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New 160gb Hitachi hd will not boot

By LordBoreal51
Jan 9, 2005
  1. I just purchased a new hard drive for my computer, but it wont boot. Xp sp2 installs just fine. It halts on bootup.

    Hitachi told me to low level format. It worked for a short amount of time, but it failed again.

    My specs:

    Athlon 64bit 3000+
    2x 512 pqi 3200 ram
    64mb Nvidia video card
    lanparty UT 250gb mb
     
  2. StormBringer

    StormBringer TS Rookie Posts: 2,244

    Run Hitachi's Drive Fitness Test on it, if it fails, RMA it. If it passes, they might give you trouble about it though since it could pass and still have a critical problem.
    You might also want to test a different ribbon cable, different power cable, and maybe swap with a known good drive to make sure there isn't a problem with the controller.
    Also make sure jumper settings are correct and securely in place.
     
  3. LordBoreal51

    LordBoreal51 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks

    It was a bad ribbon cable, thanks for the help
     
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