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Computer will not power off

By Bluemouse
Mar 23, 2007
  1. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,944   +167

    Yes Bluemouse,
    that would be the same as replacing a suspect drive...
     
  2. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,839   +926

    Point of Academia....

    I unplug my second hard drive (2 WD SATAS) to trick the BIOS into auto-selecting run as IDE mode. (2nd drive is set up volume). Soooo... unplug is good. Switch drive 2 to SATA 0 connector on board. (Just for good luck)
     
  3. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,944   +167

    Good advice captaincranky...
     
  4. Bluemouse

    Bluemouse TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 405

    Ok, so I haven't tried disconnecting the drive yet, but I did try booting using Vista (2nd disk) and shutting down to no avail.

    I also just did a chkdsk on my C: drive and found that there are numerous bad sectors. Could this be the problem? How would I repair the sectors without losing work/RMA'ing in the drive.

    I seem to have nothing but problems with WD these days....
     
  5. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,944   +167

    In another post I explained that I FDISKed and formatted a "suspect" Western Digital 80GB drive. This DID NOT fix the shutdown problem, so I doubt that bad sectors would be the cause of not shutting down... Bad sectors can be a product of not shutting down properly though. Bad sectors can be a sign of a failing drive too
     
  6. Bluemouse

    Bluemouse TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 405

    yea, that wouldnt be good. but bad sectors have nothing to do with a format. Its on the disk itself.
     
  7. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,944   +167

    "Bad Sectors" are tagged during a format, so the operating system can ignore them. If the bad sectors grow in numbers over time, this indicates a catastropic failure is near. Bad sectors are not common in today's drives. They should be replaced ASAP
     
  8. Bluemouse

    Bluemouse TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 405

    I can tag the bad sectors without formatting though, can't I? It's on my system disk and I would REALLY hate to have to re-install everything.


    Ok, so I ran chkdsk again, and this time I dont get any bad sectors, but I get other errors.


    Code:
    Microsoft Windows XP [Version 5.1.2600]
    (C) Copyright 1985-2001 Microsoft Corp.
    
    The type of the file system is NTFS.
    Volume label is Local Disk.
    
    WARNING!  F parameter not specified.
    Running CHKDSK in read-only mode.
    
    CHKDSK is verifying files (stage 1 of 3)...
    File verification completed.
    CHKDSK is verifying indexes (stage 2 of 3)...
    Index verification completed.
    CHKDSK is recovering lost files.
    CHKDSK is verifying security descriptors (stage 3 of 3)...
    Security descriptor verification completed.
    CHKDSK is verifying Usn Journal...
    Usn Journal verification completed.
    Correcting errors in the master file table's (MFT) BITMAP attribute.
    Correcting errors in the Volume Bitmap.
    Windows found problems with the file system.
    Run CHKDSK with the /F (fix) option to correct these.
    
     228829828 KB total disk space.
     198101176 KB in 111181 files.
         44876 KB in 10868 indexes.
             0 KB in bad sectors.
        310520 KB in use by the system.
         65536 KB occupied by the log file.
      30373256 KB available on disk.
    
          4096 bytes in each allocation unit.
      57207457 total allocation units on disk.
       7593314 allocation units available on disk.
    
    
     
  9. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,944   +167

    Stop wasting your time and set up another drive as the XP boot drive. Save the suspect drive and set it up as a slave
     
  10. Bluemouse

    Bluemouse TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 405

    Its sata, but Im still worried about the drive/bad sectors.
     
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