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    Whenever there's a power surge my PC dies and won't restart. It's usually fixed by removing kettle lead, then removing motherboard power block and re-inserting. Last week it happened again so I tried the usual method and it didn't work. Instead on booting it said 'system disk error - Insert disk and press enter'

    Had a quick Google on my phone and it said to try resetting BIOS to factory settings, which worked, booted fine. Decided to use Seagate Seatools to check the drive and it passed all checks. Backed the stuff up and decided to leave it. Just been up to find something on it and it was off, turned on....... "system disk error - Insert disk and press enter"

    Soooooo, is the drive knackered? Should I reformat and re-install, or not bother and buy another one. I only use that drive for the OS and all of my programs, minimal data (which is backed up fine) - Just a pain in the bum that I have to mess around re-installing all of my programs

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    Original Poster

    dcx_badass

    Try the drive in another pc first and for the love of god get a surge … Try the drive in another pc first and for the love of god get a surge protector.



    Good thinking batman - Will give it a go at my mates house tomorrow. Is it worth trying anything else? could be SATA connector? (it's upstairs and i cba to try it if it's not worth it :D)

    The multi socket I have supposedly offers surge protection - Obviously not though. Any recommendations? Needs to have at least 6 sockets

    Try hdd regenerator or spinrite

    tbh your pc is kaput, this is the result of influcuating power, your own fault, rule 1 any devices connected to 240v should go through a surge protector first unless your 240v incomming mains goes through a surge for all outputs in your house.

    andyhunter

    tbh your pc is kaput, this is the result of influcuating power, your own … tbh your pc is kaput, this is the result of influcuating power, your own fault, rule 1 any devices connected to 240v should go through a surge protector first unless your 240v incomming mains goes through a surge for all outputs in your house.



    Not being funny but if he is getting regular power surges I would think he would be better off spending the money on getting his electric wiring sorted. I've only ever had one power surge in the past 20 years and that blew the fuse in a correctly rated plug.

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    trog0

    Not being funny but if he is getting regular power surges I would think … Not being funny but if he is getting regular power surges I would think he would be better off spending the money on getting his electric wiring sorted. I've only ever had one power surge in the past 20 years and that blew the fuse in a correctly rated plug.


    +1

    house wiring probably kaput, not the PC although could be a PSU on its way out

    at the very least, fit a surge protector to the plug socket!



    Edited by: "csiman" 13th Oct 2010

    Original Poster

    Don't know why I put surge, I meant cut.

    change sata cable ???

    Original Poster

    Swapped the SATA port, swapped the SATA cable and swapped the power cable. Removed the other SATA drive and booted. All works fine. Bit unsure about what to do now. Is it worth re formating and starting again, or just leaving it?

    sancho1983

    Swapped the SATA port, swapped the SATA cable and swapped the power … Swapped the SATA port, swapped the SATA cable and swapped the power cable. Removed the other SATA drive and booted. All works fine. Bit unsure about what to do now. Is it worth re formating and starting again, or just leaving it?



    Just make a complete backup of anything you can't easily replace ie Music, Pictures, Porn and game saves then if it goes again at least you have the important stuff. As for the drive not starting after a power cut, that could be as simple as the drive checking itself for errors and not completing in time for it to send out a ready status to the motherboard.

    Original Poster

    trog0

    Just make a complete backup of anything you can't easily replace ie … Just make a complete backup of anything you can't easily replace ie Music, Pictures, Porn and game saves then if it goes again at least you have the important stuff. As for the drive not starting after a power cut, that could be as simple as the drive checking itself for errors and not completing in time for it to send out a ready status to the motherboard.



    Thanks, like I said I only use the drive for the OS and program files, nothing else is on there, It's either on the other SATA drive attached to it or one of my USB drives. Think I'll leave it, if it goes again within the next month i'll buy another one
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