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I have this athlon 2400+ system I built around 2000. It's having a problem booting up. It will either read that it can't find the harddrive. Or a disc read error from the harddrive or it will hang on Windows XP screen. I've switched ides around, reconnection ide cables and power cords and sometimes it fixes it for a while, but the problem always comes back. I don't know what mobo it is but I can check in the bios if anyone needs that. I'm thinking it could just be a worn out harddrive.
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You tried reinstalling XP?
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More likely a bad cable.
Hard drive failure is usually preceded by the drive making "clicking" noises, or Check Disk finding file errors (which can also be caused by a bad cable).
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Nah, I can get into the system at times. Just needs a lot of work if I ever reboot. Sometimes it will get a blue screen if its booted up for a while. Come to think about it, I think I've had this same exact problem with another harddrive that was installed in it. Then I put this hd in it and reinstalled windows.
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More likely a bad cable.
Hard drive failure is usually preceded by the drive making "clicking" noises, or Check Disk finding file errors (which can also be caused by a bad cable).

I will check the cable out. Thought I did that but I might not have. HD is not clicking and it's in windows fine right now.
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Originally Posted by Donnie Walhberg View Post
Nah, I can get into the system at times. Just needs a lot of work if I ever reboot. Sometimes it will get a blue screen if its booted up for a while. Come to think about it, I think I've had this same exact problem with another harddrive that was installed in it. Then I put this hd in it and reinstalled windows.
Donnie Walhberg, what is the brand/model of the hard drive? If you suspect the hard drive is at fault then I'd recommend running a surface scan on the drive. If there are any bad sectors on the drive then they will turn up. Use the supplied manufacturer tools. Does the motherboard offer SMART support?

The BSOD screens may also be the result of bad/failing memory. Try running a diagnostic on the memory with memtest. Run tests 5 and 8 each for at least 20 minutes.

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