Failing to boot from HDD

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JTHEWOLF

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So im usually a pretty good trouble shooter. However. I found my laptop hdd had several bad sectors. Lacking the cash to just buy new i did a full format to get them flagged as unusable. After that took 17hours i installed windows 7 ultimate x64. When it needed to do the necessary restart it failed on the bios screen (the mobo logo intel for example). I tried gettin in the bios to change boot order and cant. However take the hdd out and i can boot from cd or access bios options etc. hdd back n boom fails still. However the processor is still working hard.

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Im going to take a wild guess that the harddrive has had it and needs replaced.its not going to work at all until it is.it shouldnt take 17 hours to install an operating system.it probably has a lot of bad sectors and cant be fixed.
 

JTHEWOLF

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Thats my guess. The 17 hours wasnt the installation. That was the full format. But yeah when i did a smart scan last week there was quite a few bad sectors. I tried another drive i had laying around with win8 developers preview the laptop then booted that hdd. I wiped and installed windows 7 on there too but then hit the same issue first necessary restart and it just wont boot passed the mobo screen
 

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If you have tried 2 harddrives and are getting the same problem maybe theres more wrong than just a bad harddrive.you might want to have it checked out somewhere to see what the problem really is.it just might be that the motherboard has problems.
 

JTHEWOLF

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problem solved. plugged both HDDs into my new gaming rig when i got home. the asus rog mobo was nice enough to bring up an message before not booting saying basically ''this drive is dead, stop using and replace''.

seems that before the full format when the bad sectors are randomly spread on the drive, it is 'tricked' into booting, however when they are all consolidated and flagged, it then knows not to even try. just wish my laptop gave me a similar message so i dont worry about it been a mobo issue.

cheers for the quick reply though :), off i go to shop for a replacement :p
 
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