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« on: November 14, 2003, 03:17:57 PM »

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This morning i woke up to my PC frozen.  I restarted and everything seemed fine.  I tried to run a couple programs and it started to hang follwed by a slight grinding sound followed by a beep.  It appears the sound is comming from one of my hard drives.  I restarted again and everything seemed fine till i tried to run the same programs as before.  So once again i restarted.  Not it won't boot at all and i keep hearing the grinding sound followed by the beep.  I read on other forums about maxtor drives beeping if the heads and disks aren't moving.  The maxtor drive i have is for storage which doesn't explain why it won't boot.  I'm not 100% sure it is comming from the harddrive or not but the beep doesn't occur till after the bios and post occur.  Can anyone help me?  The maxtor drive is maybe a year old and i haven't had problems till now.  Thanks for any help you can give me.
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« Reply #1 on: November 14, 2003, 03:53:06 PM »

Hi,

Try running Maxtor's PowerMax to test the drive:
http://www.maxtor.com/en/support/downloads/powermax.htm

WARNING: ALL DATA WILL BE LOST WHEN PERFORMING THE LOW LEVEL FORMAT QUICK OR FULL OPTIONS THEREFORE DO NOT SELECT THESE TYPES OF TESTS.
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« Reply #2 on: November 14, 2003, 03:59:28 PM »

Thanks.  Hopefully i can get the machine booted to run the test.
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« Reply #3 on: November 14, 2003, 04:16:58 PM »

Hi,

To run PowerMax you will actually boot off the floppy disk it will create but you do need to be in Windows to create the floppy disk. You may have to go on another 'working' system to create the PowerMax disk.
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« Reply #4 on: November 14, 2003, 04:55:56 PM »

That works.  I'll post back with what i find out.
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« Reply #5 on: November 19, 2003, 04:58:31 PM »

Hi,

Any luck with this?
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« Reply #6 on: November 19, 2003, 08:38:23 PM »

One of the storage drives died.  It was comming off of my controller card and i am still clueless why it would cause windows not to run.  Thanks for the help.
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« Reply #7 on: November 20, 2003, 06:17:32 PM »

Hi,

If you installed applications on that drive, then references in Windows to that drive (now missing) will cause errors/problems.

Can you boot in Safe-Mode (hit <F8> before Windows logo screen to access Boot Menu and select Safe-Mode)?
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« Reply #8 on: November 20, 2003, 06:22:50 PM »

The drive didn't have any programs on it.  Once i disconnected it my computer booted up fine.
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« Reply #9 on: November 20, 2003, 06:40:12 PM »

Hi,

I see. A dead drive could bring down the whole IDE bus.

Glad to see you got part of your problem fixed! Cool
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