I have a machine running windows 2k pro. I changed the hard disk in this machine to a 80gig seagate 7200 last december due to problems with my old 40 gig seagate one. I added the disk and split in into partitions. I have winnt on c: and the swapfile location on d: e: has data etc etc. It ran fine for a short while and then started to randomly freeze with the only solution being a power off and reboot. It has got steadily worse over the past few months and now doesnt boot at all except in safe mode.
I have tried a reinsatallation of win2k but nothings changed. Whilst it was still booting and freezing intermittently I loaded a disk temp checker as I thought it was maybe overheating but it seems it was fine at 37-40 degrees.
I have swapped my old 40gig disk (which was working ok by the time I changed to 80gig - just that I didnt trust it) into that pc and whereas it had worked before it does the same thing as the 80gig now, freezes on startup. This firstly pointed to a hardware problem to me but then why does it let me boot to safe mode for both disks? I changed the ribbon cable just in case. Maybe I dont understand enough about it. I also have taken everything out of the back of the machine and am running with just keyboard monitor and mouse. It doesnt always stop at the same place on startup but generally it never gives me chance to do anything before freezing. Can anyone help with this please?