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Windows 7: Problem with OS or Hard Drive

30 Jan 2014   #1
xchan

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 
Problem with OS or Hard Drive

I had this problem last week, I cannot boot since it is stuck on Starting Windows splash screen. So I tried to re install my OS. After few days, the same problem happened so I did the same thing. I am afraid it will happen again. I cannot tell if its my OS' fault or my Hard Drive.

1 strange thing happened after I re installed my OS.
Problem with OS or Hard Drive-error.png

Is this normal?




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30 Jan 2014   #2
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

The driver installation seems normal to me. But if the cop-out at boot happens frequently, I suggest to make frequent images so that you can reset the system more easily. And don't forget to image the system partition (the little 100MB partition) at the same time.

Imaging with free Macrium
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30 Jan 2014   #3
joeycedric

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 32bit
 
 

That's not normal according to me. Read/Write error can be caused by improper HDD installation hence causing Windows to spend more time figuring out what this device actually is. I suggest you verify your SATA cable. Switch ports if you have some of them free or replace the SATA cable. If the problem persists run chkdsk /f to check your drive for errors.
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30 Jan 2014   #4
xchan

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by joeycedric View Post
That's not normal according to me. Read/Write error can be caused by improper HDD installation hence causing Windows to spend more time figuring out what this device actually is. I suggest you verify your SATA cable. Switch ports if you have some of them free or replace the SATA cable. If the problem persists run chkdsk /f to check your drive for errors.
I'm using a laptop, any difference?

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
The driver installation seems normal to me. But if the cop-out at boot happens frequently, I suggest to make frequent images so that you can reset the system more easily. And don't forget to image the system partition (the little 100MB partition) at the same time.

Imaging with free Macrium
I will do that, and I will update if anything happens again.
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30 Jan 2014   #5
joeycedric

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 32bit
 
 

If you are using a laptop then most probably your HDD suffers from an ntfs file system corruption. Try chkdsk /f first. Then try to defrag your harddrive using a disk defragmenter.
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30 Jan 2014   #6
gregrocker

 

Did you delete all partitions during the Clean Install Windows 7 using the Drive Options shown in Steps 7/8?

Post back a screenshot of Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image.

Is the drive shown loading its driver your HDD? Check in Device Manager under Storage or Hard Disks to see if its listed, along with any others.

If so what is the result of the suggested Disk Check?
I would also run bootable Seagate Seatools CD scan on the HD since Hitachi no longer has a bootable drive test, but you'd have to slave the HD to another PC to run Hitachi Windows test linked in HD Diagnostic
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30 Jan 2014   #7
xchan

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by joeycedric View Post
If you are using a laptop then most probably your HDD suffers from an ntfs file system corruption. Try chkdsk /f first. Then try to defrag your harddrive using a disk defragmenter.
I finished doing chkdsk and defrag. During chkdsk, some files are unreadable, bad sectors and were deleted. Do you think my problem is solved already?

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Did you delete all partitions during the Clean Install Windows 7 using the Drive Options shown in Steps 7/8?

Post back a screenshot of Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image.

Is the drive shown loading its driver your HDD? Check in Device Manager under Storage or Hard Disks to see if its listed, along with any others.

If so what is the result of the suggested Disk Check?
I would also run bootable Seagate Seatools CD scan on the HD since Hitachi no longer has a bootable drive test, but you'd have to slave the HD to another PC to run Hitachi Windows test linked in HD Diagnostic
I formatted system partition only (C leaving D: at ease.

Here is the screenshot after chkdsk and defrag.
Problem with OS or Hard Drive-capture.png

I'm pretty sure the HDD was my hard drive since I dont have any externals.


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30 Jan 2014   #8
joeycedric

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 32bit
 
 

Good. Now restart and notice the difference. To be 100% sure your drive was repair by Disk Check. Go to Computer>Right Click on your primary HDD partition>Tools>Check Disk for Errors and select scan and repair checkbox.

Your HDD should now appear fine in Device Manager.
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31 Jan 2014   #9
xchan

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by joeycedric View Post
Good. Now restart and notice the difference. To be 100% sure your drive was repair by Disk Check. Go to Computer>Right Click on your primary HDD partition>Tools>Check Disk for Errors and select scan and repair checkbox.

Your HDD should now appear fine in Device Manager.
thank you for the help, you saved me from buying new hdd
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31 Jan 2014   #10
joeycedric

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 32bit
 
 

You're welcome. Don't forget to mark this thread as solved if you think you've found the solution for your problem.
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