I shut down my PC today because one of the fans has been noisy for a couple of days and I wanted to replace it. After waiting about 10 minutes with a blank screen and shutdown not proceeding any further, I powered it down manually. Ended up cleaning the fan instead of replacing it. When I first rebooted, I got past the Window Startup "progress bar" (black and white screen), and got to the "bluish" screen, but never to any progress pop-ups. After about 10 seconds, it automatically started rebooting again. When it tried to read from the hard drive, I got...
Press any key to restart
I pressed Enter and got...
DISK BOOT FAILURE, INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER
I started up an old copy of PowerQuest DriveCopy (V4.0) from diskette to see what it thought the drive looked like. It shows the first partition as unformated/active/primary. The size looks correct (18.4G) and it shows that none of it is "used". This should have been the original FAT32 C drive. DriveCopy did not detect the volume label.
DriveCopy seems to see the other drives correctly. I have a large (112G) extended partition with four FAT32 logical partitions defined in it. The volume labels for all the logical drives are correct, and the size/used reported by DriveCopy looks reasonable.
When first starting up, DriveCopy did report a couple of read errors, but I told it to ignore it.
This is a 160G Western Digital drive.
The PC was working fine before I shut it down. It's not the first time that I've had to manually shut it down due to the shutdown process hanging, but it always comes back up okay.
Virus? Hard drive failure? Any suggestions/comments? Any good software products that I can use to further diagnose (and possibly recover) the C drive. Note that I do not have a recovery disk. I tried reseating cables, etc., but it didn't help.
Edited by ibroussard, 04 January 2006 - 03:17 PM.