system hangs at xp boot...hard drive problem methinks

MrDudeMan

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Jan 15, 2001
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got a maxtor d740x-6L on AT last week and it seemed to have been working ok...

it was making loud noises (this is why i hate maxtors, they arent quiet like WD's) but nonetheless working just fine and passed the advanced test in powermax

so the drive has no errors...



it was in a big nasty looking case, so i got my dad a new one and when everything was installed, i turned it on, seemed to be working ok, but when it is about to boot to windows, it hangs at the "white bar screen"...you know, where it has a ton of little white bars at the bottom and it goes left to right with a solid white bar as a progress bar, then it goes into the newer looking boot screen with the logo in the middle, etc...


about 20% of the way through the "white bar screen" it just hangs...sometimes it doesnt even make it all the way to 20%


i took it out, put it in my computer, tested it again...flawless


wtf is going on?
 

Duvie

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Can you boot into safe mode??? It could very well be memory problem and a host of other hardware conflicts that will fresh an install at splash screen...Not just HDD....Do you have S.M.A.R.T. endabled in the bios and it passes that???


If you can get into safe mode it is likley a hardware conflict and not the hdd....May try a reformat or recovery installation to see if there is corruption going on and causing this...
 

Rav3n

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Try the bios on your dad's machine - update it, tweak any settings related to ide devices... Unplug the other ide devices, and see if the system boots. It seems that windows is having problems trying to initialize hardware on your dad's machine, so you might also want to remove any other add-in cards and see what happens.
 

MrDudeMan

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hmm i tried all of this stuff


my list of components is WAY newer than his....p4 1.6, etc...his is duron 750...


i took everything else out except the drive and it still failed


i am gonna just try a reformat..ill tell you guys what happens