Dell 9010 w/ Intel i-5 3570 3.4mHz CPU
2TB Seagate Barracuda HDD (about 6 mth. old) WIN 10 Pro
750GB WD HDD (much older) WIN 7 Pro
Around June, 2020, I bought a new 2TB HDD and loaded WIN 10 onto it.
Sept.,2020, it would only open as far as the troubleshooting dialog. Nothing
worked to make it boot.
I did a complete format and a new, clean install of WIN 10, again. I moved
my personal files from the 750GB HDD and re-downloaded my programs
from the Internet. I ran Avast A/V, Malwarebytes, and Spybot S&D on the
750GB before I moved anything and again on the 2TB after downloading
everything. No problems were found.
Now, 3 days ago, I did a restart and the 2TB would not boot again. The
dots chased themselves below the Windows icon for several minutes then
the screen went blank. It did this after cold boots (3), before it went to the
troubleshooting dialog. I chose to try a Restore (I had been setting a Restore
point everyday for the last week). When I started the procedure, It showed the
Computer name as my dead wife's name ( NOT JOKING). I've ALWAYS used
the user name I use here on this HDD - NOTHING else. Then it asked for a
password (which I ALWAYS leave blank). I did another cold boot, but it never goes
past the blank screen.
I ran a detailed Dell Diagnostic on my hardware -- everything Passed.