"No H.D.D detected!"

November 10, 2009 at 02:41:17
Specs: Windows Vista
I just received this error after doing a forceful restart of the computer - it was taking forever to load Vista after "sleeping".

The thing is, I shut it down completely; and it started in both safe mode and normally.

I've also had problems installing and uninstalling programs as of late - it takes forever. I'm guessing there could be a connection here?

... and what could the underlying problem be? Would a reformat and clean win- installation solve the problem?

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November 10, 2009 at 04:12:33
That sounds like your hard drive is or has failed. You can perform a drive fitness test on it but you should know the brand and model in order to download the right utility to test with.

You gave no hardware specs so I have no way of knowing what you have.

If you have a desktop computer open the case and get the drive information off the label. While in there check the cables for good connection. Exercise anti-static precautions and be sure to unplug the computer before starting.

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November 16, 2009 at 04:11:36
Thanks for the reply and sorry for this late one.

The computer is working pretty much on par with how it worked earlier. I get this issue (sometimes) when I try to resume windows after it has been put to sleep. After which I'm forced to reset the computer and delete the restore/resume point, then boot it normally.

Don't know if this is related at all, but recently I've had this rather weird issue where a process named 'dllhost.exe' takes huge resources - worse than a new game from what I can tell from the task manager. This slow the computer down to the point that if I'm playing a video the image/sound stutters.

After some googling it's apparently a safe windows application, but why the sudden spike in resource usage?

The HDD is a samsung spinpoint iirc. Come to think of it, sometimes it takes a second for it to access information after which I hear a small clicking/cracking sound (if that makes any sense). This has been present for a while though, even before this recent failure to boot from 'sleep'.

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November 16, 2009 at 09:02:26
Go to the Samsung site at the link below and download a drive fitness software. Burn to CDR and boot to it.


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