Strange problem, please help!
My system specs are:
AMD Athlon 64 2800
DFI Lan Party UT nF3 250gb
Sapphire 9600 XT
3 Sticks of 512 DDR400 Samsung RAM
Cooler Master 350W power supply
Windows XP SP2
200GB Western Digital SATA (current victim)
200GB Maxtor SATA (past victim
OK, so I built this PC myself about a year ago and it has run smooth with no problems up until a few months ago. I was running the above system with the Maxtor as my main Windows drive and the WD as a data/back up drive. My PC began to randomly freeze (during games, online, working with ms office, I could not find a pattern) and I was forced to reboot. After a few days of this I turned my PC on to find the HD corrupted, after the boot up screen I reciebed the "disk boot failure, insert system disk and press enter". I took the HD to a friends and dropped it in his PC and Windows read the disk as empty and unformatted. I re-installed Windows on the WD HD and was able to recover all of my data using a file recovery program. Thinking it was a HD problem, I removed the Maxtor from my system and continued to run with the single WD HD.
FF to now - The PC has been running fine AGAIN with no problems up until a few days ago = same problem, random freezing forcing me to reboot. This time I ran memtest and a bunch of other system utilities and found no problems with the hardware. Finally tonight, the PC has given me the disk boot failure message again and I'm guessing the HD is corrupted once again. For the life of me I cannot figure this one out.
Again, any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.