I normally leave my PC on all the time. My system info: Athlon XP2400 proc. 2gb pc2100 sdram, 256mb video card, 85gb IBM DeskStar EIDE Drive. WinXP Pro sp3
Brief summary below if you don't like to read much.
The scenario: If i reboot the machine (Like when finishing a software install requiring reboot) The machine starts back up normally. If I turn the machine off for a short while, (1 day for example) The boot-up hangs on the drive detection check (windows, not bios) for much longer than normal. typically 2-5 minutes instead of 10 seconds. If I turn it off for a long time (Like when on vacation for a week) the delay is even longer, till the last time.
I had left the machine off for 17 days when out of town. The machine started to boot then I got an error: missing or corrupt hal.dll file, followed by a complete freeze. I tried re-booting with no luck. Wondering if it may be a temp issue I left it on for half an hour tried rebooting again. It got further into the process and froze again. Frustrated I stopped messing with it left it on and again later tried again to boot it up, this time it worked. It did sit on the drive check part for about 10 minutes again but eventually it booted up and looks normal. It has been running since ok for about 2 days now.
Has anyone seen this type of failure before?
BTW: All my important data is and has been backed up to an external drive, AND a new drive is on order. (I am not a NOOB so don't ask me if I backed up my data please)
Quick reboot= normal bootup
pc off several hours = slow bootup
pc off several days = extremely slow bootup
pc off more than a week = nearly complete failure
take it out and put it in the freezer. Just make sure no moisture gets in. That seemed to work for many people after putting their hard drive in the freezer for a while.
I have seen that suggestion many times, but the drive seems to be only working properly when it is warmed up, since room temperature is cooler than that then I would think that freezing it would not help. I later came across something after I made my post that a theory was that maybe the bearings are getting "Sticky" and the platters are not getting up to proper speed when cold, I just hope it lasts until I can clone it!!!!!