Re: Can a hard drive be physically damaged due to power loss at startup time?
- From: DJW <ddwr@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sat, 1 Mar 2008 09:07:07 -0800 (PST)
On Feb 29, 2:07 pm, "Dave" <no...@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
"DJW" <d...@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
I have a laptop whose main battier is dead. During booting up the
power cord became unplugged from the transformer. When I tried to
reboot I got a message about a second partition, which I did not have
on the hard drive. I assumed scandisk would run automatically and
things would straighten out. In my early try at getting the hard drive
to boot I also got a message that WINDOWS 98 HAS DECTECTED THAT DRIVE
C DOES NOT CONTAIN A VALID FAT or FAT32 PARTITION.
Here are some of the things I have tried and the messages I then got:
When I tried to install windows 98SE from the CD I got. SET UP CANNOT
INSTALL WINDOWS 98ON YOUR COMPUTER AN ERROR WAS DETECTED WHILE TRYING
TO READ OR WRITE TO YOUR HARD DISK
I tried at the a and then at the D and the C prompt FDISK I got one
set in where it asks to enable large disk support (my HD is 6.5 GB) I
tried yes first then no but both times it said ERROR READING FIXED
DISK Tried A:\>format c:/s still no luck.
Winbook the laptop manufacturer had some instructions on reinstalling
the OS. I tried with the CD in D:\win98> C: and get INVALID DRIVE
Was running Ramdisk and getting no problem but then someone told me
that was scanning the ramdisk and so I booted from a floppy without a
reamdisk creator on it and tried scandisk and got a message worded
something like could not don it.
In the start up I see that my primary master IDE drive shows and in
the blue screen BIOS under Auto detect hard disk it shows and all
seems ok as far as the specs only the serial number does not show
anything. At startup the drive access light flashes and I can here it
spin and the actuator sound as it blinks.
At start up it says pri master hard drive S.M.A.R.T. Command failed. I
think this is the first roadblock problem why I can't boot. I changed
it from auto in the advanced setup to disabled still no luck.
I then got a diagnostic bootable CD from Hitachi the hard drive maker
and ran their DRIVE FITNESS TEST. It reported one or more corrupted
sectors found. When I said fix the sector it failed. I then tried to
erase the disk using their program and also got a failed.
My question from above is how can a hard drive that I never had a
problem with go bad because of the power going off but still appear to
the computer as being there with drive lamp working? Is there code
always on the hard drive that is not in its ROM that is screwed up and
I will never be able to right that. Could I have done in some RAM
(firmware setting) contained and set in its circuit board that I will
never be able to fix? My last information in this novel I have posted
here is that the Hitachi utility reported FAILURE CODE 0x75 DEFECTIVE
DEVICE COMPONENT FAILED TECHNICAL RESULT CODE 7573DCF0. Could this be
a dead CMOS battier? Or worse could this be the computer as in the IDE
controller. Could the power loss at start up changed some of the ROM
settings on the mother board?
I was and trying to install windows 98SE.
Uhhhh, power loss is bad for electronics components, especially
motherboards. But as you got a message stating bad sectors, it is time to
replace your hard drive. Regardless of what else is wrong. So, you should
replace the hard drive and try again. If you still can't install an OS,
then you should suspect the mainboard at that point.
My suggestion would be to buy a fairly recent hard drive that can be used on
another system, if necessary. That is, you could always sell the hard drive
on craigslist or something if it turns out that you end up replacing the
whole laptop. But then, there's no law against using a 2.5" drive in a
desktop system. So you could buy a nice hard drive for the laptop and use
it for extra storage in a desktop if you end up not needing it for the
Only thing I'm sure of is that your hard drive needs to be replaced. I'm
not sure why you can't install an OS on it. Could be bad hard drive, could
be bad mainboard. But even if you got this system working somehow, the
current hard drive IS failing, or is already dead. (one or the other) In
either case, it needs to be replaced. -Dave
I wrote Hitachi about the error message and got this reply with the
0x75 error there isn't much more that can happen with that hard drive.
If the hard drive was in the process of booting up and the power was
cut it could have caused issues with the hard drive with the read/
write head. It could have also cause a power corruption error."
Well that's a new one for me. So I guess they are saying give up
getting the drive to work! I guess that the head was not allowed to
park or something like that and now it's had it? Any way I was hoping
I would get some advice on how to fix it by a firmware update or
sending the drive back to them to have them work some magic. I will
replace the drive but my worry is that it was not the hard drive but
the computer in some way as in the IDE controller was damaged and a
new hard drive might have the same problem. Any thoughts from you if
that could be possible.
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