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Windows 7: Bad Hardrives?


22 Sep 2013   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
Bad Hardrives?

I have two different Laptops in which I expect the HDDs are the culprits, one gives me a beep code on start up with no display, while the other boots into Windows Error Recovery gets about 40% after the Launch Start-up Repair and gives me a 0x00000e9 status, An unexpected I/O error has occurred.

I have looked online for the beep code, but I cant seem to find the right one so I have attached a recording of the sound as .WAV file.

I have 3 different laptops and switching the HDDs are repeating the same problems, however I haven't got a unbroken laptop HDD to test the laptops.

Just want to know the difference in errors, and to see if there is any way to fix it just for fun.

Info;
Toshiba 640gb - 0x00000e9 - Been dropped
Samsung 250gb - Beep - May have been dropped



Attached Files
File Type: wav beepcode.wav (101.3 KB, 6 views)
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22 Sep 2013   #2

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Laptop 8.1 Pro all 64bit
 
 

Hello mastahelix mate depends by dropped you mean dropped - as onto the floor or the machine ?? Either way a hard drive is only capable of withstanding so much G force during a drop you may have damaged them beyond repair. To repair in a specialised shop them would cost you an absolute fortune.

Do they boot into a safe mode by any chance? The beep code mate is not playing at my end so can you describe them say one long beep twp short ones etc etc?
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22 Sep 2013   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Hello,
I plugged the beeping HDD into a USB convertor and it is the HDD its self that is making the noise, which is why I couldn't diagnose the beep code, as by drop I meant the laptop and the sound was originally .wma and I changed the extension via renaming, since it wouldn't let me upload otherwise, I forgot to mention that.
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22 Sep 2013   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I managed to figure out the exception code, I think it may have something to do with missing windows files, I won't know for certain, until I reinstall windows.
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23 Sep 2013   #5

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Laptop 8.1 Pro all 64bit
 
 

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23 Sep 2013   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

OK, now I am confused, every laptop I put this drive in, it gives me the I/O exception, but I can access it and use it normally as an external drive from my PC.
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23 Sep 2013   #7

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Laptop 8.1 Pro all 64bit
 
 

I am guessing here masta but maybe that is because if you installed it on one laptop the others may not be reading it correctly.

Now I suppose if it comes to it get the drive onto the PC where it does work and run a hard drive test on it from the PC the one usually used is Seatools SeaTools for Windows | Seagate

and one that does a surface (physical) test using Partition Wizard Best Free Partition Manager Freeware and free partition magic for Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Vista and Windows XP 32 bit & 64 bit. MiniTool Free Partition Manager Software Home Edition. see pic


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23 Sep 2013   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Ok it took a while and it seems it is full of errors, it failed its short scan and I didnt even bother to finish the surface scan. I think I will close this thread I feel I understand the problems and the beeping seems to indicate the head is stuck on the platter, I will try to fix that one.

Thank for the help I really like MiniTool, it is so fast for partitions and formats, as well as for the surface scan.
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23 Sep 2013   #9

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1
 
 

The download takes me to CNet! I would go on to JeepersMedia on YouTube and watch his topic on ACTA if I were you. Now,
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23 Sep 2013   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

You have to download Partition Wizard from CNET downloads only. Nothing to worry.
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