Motherboard or Hard Drive Failure? 9 replies

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Homer Gonerson

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#1 12 years ago

Right, so, the other day I shut down my computer for the night. My sister comes to it in the morning, turns it on, and it gives her this error

The file WINDOWS/SYSTEM32/CONFIG/SYSTEM" is corrupt or missing.

I've tried going into the recovery console and following the directions given [COLOR=blue]here[/COLOR] but when I get to the point "copy c:\windows\system32\config\system c:\windows\tmp\system.bak" It says it can't copy because the file is corrupt. Now, after this I assumed it was a Hard Drive failure, but I could still see it as a slave drive. I have an older 250 gb hard drive that still had some old files and XP home installed on it, so that was working fine. My computer stopped reading it as a slave drive after a few required reboots from reinstalling stuff to this drive. Until last night. I restarted for some reason, then it gave me that same error (about windows/system32/etc...) and I'm pissed now. I'm gonna try this 80 gb hard drive that I have just Winxp and BF2 installed on for a LAN I recently did, and I'll see what happens. Any thoughts on if it just happened to be the same file on 2 hard drives, or would it be the motherboard? (oh, and this all happened within the past 4 days.)




KoЯsakoff

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#2 12 years ago

Do you have a spare motherboard? Or a other computer to test you hd's on?




Homer Gonerson

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#3 12 years ago

*sigh* I just tried the drives in my sister's computer.... Same file corrupt or missing....




KoЯsakoff

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#4 12 years ago

And did you try your mobo on another computer? (You need to install windows all over again, protective measures they call it.. yeah riiight)




Mr.Nitro

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#5 12 years ago

Checked or changed cables? i assume you have a SATA drive, SATA cables can be temperamental due to not being screened,do not bend them or have to close to other cables, unlike ATA IDE cables.




Ultimate-Omen

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#6 12 years ago
Mr.NitroChecked or changed cables? i assume you have a SATA drive, SATA cables can be temperamental due to not being screened,do not bend them or have to close to other cables, unlike ATA IDE cables.

i've never heard this, since when are sata cables such pricks? :lol:




Mr.Nitro

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#7 12 years ago

SATA info : http://www.ata-atapi.com/sata.htm

Ultimate-Omeni've never heard this, since when are sata cables such pricks? :lol:



deathwarder

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#8 12 years ago

Sata sounds faster, are there any other perks?




Mr.Nitro

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#9 12 years ago

Do you have a Surge protector on your pc?Sometimes voltage spikes can cause harddrive errors.

Homer Gonerson*sigh* I just tried the drives in my sister's computer.... Same file corrupt or missing....



Mr.Nitro

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#10 12 years ago

Speed is mainly the reason to getting SATA but there isn't much diiferance between ATA 100 and SATA 133 so no point in changing unless you want to have 2 SATA drives in "Raid" or you get SATA2 but best is an RPM change......most normal pc drives are 7200RPM(laptops can be 5400rpm) but Raptor type drives run at 10,000RPM or even 15,000RPM,these are best but are expensive because they are usually only 36gb or 74gb and the 36gb is about the same cost as a 300gb normal SATA.

deathwarderSata sounds faster, are there any other perks?