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Oolz Calhoun May 28, 2008, 03:49am EDT Report Abuse
hey all , i just joined this site hoping i get some feed back.

well my friend recently installed a new hard drive which seems to be fine . but when i shut down an decide to turn back on my computer , it makes funny restart sounds an it will load up a little bit then restart . it seems too be tryng to catch it too load. it takes like 5 min of it kinda starting an restarting around the time the XP is loading screen. but sooner or later i get too my sign in too desktop screen an my computer seems fine then. yet it has some early random restarts when its loading to my desktop features.

but no matter what , when i shut down an turn it back on . it always has that restart noise , fights tooo start up.. but sigh it eventually does. its wierd though i can restart an it wont have no difficulties loading back to my sign in screen. odd =(

p.s i think i wont ever shut down =( an just keep it on an restart .

plz help if u can =(

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Dublin_Gunner May 28, 2008, 09:23am EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: ever since i installed a new Hard drive.
Have you tried it without the new HDD installed?

Has this only started happening since the new HDD was installed? Is the new drive for OS, or is it a secondary drive?

It could be a dodgy drive (if its the main OS drive) or it could even be your PSU.

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Oolz Calhoun May 28, 2008, 03:42pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: ever since i installed a new Hard drive.
no this hasnt happened with my main HD . ever since my friend installed the new HD its been acting shifty . sucky thing is i dont really know how tooo put it in an take it out myself . so im kinda waiting for my friend too take it back out an hopfully it will go back to normal . my friend said he set it as my 2nd slave drive "E drive". hope its not a bigger issue, but atleast im able too get it too start up eventually , just takes time. but im hoping too get it taken out soon an hopfully stop doing this =(

Gerritt May 28, 2008, 08:12pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: ever since i installed a new Hard drive.
About how old are you?
The reason I ask, is that if you're about 12 or so, you don't want to be mucking about inside of your computer without help.
The best thing to do is to get someone to assist you in disconnecting the new HDD from power and the data bus. Attempt a restart. If everything works, it is most likely a Power related issue.


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john albrich May 28, 2008, 09:45pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: ever since i installed a new Hard drive.
Oolz Calhoun said:
...p.s i think i wont ever shut down =( an just keep it on an restart....

I think that's probably your best bet until your friend can remove the drive.

In the meantime, I'm sure you know to not store any of your important data on that "new" drive.

If you and your friend decide to try to figure out the exact problem, you can bet someone here will be glad to help out.

Oolz Calhoun May 28, 2008, 10:10pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: ever since i installed a new Hard drive.
hey gerritt , im 28 , prolly well an capable too listen an learn . but i never was good with this comp stuff . an thank u an the rest for the ideas . i think i should take off the new HD an test it out, see if it runs like before. an yah i wont save much important stuff on the new hd yet. trying what gerritt said sounds doable, but will see .thanks again guys , much appreciated.

Oolz Calhoun May 30, 2008, 03:52pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: ever since i installed a new Hard drive.
hey guys quick question again , im most likely gonna take it out this weekend myself . ok u guys said there are power wires an data wires . can i just unplugg the coords that are connected too the HD itself an see if it works ? or do i gotta take it all 4 coords out ?? meaning 2 coords on the HD an the 2 other coords that trail to the power an data ? let me know dudes . thanks again . oolz

Suspended User May 30, 2008, 04:48pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: ever since i installed a new Hard drive.
Just unplug the power to the drive.

And unplug the data cable from the motherboard end.

RedDog May 30, 2008, 08:05pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: ever since i installed a new Hard drive.
It could be a jumper setting, if it is an IDE drive. Some OEM boards like cable select and act fishy if the drive is on master. I have had similar problems like the long boot times, and moving the jumper to CS and seem to solve the problem.
If it is a newer Sata 2 drive, older mobo's don't support the 2, and may need to have a jumper to limit it to the slower 1.5 mb transfer rate.

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john albrich May 30, 2008, 08:20pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: ever since i installed a new Hard drive.
The easiest and safest way to temporarily disable the drive is to disconnect JUST the power cable. You can leave the data cable connected without causing any problems as long as the drive's electronics are not themselves the cause of a failure.

IDE interface drives
On an IDE drive, the data cable is very flat and about 3" wide and usually gray. Sometimes people have replaced this standard cable with a riound cable that is about 1/2" in diameter, but the end connectors will still be about 3" wide. The "slave" (or secondary/auxilliary) HD drive will usually be the one connected to the middle connector in the cable. Caution: if only one drive is left connected on an IDE data cable such as this, it should ALWAYS be connected to the end connector...never the middle connector. Data errors and corruption can result if this is not followed.

The power cable is usually 4 wires, Red, Black, Black, and Yellow, and ends in a white plastic connector.

SATA interface drives
The SATA power cable is usually a relatively thin cable ending in a black connector about 1" wide. It can be different colors.

In some cases, the drive may alternately connect using the same power cable as the IDE interface drives use (see above).

The data cable is usually red or orange (although it too can be different colors, and the connector is about 1/2" wide with a short "L" shape.

General procedural info
Remember that the computer should be powered-off by disconnecting the mains power plug at the wall, or switching off the PSU power via the switch at the back of the PSU (if it has one). Just turning off the system power from the front computer panel is NOT sufficient. Damage to the computer hardware is possible if only the front panel switch is used.

Also remember to use appropriate ESD handling methods when touching anything inside the computer and handling and storing components (RAM, drives, adapter cards, etc) before or after removal.



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