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I suspect harddrive failure.
Thats what i thought.

Who manufacturered the HDD?. ive yet to hear a Seagate drive failing so i'll be surprised if its one by them.

I would have poked around in the BIOS first, make sure it knows the HDD is present, if it does, then i'd suspect something physically wrong with the drive.

If it was present in the BIOS, i'd have attempted another boot, if that failed, i'd clear CMOS and try again.

sorry to go slightly off topic, but is S.M.A.R.T effective?, every bios ive poked in usually have "smart" disabled by default. is there a reason for this?.

sinse i noticed this, ive had it enabled in umbra's BIOS....
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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.
An HDD doesn't reformat itself, if it fails it will still hold most of the data, but won't work anymore.
    
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Thats what i thought.

Who manufacturered the HDD?. ive yet to hear a Seagate drive failing so i'll be surprised if its one by them.

I would have poked around in the BIOS first, make sure it knows the HDD is present, if it does, then i'd suspect something physically wrong with the drive.

If it was present in the BIOS, i'd have attempted another boot, if that failed, i'd clear CMOS and try again.

sorry to go slightly off topic, but is S.M.A.R.T effective?, every bios ive poked in usually have "smart" disabled by default. is there a reason for this?.

sinse i noticed this, ive had it enabled in umbra's BIOS....
Yep. It's a Seagate. Only a few months old, Barracuda 7200.10 500GB.

Any help on the copy files error anyone?
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Aha. I remember how I overcame it now.
I remember that earlier I set all of my clocks to default, including the RAM, which defaulted to 1.8v on the Voltage when its stock is 2.0v.

Reckon this slight voltage change may be something to do with it? I think it helped me before.
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I had a problem similar (Xp failed, kept hanging up on install) and it was a bad stick of RAM. I'd try swapping them around or out.
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I'm a bit late on this thread, but the *exact* thing happened to me recently that the OP described. It would merely hang during boot, though mine would actually show the Vista boot progress bar moving back and forth indefinitely.

I was able to reboot and hit F5 for the boot menu. I selected safe mode and I could then watch everything that was loading during the boot process. It was hanging on one particular file, but for the life of me I can't remember the name of the file now - something like disksys.dll, or something along that line.

Bottom line for me was, after looking for solutions online and finding little other than tech support stories of recommendations to reinstall the OS, I restored the OS from the original image and started over.

What have I learned?

1. Always install Vista on its own drive or at least its own partition so data isn't lost if it flakes out (which, while certainly not a given, is likely enough to be a concern).
2. Always grab an image of your OS drive or partition in a fresh and stable state. This has proven to be a huge time saver for me. Install once. Patch once. Activate once. Re-image as often as necessary.

I realize this won't be of much help to you right now, but maybe it can save you some headaches in the future.

Hope you can get back up and running asap.
post #17 of 60
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Thanks for the detailed reply, Quasi.
I have tried running the install process with either stick of RAM removed to no avail, still getting the same errors.

I have also tried the CMOS that someone earlier suggested, as well as running my overclock down to the bare stock speeds.

I think it is definetely RMA time for me. I will buy a drive to replace it in the meantime and use both when the RMA arrives.

Does anyone have any experience with Seagate RMA, and if so, how long does the return usually take?

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post #18 of 60
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An update..
I am trying a friend's RAM tomorrow to see if that is the source of the problem.
I actually hope it is the RAM since that is quite a bit cheaper than a new hard drive hehe.

If it is the harddrive's fault, and I do need to RMA, I will need to buy another to keep me occupied for a week or two. Which ones would you guys suggest (around the 500GB mark) for around £70 from Overclockers.co.uk, Scan.co.uk or Ebuyer.com ??

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post #19 of 60
The Vista install blue screen could be caused by 4GB of RAM. Known issue, but you've had other problems, but you could still try.
Remove a stick (or two if you have 4x1GB).

I would really try downloading Ubuntu, and installing it.

Choose to create custom partitions when installing, and then allocate 10GB to the Ubuntu partitions in total. Make sure you create the partition at the end of the drive - that is, it'll ask you for free space before and free space after.

Set the free space before to the capacity of the drive (the max it'll let you), then you can fill in 10GB for the partition's size or something like that. Since you said you only had 200GB filled up, you're probably only occupying the first physical part of the drive, so installing at the end of the drive will make sure you don't overwrite any files if they're still recoverable.

If you get it to work, try installing some stuff on Ubuntu and use it for about 30 min to make sure everything is ok, then reinstall Vista/XP, choosing "format this partition (quick)" (this simply deletes your partition tables, instead of overwriting everything... though if you've done the full format then your files are gone already)
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post #20 of 60
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I tried it with 2GB, and even 1GB too.
Still doing the same things.

I also tried using an old 160GB IDE drive I had today in my wardrobe and it seemed to be going OK until it seemed to freeze when checking the drive after formatting the disk.

It seems to me that the problem is probably not wth my hard drive, but something else instead maybe? RAM or something? Hmm.

It's all confusing me very much to be honest, how two drives are doing the same thing and even with all 4 seperate sticks in (1 at any given time) it still happens. What the...
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