB would not recognize my primary HD (SSD SATA). It seemed the only way to get around this was to completely shut down the machine (including the PS), disconnect the cables to the HD, reconnect them and reboot the machine. Recently, this issues has seemed to go away - now everything reboots fine after the hang & restart.
When the power to the PS is shut off or disconnected, the MB looses all its settings. I initially thought this was due to the CMOS battery being old and so I replaced it. The problem persists.
Windows explorer crashes more often then I would think is normal for a Win 7 system (approx. twice a week). This doesn't usually cause a problem and explorer reboots itself and the computer continues working fine (I usually restart shortly thereafter to be on the safe side).

I have suspected the PS, HD, and MB alternately; but can't be sure which is the culprit. I can't afford to buy new parts purely on suspicion and can't swap parts from my other systems long enough to verify that the problem won't reproduce itself after a while.

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A:Hard Drive Activity Related Hang

Hello and welcome to TSF.

Honestly I'm surprised you're getting somewhat normal functionality at all out of that one. Windows 7 doesn't run well with under 2GB of memory and that PSU looks very underpowered. I'd bet that the real reason for your problems is the PSU.

Please follow the instructions here: http://www.techsupportforum.com/foru...ta-452654.html


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i get these random hangs.. no matter what i've been doing, even if no programs are running, my hdd led shows no activity, hdd does nothing, and though the system doesn't actually freeze up, i can do whatever i want, as long as that particular action doesn't require hdd activity. i can move the cursor, type, bring up start menu, even work with open applications: right until it wants to read or write from/to the hdd. then i get the busy cursor, and the waiting begins.. the time the system recovers all by itself vary from around 2 minutes to 30 minutes, after that, like nothing happened, everything works fine for some time.. until the next random occasion, when it starts all over again. when one hdd goes out all 7 of my external drives experience the same problem with the hang and not wanting to write to drive. the drives range from 128GB to two 2TB drives. all showing same behavior when the system hiccups like this. Flash drives too.

A:Hard Drive stops responding (hang)

Post a screenshot of your Hard Drive(s) using Crystal Disk Info software:CrystalDiskInfo - Software - Crystal Dew World
Run a Hard Drive test:SeaTools for DOS and Windows - How to Use
Run Disk Check on your Hard Drive(s): Disk Check

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My computer has a slow start up, and after its done, you know the noise you hear when you click something, it prosses that, well i hear that like ever hhalf second. duh duh duh duh duh duh duh duh, and when i watch videos, its skipps every half second, programs load slow, i do cleanup! and xoftscan and alot of other things, can see whats wrong? thank you.

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 1:48:12 PM, on 1/7/2007
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.5730.0011)

Running processes:
c:\program files\mcafee.com\agent\mcdetect.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\New Boundary\PrismXL\PRISMXL.SYS
C:\Program Files\Digital Media Reader\shwiconem.exe
C:\Program Files\CyberLink\PowerDVD\PDVDServ.exe
C:\Program Files\Realtek\InstallShield\AzMixerSel.exe
C:\Program Files\McAfee.... Read more

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I am going to read the tutorial online. My keyboard not working was really the major problem, Thanks for being here and I apologize for taking up a thread like this. May the Lord bless you all.

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I have a Dell D600 laptop that the hard drive makes noise as it tried to boot up. It then stops running (it seems) and I get the error message"Primary hard disk drive 0 not found". I don't have a boot disk for this XP system, but does this mean the drive is bad?

A:Hard drive makes loud bumping noise at bootup

Almost certainly the HDD has failed mechanically / physically.

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A friend of mine was having trouble getting his seagate go flex ext hdd to show up under my computer so I brought it home to take a look at it myself.I tried a lot of things but it still wouldn't show up and under disk management it gave me an I/O error.As it was quite important to get hold of the data inside the hdd I took out the hard disk out from its enclosure and hooked it up internally but it still wouldn't show up but when the hard disk powers up it spins and then makes a noise which sounds like its beeping it does that for some while before any and all activity stops.
By now I know that its a pretty serious issue with the hard disk but what I want to know is can it be fixed by me,and is the data safe?
It will be highly appreciated if someone can help me out.
I'd also like to point out that I have never ever opened a hard disk but I can give it a try as the options seem limited at this point.thanks.

A:External hard drive makes kind of a beeping noise.

run the seatools diagnostic


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i'm basically having the problems posted here :

"Basically what happens is that when downloading a file through irc's DCC file transfer the entire computer will hang for a few seconds and then will stop hanging for a few seconds. It continues to do this until I restart the computer and I don't have any connection to the internet while it is occurring. It is really strange since sometimes it happens and other times it doesn't. "
the only solution posted was from the microsoft website about proxy servers..


but i have no idea what any of this means.

can someone explain this to me.


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Hi folks.
Not sure which forum this topic should be in.

I have been archiving using Paragon's Drive Backup with no problems until

The backup stopped at approx 80% of completion and very shortly
thereafter Vista stopped working and I had to power-off to exit.

Two more attempts produced exactly the same outcome.

Ran ChkDsk which indicated no bad sectors.

Ran Western Digital Diagnostics which stopped scanning at approx 80% and
Vista ceasing to respond. The same behaviour as described above.

Tried alternative drive backup prog - same result as described above.

Unable to ascertain whether software or hardware problem.

Lots of hair on floor by desk.

Help/advice would be most welcome.

Thanks in advance.

A:Hard Drive backups hang then Vista crashes

Check Disk, is not the most reliable. Start with a real hard drive test

Test Hard Drive HD Diagnostic or this test Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp.

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Hello, having a recurring issue with this and wondering if anyone has any possible solutions.
Soo. Anytime I have my external hard drive (2 TB Seagate Expansion) plugged into my computer (any USB port) and I try to shut down, it comes alive from sleep after being unused and spins up while Windows is in the blue backgrounded screen that says "Shutting down" and it just completely stops the process of shutting down, leaving it there for minutes and possibly more (can't remember how long at the longest, been so long since I left it plugged before shutting down and I usually just unpower the drive if it hangs).
What causes Windows to randomly start accessing the drive? It only has my movies and music and images and manual backups, so no program actually needs those files and at that phase with the shutting down screen, no other program should be running but the OS itself. (somewhere else it was suggested that any programs still running would cause the drive to spin up when trying to close)

Here's my basic system info from the TSG info tool
Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU 920 @ 2.67GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 26 Stepping 4
Processor Count: 8
RAM: 12279 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti, 1024 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 114370 MB, Free - 46618 MB; E: Total - 194558 MB, Free - 42107 MB; F: Total - 759306 MB, Free - 37164 MB;
Mo... Read more

A:External hard drive causes Win7 to hang on shut down

Could be W7' indexing.

What happens in safe mode?


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Hiya, this is my first post,previously i've always managed to solve my computer problems but this one is driving me insane.

i'm running vista 64 bit on a system i've had for a couple of years,every so often (when its bad about twice a minute) my computer hangs for a few seconds,i still have cursor movement but nothing else responds,then it comes back.This keeps getting worse until eventually i get a disk read error on boot.
whatever the problem is it seems to damage and slowly kill hard drives,i've been through three so far and everytime i can get them fixed and running again without errors on other machines,i've swapped sata cables,run memtests,scandisks,defrags and about a hundred other things i don't want to list.

somethings seem to fix the problem but then after a week or so they reappear,last time i found errors on my ATA controllers in device manager,uninstalling/reinstalling seemed to fix the problem (although now i have several duplicate controllers) but then a few days later it has started hanging again.

temperatures seem fine,the problem has survived through formats,reinstalls,could it be motherboard maybe? i'm at a loss and can't afford to randomly replace hardware,any advice is greatly appreciated,thanks in advance.

A:system hang/wierd hard drive issues

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Every time I plug in my NTFS-formatted Toshiba 1 TB external via USB to the below system, Windows refuses to recognize it until I unplug it, at which point it informs me that I must format the drive for it to be usable. The drive works on two other computers flawlessly, but it never shows up in the drive list on this one while it's actually connected. Furthermore, when I attempt to verify the drive's recognition by opening virtual disk service via disk management, it hangs indefinitely.

This problem is several days old; prior to this, it would periodically fail to access files on the drive, with explorer hanging as the virtual disk service does.

The problem persists through a clean boot.

Is there any way to fix this?

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Enterprise, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU T9600 @ 2.80GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 23 Stepping 10
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 3992 Mb
Graphics Card: Mobile Intel(R) 4 Series Express Chipset Family, 1772 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 305244 MB, Free - 159999 MB;
Motherboard: LENOVO, 4061BD1
Antivirus: Microsoft Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010, Updated and Enabled

A:Unrecognized external hard drive causes system hang

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First of all , is that possible? Ok , yesterday i downloaded and ran SlimFTPd.exe (nothing happened so i closed the process and deleted the file.) I spent some more time on computer this day but havent opened any other strange files than that. Shutdown the pc , went to bed. Woke up , computer wont boot up (win 10) it stops at loading screen then gives me blackscreen and only cursor (no , ctrl+alt+delete , task manager doesnt show up.). So came up with an idea of making usb with win 10 to use the refresh option. So i started my mums dell laptop (win 7) Boom! What i got? , welcoming message saying "SMART Failure Predicted on Hard Disk 0: HGST HTS545050A7E380- (S1)
WARNING: Immediately back-up your data and replace your hard disk drive. A failure may be imminent
Press F1 to Continue"
Right now im sitting here and wondering if t was my fault , a random thing (2 pcs broke same time) or anything else. Waiting for your response

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my computer wont boot up, it says - DISK BOOT FAILURE INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER
I read a thread here similar that someone had a problem similar to this and checked already the cables
and they are connected correctly.
I also checked that the Hard Drive is listed on the BIOS as one of the boot devices.
and also I tried to use the windows XP disk to repair the problem but when it loads, after a minute it gives me
the blue screen with this message:

STOP: 0x0000007F (0x00000000, 0x00000000, 0x00000000, 0x00000000)

is my hard drive destroyed?! or is there anything else I can try to do?

thank for anyone that can help.

A:Computer wont start up, hard drive makes weird sounds

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Alright so, here's a rundown

Built a new computer using a 120GB SSD as the "main drive" where I installed Windows 7. Then for storage I have a 1TB HDD. I had these two drives running side by side just fine for quite a while (over a month at least).

Then suddenly, yesterday, I installed a few windows updates that had been sitting in my task bar for quite a while. I rebooted, but it hung at the "Starting Windows" screen. I rebooted it again in safe mode and found it was hanging at classpnp.sys (or rather, the file that comes after it - disksomething.sys or something like that).

After much tooling around, I came to find that I was able to get the PC to boot by disconnecting the HDD. I don't think the HDD is bad or dead, though I have nothing to back up that belief. But it had been working perfectly fine and wasn't exhibiting any of the signs of a dying hard drive - slowness, clicking, etc.

I've tried a lot of things to fix this:

- system restored to 2 days ago
- changed settings around in BIOS (particulary the IDE/AHCI setting - changing it to AHCI gave me BSODs so I left it on IDE)
- updated the BIOS to the latest version
- tried multiple ports/cables for both drives

I read somewhere else (though I don't have a link) where someone said something about Windows 7 having problems with PCs that have both a HDD and an SSD in the same build, so I really think that has something to do with this.

So um... any suggestions?

A:2nd Disk Drive Causes Boot to Hang

Hello and welcome Mike I shall assume you have the SSD set as the boot drive?

There is this too Windows 7 fails to go into safe mode. Stuck at classpnp.sys

and you might try a look at this too Troubleshooting Steps for Windows 7

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I realise this is a very specific issue indeed, and also kind of a '1st world' issue... but I'd like to know what's causing my Gigabyte P57Xv7 laptop to boot twice, every time whenever my 4TB Seagate Backup Plus USB3.0 drive is connected to it. Here are the salient points:

The first boot doesn't even make it to the spinning Windows circle, it only gets to the initial Gigabyte screen, then after a few seconds it reboots.
It's not the same type of double boot that occurs whenever you first plug in a new USB device (which I assume is for the BIOS to enumerate the new device?) - those boots are much shorter than this one.
It only boots twice when the boot is from a shutdown state. Not when it's a Windows 10 restart.
However I doubt it's a Windows issue, as it happens even when I disable Windows Boot Manager in BIOS (which makes the laptop boot straight into BIOS instead of loading Windows 10)
I've tried various BIOS settings (like enabling/disabling USB Legacy Support)
I've also tried various Windows settings (like disabling Hibernation and playing with various Power settings)
The Seagate drive is not a boot drive, and there are no hidden/system files in the root directory. Its file system in NTFS.
The drive has passed all of Seagate's tests via its SeaTools program.
While I don't have an awful lot of other hardware to play with, I can tell you that 1) the Seagate does not cause another older laptop to do the same thing... Read more

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Hi folks.
Not sure which forum area this topic should be in.

I have been archiving using Paragons Drive Backup with no problems until yesterday.

The backup stopped at approx 80% of completion and very shortly thereafter Vista stopped working and I had to power-off to exit.

Two more attempts produced exactly the same outcome.

Ran ChkDsk which indicated no bad sectors.

Ran Western Digital Diagnostics which stopped scanning at approx 80% and Vista ceasing to respond. The same behaviour as described above.

Tried alternative drive backup prog - same result as described above.

Unable to ascertain whether software or hardware problem.

Lots of hair on floor by desk.

Help/advice would be most welcome.
Thanks in advance.

A:[SOLVED] Hard Drive backups hang then Vista crashes

What are you archiving to ? external WD drive ? This sounds like the "archive" drive is gone or going bad. Can you run the WD Diags on another computer to re-test the drive ?

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