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Windows 7: Hard drive failure

12 Oct 2012   #11

Win7 Ulitmate x64, XP x86 (Dual Boot)

Thanks for the compliment! I've been using PCs since the PC-XT was high-tech, and have been building my own for about 20 years now. But I don't really consider myself to be an expert. Far from it. But you do pick up things here and there.

I bought this drive from a business, whose owner said he had pulled it from one of their computers to install a larger one. He seemed quite computer savvy, but I dunno if he would have gone to the trouble of deleting the SMART data. Then again, the drive had been wiped, so who knows? I did pick it up for a great price -- $40 -- so I guess I can't complain too much.

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13 Oct 2012   #12

Win7 Ulitmate x64, XP x86 (Dual Boot)

Well, I wish I had a happy ending to report to all this, but sadly I don't. When I was installing the new drive in my computer, I had dismounted the old one, and managed to drop it a distance of about four feet to a carpeted floor -- rather thin carpet, unfortunately. Part of the plastic shrouding around the SATA connector broke off, including the "L" shaped portion that makes sure the cable isn't installed backwards. So now the cable won't stay on by itself. Not to be thwarted so easily, I grabbed a small, 1" sized C-clamp from my shop and used this to clamp the cable onto the connector. That should work, seems to me, looks as if it's getting good contact and all, but sadly the drive is unresponsive. After several tries, I cannot get CMOS to see it at all. It is still spinning -- which just means the power cable is connected -- but there is obviously no data being moved back and forth on the SATA cable. I even tried it on two different motherboard SATA connectors just to be sure.

Fortunately, I backed up most of the data to a couple of external drives. So I'll be able to recover most of it, at least.

Now, I'm trying to get this new Seagate set up for the system and I can't believe the trouble I've been having. The manual's installation instructions don't match what's actually going on when trying to install Win7, and when I do a search on the CD, the Windows Installation process can't find the drivers it needs. But the instructions do mention that the disk is not really necessary, so after several various formatting/partitioning attempts, I finally found a combination that Windows likes, and installed the OS. Then, after the first reboot, the fun began. It couldn't complete the process, saying that something had changed in the hardware and it couldn't continue, generating an Oxc0000225 status code. So I google that code, and I find this thread here at the forums:

Error 0xc0000225 on boot

This guy's computer was displaying exactly the same screen as mine. So I tried doing the Repair routine, but of course, it was unable to solve the problem. Looking through the log it generated, everything went fine except it just said some vague crap about a failure to start -- I don't remember exactly now, but it was hopelessly vague. I suspect that, for whatever reason, it wasn't able to properly write a boot sequence. This machine is using a boot manager that Win7 installs because of the XP partition and, interestingly enough, Win7 installs the boot partition on the XP drive, not the Win7 drive. I discovered this by playing around with the drives' boot order in CMOS. When I originally installed Win7, the installation and setup of the boot manager was a painless and transparent process, and the boot mgr has always worked without problems. But now it seems to be the source of them.

In the above thread, it was suggested that the guy burn a repair CD, and I'm thinking fine, that's what I'll do -- only to discover that I can't. This is a 64-bit machine and the only 64-bit machine I have access to. And a 64-bit disk has to be used to "repair" things, and can only be created with a 64-bit system. But since my system isn't operational then obviously I can't burn one. This is the way my entire day has been going. One frustrating catch-22 after another.

Fortunately, my daughter's boyfriend is a techno geek and has access to lots of cool toys. I can probably convince him to burn a 64-bit disk for me, but I'm not so sure I'll be able to convince him of the urgency.

At times like this I am sooooo glad I decided to keep my XP partition.
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