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I don't really know what is going on here but this is my problem: A while back there was a storm in which we lost power for several hours. When the power came back on, my computer wouldn't start up normally. It would always hang on the Windows Logo screen. Not knowing the cause I fiddled around with several things. For some reason Windows would only load when I unplugged a hard drive in which there was nothing on at all. Blank storage device is all it was. It would only boot normally with that device unplugged. So a couple days ago I ordered a new hard drive to replace it. It detected it just fine while using the same port as the last drive. But just recently, it randomly disappeared from disk management as well as my computer. Not knowing what was up, I restarted my system and went into the BIOS, it was recognized there. So I leave the BIOS and wait for Windows to load. It did the same thing as it did long ago. It hanged on the Windows logo and wouldn't move. So this time around, I tried a different port, still had the same problem. I unplug the drive now and it boots up normally. What do you all make of this? Can't be the drives can it? Since it happened on both drives and unplugging them let me into Windows.
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post #2 of 9
I had the same problem the other day. My HDD was going out. Removed and worked fine. Your issue sounds a little more complicated though. With the new one not working either, it sounds like the power outage either corrupted a driver file or it screwed up the port(s) or chipset itself. I'd load up in safe mode with the HDD attached and see what file it is hanging on. Also try looking at the log files and/or event viewer for errors. If you have access to another computer, I'd try the new and old HDD in it to test as well.
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I'm confused now. I reattached the power cable and sata cable to the drive and everything started up smoothly and it was recognized in the bios. If it's recognized in the bios and was working for a couple days for me, doesn't that mean the drive isn't dead?
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post #4 of 9
To the contrary it could mean it is indeed going out. The drive I spoke of was causing hangs on the windows loading screen off and on for over a year before finally going completely out. It would go weeks or longer without issue and then hang again. I also had problems with a bad SATA cable doing this on another drive. It was shorting out and the slightest little movement of the cable would cause it to act just as the HDD above did when it was going out. The same exact symptoms. Have you tried changing cables by chance? Worth a shot anyway.
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Not yet, but I'll give it a go later today and hope it fixes it. About your drive hanging, did it at least show the drive in windows?
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post #6 of 9
I couldn't even get it to boot when it was hanging. So no. It would hang indefinitely until I unhooked it. I take that back, when it first started it would hang for just a few seconds at windows loading. Once I got into windows it would show up but only read certain folders and when it did it would take forever to list the contents, like 5+ minutes or more. As it got worse, it would hang to the point of not going past the windows logo no matter how long I waited.
post #7 of 9
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Now this is odd, I just unplugged my main storage drive (power chord) and rebooted. I see the drive that disappeared. I plug that power chord back into the main storage drive, and the new drive I bought is gone even though it has a power chord plugged into it. I'm using a chord that has 3 connectors on it so I can connect the 2 HDDs and 1 SSD all in one. Do you guys think that's the problem I'm having here? That I should get another power cable for this last drive?
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post #8 of 9
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Got a new power cable to plug into the new HDD, hoping they would both work in Windows now. But still its my old storage drive only being shown in Windows. I'm getting aggravated now, I don't understand why it worked when I unplugged my main storage drive.

Edit: I just got out my old hard drive, 640GB WD and it recognized it along with the main storage device I got. So from this, could I conclude that my power supply wattage is not enough for me to use 2x1TB drives?
Edited by Vitaminx - 7/22/11 at 3:30am
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Bump, anyone think its a power supply problem? Or for some reason does my system not want to display 2 Samsung F3's?
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