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What are the symptoms of a bad hard drive?

January 30, 2011 at 08:13:11
Specs: Windows XP, AMD?? 2 gig Patriot DDR2

My computer "all of a sudden" started rebooting on its own every few minutes. After about 2-3 days it won't boot at all. When I turn it on it beeps... continuously every second or so. I tried re-seating the memory. I've checked all my connections. I replaced the memory with known good memory. I've replaced the power supply with a new one. What else could be the problem?

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#1
January 30, 2011 at 08:18:20

What is the beep tone pattern?

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#2
January 30, 2011 at 09:02:39

Beep codes are part of a test. That test doesn't include any test of a hard drive. While it could be that the hard drive is causing some issue forcing power down or some voltage in a drive controller. For the most part P.O.S.T tests have to past before the computer even knows about the hard drive.

grasshopper is correct in that you need to diag it from the beep code sequence. Usually it is two sets of beeps. For example three short and one long and then repeats or such.

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#3
January 30, 2011 at 09:19:24

To help with the beeep code, we need to know which BIOS your motherboard uses. The most common are AMI, Award, or Phoenix. You also mentioned "known good memory" - just because it's good doesn't mean it's supported by your motherboard. And just because you replaced the power supply, doesn't mean that you replaced it with good one. Basically, you haven't supplied anywhere near enough info to be able to help diagnose your problem. We need the make/model of your board, make/model & specs to both the old & new PSU, make/model & voltage specs to both the old & "known good" RAM.

http://www.bioscentral.com/


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#4
January 31, 2011 at 18:10:48

Motherboard: ECS AMD690GM-M2 AM2 AMD 690C Micro ATX
Processor: AMD Athalon 64 3800+ Orleans 2.4gh Socket AM2 59w Single Core
RAM: OCZ Platinum Revision 2gb (2x1) 240 pin DDR2 SCRAM 800
(pc2 6400) dual channel
BIOS: Award

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#5
January 31, 2011 at 18:14:22

Just a single beep every 10 to 15 seconds. I've re-seated the memory several times and replaced with NEW identical memory. I tried replacing the power supply with NEW power supply (I realize that NEW does not necessarily mean GOOD). But... anyway there was no difference. When powered on the CPU fan comes on and then just a continuous series of SINGLE beeps.

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#6
February 5, 2011 at 08:21:56

Motherboard: ECS AMD690GM-M2 AM2 AMD 690C Micro ATX
Processor: AMD Athalon 64 3800+ Orleans 2.4gh Socket AM2 59w Single Core
RAM: OCZ Platinum Revision 2gb (2x1) 240 pin DDR2 SCRAM 800
(pc2 6400) dual channel
BIOS: Award


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