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My Raptor HDD is giving my system strange problems?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by ClickCardo, Feb 13, 2007.

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  1. ClickCardo

    ClickCardo Thread Starter

    Dec 24, 2005
    In the mean time I took out my main data drive, disconnected the boot and put a new spare drive to be the boot. I then booted from Windows XP Pro install disk deleted partition then re-created partion and formatted it before clean install of XP. Next I added the chipset drivers and then I installed my Zone Alarm Security Suite all without being hooked up to the web. After turning that on I went to Windows Update and installed evry critical update necessary as well as some optional software/hardware ones including IE7. I installed Speedfan, Nero and a shredder and then the trial version of True Image 10.0. I then made a complete disk image backup of the boot drive and placed it on my second data drive which I had left in the pc. I also successfully burned some CD's. Finally, I was able to boot the trial True Image boot CD and was able to get right up to the last step before doing a restore. Finally I had ZA virus/spy scan my drives with none found.

    I surfed a few well known safe websites with IE7 and burned some CD's to communicate with the pc I'm writing this on. Everything very swell. I then reconnected the original boot drive and made sure it was now just another data drive. I could not access it's primary partition, but was able to get some data files off it's extended partition. I next tried to boot off a hard drive diagnostic CD and True Image boot CD's to no avail. I then was able to boot into regular Windows fine. I deleted all the partitions off the original boot drive. I was then able to boot the hard drive diagnostic CD and zero'ed the original boot drive. Rebooting into Windows went fine and I created a primary and extended partition on the original boot drive which I formatted. I was able to copy a file to the original drive. So it seems to work but for the following.

    I tried to boot off the True Image boot CD's to no avail again. Can you tell from it if I am infected with malware? Maybe the True Image trial boot CD has a time limit?

    Note: I disconnected the original Raptor drive and now I can boot of the True Image boot CD and successfully restore an image. There's something strange when the Raptor is installed though Windows appears to run normally except for this boot issue. I also ended up buying True Image and making a boot disk off that. Same problem with Raptor HDD and no problem without it.

    More help will be much appreciated.

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