Solved win 7 hangs with old hdd connected

September 12, 2011 at 18:33:29
Specs: Windows XP
I'm fixing a computer for a friend which ultimately was figured to be a bad mother board, (would not post and beeped continuously) but also wanted to check to make sure the disk was ok. Attached it to my personal computer, and immediately would start hanging on the windows 7 start up screen. It was recognized in the bios and my computer booted normally once i removed the other hdd..?? I did a "hot swap" with the old hdd and windows recognized it but again would hang when trying to open the disk or when trying to open the disk manager. Anyone have any ideas??

Old computer
sata wd hdd loaded with win xp
msi mobo(dead) with athlon 64 x2

my computer
asrock mobo with sempron unlocked to athlon
win 7
sata wd hdd
4gigs memory (and also tried with 2gigs)


See More: win 7 hangs with old hdd connected

Report •


✔ Best Answer
September 16, 2011 at 05:54:35
I never heard of a Dirty install and not sure if I want to. Save your files (use Live Linux disk to access the hard drive to save files), gather install disks, download up to date system drivers to a flash drive, Download other installers to flash drive as well, and do it right (the more prep ahead of time the easier it will be). If the hardware is all good then this will be easy and less trouble later. Do clean install (custom, partition/format, delete any old partitions and create new and format), then install drivers, then install all Windows updates - SP1 first if needed (may take more than once), then install antivirus and update it, then install programs and finally your files.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.



#1
September 12, 2011 at 23:31:42
Beep is good sign that the board and CPU may be still alive.

Connect the hdd and enter BIOS then make sure your hdd is the first hard drive to boot.
If that fails use linux live disc to access the contects inside old hard drive.
If this failed again run hard drive test(obtain testing soft from wd website).

We can not fight new wars with old weapons, let he who desires peace prepare for war - PROPHET.


Report •

#2
September 13, 2011 at 08:31:57
thanks for your reply.....Board would not post even when no hdd is attached. I even tried my cpu in the msi board to no avail and visa versa with no problems. so ruled out cpu. the msi board also had some bulging caps, which has happened to me previously so add one more strike against the mobo. will try the wd disk software and see if that helps. most of the pictures on the hdd are backed up already so no worries there, don't think i'll have to worry about using linux to access the contents, but thanks for the suggestion, may come in handy later. i'll let you know how the disk software works out.

Report •

#3
September 15, 2011 at 15:34:25
tried out the wd software, all check out fine, was able to boot into safe mode after many tries and surprisingly, performed a defrag, an external virus scan which showed up 2 Trojans and one other virus that "Contains recognition pattern" for something else. fixed those and then ran checkdisk, which now hangs every time xp starts and if trying to boot into safemode drivers will start installing until mup.sys and then hangs, tried repair console, chckdsk /r which ran fine and when rebooting same thing happens. caught in the checkdisk and mup.sys hangups. then tried fixboot and reboot with same effect and lastly tried fixmbr with no changes in hangups. any ideas??? anyone???

Report •

Related Solutions

#4
September 15, 2011 at 21:01:27
If hard drive checks OK and you boot to safe mode but cannot do a repair then you may need to just reload the operating system, but first run Memtest86 just to be sure some of your problems are not tied to a bad memory segment on one stick of RAM.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


Report •

#5
September 15, 2011 at 22:42:18
tested memory already in my other system, of course it tested fine....I was thinking i was going to have to reload the os but thought i'd ask if there was something i may have missed. what do you think of a "dirty' install??? i've not heard of this until i started researching this problem. not sure if it allows access to programs and data or just the data. any reply would be appreciated.

Report •

#6
September 16, 2011 at 05:54:35
✔ Best Answer
I never heard of a Dirty install and not sure if I want to. Save your files (use Live Linux disk to access the hard drive to save files), gather install disks, download up to date system drivers to a flash drive, Download other installers to flash drive as well, and do it right (the more prep ahead of time the easier it will be). If the hardware is all good then this will be easy and less trouble later. Do clean install (custom, partition/format, delete any old partitions and create new and format), then install drivers, then install all Windows updates - SP1 first if needed (may take more than once), then install antivirus and update it, then install programs and finally your files.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


Report •

#7
September 16, 2011 at 06:47:10
thanks so much. your help is much appreciated.

Report •


Ask Question