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PC will not boot after BSD


xania
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My self bukt PC has two SATA HHDs and 1 SATA DVD RW drive + 1 IDE DVD RW drive. Suffered a BDS today follwoing which I cannot boot into Windows XP SP3. Normal boot and using last successful boot just continually wraps during the first screen (and the hhd light comes on strongly for half a second, then goes permanently off then suddenly comes on again more weakly); any form of safe mode stops as it lists the driver hotcore3.sys (and the hhd light is is the same); attempting a reinstallation of Windows using either DVD just continually shows 'Setup is starting Windows' (and the hhd light is is the same). To make matters worse, I have a bootable Acronis Trus Image backup of my system but this reoirets that it cannot see either HHD, once again whichever DVD drive I use

On boot-up the BIOS reports both HDDs as S.M.A.R.T. Capable and Status OK

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xania

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Thanks but already trieds that. In fact I've used the same cable to attach the HHD to hopper to run on my laptop, and I've been accessing my files all afternoon and evening that way.

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lotvic

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some things to try:

1st. Reseat the RAM memory and check other connections inside and out.

2nd. Remove both HDD's from the pc and boot up without any HDD in, you should get message of 'no boot device found' - so far so good switch off by holding in power button for about 5-10 secs.

3rd. Attach your primary HDD and boot to safe mode. If successful try starting normally. If that works then you will know it is possibly a fault with second HDD.

And a note, I have always been advised to only have one HDD attached (and no printer etc) when installing XP from CD/DVD, maybe because you had both in that caused a problem when you tried a reinstallation of Windows.

Also at some stage check in BIOS to make sure HDD is properly recognised.

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xania

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  1. Done - all correctly seated
  2. Done - error message recieved as expected
  3. Well I'm blowed. Warning noted - I havn't done any OD installation since installing the second drive, so I don't think that that is the problem, but PC now working properly with just the one HDD installed.

Will check 2nd HHD in more detail tommorrow and take approprtiate action, but I think its still under warranty.

Thank you for saving me time and money.

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lotvic

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Excellent, glad you got it working again :)

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lotvic

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rdave13 you were right, a hard drive is dead. Seems the second hard drive is dead/faulty.

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rdave13

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lotvic

Possibly and looks like it. I would still try another sata cable to the second hdd, reconnect it, and see if it works. If same results then drive is faulty.

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lotvic

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I agree, also try the 2ndHDD hooked up to laptop like xania did with the first one.

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xania

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2nd HHD dead as a Dodo - and 3 months OUT of warranty. Luck of the draw I suppose. Now ordered a spanking new 1 TB and this will become my primary HHD and the existing one will become my backup - and loadsaspace LOL

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lotvic

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:) fine excuse to get a 1 TB drive :)

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Terry Brown

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As you mention the HD light 'dimming' I suspect a power failure.

Remove all USB devices attached to your computer and try again, if this shows an improvement, I would consider a new PSU (Power Supply Unit)

It could also be something as simple as a loose power connection on your motherboard. As you built it yourself, I assume you still have the documentation showing where each power coupling goes.

Have a close look at each connection and unplug and re-insert as necessary.

Terry

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