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Windows 7: Hard drive seek failure, does not boot

02 May 2012   #11

Windows 7 home premium x64

Bios infecting virus (virii) first appeared many years ago, now they are more complicated to deal with, so we hope we don't get any.

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02 May 2012   #12
Microsoft MVP


Is there a newer BIOS version or HD firmware to install on the Dell Support Downloads webpage for your model?

If not try resetting the BIOS to defaults: Clear CMOS - 3 Ways to Clear the CMOS - Reset BIOS

Install CrystalDiskInfo - Software - Crystal Dew World to get the latest SMART readout on the HD.

Determine the HD make/model by looking at it or googling it's listing string in Device Manager, then run the maker's HD Diagnostic extended CD scan to get a definitive result, followed by another Disk Check.

These tests can repair a HD however I would never depend upon it again, keep it backed up closely, and be shopping for a replacement.
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02 May 2012   #13

Windows 7 Professional x64


Your suggestions motivated me to go poking around in the BIOS. I noticed that it seemed to be detecting a floppy drive, even though one did not exist. I found a setting to Disable Onboard FDC. Once I did that, the boot issue went away.

Thanks to all for your help, this computer is running quite nicely now.
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03 May 2012   #14

Windows 7 Professional x64

My friend tells me that the boot error only started occurring last week. Seems odd that the computer would suddenly start seeing a non existent floppy drive.
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03 May 2012   #15
Microsoft MVP


We regularly see problems with leftover Floppy drives, floppy listings in BIOS, even ghosts of floppy's removed. Some users don't even know what a floppy is.
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