Replaced HDD, now Windows won't start

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  1. NavyLCDR's Avatar
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       #11

    I've never heard of Windows 10 causing a hard drive to physically fail, but the other common component you might want to look at is the Power Supply Unit (PSU) for the computer. Especially if the problem hard drives are connected in daisy chain to the same cable from the PSU.
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  2. Posts : 63
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       #12

    The powersupply is a Coolermaster V700, 700Watts, I made sure the HDD's and SSD have a single 12v line coming from the unit. The unit is 3,5 years old now.

    And I'm not talking about physical damage. But I know that Windows tries to save on power consumption by shutting down HDD's when they are not in use. Thats the first thing I shut down because constantly shutting down and starting up of HDD's wears them down. But I thought since Windows 10 is still a bit schizofrenic with old menu's mixed in with the new I thought maybe I've missed something.

    Or it was just time to go for both drives, the Spinpoint F3 is even older then the F4 unit.
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  3. NavyLCDR's Avatar
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       #13

    You can use Crystal Disk Info(and a ton of other apps) to read the hard drive S.M.A.R.T. status:
    Download Center - Crystal Dew World

    Typically, hard drive clicking is caused by the read/write head not having enough power to come fully out of the park position which can be caused by both lack of external power supplied to the drive or by internal failure.
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  4. Posts : 63
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       #14

    Disagree, it depends on the click. It can be either that or the read/write head hitting the disc + a few other causes.

    I'm currently rebuilding my pc in a new case so it would be probably somewhere tomorrow before I can look into SMART data.
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  5. Posts : 63
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       #15

    PC build is finished, just some cable management left. SMART data is good on both drives, its still making clicking noises though
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  6. AddRAM's Avatar
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       #16

    EasyBCD worked because you had a working OS to install and run it from.

    If you didn`t then you`d have to mark the SSD Active (using Diskpart or even Partition Wizard if you had a Boot CD etc) and then ran Startup Repair to write the system files to the SSD.

    We`ve done it hundreds of times at Seven Forums.

    According to the EasyBCD instructions on the web page it marks the desired partition Active and copies over the already existing boot files, a startup repair writes new files.

    Navy`s suggestion was much quicker in your situation.

    But glad you got it fixed, and now you know to always unplug all other drives before installing windows. :)

    Post a new shot of Disk Management when you get a chance.
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  7. Posts : 63
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       #17

    Ok, I'm replacing the Spinpoint F3 aswell. There's a annoying humming sound coming from my pc now and after some Googling it has something to do with sound frequencies, its a common thing whenever you have a Western Digital and a Samsung drive (particularly the Spinpoint F3), running in the same system.

    Here's a uptodate shot of Disk Management

    quick translation for the not so obvious ones: Opstarten means Boot and Wisselbestand means page/swap file. You can work out the others pretty easily

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  8. NavyLCDR's Avatar
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       #18

    You're fine. The system partition is the partition the computer booted from. The boot partition is the partition that the computer loaded Windows from, and page/swap is the partition Windows is using for the pagefile. It's all on the SSD now. Drives 1 and 2 are used for nothing but data storage.
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  9. AddRAM's Avatar
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       #19

    It`s perfect now :) Good job
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