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XP Pro warm boot hard drive failure msg

By badair ·
I can no longer do a warm boot (restart), with XP Pro O/S, as I get a hard drive failure msg. If I just kill the power, then I can restart the system. I have always been able to shut down and cold boot OK. System is an upgrade from 98SE, 450Mhz, 256 Ram. Opinions on why this is happening & the reccomended fix please!

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by HutchTech In reply to XP Pro warm boot hard dri ...

Is this a new hard drive? Sometimes the drive doesn't spin up fast enough (or spins up too quickly) and the BIOS is unable to load the OS.

Just a thought.

- Hutch

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to XP Pro warm boot hard dri ...

Do you have SMART enabled in the BIOS?

Best guess is that if you did you would be getting a "Imminent Drive Failure Message" time to at the very least download a Drive tester from the maker of the HDD and test it. If it doesn't pass the test backup all the data on it and replace it with something that can be recognized by the M'Board, as you have not specified the make of the M'Board there may be a size limit imposed by the BIOS.

Col

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by pctech In reply to XP Pro warm boot hard dri ...

How hot is the hard drive getting? What sounds like is happening is that the bearings are heating up and slowing the spin on the drive. A warm boot spins up the drive again and its spin speed may be too slow to read the drive. A cold boot allows cooling of the bearings and the drive is able to spin up to speed and be read. Should this be the case, do a backup of the data on the drive and replace the drive. ... I hope this helps.

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by Murray Brydon In reply to XP Pro warm boot hard dri ...

It would be worth checking the IDE cable you are using and probably replacing it, as if you are using a 40 cable instead of an 80 cable then XP will generate these types of blue screens where 98 would have let you away with it.

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by badair In reply to XP Pro warm boot hard dri ...

This is the orginal HD with the system, from 2000, not sure of the type of MB, it used to restart OK after for instance updating virus protection, (NAV), now doesn't. Seems like a restart fails after updating NAV. Was able to restart system recently when not associated with completion of aqn update to a program.

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