Hard Drive, Software, or Motherboard problem?
Posted on 2005-03-21
XP Pro SP2
Asus P4P800 motherboard
Ibm Deskstar 120GB ide hard drive ide 1 Master (about 2 years old)
Plextor Cd burner ide 2 secondary
NEC DVD writer ide 2 primary
about a week ago I started having problems where PC would crash to BSOD and
after reboot it would be fine. Then yesterday it rebooted on its own and I got
a system fatal error. PC would boot and get to windows loading, then start rebooting again. Finally after about 3 tries it booted to the "do you want to start from last good configuration screen" I said yes and it booted into xp ok. After a few seconds I get
an error "windows explorer error" and I click ok and screen flashes and it reloads
explorer for a second and it works ok for a few minutes, then the windows explorer error again. I was able to back up using nero even during one of those windows explorer errors. I was thinking it could be a hard drive error so I thought backing up was prudent.
The pc worked ok for a couple hours before I shut down for the night. Today
it booted up to a system fatal error. So this time I booted using a floppy into dos.
At the A: prompt I type C: and it says Invalid Drive. Never able to get a C: prompt.
I reboot and get into Windows XP. I download Drive Fitness test from Hitachi/IBM site
and make a boot/test disk. I reboot and run the tests and it recognizes drive C and has no problems with the tests. I put a different boot up disk in and reboot and still get Invalid drive when I try to switch to c:
I run fdisk and get the following... (I have my hard drive partitioned into drive c,d,e,f,g
with a total of 120 GB)
Current fixed drive: 1
Partition 1 Status A Type NTFS Vol Mbytes 14998
2 Ext Dos 37255
I display Extended Dos Partiton info and it says No logical drives defined
I boot back into XP and I can get to all my partitions fine. I even backed them up as I said before.
What is going on here? Not being able to get to drive c from dos but able to from XP has me stumped. What should I try next? Put in another formatted hard drive and see if I can get to C from the A dos prompt?