astr0creep Posted January 12, 2007 Share Posted January 12, 2007 Hello, I've recently had some problem with my computer that led me to believe I had a major virus. So I did a full format of my 3-4 years old Maxtor 40gb drive. In one month, I did three such formats, all because of the same problem. I format using PowerMax, a tool for Maxtor drives that can also test the drive for various problems. During those tests I always get the same 8 digit error code. From the Powermax site I learned that an 8 digit code means I need to replace my hard drive because it is failing. So what is this problem? What happens is that after about 1 week from a format, my computer becomes very slow(this was the original symptom that made me believe I had a virus). When this happens, within about an hour my machine starts to reboot on it's own. The boot sequence goes all the way to the Windows Load screen, where the little progress bar is, and then reboots again. During the boot sequence I also get to choose if I can boot in safe mode or normally or with previous settings that work, etc and when I boot in safe mode, it passes the WinLoad screen and then it says it can't find the domain/user and ask for a password that never inputed during reinstallation of Windows. Because of all this, I believe I simply need to change my hard drive. My questions are: 1- Do I really need to change my Hard Drive? (If I can avoid the spending of currency, I will. The drive was fine before all this). 2- I have my sights set on a Maxtor 100Gb 7200rpm Ultra Series. Is this a good choice? 3- If my hard drive is shot, why does it go through the Windows Loading screen? 4- Could it be a heating problem? I don't overclock, I keep my case open at all times but the only fan I have is the one inside the power supply. Thank you for any info anyone can give me. http://entertainmentandbeyond.blogspot.com/ Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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