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Hdd Boot Problems/crashing

By glowingnissan07
Mar 31, 2008
  1. WIndows XP HOME SP2
    Pentium 4 CPU @ 2.8 GHz
    1 GB RAM
    SONY VAIO

    I have 2 HDDs installed on my machine. I don't remember the name brands, but
    under properties i have this:

    ST312022A

    WDC WD3200AAJB-00WGA0

    SMYPTOMS:

    I only had the 120 GB one hooked up so i could copy the files from that one
    to my 300 GB. But when i tired to unhook the 120 GB, my pc wouldn't boot up
    past the first SONY screen, even tho the OS is definately installed on my new
    one (300). Obviously, i tired the opposite, and it at least got past that
    part and i ended up at a "Improper boot device" error. so that didnt work


    So the past few months ive been using both hooked up together, although i use
    the old one for nothing. it just sits there with my old files on it. But
    lately ive been having extremely random computer crashing, every time needing
    a hard boot. Sometimes it happens within 5 minutes after loggin on,
    sometimes, it wont crash until hours later, when im shutting down. It happens
    on a variety of different events, but usually only crashes when i open some
    kind of program or file, or have the pc do some other mundane task.
    Accompanying the crashes, ive been noticing the old HDD disk

    spinning/squeaking at random points while im usuallygaming. Of course, my new
    games are installed on my new HDD, so i have no idea what its doing at all.
    I've tried CHKDSK, which didnt do anything until recently where it apparently
    repaired some back blocks, and moved some "orphaned files" - but i dont know
    what that means, because even after it did that it still froze.
    If i could get my pc to boot only off my new HDD, i pretty sure it would
    solve it. If not, could someone give me a way to clear my old HDD and disable
    it forever, without harming my new one?

    the only system errors ive been getting in the logs are
    ati2mtag CRT:invalid display type
    W32Time: Time Provider NtpClient: An error occurred during DNS lookup
    of the manually configured peer 'time.windows.com,0x1'. NtpClient will try
    the DNS lookup again in 30 minutes. The error was: A socket operation was
    attempted to an unreachable host. (0x80072751)
    Service Control Manager:The mrtRate service failed to start due to the
    following error: The system cannot find the file specified.
    Disk:
    The file system structure on the disk is corrupt and unusable. Please run the
    chkdsk utility on the volume D:.

    help greatly appreciated
     
  2. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,093   +86 Staff Member

    I would test each HDD with one of the utilities here: http://www.techspot.com/vb/topic7602.html.

    If errors are found, I would back any essential data up off of that drive, and then RMA it if possible, otherwise scrap it. I would not trust the drive with your data again (unless it's used for something meaningless).

    You are 100% positive that you have an OS on the new HDD? If it's a SATA drive, plug it into the first SATA port on the motherboard and plug the other HDD into the second port. If they're ATA drives, make sure the new HDD is configured to run as the Master and the old HDD is configured to run as Slave (via the jumpers on the back of the drives).

    Go into the BIOS and alter the boot sequence so the new HDD is ahead of the old HDD.

    Once you boot off the new HDD, assuming Windows is installed, you should be able to access the old HDD via "My Computer". Transfer any data that you want from the old HDD to the new HDD.
     
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