Computer still restarts after new hard drive

Wd Caviar black 1tb 3.5
November 10, 2010 at 11:58:52
Specs: Windows XP, 2.6 GHZ Dual core/ 2GB Ram
About a week ago my computer kept restarting after about five minutes of turning it on, and kept doing so after restart (except in less time). I tried to do a fresh install of windows on the hard drive (which was an IDE) but the Windows installation would fail when the installation couldn't copy a certain file.

Thinking the hard drive failed, I bought a new SATA hard drive. When I installed the new hard drive I noticed that one of my fans wasn't spinning and the new hard drive was very hot. I thought that this might have damaged the previous hard drive. I installed windows on the new hard drive and I had the same problem as before. A certain file wouldn't copy, accept this time the install was able to complete after I hit retry ( I am not sure if the file was ever copied)

I installed all my drivers normally until I had to do a Windows Update. I was unable to successfully install an update on my fresh windows install. The error I received was typical of people who had bad sectors in their hard drive. It was recommended that I do a CHKDSK. I did so, and it found a lot of bad sectors on the drive. Could this of been from damage to the drive because of the heat, or because it failed to copy the aforementioned file during installation?

After the chkdsk, I was able to get all the windows updates, except for the optional software ones. I tried to get the software updates today and my computer froze. I now cannot log into windows at all (except for in safe mode). The computer keeps restarting before windows boots up. I just tried doing a fresh install of Windows again, but the Windows installer doesn't recognize any hard drive, even though my BIOS does.

EDIT: Windows installation just gave me blue screen error 0x00000086


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November 10, 2010 at 15:49:44
"I noticed that one of my fans wasn't spinning and the new hard drive was very hot."

Which fan was not spinning?


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November 11, 2010 at 07:31:18
A small one in the very back. I don't think it makes that much of difference since my hard drives are near the front of the computer. How hot are hard drives supposed to get.

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November 11, 2010 at 15:09:02
Some do get rather hot some I have noticed do not. The idea is to keep them as cool as we can. Anytime you limit the airflow in the machine it can make a difference. I doubt that one fan killed the drive unless it was the main system fan. How many do you have besides the cpu fan and the power supply fan? If that was the only one then yeah it needs to be replaced.


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