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Computer losing boot drive occasionally - mwhals - 11-12-2012

I have decided it is the port, but I am replacing it anyway next spring. Even with four SATA drives, I have more ports than I need. The optical drives are IDE, LOL. There is even a floppy drive in the PC. Big Grin


Computer losing boot drive occasionally - mwhals - 11-22-2012

Update: the problem still persist even after swapping cables and ports with another drive. The second drive that I swapped with has never disappeared or been a problem. This means to me that the hard drive electronics may be failing. I am now running Western Digital's Data LifeGuard Diagnostics on the drive.

The drive passed all the tests, so back to the beginning again. It is not the cable, port or seemingly the drive.


RE: Computer losing boot drive occasionally - Konvikt - 11-25-2012

Could there be a capacitor/condensator loose or a pin broken/fractured around the location of where the cables are. Perhaps a mobo part is defective, making it a very local problem.

Turn off the pc and expose the mobo. No static electricity!! Slightly (and I do mean ever so slightly) tap capacitors/condensators to check if they are loose or bulgy (defective).

I recently had a defective supercap in a cd-player (yeah, that's right) I own. The guy that fixed it for me measured no resistance going through it, making my cd-player do random things. Tiny crap ass part was broken.

That just popped in. Maybe you could try it?

Edit:

It could even be a bit smudgy or deteriorated solder around the location of where the cables should connect.


Computer losing boot drive occasionally - mwhals - 11-25-2012

Thanks I will give it a second look.


RE: Computer losing boot drive occasionally - mwhals - 11-25-2012

I checked out the motherboard and no capacitors were loose nor were any bulging. I decided to try something different. I had been using only ports on the Intel SATA controller since I had some unused and was thinking a port was going bad. I noticed that I had never used the SATA ports on the JMicron SATA/PATA controller. I moved the boot drive from the INTEL ports to the JMicron ports to determine if it is the INTEL controller that is malfunctioning.

Things ruled out:

1. The drive itself
2. The capacitors
3. The cable

The only thing around the hard drive I hadn't checked was the SATA controller. I am typing this after having booted on the different SATA controller.


RE: Computer losing boot drive occasionally - mwhals - 11-27-2012

I was able to read the blue screen when it just crashed and it said Kernel-data-inpage-error. In my research I found this means that a requested page of kernel data from the paging file could not be read into memory.

I also noticed a lot of noise from the hard drive when it booted up. The paging file must be residing where there is a bad sector on the hard drive. At least I now know the problem is with the hard drive, so I am going to do more testing.

I imaged this drive when I first installed everything a few weeks ago. I think I will restore the image to a different drive in the computer if my testing finds this drive is failing. I keep no data on this drive and I de-activated my Photoshop installation, so if it fails it is no lost data.


RE: Computer losing boot drive occasionally - PwnBroker - 11-28-2012

could very well be. one way to find out if you have spare space on another drive is to partition a small page file partition and then reassign the page file to that partition.


Computer losing boot drive occasionally - mwhals - 11-28-2012

That is exactly what I plan on doing. Chkdsk did not really find anything.


Computer losing boot drive occasionally - mwhals - 11-30-2012

It happened again and this is two days after I moved the page drive to another hard drive. It doesn't matter at this point since there are parts to build a new powerful PC behind me. Smile