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Borsuc



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My comp just crashed a few minutes ago, with a Blue Screen of Death. I push reset and when enumerating my IDE drives, it hangs. Something (maybe the hard drive?) made some soft beeps every second and the HD activity was flashing.

I shut it down. Opened the case, and it seemed pretty warm (could even say cooked). The HD usually has around 32-34 degrees C. I tried to connect the cables but they seemed pretty tight. Anyway after 10 minutes I turned it back on (after it cooled a bit) and it works now as I'm typing this from it.

I didn't put the case back in though, and I now suspect, was it because of the heat? Cooling?

I sure hope it's not my HD falling Confused

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Borsuc - I hope you are reading this. This LINK provides the information you need to decipher the "beep" code you are hearing to get a hint about the problem. You will need to know the BIOS manufacturer of your machine, which you can see during the boot process, just take note to see if it's AMI, Phoenix, Award, etc.

If you can boot to the BIOS menu (usually by hitting Del or F2 during boot, you can check CPU temperatures, Fan speeds/failures, etc.).

Good luck!


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with a Blue Screen of Death.

usually, u will see the error code produces by windows during the BSOD, try google that.

or try check if your cpu fan goes really dirty with dusts? or maybe the RAM loose?
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Thanks HyperVista, I have Award BIOS and from that table it doesn't seem to be a normal beep at all. I'm not even sure if it WAS a beep, because it was too soft. It was more like a sound that the hard drive is TRYING to access something but can't, or something like that, and retries every second or so.

Although now it seems it works ok and it runs much cooler without the case (27 degrees), I even put my hand and it feels a lot cooler.

@sleepsleep: the BSOD said stuff like "if you can't get into Windows, try safe mode" and stuff like that which isn't the problem (it's obvious it's hardware-related), and it gave some numbers/address error or something like that. I didn't write it down tho.

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Quote:

Although now it seems it works ok and it runs much cooler without the case (27 degrees), I even put my hand and it feels a lot cooler.

You have been forgiven, don't waste the opportunity the HDD has gave you to backup all your data NOW!
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LocalDelAssembly wrote:
You have been forgiven, don't waste the opportunity the HDD has gave you to backup all your data NOW!

AMEN!
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Have you backed up your data today? If not, why not!
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He was quiet by several hours now, perhaps we can safely assume his HDD finally died. Razz
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Bye bye Borsuc, see you again when you have a new HDD. Sorry you lost all your data, but you can always type it all in again. No problem.
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Hey guys it's not dead yet. I sure hope not at least -- I haven't tried today (posting this from my laptop which has too small HD size to backup some, well most, of the stuff Sad). Although I'm kinda pissed that if it breaks as it's not even an old harddrive (old as in "used a lot"), just about 2 years and not even 24/7 (way less than that, less than, on average, 2.5 times).

But I have been really busy on other technical/work things and still am, especially because of the thing that happened to the HD (was already busy), so that's why I'm inactive. It's like this was the last thing I needed right now Mad

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Have you ever heard of Murphy's Law?

And it doesn't matter how old the HDD is. It can crash the day you buy it, or it can crash 10 years after your buy it, or it might never crash in your lifetime. Unpredictable. Don't expect a new drive to be any better just because it is new.

Have you backed up your data today? If not, why not!
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Bathtub curve suggests otherwise.
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Has it been shown that the Bathtub curve is applicable to HDDs?
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revolution wrote:
Have you ever heard of Murphy's Law?
No but it seems it fits my pessimistic style Razz

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revolution wrote:
Has it been shown that the Bathtub curve is applicable to HDDs?


Has it been shown that Murphy's Law is applicable to HDDs?

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Hehe, Murphy's Law is applicable to EVERYTHING. No proof required, everyone just 'knows' it to be true. Razz
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