Hard drive and all drives problems

September 6, 2009 at 07:02:52
Specs: Windows XP
Both computers in the house have went stupid. When you cut the computers on you see the motherboard screens and then automatically the computers restart. They have stayed in this loop since the problem started. We have to push the shut down button or unplug them just to shut down them down. The two computers, about a month ago, had a Windows gaming operating system installed on them. This came from some web site they found. This might not have anything to do with the problem, I do not know. This is about the only thing that these two computers had in common except they share the same cable internet. Because they can not boot from any drive, I hooked up my computer that has been diconnected for over a year and put their hard drives in mine. The hard drives acted like they had no operating systems on them so I loaded Windows XP Professional on them and they worked fine in my computer. One even was able to do the recovery and found Windows XP but one found no operating system. The Windows gaming operating systems were gone. I put the hard drives back into their computers and they still will not load due something keeps restarting the computers after you see the motherboards screens. Sometimes when you go into BIOs these two computers recognize the hard drives and then they do not.
BIOs knows the dvd rw drives, cd rom drives, the floppy A drives are there and that everything else is there but it will do not let you boot from any drives, no matter which one you choose first to boot from. We are going crazy trying to figure out how to fix this. All the drives work but the motherboard or the BIOs will not signal them to start. What the world is going on. Please help, I can only hope.

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September 6, 2009 at 07:06:40
I think I posted it twice. I hope I get a reply soon. Thanks.


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September 6, 2009 at 10:10:08
One defective drive on a cable 'can' cause the other drive on the cable to not work correctly. If both hard drives are on the same cable, that 'might' be the cause. Try one drive at a time.

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September 6, 2009 at 10:22:26
WinXP that was installed on one computer will not usually boot when that hard drive is installed into a second computer. There are a number of reasons for that.

The response above is also correct. If both computers developed similar symptoms at the same time I would suspect either hardware failure due to a power surge or malware.

Watch the POST screens when you first start up the computer. You are watching to see if the BIOS is properly identifying all the drives connected to that system. If they don't get configured there then they aren't going to work.

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September 6, 2009 at 19:32:38
If you have the same problem on both machines, I would think it would be a
software problem, like malware, OR the program that was loaded on both
machines about a month ago.

Several things to check, but you probably need to get into the SAFE mode

If you don't know how to get into the SAFE mode, just hit the F8 key
repeatedly when the machine boots up and it will take you to a screen that
will allow you to get into the SAFE mode. This will be a much slower
process than a normal bootup, but it will give you the opportunity to boot
into your operating system.

If you can get into the SAFE mode, then click on your START button in the
lower left hand corner, and then in the RUN window type msconfig. If it
allows you in there, then you can click on the STARTUP tab and see what
all is being loaded when your machine boots up.

If you cannot get into the SAFE mode, then I would seriously start thinking
about trying to do a REPAIR from your operating system cd.

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