screech @ startup

February 19, 2009 at 10:06:17
Specs: Windows XP
Hi all,
I own an old Ecs k7s5a motherboard running a 10gb maxtor Hd. The problem i have is on maybe one in 25 startups i get a loud screech @ bios and the hard drive is not recognised. I then have to restart a few times before it finds the Hd and the screeching stops. Anybody have an idea whats causing this?

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#1
February 19, 2009 at 10:16:57
could be the hard drive itself, getting ready to kick the bucket. if it's only 10GB, i'm guessing this isn't new hardware...

could also be your PSU, not giving enough power at boot to spin up the hard drive, so the system doesn't recognize it.

i would make a backup of all data on that drive ASAP.

a screeching could also just be a fan dying, but that would not explain the BIOS failing to recognize the HDD. is it a direct correlation between when the system screeches and when the system does not recognize the HDD?


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#2
February 19, 2009 at 10:45:08
Yes it is a direct correlation , when the screech is present the bios does not recognise the Hard drive. The hard drive is approx 9 years old but has screeched for about two years.

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#3
February 19, 2009 at 12:50:36
Backup your data and buy a new HDD.

"So won’t you give this man his wings
What a shame
To have to beg you to see
We’re not all the same
What a shame" - Shinedown


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#4
February 19, 2009 at 14:11:24
I've just installed another mobo i had lying around (pc chips m848a). I will see what happens with this but i have backed up the data in case. Thanks

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#5
February 19, 2009 at 14:34:48
A new MOBO won't fix a dying HDD.

"So won’t you give this man his wings
What a shame
To have to beg you to see
We’re not all the same
What a shame" - Shinedown


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#6
March 14, 2009 at 16:12:08
Just a quick update. I installed another motherboard and have not had a screech since.

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#7
March 14, 2009 at 17:27:03
Hmm, I think your "screech" might have been a "continuous beep tone". The diagnosis for this would have been completely different and less likely to have been the HD..

some other bloke...


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#8
March 14, 2009 at 19:14:20
not only that but, you will likely need to do a repair install of xp. with a failing HD, this may not go well.

larry


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