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Hard Drive Light Always On

Q: Hard Drive Light Always On

Everything seems fine with my computer after reformatted HD and reinstalling Win98 except my HD light is ao all the time. Any ideas?

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A: Hard Drive Light Always On

did you open up the computer and remove wires, etc. Could be the wires are on backwards, other than that, I am not sure

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Hi Tonight I had a problem with my laptop It was in sleeping mode and when I open the lid there were no mouse function and no touch screen function So the only thing I could do was to press the power button for seconds to turn it off but it didn't completely because light drive blinking, laptop light button hard and power doe... the screen turn off but the power button light is blinking just like when it is on sleep mode and I'm not sure if the hard drive light was on off or blinking before this hard drive light and power button light blinking, laptop doe... but hard drive light and power button light blinking, laptop doe... now is blinking I press the power button and nothing happen I press it for seconds and nothing happen I even did the HDMI connection to another monitor but both monitors don't show hard drive light and power button light blinking, laptop doe... anything not even recognize that something is connected to the HDMI port in the new monitor There is no sound nothing just the blinking lights What should I do Thanks nbsp PS I'm not sure if it's Windows -bit or -bit It was upgraded from Windows

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I've been noticing after re-installing Win 7 that I get random floppy drive seeks and the hard drive light flashes like crazy and then everything is fine again.I have Clamwin AV,Spyware Blaster and Spybot S&D installed,but that's it,no Windows Defender or Essentials AV.Any ideas what causes this? It's a minor annoyance,but I just want to make sure it's not damaging anything.Also would Readyboost help me? I've got 2 gigs dual channel PC3200 ram(or I could go with 2.5 gig single channel PC2700)and a P4 at 3 gig until I can afford to upgrade my comp.This is my first post in quite awhile so I hope this is in the right place Thanks.

A:Random floppy drive seek and hard drive light flashing

I have a fix for the floppy drive problem. Unplug it!

But er, it could easily be the AV software doing it, or possibly the Windows indexer.

To track it down you could try catching it in the act (if it's prolonged enough) by using the "Resource Monitor" found on the Performance tab of the Task Manager. Click on the "Disk" tab and wait for it to happen and see if something new shows up as doing disk IO.

Though also, disabling the AV software temporarily and see if it stops might be a first try...

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I am building a new computer from scratch It is has an Intel Motherboard Ghz Pentium Processor IDE Ports for the floppy drive I have External - quot slots External - quot slots and internal - quot slots for hard drives Here are my problems I had a Compaq Presario with a - quot gig Hard Drive That motherboard went bad / Light Hard Drive Drive Hard Problems so I decided to build my own computer from scratch and everything was going fine until now I took the - quot hard drive out and put it into my new case It had Windows on it and so I upgraded to Windows XP Professional That solved many of my problems but I am still stuck with the following problems My Hard Drive Light on my Case which is suppose to light up when my hard drive is active doesn t work I can see a little green light on my hard drive itself light up but not on the front of the case where it is suppose to I decided that the Gig hard drive from my old system is a little too slow so I bought a Gig rpm Western Digital Caviar Drive It is a - quot drive which I put into one of those internal drive bays When I boot up I go to CMOS by pressing F and then I go and see that the computer is recognizing it and it is My problem is when I go to Windows and to quot My Computer quot it isn t there I am sure it is something small that I am overlooking but I am new to this I bought the hard drive as an OEM and it came with nothing I am wondering what I need to do to get this hard drive active and then transfer all Hard Drive Light / Hard Drive Problems my data from my old hard drive over to the new one I want to keep my old hard drive as a secondary back-up drive Hard Drive Light / Hard Drive Problems but I want my system to boot up load the operating system and load all programs from my new hard drive Please help I want the following and I need to know the best way to accomplish it a DVD Rom Drive b CD-RW Drive c Regular High-Speed CD-Rom Drive d Old - quot Internal IDE Hard Drive e - quot floppy drive f Internal - quot Iomega mg Zip Drive g Internal Gig Hard Drive - quot The problem is that my computer comes with IDE Ports on the motherboard and one for the - quot floppy Each IDE cable has slots One for Master and one for Slave I need IDE Ports for a single cable or for double cables Which do you prefer and how do I obtain additional IDE Ports I don t want to purchase any SCSI right now so I am trying to stick with the IDE How do you recommend placing these devices on the IDE controllers and in what order Should I have the hard drives on the same IDE Cable with one as master and one as slave I know this is a lot of questions but I am in a bind and need some help Thanks a MILLION nbsp

A:Hard Drive Light / Hard Drive Problems

Hi sdh31873

Do not put both hard drives on the same string as the controller will default to the lowest speed hard drive. In fact I would think about getting rid of the old drive entirely as its age means that it should be very slow.

Have you tried turning the led HD connector to the motherboard over?

You can get an Promise PCI controller card that will allow you to add some extra IDE ports. The controller will show the devices on it to be D0, D1, D2 etc. It looks like a SCSI device to the system but hooks up IDE devices.

You need to FDISK and format a new hard drive before windows can see it.
 

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Can anyone enlighten me as to what is doing this?

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A:hard drive light always on

i think ur hard disk space is extremely slow
try 2 get a new one and add it to the old one
because the old one is taking too much stress
 

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A:Hard-Drive light always on

you're going to need a massive amount of free space to support that size
swap file. After setting the new size, the system is going to mung the HD
to make it active ... it may take a long time.

suggest you reset it to something more reasonable,
shutdown most services,
disconnect from the Net,
and defrag the volume.

then resize as you please and reboot.
 

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It seems in windows my hard drive is ALWAYS being accessed! My HDD light keeps flashing, even when the computer is sitting idle! I have the following processed running:

WDFMGR.EXE
nvsvc32.exe
Steam.exe
NvMixerTray.exe
Explorer.EXE
spoolsv.exe
svchost.exe
svchost.exe
wuauclt.exe
svchost.exe
svchost.exe
lsass.exe
services.exe
winlogon.exe
crss.exe
SMSS.EXE
taskmgr.exe
System
System Idle Process

Yes, thats right, four svchosts! Anyways, this hard drive access is real annoying! It slows down my computer a lot! It seems that in linux, my hard disk light only flashes when I'm actually doing something, but it's always flashing in windows.

How do I get my hard drive to stop being accessed. I want to play my video games at fast speeds, without hard drive access slowing me down.

AMD Opteron 146
ASUS SK8N
512MB DDR PC2700
2x40G Maxtor Hard Drives
XFX Geforce 6600 GT
 

A:Hard Drive Light!

It could be the symptoms of a virus infection,suggest you run this free online scan http://housecall.trendmicro.com/housecall/start_corp.asp

The four svchosts are quite normal ......
 

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Here's the details:

I have error checked and defragged it, ran antispyware and virus programs but it still doesn't get rid of the light. However, it does go off when I enter standby mode and go out of it. I have Win XP Home with a 4 year old Western Digital HD.
 

A:Hard Drive LED light always on

whats your processor speed and how much ram do you have?
 

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hi all
my son- in -law has a pc, a packard bell installed with xp home edition,and it has been working fine for 12 months, but now the hard drive light is on all the time, he can still use the pc all be it has slowed down some what, could anybody sugest a possible diagnostic test that we could download to test what could be the cause,
he has 2x 512mg of ram and its 2.9 ghz
many thanks in anticipation.
johnviv.
 

A:hard drive light

First check in Task Manager (processes tab - click on "CPU" to order the % of use highest to lowest) to see what application is hogging the CPU, it *might* be the same one that is causing the HDD activity.

I would also suspect a trojan or other malware as a possibility.

Also make sure that the HDD actually has useable space left (My Computer - select drive with right click - Properties)
 

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A:Hard Drive Light Always On

Right click the Task Bar and choose Task Manager. Go to the Processes tab, see what program is using the most CPU usage when it is running slow. Disable or uninstall if you don't need it.

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A:Hard Drive Light Won't Go Off

I have a single drive in my computer, and since installing Windows 8, the drive activity light blinks at approximately two second intervals, continuously. It did not do this under XP.

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my hard drive will just not stop working...all day long! Im running windows 2000 and there are no visible programs running...I think.
Any ideas?
 

A:constant hard drive light

WIN2000 HIT CRTL + ALT + DELETE TO BRING UP TASK MANAGER THERE SHOULD BE A LOT OF PROGRAMS RUNNING

LOOK FOR ANTI-VIRUS , ANY SCHEDULED TASKS , LIKE DEFRAGE,

OR BACKUP
IF YOU ARE NEW TO WIN 2000

GOTO HOW TO http://www.microsoft.com/technet/treeview/default.asp?url=/technet/itsolutions/howto/Default.asp

G7
 

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..... yet nothing showing on the screen.

Just had an anguished cry for help from a friend of mine:

"Whilst putting all the new wires etc in the back of the old PC for my daughter, the tower fell on its side. It stayed on. It is still powering up but the Hard Drive light is on permanently and nothing is showing on the monitor. I have restarted and powered off and up again but it is still the same. HELP !!!"

I don't know much about the system, other than it is a fairly old Athlon XP of indeterminate size. It runs XP Pro.

Anyone have any solutions/suggestions? If so I would be immensely grateful!

Cheers!


Jo
 

A:Hard drive light permanently on....

You need to get inside it and check both the power and data cables on the back of the hard drive and the data cable to the mobo to see if they are seated properly!!!

It may be best to pull the plugs out and refit them to make sure!!!!
 

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Got a strange problem - recently added a CD-RW drive as a slave drive to my DVD drive The DVD is jumpered as Master Stays Light On Hard Drive and the CD-RW is Hard Drive Light Stays On jumpered as Slave However after adding the CD-RW drive the hard disk light stays on permanently If I disconnect the cable from the CD-RW then the hard light is fine i e it only lights up Hard Drive Light Stays On when the hard disk is being written to When I plug it back in the light stays on The CR-RW and DVD are on IDE and the Hard drive is the master on IDE There is no slave on IDE So by adding the CD-RW as the slave on IDE it has caused the hard drive light for the drive on IDE to stay on Just as strange if I set the DVD drive to quot Not Installed quot in the BIOS just leaving the CD-RW as the slave drive then the hard drive light works correctly again My motherboard is a MSI KT V Help nbsp

A:Hard Drive Light Stays On

Have you tried a new data cable?
 

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A:Hard drive light constantly lit.

when it does not flash is the time to worry

the light signifies something is working,probably in the background not just the hard drive

i.e

mail checking
update checking
virus scanner running ect.
 

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A:Hard Drive light keeps blinking..

This will stop the constant HDD activity:

http://www.mydigitallife.info/2007/...ws-vista-search-indexer-and-indexing-service/

I did this right after purchasing my new pc a few weeks ago and have not had any problem like it since and can still use the search feature in Exployer. I also use File Seeker if I think the search isn't yielding what I want.
 

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A:Hard drive light on constantly

Look at the board on the ASUS website. It tells you which memory is acceptable, and which is not. Those ASUS people are verrry particular.
 

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A:Constant Hard Drive Led Light on

if u get no beeps, try flashing the bios. look in your mobo's manual how to do it. it should be shortin some pins using the jumper provided there. if that doesnt work, try takin out the ram. if your comp starts beeping that means its the ram thats the problem. check your mobo for any bulging capacitors. or no...you said you changed your mobo. if you have any pci cards plugged in, take them out and also disconnect all ide or sata devices so you only have the cpu, video card and memory plugged in...if that doesnt work, like i already said, start by removing the ram first...if no beeps are heard, proceed to the video card...if it still doesnt work, change the power supply...if again, doesnt work, remove the cpu and if u have another one, try installing it. wish you the best of luck
 

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New problem...

My hard drive light blinks every second or two, and is accompanied by the 'reading hard drive' sound.

Why is this?

More importantly - can any of you please help me fix it (i.e., stop it from blinking / reading the drive every second or two)?

Many thanks.

Larry
 

A:My hard drive light blinks every second or two..

Hi

simple fix...turn off the computer

no seriously, even though you arent using the computer , it is still working away, reading and writing to the drive, windows doesnt stop just because you arent using it.

There are many processes running on the average computer and its these that are using the drive.

regards
 

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Could the light mean the drive has a problem or is a mystery process doing something to me?
 

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A:Blinking Hard Drive Light

Just give it a few days to index everything and it will calm down

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Can anyone offer a suggestion? I've also changed AV programs but with the same results.

A:Constant Hard Drive Light

Maybe those programs you removed...are running scans (which would account for HD activity).

Uninstalling a program shouild have no impact on a hard drive...unless doing so terminates a running application.

Louis

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A:Why does my hard drive light blink all the time?

Problem solved. MSCONFIG showed an Epson printer service running. Turned it off and everything is good.

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Is a dark hard drive light normal when using a PCI SATA card?
 

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A:XP SP3 Hard Drive Light indicates almost constant activity

1) Does this happen only shortly after boot or all the while the system is up?
2) What is new or different since the last time everything worked properly (ie, new hw, new sw, virus, error, etc)?
3) Open Task Manager to the Processes Tab and sort on the cpu column with highest usage at the top. Which process is using the cpu cycles?

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Could it be that the HD is starting to show it's age?
 

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When I have music playing the 'Hard drive Active light' filashes every few seconds. this causes the music to miss a beat. It sounds like a cd skipping and is really annoying. this only started after i installed a second hard drive. is there a way to disable this light? can i just cut and tape the wires. or is there a better solution?

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Extra notes:
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A:Laptop fan and hard drive light always running/on

It might mean that the computer needs a good cleaning.laptops dont get as dusty and dirty as desktops but it doesnt hurt to look and see.you might have to take it somewhere and have it checked out.
 

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A:Hard Drive Light Flashing Constantly

Hello and welcome to Bleeping ComputerWe apologize for the delay in responding to your request for help. Here at Bleeping Computer we get overwhelmed at times, and we are trying our best to keep up. Please note that your topic was not intentionally overlooked. Our mission is to help everyone in need, but sometimes it takes just a little longer to get to every request for help. No one is ignored here.If you have since resolved the original problem you were having, we would appreciate you letting us know. If not please perform the following steps below so we can have a look at the current condition of your machine. If you have not done so, include a clear description of the problems you're having, along with any steps you may have performed so far.Upon completing the steps below another staff member will review and take the steps necessary with you to get your machine back in working order clean and free of malware.If you have already posted a DDS log, please do so again, as your situation may have changed.Use the 'Add Reply' and add the new log to this thread.Thanks and again sorry for the delay.We need to see some information about what is happening in your machine. Please perform the following scan:Download DDS by sUBs from one of the following links. Save it to your desktop.DDS.scrDDS.pifDouble click on the DDS icon, allow it to run.A small box will open, with an explaination about the tool. No input is needed, the scan is running.Notepad will open with the results.Follow the instructions that pop up for posting the results.Close the program window, and delete the program from your desktop.Please note: You may have to disable any script protection running if the scan fails to run. After downloading the tool, disconnect from the internet and disable all antivirus protection. Run the scan, enable your A/V and reconnect to the internet. Information on A/V control HERE

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My problem is that my computer will start making a whirring sound and the hard drive activity light comes on and during this period of time, everything is very slow and even typing is difficult. While it is whirring, I cannot easily do searches or any work on my computer until it stops. Sometimes this can go on for a long time and happens many times daily.
I am running XP Pro and IE7 which are are up to date.
Short of getting a new computer - I need suggestions as to what this could be and would appreciate any help!
Thanks!
 

A:Whirring Sound & Hard Drive Acitivity Light Is On

This is a warning that the days to run your hard disk is numbered.

When a corruption develops, say by a dust particle trapped in the read/write head, some sectors of the hard disk becoming difficult to read. The operating system is obliged to try the instruction several times and so that is why everything is slowed down.

If the hard disk is allowed to continue to spin it is equivalent to running it to the ground. I would retrieve the data inside if it is valuable.

The disk will eventually reach a stage that it is no longer readable. The system then cannot mount it and you may then complain that it is not detected.

A hard disk should be viewed as a "consumable". Every unit is guaranteed by the manufacturer by a finite number of hours of operating cycles without causing errors. It has to die eventually.
 

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A:Hard drive light running slowing things down.

Hello,let's get a deeper look. Please go here....Preparation Guide ,do steps 6 - 9.Create a DDS log and post it in the new topic explained in step 9,which is here Virus, Trojan, Spyware, and Malware Removal Logs and not in this topic,thanks.If Gmer won't run,skip it and move on.Let me know if that went well.

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A:Hard drive activity light never stops blinking!

Have you checked in Task Manager under processes to see what might be running that may be causing this?
 

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A:Computer won't Boot, hard drive light stays on

clear the CMOS (best to unplug the system and pull out the battery on the motherboard)
Do that for 30 minutes then connect back and turn on the system. If you still have issues then the RAM Voltage is not compatible with your mother board.
 

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The only process running apart from sys idle is svchost.exe (1%)

I hope someone out there manages to work their magic as they did the last time I posted here!
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A:Hard drive light flashing with nearly no processes running

Sounds like the System Index service is running.

When you find that happening, disconnect from the Internet to be sure MS Update is not running or something on your system is phoning home to be sure.

To see all Internet connections from your PC, grab a copy of CurrPorts - - runas admin and you will see everything. Click on the column heading Remote Host Name to get active connections at the top if the list. The menu Options is used to customize the display; here's my list

display Listen, Established, TCP, UDP, IPv6,

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Ask Before Any Action
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Recently, I've been noticing the hard drive "busy" light starts flashing a lot when it is not in use. The computer has been running slower since I noticed this. Websites "hang" for a second or two when trying to visit URLs as well.
 
Last night, I decided to get rid of AVG and installed Microsoft Security Essentials instead. Left it scanning overnight and it found a potential threat. I deleted the threat before taking note of the name of it. I did another scan after restarting and it nothing else was detected.
 
Afterwards, I ran Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, which found nothing. I also defragmented my hard drive and cleaned out some clutter with CCleaner (both haven't been done in months).
 
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A:Hard drive "busy" light flashes when idle

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A:Hard drive light on constantly and sluggish performance

Have you tried running the Manufacture of the Hard Drive diagnostic software? I know you said you checked it but you didnt say how.

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A:Why does my Hard Drive Activity Light Constantly Blink

Do you actually have constant hard drive activity, or is the light just blinking?

~Lordbob

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2. removing build up of dust
3. checking ALL connections
4. Re-installing windows
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im running...
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A:Hard drive light goes solid red and computer locks up...

It does sound as though the hard drive has failed or is not far off it.

I may be wrong, but I think Western Digital have a five-year no-quibble guarantee on their hard drives so it'll pay you to check with them.

A hard drive can fail at any time so I think you've just been unlucky.

You should try and get any important data off the drive as soon as possible.

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A:Solved: Hard drive activity light stays on

I had that happen with a brand new build a couple of years ago. Changing cases made no difference. The retailer checked the motherboard and replaced it.
 

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A:Hard drive light running slowing things down.

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Maxtor 250GB External Hard Drive USB2.0 8MB Cache - Retail

found on this page:

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/140806

Ive had the product for about a year now and its worked fine up until about an hour ago...

I plugged the external harddrive into my PC and nothing happened, My PC wont pick it up at all and nothing shows up in "My Computer" The only thing that is happening is the green light on the front of the case is flashing on and off and thats it.

Does anybody know how I can fix it? Please
Thank you for your time

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A:Hard drive randomly stopping (HD light goes out - laptop crash)

What brand/model is your laptop?

It's interesting you were able to run a defrag, a HDD-intensive task.

Do you have a way to back up your system?
There is a thread on this forum under the General Discussion topic where you may be able to request a link to a genuine copy of Vista, which you could use to reinstall the system. This could tell you broadly whether you have a hardware or software problem.
(The size of that thread tells you how many people just don't seem to have recovery discs, or never created discs, can't find them, etc.)

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A:Hard drive light goes solid and computer locks up and freeze

You seem to have a couple of issues.






Quote:
And also i didn't mention to one thing that when I unplug the wire of Pc my BIOS didn't recognize the time and date , I have to change it myself (Not always) just when I unplug the wire .


This happens when the CMOS battery is unable to keep enough charge, so when you unplug the PSU power source
+5V Standby Power also drops and clears your CMOS (BIOS).





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for the last 2 days my computer has been locking up and freezing with the data light on the computer to go into a solid state .
as for the locking up thing i mean it completley locks..mouse doesent move.. CTRL ALT DEL does nothing..only thing i can do is hit the power button untill it shuts off. I'v tried leaving it but the computer was still the same.


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Testing the HDD:
Perform a Disk Check | Disk Check
Then Post the results following | THIS METHOD
Download SeaTools for Windows if you don't want to use a CD to test the HDD you can use YUMI – Multiboot USB Creator to create a bootable USB (instructions are found at the bottom of both pages).

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My Rock Mobile External hard drive was doing the same thing. It just went completely Blank, and is no longer even formated. Save your data if you can.
 

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Quote: Originally Posted by Barndtron


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I then ran a full checkdisk on the hard drive. It got stuck during part 4 of file on checking files.
I'm now running a full hard drive surface scan via partition wizard.
Note this happened a month ago..exactly the same problems . I gave up and re installed a fresh copy of windows.
Everything was good until now.
What can I do? Please help!

A:dell runs super slow. hard drive light always on. system restore won't start.

From what you have posted it looks like there could be a problem with the HDD.  
 
Please download and run SeatTool for Windows.
 
When the website opens scroll down till you find the I Accept button and click on it.
 
If you scroll down below this button you will find instruction for installing this.
 
Once you install this program you will see an image similar to the one below.
 

 
1.  SeaTools for Windows will search for hdds on your computer.  Please remove any external storage devices connected via USB port.
 
2.  Detected Drives will list the hdd/s found.  Place a check mark in the drive you want to run the scan on.
 
3.  You will see Basic Tests above Detected Drives, move the mouse pointer over this.
 
4.  A menu will open with options for different scans, please click on Long Generic Test
 
5.  This will start the scan.  When the scan is complete you will see the result under Test Status , please post the results in your topic.
 
6.  When the scan is complete you will see Test results, post the status.  If it is green it has passed the scan.
 
7.  Click on Help, then click on View Log File.  If the scan failed take a screen shot of the Log File and post it in your topic.

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A:Hard drive light "sticks" occasionally

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With regards to your problem, go to My Computer and right click on your hard drive, open the Tools tab and run the Error Checking utility. This will do a scan of your hard drive and let you know if you have any bad sectors
 

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I have Window 7 x64 and 8 Gb RAM ona 4 mth on desktop.

Used to work brilliantly up until this started.

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A:Hard Disk light runs continuously for up to 10 mins

Sometimes while my computer is booting, I open task manager and go to the processes tab and sort it on cpu time to see what processes are busy. My antivirus software, for example, continues to grab chunks of processor time for several minutes. Try that and you may find the culprit.

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A:Hard disk light almost constantly on, computer very slow

The services are checked because they are being used.  If you remove the check from a box it disables the service.
 
Open the Task Manager and click on processes to see what is constantly running.

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A:Hard Drive Bootup Problems, Help required - Windows not seeing new hard drive Options

Hi
This is what I would do to enhance performance and storage strategy:

1. Use the 20g for the os and housekeeping utes such as av, spyware, etc only, nothing else goes on that drive.
2. Use the 160g for apps installs.
3. Use the 200g for data.

This might get you past the bios/firmware/os/drive letter issue and make better use of the drives. The 20 isn't really good for storage anymore, but would be great for an os/system ute drive. It's performance is less than the other drives, but that's ok, most of the os will stay in ram anyway after boot, you won't make any real diff having a faster os drive.
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A:Solved: Hard Drive/ Partition Problems! My 1T Hard Drive appears as 8Gigs?!

I've used ZAR to recover files from a RAID box that seemed to have been corrupted due to a bad power supply.

You might check it out. It's free. Meaning it will only allow you to recover so many files at a time. I bought it, and like it.

They have a forum that is monitored quite often, from the developer too.

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A:Multiple hard drive boot errors, hard drive clicking, and freezing

Try installing another operating system onto the disk and seeing if that crashes as well. If it doesn't you probably have a bad Windows cd. I suggest trying Kubuntu, a version of Linux meant to look somewhat like Windows (You can click here to skip directly to the download page). Just remember to actually install the thing. Most Linux operating systems can be ran directly from the cd without any need to be installed onto a hard disk. There's usually a program on the desktop that will install the system for you. If it runs properly for a week or two, get a new Windows disk. If it crashes just as much as Windows did, get a new computer.

Also, how much RAM does your computer have? If it's very low (256-512 megs or less) it can sometimes cause these kinds of crashes too.

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A:Recovering hard drive files from unbootable, password protected hard drive?

You don't have to do all that to overcome an unmountable boot volume error...try running chkdsk /r command on the drive.

Start/Run...type chkdsk X: /r (where X is the drive letter assigned by XP and with spaces between k and X: and X: and /) and then hit Enter.

Louis

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A:Putting a Zune 80gb Hard Drive in an External Hard Drive Enclosure, help please!

anyone?
 

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A:Solved: win 7 can't find hard drive or can't format hard drive on clean install

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A:Moved hard drive and cannot boot; hard drive accessable from Recovery Console

You can't simple move one drive from one machine to another because the drivers are specific to the hardware. Did you receive recovery CDs for the Latitude? If so, you could use them to "restore" it to its factory default with the new drive. This may actually be on a partition of the hard drive.
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A:Problem transfering large file from hard drive to external hard drive

Get ahold of some software that will break up the file into chunks.
 

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A:Solved: windows xp hard drive with win98 hard drive-question if someone has time??

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A:Hard Disk Light constant--extremely slow system response

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