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Windows 7: how to make windows 7 ignore a bad data drive at startup

09 Mar 2012   #1

windows 7 64 bit
 
 
how to make windows 7 ignore a bad data drive at startup

Hi ..
this has been a real issue for me over sometime ..

I have my pc configured for music production. I have multiple drives installed (6 in total)

The issue is this :
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the boot drive where windows 7 is installed is OK , but windows boot process freezes at the startup logo screen and does not go past this stage.

after investigation I found out that when one of the OTHER drives is faulty...
windows does NOT boot ..
if you disconnect the faulty drive .. then windows BOOTS normally.
No message is displayed during the windows startup phase ..

is there a way to configure windows such that It IGNORES the bad drive at startup...
it seems that windows waits for the drive indefinitely and jams there not timing up after some time.

finding the faulty drive is a pain .. you need to disconnect all drives except the boot one.. then connect one after the other .. till windows jams again .. then you know its THAT bad drive ..

you help is appreciated.

John

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10 Mar 2012   #2

W7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

No.

It's a hardware thing, which a windows layer is trying to sort out.
I've also seen dozens of pc's, in my day, stall if a dvd drive has gone bad.

Here's a preventative maintenance tip I can give you.
Most hard drives (mechanical spinners) don't just suddenly quit. They give warnings. Install Acronis Disk Monitor; it's free.

Invoke it once a week, where it will tell you about each hard drives' health.
If one starts showing signs of failing, ADM will be all over it letting you know.
When a drive gets below 70% health rating, time to take it out of service.
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10 Mar 2012   #3

Windows 7 Professional x64 Linux Mint 16
 
 

I use these.

Hard Disk Sentinel - HDD health and temperature monitoring

CrystalDiskInfo - Software - Crystal Dew World

Best to get the sick disk outta there before you loose something.
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10 Mar 2012   #4

windows 7 64 bit
 
 

funny thing ,.. these drives are relatively less than a year old ... all sea gate and western-digital ..
this issue happened before with same thing .. I changed the motherboard .. got new drives .. an expensive APC to hold back any bad currents *but it is not a current stabilizer though .. not sure I need to go and put $500 for a monster power station ..* can it be because I have lots of harddisks ??.. I don't see a reason for such a thing ..
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10 Mar 2012   #5

Windows 7 Professional x64 Linux Mint 16
 
 

A disk is either perfect or it isn`t.
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10 Mar 2012   #6

Main - Windows 7 Pro SP1 64-Bit; 2nd - Windows Server 2008 R2
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
A disk is either perfect or it isn`t.
Yep. And once they start to go they keep on going. If you care about your data and your sanity you'll ditch it. If it's "relatively less than a year old" you should have no problem getting a free replacement.
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10 Mar 2012   #7

Windows 7 Professional x64 Linux Mint 16
 
 

Possibly where you bought it.
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10 Mar 2012   #8

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
A disk is either perfect or it isn`t.
No disk is perfect, even right off the line they contain anywhere between 2-10% bad sectors. That number climbs over time and as it does the drive takes longer to boot.
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