Since installing a disk managment software which came wuth a caddy[ Intellistor]which the system disliked so it has now been taken out , a change has taken place in the primary HDD. At the end of POST instead of going to 'Starting or Restarting Windows' The last post screen hangs and the drive ingoes into a period of loud 'chuntering' This can be as long as 2/3 minutes for a cold boot, a little less for a warm boot. I have carried out all the obvious tasks - Defrag, Regclean etc. So far it has diminished a little but is still at it. What is the significance.?
I hate to be a prophet of doom but this may indicate a failing disk. The disk may be retrying several times to access data. As a first step its worth doing a scandisk to see if any errors show up. BACKUP any vital files ASAP.
Thank you for the down load advice - have now got them in and will see what is what in the coming daze. Thank you LastChip for the Admin Tools Event viewer Just taken a peek - I am now all pale and all of a quiver So many 'errors and warnings Mostly inoccuos like a dropped line on the ISP A lot of 'Bad Blocks' reported thankfully on the drives from the junk box that I have been messing with in the Caddy whilst waiting for the Mega-Giga drive to arrive.
None of this so far has shorted the prolonged chuntrering- perchance the downloads will sort it.
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