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August 29, 2012 4:42:05 PM

Running Win7 64 bit, built this computer back in December, has worked flawlessly until now. Last few days - operates fine for an hour or so, then freezes, goes black, crashes and reboots itself, only to stop at the loading OS screen due to 'Boot Disk Failure' Happens regardless of what I am doing, or even if idle. Have updated windows, ran virus and malware scans.

GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD4 LGA 1155 (it was slightly bent on the end with the USB connectors and headphone jacks, but installed fine)
GIGABYTE GV-R697OC-2GD Radeon HD 6970
Antec EarthWatts Series EA-750 Green 750W
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz
64 GB SSD
8 gigs Ram

All Critical errors are event 41, Kernal Power - but I'm sure thats from me hardbooting on the disk failure.

Is it the Mobo?

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August 29, 2012 5:00:37 PM

Sounds like you may have a bad hard drive. Download from the drive mfg. some diagnostic tools and check your drive.
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August 29, 2012 5:15:44 PM

Will, do, about to get this done - will report back.
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August 29, 2012 5:32:33 PM

Any specific utility to test the crucial m4?
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August 29, 2012 5:43:22 PM

I agree, sounds like hard drive is bad. Did you try reinstalling? Possible it is just a corrupt file.
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August 29, 2012 5:49:31 PM

DarkOutlaw said:
I agree, sounds like hard drive is bad. Did you try reinstalling? Possible it is just a corrupt file.

I'm going to try and reinstall now.

The thing that bothers me is the fact that upon automatic restart, it says 'boot disk failure'

Hopefully it's the hard drive, either software or hardware because those are both easy fixes for me.

I ran chkdsk and it turned up nothing, ran on both settings.

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/29255-63-windows-rest...

It sounds like I have the same problem this guy had - except I pulled the mobo, and found no broken capacitors that I could see, also once it ran for 12 hours and just the toolbar disappeared.

Anyways, reformating and installing. Will let you guys know what's up.
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August 29, 2012 7:08:55 PM

i would run hardware monitor and see if the power supply is holding.
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August 29, 2012 7:12:18 PM

Ok, reinstalled Windows - was in the process of updating when it blue screened:
Stop: 0x000000F4 (0x0000000000000003, 0xFFFFFA8008EC0B30, 0XFFFFFA8008EC0E10, 0XFFFFF80002FDDDB0)

Hard Drive or motherboard failure?
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August 29, 2012 7:20:27 PM

When I had an SSD fail, it behaved the same way as the OP described.

Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't detect at startup, sometimes it crashes hard. I would try some firmware and troubleshooting stuff with your SSD.
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August 29, 2012 7:36:01 PM

djscribbles said:
When I had an SSD fail, it behaved the same way as the OP described.

Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't detect at startup, sometimes it crashes hard. I would try some firmware and troubleshooting stuff with your SSD.


I'm this close to getting another SSD from bestbuy and installing it. Problem I have currently with updating the first one's firmware - don't have another drive to boot from.

It ALWAYS crashes, starts a reboot, and says 'Boot Disk Failure'

I hope it's just the SSD because that is a cheap and easy fix.

Also one time on restart the bios screen just sat there for a good two minutes before I hit a key for Post Screen and then it booted the OS after listing the post screen.

Stats: Online time 7 months - Boots 143

Another blue screen, Stop: 0xa0000001
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August 29, 2012 7:46:12 PM

try seating the cables at the SSD and at the MB. try plugging the data cable into another slot on the MB.

go into the BIOS and disable the floppy drive and also remove from the boot order menu. ( no 3rd boot device ) 1.HD 2.DVD 3.disable 4.boot to other device.


AHCI was enabled in BIOS before installing opsys ?
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August 29, 2012 7:47:21 PM

swifty_morgan said:
try seating the cables at the SSD and at the MB. try plugging the data cable into another slot on the MB.

go into the BIOS and disable the floppy drive and also remove from the boot order menu. ( no 3rd boot device ) 1.HD 2.DVD 3.disable 4.boot to other device.


AHCI was enabled in BIOS before installing opsys ?



I'm going to go ahead and try this. No floppy boot, and I have mixed the boot drive order up a bit, it was HD, CDRom, disabled
Now it's CD Rom disabled.

Only thing is plugging in my new sata cable is going to be a bitch with my videocard in the way :( 
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August 29, 2012 7:58:59 PM

no floppy seek and where the date is......... under that, disable the floppy.

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August 29, 2012 8:29:57 PM

Rgr, will do. Swapped out the sata cable, and changed the port, moved it over one. Reseated the Videocard, and the ram. Current status - up, hasn't crashed yet in 10 minutes of operation, will advise and change boot pattern.
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August 29, 2012 9:09:02 PM

believe it or not, sometime it matters what data cable you use ( sata 3/6-- yup, they make different ones ) and where you plug it into your board.
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August 29, 2012 9:18:28 PM

nor3aga said:
Running Win7 64 bit, built this computer back in December, has worked flawlessly until now. Last few days - operates fine for an hour or so, then freezes, goes black, crashes and reboots itself, only to stop at the loading OS screen due to 'Boot Disk Failure' Happens regardless of what I am doing, or even if idle. Have updated windows, ran virus and malware scans.

GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD4 LGA 1155 (it was slightly bent on the end with the USB connectors and headphone jacks, but installed fine)
GIGABYTE GV-R697OC-2GD Radeon HD 6970
Antec EarthWatts Series EA-750 Green 750W
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz
64 GB SSD
8 gigs Ram

All Critical errors are event 41, Kernal Power - but I'm sure thats from me hardbooting on the disk failure.

Is it the Mobo?

In my opinion,it's due to the SSD storage controller issue.Go to the SSD manufacturer and check for new firmware updates.Hope this help you.
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August 29, 2012 10:31:13 PM

bobotiti said:
In my opinion,it's due to the SSD storage controller issue.Go to the SSD manufacturer and check for new firmware updates.Hope this help you.

It's still crashing, I'm going to go buy a new hard drive and hope that fixes it.
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August 29, 2012 10:52:04 PM

swifty_morgan said:
believe it or not, sometime it matters what data cable you use ( sata 3/6-- yup, they make different ones ) and where you plug it into your board.

Doubt this is the issue - it worked for 8 months fine.
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August 29, 2012 11:56:38 PM

just sayin'
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August 31, 2012 2:56:58 PM

PROBLEM SOLVED!

Replaced the hard drive with a new drive - computer is now stable and fixed - uptime ~ten hours.

Thank you all for your help, I was about to purchase a new motherboard, and this was a cheaper, more effective fix.

Important things to note:

Nothing about the hard drive was corrupted, bad, or failing any software checks. There is something wrong with the hardware, faulty capacitor or IC that was causing the boot disk failure, but when turned off, resetting itself.

price_th suggested software that checked the hard drive, and it passed this test, it passed chkdsk too.
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September 7, 2012 8:39:13 PM

Best answer selected by nor3aga.
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