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My Hard Drive keeps freezing up

I've got an HP a1330n with a Samsung SP2504C hard drive that uses SATA cable using Windows XP. It works for about 4-8 minutes, then the hard drive makes a grinding noise and it completely locks up whether in Safe or Normal modes. I have to turn off and turn back on again every single time as Ctr+Alt+Del doesn't work. I've not had it connected online either. It's frustrating as I can barely get the help 'tools' to install before I'm rebooting!
I've done the following in both Safe and Normal modes: Ran spybot Ran hijack this Ran adaware Left off attempting to install and run Trend Micro's PC-cillin Swapping the red SATA cable on the motherboard slot Ran a surface scan on the hard drive Emptied the .tmp files, temp internet files, etc. Used an uninstaller and uninstalled all older files (kids programs, Yahoo tools, every single instance of NAV I could find as well as , AT&T Self Help Tool, etc.) I'm at a loss. There is a warning 'grind' just before it shuts down. I've searched many developer forums, but I'm not a programmer or a tekkie. Any advice? Also, there's no updated BIOS for this model; I've looked into that as well. Thanks so much for any help! Humbly, Lisa in Michigan

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Re: My Hard Drive keeps freezing up

Well for this problem i have a few questions?

Do you really mean BIOS or driver. Try a different driver from HP or from the chipset maker for example silicon image.


If you don't have warranty buy a new hard drive. Cheap or expensive (cheap if you don't want to use it in a new computer if this is broken and you buy a new one). Just to exclude what is not good. With this hard drive you can install xp with the supplied restore cd's if you have. Then look if it again locks up. If not locks up it's your current hard drive. other than that it could be 2 cases. Something with the supplied sata driver of something with the sata controller. Also check the power connector maybe it's not attached in a good manner. Do not use 2 power cables on 1 hard drive. Like the molex (1 black 2 yellow 1 red) and the sata power. One of these and the normal sata cable. First try this and then you know more what to do

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Re: My Hard Drive keeps freezing up

Hi Lisa
You must be heading for the mad house by now. But if your not could you check to see if all your fans, I don't mean you singing fans but the fan on the PowerSupply, The Fan on the CPU., and the internal fan in the computer itself are working. It sounds very much like a heat problem. Is there any noise while the computer is running other than the grinding before it powers out.

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