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Multiple Crashes after reformatting hard drive

by envisidora / May 28, 2009 6:19 AM PDT

I think I may be in over my head. I backed up all my data, and tried to reformat my hard drive and create a second partition for my paging file for virtual memory. My system is 7 years old, Gateway, originally configured with XP, Pent 4 processor, 512MB RAM, 80GB hard drive. I used the XP CD to go in and format the new partition. I reinstalled windows, the drivers, everything was going fine. I installed SP2. Then I tried to install SP3. Crash. BSOD. Stop error 0x00000077. Reboot, Cannot locate hard drive. Reinstalled drives. . . reinstalled windows - using quick format from the drivers CD that came with the system. Working again. SP2 showed it was already there. Tried updating the next 5 individual windows updates - not SP3. Stopped mid-installation. Reboot. Cannot locate hard drive. Rebooted from XP disk. Did full reformat of partitions, re-installed XP. Installed AVAST antivirus - did full scan. Nothing. Installed Wise registry cleaner - got 140 errors, fixed 136 safely. (Maybe the four that could not be fixed are going to be the answer?) Installed anti-spyware, only found cookies which were quarantined. Thought I was going to be okay. Today my partner tried to download adobe reader to look at a document and when the installation rebooted the computer - No hard disk found. He is asking me - it was working before wasn't it? What have you done? HELP.

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"create a second partition for my paging"
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 28, 2009 6:33 AM PDT

That is a rather odd thing to do since Microsoft writes this note about this: Note: There is no point in splitting up the paging file between multiple partitions as it does not increase the ability of the hard disk to access the paging file.

What they are telling you is that it DECREASES the ability.

This however is not the source of your troubles but does indicate that maybe, just maybe you are using some out of date methods or the machine at 7 years old is in need of repair.

HERE'S WHY -> Hard disks, CD/DVD drives and other parts are about 5 year designs. What parts can you get replaced?
Bob

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I was hoping not to replace anything
by envisidora / May 28, 2009 8:15 AM PDT

you may be right, I had heard of creating multiple partitions and was following microsofts Knowledge base Article 314482 dated July 12, 2007. So a little out of date, I guess.

But is there any chance there is something in the operating system configs that can be checked/repaired?

By the way, the last time it couldnt find the hard disk during restart. . . just shut it down and turned back on - working with Adobe Reader installed. ???

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The old vanishing hard disk issue.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 28, 2009 10:37 PM PDT

Those are signs of failing parts. My advice is to do what you want and live with the consequences.

Here I replace from the CHEAPEST parts first but let's look at the FREE FIXES I use weekly it seems.

-> A common issue I run into is an OVERCLOCKED machine. Since consumers will demand the machine be stable and working we advise that we can't warrany ANY work on clocked machines. Zero warranty on those. We'll take the BIOS defaults.

The cheapest fix I find for vanishing hard disks are in order:
IDE CABLE
Cleaning the machine -> http://reviews.cnet.com/4520-11319_7-6240575-1.html
New hard disk.
New power supply.

As always you inspect for bad caps.
Bob

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In a state of denial
by envisidora / May 29, 2009 2:26 AM PDT

Thank you much for your help/advice.
As I thought, I am in deeper than I should be.
Will try to follow your suggestions though I am not sure I should(Read: I don't really know what I am doing. As you guessed from my first post.) Will be doing research on how to do what you suggest - have never replaced hardware on a computer before.

But what does this mean/what should I do with this:
"-> A common issue I run into is an OVERCLOCKED machine. Since consumers will demand the machine be stable and working we advise that we can't warrany ANY work on clocked machines. Zero warranty on those. We'll take the BIOS defaults."

Again - thank you for your time - I do appreciate your replies.

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I know that state.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 29, 2009 3:06 AM PDT
In reply to: In a state of denial

As to overclocking if you don't know what it is then there is a 99 percent chance this is not an issue.

You can type OVERCLOCKING on google to find out more.
Bob

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