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Old 01-05-2005, 07:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Alright... I was overclocking my FSB... sending it to the very extent. Ive got watercooling on my CPU, so I was trying to squeeze every little bit I could. I wasnt even getting near 40c. The thing holding me back was my voltage I think. I didnt really mess around with that.

Well, one time I set everything down a bit, cause I saw all these glitches over the Win2k startup screen. After I set them down... right after the BIOS is done booting everything up, a black screen is there and it says at the top "NTLDR is missing. Push Ctrl Alt Del to restart" I was thinking, oh ****... my hard drive has failed.

I put the drive in a friends computer as slave. Win2k booted up on his master, and it automatically started checking my hard drive for consistency. It got done with all this ****, and repaired all these errors.

I get it back in my machine, and there is all these corrupted files. I had to reinstall windows. Now the drive is working fine. I am just wondering if that overclock effected my hard drive, or if this just somehow happened. I am pretty sure it had something to do with the overclock, but I just dont exactly know how.
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Well the only reason I could see the overclock messing up your hard drive would be if you didn't lock the AGP/PCI bus which would then potentially fry all PCI based items including HD's and CD-ROMs

I had that happen once from just random restarts happening and the HD didn't like it and I had to reformat.

Thats about all I can think of =/
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Do a repair install.
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Did you at least try booting to Windows after you got that error message (before you took it to your friends PC)? I get those sometimes when i try ramping my FSB past 240MHz, but a reboot and adjusted settings will fix it no problems. Most of the time you don't need to reformat when you get them..unless a repair install wont work and you've tried everything else.

It also might be preventable with a modded BIOS, they will ususally let you overclock FSB ALOT higher than manufacturer BIOS.
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That day I ended up reinstalling windows... I didnt have a choice... I tried the repair install, but it said it needed some kind of emergency disk. I didnt really care, I just reinstalled windows. All my files were still there in the end. And I had them backed up on my friends computer.

So... I dont know if the PCI bus was locked or not. Everything but that one hard drive is fine. I have 2 other CD ROMS and another hard drive. The drive it effected was obviously my master, and I have it in a 5.25 bay... and there is those plastic umm what do ya call ems.. they hold the CD ROMS in usually. I think maybe not enough heat is getting transfered to the case and it overheated.... Is that a possibility?
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but it said it needed some kind of emergency disk.
it just needs your XP install CD, thats all mine required. Just liek you though it didn't recover correctly and i had to reformat. glad now actually....240FSB with new OS installed

overheating is a possibility...but it would take a really hot temp to screw ur HD. unless it's really old which i dont think it is...
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no, its not really old... and btw I have win 2k... but your probably right, I didnt do something right. Oh well... I think I'll just figure I screwed it all up by overclocking. The drive has been running perfectly stable for about a week now. Thx for the info though guys
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