Hard Drive Anomaly

Wd Caviar re wd1600yd 160gb hard drive
January 6, 2010 at 19:31:01
Specs: Windows XP Pro Performance Edition
Just the other night I was working on my computer, as normal, when it all suddenly shuts off. When I tried to reboot it makes it to the OS load screen and displays a blue screen after the OS has completely (I think) loaded. The screen passes too quickly for me to even get a picture of what it is saying. I've gone into the BIOS and it shows that the HDD is there. I've tried slaving it to my friend's computer just to see if the data is still there and it seems to work fine that way. I've been working with computers for nearly 16 years since I was five and have never seen anything like this.

I've thought it could have been: 1) a power surge, but as I said, it slaves just fine 2) some virus, but I thoroughly scan my computer weekly with SuperAntiSpyware 3) age; my friend built the computer probably ten years ago.

I don't know if it's coincidence or not but ten minutes after my HDD crashed I tried to slave it to another computer in the building (that I've worked on and know to be running) and its HDD claimed to be unreadable as well.

If you think you have a solution please tell me in basic language. I don't know many terms or acronyms, only mechanics.

I'm running:
ASUS P4P 800 motherboard
Intel Pentium 4 3.0Ghz
Western Digital WD Caviar WD1600 160GB
~9 fans

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January 6, 2010 at 19:46:45
9 fans? That's reeeeediculous.

Have you booted the system without the HDD connected? Entered the BIOS & checked the CPU temp? tested the RAM with memtest86?

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January 6, 2010 at 20:27:34
It barely passes the motherboard screen without the HDD plugged in. The temperature has been around 86*F, hasn't been over 95*F since I overclocked for a day a couple months ago. I can't install the RAM testing program without it booting all the way, that should all be fine anyway as I took each component out several months ago and thoroughly cleaned them.

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January 7, 2010 at 22:04:40
To anyone else who may have this problem: After hours of research and managing to get a picture of the blue screen I was getting I discovered some file of my OS had somehow been corrupted (which isn't too big of a surprise since I'm running a hacked version of XP). I ended up reinstalling the OS in a separate partition (without formatting over the existing partition), my files are transferring over nicely from the old partition to the new one via Disk Management.

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