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Today, power went out, back on a few seconds later, 10 seconds later out, 5-6 seconds later back on, 5-6 seconds later power was out for a couple hours. When I turned my etower 500ix back on, it ends up aborting rendering a blue screen saying at the top: ***STOP: 0x00000007B (0x8189E030), INACCESSIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE If this is the first time you've seen this Stop error screen, restart your coputer. If this screen appears again, follow these steps: blah, blah, blah...Refer to your Getting Started Manual for more info on troubleshooting Stop errors. I don't have the Start Manual anymore, but I can't get my machine to boot properly. What the "Power" outage did, I can't figure out. I was able to get into Safe Mode, but it can not re-boot. It just goes back to the blue screen. I don't want to lose all the accounting work I had on.....Ouch!!!

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  • mreisner26 Sep 09, 2010

    I did have some data backed up on a 4G flash - some. I have been able to get into AMIBIOS Setup, but can't establish Hard Drive Types, Cyl, Hd. WP, or Sizes (MB). Sec is 17 on Pri-Master, Pri-Slave, Sec-Master

  • mreisner26 Sep 22, 2010

    I pulled my hard drive, Booted from Windows OEM CD into recovery console. I repaired the Master Boot record and Boot partition for the active partition. While in Recovery Mode, executed a check disk of the complete Hard Drive. Repaired multiple bad sectors on the hard drive. System now boots properly. PULLING MY HD AND ATTACHING TO A COMPATIBLE MACHINE ALLOWED ME TO GET RID OF THE 'BLUE SCREEN'. ALL DATA WAS SAVED.

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The spikes caused by the power drops messed up you boot sector. You can most likely download the manual you need from E-Machine but unless I miss my guess it is going to take you through the format and software load options which means your basically starting the machine from scratch and you will lose the data you have on that drive. Get a UPS and surge protector as soon as you can to put on this machine. If nothing else you can get a small one from Walmart or best Buy for $30 to $40 that will at least supply power long enough for the tower to shut down properly in these situations.

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  • James Young Sep 10, 2010

    AMIBIOS has an Auto Detect function for the hard drives. Assuming they are installed using a controller built on to the motherboard. If they were installed using a separate Controller card which was installed in an expansion slot, check the controller card. You won't get anywhere until the machine recognizes the hard drives and will read them. As far as the machine is concerned they don't exist until they are setup in BIOS.

  • James Young Sep 22, 2010

    Sometimes that does work but the majority of the time it does not. I am concerned that you found Multiple bad sectors that had to be repaired. It is important for you to note that the repair process doesn't actually fix those. It simply marks them as bad in the Master Boot Record and does not use them. There is something physically wrong with your drive and your problem is going to get worse over time and it will generate more bad sectors. You should get a replacement drive and back up all your data and remove that drive before it becomes critical. This is especially true if any of those bad sectors were located in the Master Boot Record. I am glad you were able to recover your data and drives. Good Luck in the future and I sincerely hope you have no further problems with this Drive.

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