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Hard drive will hold data yet not run Windows effectively?

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Last response: in Storage
December 9, 2007 6:44:43 AM

Is there such thing as a situation where a disk drive would hold data and seem to function fine as storage, yet not work properly when running windows?

I bought a recertified SATA 250g hard drive and the first few months used it as a media storage. Then i moved it to another computer as the System disk. It installed windows but after 3 tries it still will give me BSOD errors that say "IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL" (somethign like that).

I have tried installing windows on another IDE disk drive and it works, so i know this problem is only occuring with this SATA drive. Is there any test i can do to see if the disk has a phisical problem? -0ther than checkdisk which ive already done...?

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December 9, 2007 8:23:19 PM

Use the manufacturer's hard disk utility to make sure the drive doesn't have a physical problem.

If the drive is OK, then the blue screen is usually a driver issue.