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Windows 7: Spent a year travelling while my desktop at home, crashes upon booting

16 May 2014   #31
gregrocker

 

Can you try installing to a different Hard drive, with the present one unplugged?


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16 May 2014   #32
Moodus

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Can you try installing to a different Hard drive, with the present one unplugged?
Unfortunately I only have one hard drive in my possession and that is the hard drive hooked up to my machine.
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16 May 2014   #33
gregrocker

 

Did you install CrystalDiskInfo - Software to see what it says about your hard drive?

Can you move your hard drive to another PC to test it with HDFT, Seatools or Partition Wizard Partition surface test? There's enough pointing to the hard drive now that it needs to be confirmed it is bad or just go ahead and replace it - preferably with an SSD for the best possible upgrade. You can always take back the part if it isn't needed.

Another way to test if the HD is the problem is to boot a Linux CD to see if it will run stably. Peppermint3 - Create Live CD/DVD/USB To Use For Emergency Backup - Windows 7 Forums

You can also unplug the hard drive to boot Memtest86 CD to see if it will test your RAM sticks. Unplug each stick to test it and slot individually as shown in RAM - Test with Memtest86+.

If you unplug the HD and it runs stably to test RAM which proves good or run a Linux live disk, then I would go ahead and replace the HD.
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16 May 2014   #34
Moodus

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Did you install CrystalDiskInfo - Software to see what it says about your hard drive?

Can you move your hard drive to another PC to test it with HDFT, Seatools or Partition Wizard Partition surface test? There's enough pointing to the hard drive now that it needs to be confirmed it is bad or just go ahead and replace it - preferably with an SSD for the best possible upgrade. You can always take back the part if it isn't needed.

Another way to test if the HD is the problem is to boot a Linux CD to see if it will run stably. Peppermint3 - Create Live CD/DVD/USB To Use For Emergency Backup - Windows 7 Forums

You can also unplug the hard drive to boot Memtest86 CD to see if it will test your RAM sticks. Unplug each stick to test it and slot individually as shown in RAM - Test with Memtest86+.

If you unplug the HD and it runs stably to test RAM which proves good or run a Linux live disk, then I would go ahead and replace the HD.

*Update*

I let my pc rest overnight and was able to boot it today into safemode with networking. I ran sfc/scannow successfully and was relieved to find that windows resource protection did not find any integrity violations. I then shut off my computer using windows shut down and rebooted into normal windows 7. I then opened chrome and downloaded SeaTools, however; I was prompted that I needed to install Microsoft .NET Framework 4 Client Profile before I could install SeaTools. I was able to install Microsoft .NET Framework 4 Client Profile

I was then able to DL and install SeaTools. My question now is, which test should I run in SeaTools? It recognized my HD and my options from basic Tests are:

- Fix All (drop down menu = "Long")
- Short Drive Self Test
- Drive Information
- Short Generic
- Long Generic
- Advanced Tests

Thanks again
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16 May 2014   #35
gregrocker

 

I would test from CD since Having OS running will not allow testing full HD.

You can however run test from win7 to see if it is faulty even from OS.
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16 May 2014   #36
Moodus

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

I'll run from a CD and let you know my results
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16 May 2014   #37
Moodus

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
I would test from CD since Having OS running will not allow testing full HD.

You can however run test from win7 to see if it is faulty even from OS.
*Update*

Running SeaTools for DOS on Long Test at the moment. I will let you know results. Should I also run an Acoustic Test, as well as a Short Scan?

Thanks again
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16 May 2014   #38
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

the acoustic test just lets you hear the drive stop/start so you know what it sounds like. The short test isn't needed since the long test encompasses it, but won't harm anything.
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16 May 2014   #39
Moodus

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Thanks

I ran the long test and it began running. Got to 29% and then stopped. When it stopped, a message with tiny green text on a black background came up. The text is a bit unreadable (tiny 8 bit looking text).

What I can make out is the last few sentences:

"To view the user guide file at the C: prompt just type ReadMe"
"To copy all log files to a floppy diskette type COPY m.LUC U:"
"Please remove your CD of floppy diskette and press CTRL+ALT+DEL to reboot."
"(Seagate boot) C:\>"

Unsure as what my next step would be here, any help would be appreciated. Thanks!

* EDIT*

Ran SeaTools long scan again. It ran until around 63%. A box flashed with a lot of text and then my pc immediately shut down. I was only able to make out "Please save this scan..." or something along those lines.

Perhaps I will give it another shot
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16 May 2014   #40
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Sea Tools is a bit wonky at times, yup, try again.
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