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Hey everyone. First of all, I would like to thank you for looking at my topic. Help would be much appreciated, as the topic title suggests, I've been at this for 6 (yes, 6) hours. And still to no avail.

Alright, here's what I've been through.

Last night I left the PC on overnight to do some downloading, which I usually do fine, no problem at all. I put it into the ASUS Q-Fan mode to make it quiet so I could sleep. All went well.
Then, I went to it in the morning and the screen was black. I thought maybe the Q-Fan program had crashed or something, so I thought nothing of it and powered off the PC via the switch (there was no other way to return to Windows).
I had to pop out for a few hours this morning but when I returned to turn my PC on, I was greeted by a usual post screen, all seemed normal, but then, a black screen with the white "_" displayed in the top-left-hand corner. The kind you get when you don't have an operating system installed.

I tried restarting it a few times to see if this helped, I even tried leaving it on this screen for a good 10-15 minutes to see if anything happened eventually.

Immediately knowing something was now wrong, I decided to pop in my Vista disk (I have Vista Ultimate, by the way) to try and do a Startup Repair. I have done this before and it worked fine for restoring my MBR that had somehow gone missing. As many will know, after selecting the "Repair" option, you are then prompted to select which operating system you'd like to repair. However, none showed up for me. Nothing to select, exept a "Next" icon. I clicked it anyway and it decided to "Attempt to repair my computer" for a good half an hour, again to no avail.

I then used this Boot CD (Hiren's Boot CD with a load of utensils for allsorts on through the DOS) to check out my hard drive. All the 3 programs I have used before that were good said, again, I had no partitions. Infact, it was simply the 500GB of Unallocated Space.

So somehow, my computer has, literally, formatted itself. From being fine one night to completely gone the next. I had over 200GB of data so how it has managed to reformat itself I have no idea.

Next, I tried using Norton Disk Doctor to see what that said. At first it said I needed to repair my Partition Table, so I went ahead and let it do that. Then it decided to repair my Master Boot Record. So obviously, I did as I was told. Obviously the program knows best!

So I thought, yeah, problem fixed, all should be OK now. I wish.

I tried reinstalling Vista, only to find that 2/3 times it crashed on the "Please wait" screen after selecting my language and keyboard layout. It crashed with a bluescreen error about some PAGE (I forget the exact error).

So I instinctively tried to install XP. I have a disk with XP Pro SP2 on from before I got Vista. It was all seemingly going well until it decided to crash whilst inspecting my hard disks. So I went back into the boot CD, fiddled around with a few programs and tried installing XP again.

I got a bit further this time. It let me create my usual 2 partitions into the unallocated space (1 x 100GB for Windows/Programs, the rest of the space for storage .. movies, music etc). Then when selecting Quick Format, as I usually do, 2 or 3 times trying this it crashed at 20%. Completely froze, even after leaving it for a good 30-40 minutes.

I then looked around on Google, on some random PC sites and they reccomended creating my partitions again and selecting a full format rather than quick. So I did this, and here I am now.

It's stuck on 100%, the yellow bar full in all its glory, and has been for 45 minutes.

I'm out of ideas. If you guys have any then please let me know - I just hope it isn't my harddrive. The HDD is only a few months old and I really cannot understand why it would break.

Please help me
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post #2 of 60
I suspect harddrive failure.
I have had harddrives that are recognized and still not work.
And they displayed the same issues as yours.
Id get to the format part of installing windows and it would just stop.
But first do the normal and check all the connections .
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First thing that I would have done is clear CMOS.
I've had the hanging cursor from bad ram, doesn't neccessarily mean your OS is borked.
Normally if the OS is corrupt or not seen, a message pops up stating so.

I would try another OS install, this time clear cmos and only use 1 stick of ram.
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post #4 of 60
I have also had a similar situation with one bad stick of RAM. I would also try to install an OS on another hdd and see if i can access any of the files with the hdd hooked up as a slave. CMOS reset is ALWAYS first. I would check the RAM as it can do all sorts of weird things.



edit: There are some programs that will wipe a hdd. i would look into one of those to completely clean the hdd and then try a full format again to see. It may just be a failed hdd. Time to RMA
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post #5 of 60
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First thing that I would have done is clear CMOS.
I've had the hanging cursor from bad ram, doesn't neccessarily mean your OS is borked.
Normally if the OS is corrupt or not seen, a message pops up stating so.

I would try another OS install, this time clear cmos and only use 1 stick of ram.
Alright. I will try the RAM and CMOS next then.

But I'm still looking for answers as to why the hell my hard drive spontaneously reformatted itself? I've never even heard of this happening before. It even deleted its own partitions.
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post #6 of 60
Not possible. Unstable systems will often report that a disk drive is not formatted or partitions or any number of false indications about the drive. I've seen this in overclocking where setting back to stable settings will again read the disk normally. A machine cannot format itself.

Either the machine is unstable, the machine was unstable and corrupted the drive, the machine has harddrive failure, or etc.
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post #7 of 60
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Well, mine did. I have 476GB of Unallocated space from a once-working PC to prove that.
I'm miffed too.
It's still stuck on 100% as I write this.
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post #8 of 60
You lost your drive. Your machine did not format itself. No in comps
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post #9 of 60
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Hmm. It's moved onto copying files and has gone VERY slowly upto 31% where it is now stuck copying oleacc.dll.

Surely this shows that the drive is atleast working to some extent?

Do you reckon removing some RAM and clearing the CMOS will really help?
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And now it's saying that it cannot copy a certain file. I have had this problem with XP setup before however cannot remember how I overcame it. Hmmm...
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