How can I get my harddrive to work properly?

Question

Hi there, I came home one day and turned on my pc. I had an annoying trojan and was in the middle of getting rid of it when I got a pop up that said "hardward error". Everytime I closed it, it appeared again. I tried to reboot but it kept coming up with System Disk Error. I thought my hard drive died as this had happened in the past. I was running Windows 2000 Pro with an IBM Deskstar 40GB. I went and purchased Windows XP and a Seagate 120 GB drive. I installed Windows XP and for the next day and a half, everything was fine. I came home yesterday and I got the same error "System Disk Error". I am completely confused now as this hardware is brand new. Any ideas on what it could be??

thanks

Answer

This question was answered on May 28, 2004. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

There are 3 scenarios you could try 1 you could change your memory The reason for this is because, no matter how many harddrives you install on your computer It will always put the same data on your drive if your memory is corrupted.

2 You might have a bad IDE cable This is the cable that connects the drive to the motherboard If this is the case, then change it.

3 You might have what is called "dirty electricity" Meaning that you are having power surges and this could cause your system to crash So to correct your problem you should A Either replace your memory, B Replace the IDE cable, And C You should have this anyway, and that is a excellent surge protector on your computer

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Posted by Raymond of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on May 28, 2004