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I was using my computer regularily the night before. When I woke up the next morning, I couldn't get my computer to boot, and it took over a minute to get into safe mode. After many restarts, I finnally got my computer to boot, however it took almost a full minute more that it normally does. Finally, when I get it to boot, i'm having problems playing back video and using the computer, it's freezing up on me. One time, when I was starting a video, I got a bad_pool_header blue screen of death. I don't understand how this could have happended... Anybody have any ideas?
 
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Might be an overheating issue. Check the CPU fan first to make sure it's spinning when you turn on the PC. (I'm assuming this is a desktop PC) If it's not, don't turn your PC on until you correct the problem, by either buying a new fan or making sure it is connected properly, since it can fry your CPU pretty quickly and that will run you ALOT more $.
 

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according to the sound of the box, it seems to be running fine. I can't check on that situation right now, but are you pretty sure taht that's waht it could be?
 
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No, I'm not 100% sure. It can be a HDD issue also. It's just something I would check from what you described.
 

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I haven't defragged the hard drive in a long time but I don't think that that would slow it down THAT much. Also, I have a hard drive which is unformatted in there...could that be screwing anything up?
 
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The unformatted HD shouldn't cause your problem. What you can try is running chkdsk /f or chkdsk /r (which is more thorough) from the command prompt to repair bad sectors if your HD has any, that might be causing your problem also.
 

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My secondary drive (slave) suddenly went all weird and in Windows it's showing up as an unformatted drive. If I run a chkdsk on it it says that It can't read from the boot sector. I've already run the dskprobe.exe and written the backup boot sector over the primary boot sector, but it did not fix the problem. Any ideas?

P.S When running the chkdsk (in command prompt) it shows that the drive is formatted as Fat32, so i'm assuming it should be recoverable.
 

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It's not sounding good. Can you download the hard drive diagnostics (from the manufacturer's website) and scan the drive?
 

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can anybody tell me how to use the fdisk /mbr command? and by the way, it's a slave drive.
 

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I've merged both of your threads together.

Please continue replying here.
 

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I could be wrong, but I believe there is only a MBR on the boot drive, not the slave drive.
 

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Thanks for putting the threads together because as it turns out, they are totally related. There is a boot sector on the slave drive which windows needs to read the drive. Windows was reading the drive as RAW and It was FAT32 with a bunch of data on it. I tried copying the backup boot sector over the current and corrupt boot sector using dskprobe.exe, but it did not fix the problem. This lead me to believe that my backup was also corrupt. I found testdisk.exe and started trying to fix it with that. I didn't bother to try to place the backup over the current because I thought that dskprobe.exe had done that correctly for me. After fiddling around with the rebuild and being unsure about which setting to choose, I tried to overwrite the current with the backup. And Voila! It worked! I rebooted and the whole computer was back to normal, drive and all.
 

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http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=246146

You might read through that for future reference.

You can mark the thread solved using the THREAD TOOLS drop down menu.

I figured that both threads were related ;) You also said that the other drive was unformatted.........that presented some confusion as well.
 
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