I had to do a complete re-install of windows xp due to frequent 'blue-screens'and no luck in finding the source of the problem. Now things have only gone from bad to worse. After each apparently succesful installation my p.c fails to re-booth. I get error messages referring to 'hard disk read errors' and booth disk failure. On the one ocassion I managed to get windows running I had a sudden blue screen telling me that windows had shut down to'prtect my system' and to check any recent hardware installations. Is this a hard disk issue or is it possible that there are system conflicts such irq's. I have not removed my pci cards for instance........any suggestions please!!!!!!
I ran a disk check on the one succesful re-boot I had today and it reported no problems. I even scanned the empty space for errors with none reported. This is why I question the issue of it being the Hard Drive. Maybe there is a RAM problem.
Scan disk is a very poor test of a drive - in fact it's not really a test at all - it just reads the drive with no attempt to put any stress on it - just a quick check. It also allows transient read errors to pass without comment, I believe.
A manufacturers diagnostic will do a proper test of drive functioning - if it passes such a test, then the drive is very very probably OK.
click here enter the 3 digit security code near the top and press download. It's a boot CD I made with a load of system & diagnostic utilities. There's also a few for testing your hard drive performance. A good one is SpinRite as this will acurately scan the disk for problems. These tests may take a while but they should report any problems on the disk.
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