Good drive failed hard disk test

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reffilyn

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My computer was working fine, it turned off fine. Later when I turned it back on it wouldn't go past the black windows logo screen with the loading bar. Then every time I turned it on I got the improper shut down screen. None of the safe mode or configuration options would run. I tried all the boot options and none would work. Tried using start up disks and couldn't get repair or anything to work. Got a message that windows couldn't find mass storage device and HDD test had read failure. Everything pointed to a bad drive. For the heck of it I tried windows reinstall and it worked, even tho I lost my info. So I don't understand why a working drive would suddenly become inoperable when it's really not. What would do this? Don't want it to happen again
 
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You can read a lot of conversations here at TSG to give some answers....(y) There are many ways a computer can go bonkers, especially the age of components...;)
 

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Actually, the hard drive is probably failing. If the drive electronics are going south, you may see some intermittent errors on the drive followed by periods where it appears to work OK for a while. Make a bootable CD for the drive diagnostics that your HDD manufacturer supplies, and run a full test on the drive. Those test results are pretty reliable. If the drive passes, you may have a failing motherboard. Your original post isn't very clear, but if you couldn't boot from CD/DVD drives, that would suggest MOBO issues, but I think you meant you couldn't boot from the hard drive with standard options.
 
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