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ASUS P6P67 Pro + 2TB HD = Hangs at startup? Computer is nearly 2yr old

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April 17, 2013 1:14:05 PM

I returned home yesterday to find my desktop stuck on the boot splash screen, I think I had chosen to reboot to install updates just before I went to work.

To cut a long story short, the system hangs at the splash screen if th HD is connected when I boot. Using a USB SATA enclosure, I am able to boot using a USB pen drive (Ubuntu 2.10) and connect the drive after boot and see the files. Regardless, if the drive is connected at all (even via the USB enclosure rather than by normal SATA) at boot time then the system freezes.

I've tried clearing the CMOS by removing the battery and swapping the clearing jumper for 10 seconds. I've flashed the latest version of the BIOS. As I said in the thread title, I've had this computer with the same HD setup for (nearly) 2 years (Built it early June 2011). I do have another HD which is normally connected as well, the system will post fine when it is connected and when it is disconnected.

Any ideas? The only thing I can think of is that it must be something on the drive. The drive is my boot drive, so I'm wondering if something funny about the boot sector could be causing the problem. Any suggestions for how to fix this? I was considering putting this in the storage section but figured "BIOS" is under motherboards.
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April 17, 2013 1:34:01 PM

Ordinarily I'd suggest testing for a failing drive in a case like this. It's a bit odd for this to suddenly appear but the symptom itself is consistent. Then again, I did have a power supply fail just like that with no warning, also right in the middle of a restart.

Problem is a tool like this

http://www.seagate.com/support/downloads/item/seatools-...

might be hard to run in this scenario, if you can't boot the disk to begin with.

Is formatting the drive off the table? You mentioned you can access it externally so you should be able to get in and back up any needed files.
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April 18, 2013 1:17:32 AM

SchizTech said:
Ordinarily I'd suggest testing for a failing drive in a case like this. It's a bit odd for this to suddenly appear but the symptom itself is consistent. Then again, I did have a power supply fail just like that with no warning, also right in the middle of a restart.

Problem is a tool like this

http://www.seagate.com/support/downloads/item/seatools-...

might be hard to run in this scenario, if you can't boot the disk to begin with.

Is formatting the drive off the table? You mentioned you can access it externally so you should be able to get in and back up any needed files.

Hmm... I tried putting the HD in my old machine (an Asus M5A78L), it POSTed fine and I was able to boot SeaTools. I ran a short check and a long check, both of whichcame back with 0 errors. Still, when I plug the drive back into the motherboard it refuses to run... I'm stumped...

I'd ideally like to avoid a reformat - I have no other 2TB drives to do a backup onto and I have no guarantee that reformatting would fix whatever is wrong - but as I exhaust other reasonable options I'd be willing to consider doing it.
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