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[SOLVED] Can Defrag Hurt My 'Puter?

Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by Wet Chicken, Oct 5, 2003.

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  1. Wet Chicken

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    Using WinME. Yesterday I performed a much needed defrag. Now the computer no longer will boot normally. It always boots into safe mode (safe mode written all four corners). I ran spybot and it found around five things, which I deleted, but still it only boots into safe mode. Then I tried restore, but when it rebooted the hard drive started making these noises like there was someone inside the computer with maracas :eek: That lasted for around 30 seconds and then the computer just got hung up and went into pause mode.

    I figured it had something to do with the hard drive so I ran Norton Disk Doctor in thorough mode (took 6 hours to scan) but when it was all done it said everything was OK. today I ran anti-virus, but it also found nothing wrong. I don't know if the defrag was just a coincidence or not, but it was the only thing that I did, and the hard drive is making that weird noise now just before it freezes up. Maybe it has something to do with a bad cluster, but then NDD should have detected and fixed it.

    What should I check next :confused:
     
  2. mobo

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    Not too sure on millenium but look and try this first..
    reboot and immediately start tapping the f8 key. You should get a black screen with white lettering. If present select last known good configuration .

    As well , do you get any error or missing files. Oh... and don't be a chicken so try a system restore if those options don't work.:D
     
  3. Wet Chicken

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    By the way it's acting I'm not so sure it's a OS issue, I think it might be hardware because of that noise that I hear :( I don't understand why Norton Disk Doctor isn't picking up on anything.

    I already restored it, and the computer said that the restore worked, but it still won't boot up past that point where I hear the hard drive make that noise. I decided to reinstall WindowsME again and the reinstall went fine. When it rebooted it STILL wouldn't go past that one point. OK, now I'm getting worried :eek:

    It nevers gives any errors at all (at any time).

    When I boot into safe mode everything looks good. Every test that I run says that everything is ok, but obviously the test are missing something. I boot up, everything is going fine, the hard drive starts to make that noise, and then it just freezes up :(
     
  4. mobo

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    How does device manager look ?
     
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    Device manager (from safe mode) looks fine.

    I'll try running those programs and see what happens next.

    Here is a sample of the noise that the hard drive makes.

    Clickity - Click !
     
  7. mobo

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    Bearings in the drive are going bad...Better save some loot my cluckin friend.
     
  8. Wet Chicken

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    It says error S57, whatever that is :(
     
  9. ~Candy~

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    It should tell you on their website ;) I 'think' anything that begins with S though, isn't good.
     
  10. Wet Chicken

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    I just looked on thier web site. I looked under "error S57" and "S57" but there was nothing about it. I also did a search for error S57 on the net and found nothing there either. I'll try IBM since I think it is a IBM HD, but their site is a mess to navigate on :(
     
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    IBM is now Hitachi ;)
     
  12. Wet Chicken

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    OK thanks, I'll try their site too :)
     
  13. ~Candy~

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    guess I should clarify that....for hard drives only ;)
     
  14. Wet Chicken

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    OK here's an update. The good news is that there is nothing wrong with the hard drive :) Everything boots up fine when I go into msconfig and use "Selective startup". If I uncheck "Process System.ini file" and "Process Win.ini file" it starts up normally, but the resolution is like when you are in safe mode (it cannot be changed to a higher resolution).

    So does this mean that the System.ini file and Win.ini file are corrupted?

    Can they be repaired? I reinstalled WinME, why wouldn't it have repaired them both then?

    Thanks.
     
  15. mobo

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    It could be a system driver as system ini is for storing info on device drivers and window settings.
     
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