BSoD - suspect hard drive fried, but skeptical

Discussion in 'Windows 7 Blue Screen of Death (BSOD)' started by Nevan, Sep 30, 2012.

  1. Nevan

    Nevan New Member

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    I have a desktop that has two hard drives. One SSD, one HDD. Windows is on the SSD, Ubuntu and various other files are on the HDD. I have Ubuntu and Windows in a dual-boot format. The other day, after playing around in Ubuntu and updating the software, I restarted the computer and decided to load into Windows instead. It showed the beginning of the "Starting Windows" animated icon and then it froze, a BSoD appeared and then it said "Windows cannot load"or something along those lines. I suspected it was because the SSD fried. But I can still access everything on the SSD through Ubuntu and it doesn't appear to be non-functional. I'm copying all my stuff off of it right now, just in case.

    Can't seem to figure out the problem here. I've tried to load Windows multiple times since then; it's not working.
     
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    usasma Fantastic Member
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    Lot's of different reasons for this.
    First, here's my canned speech on SSD's:
    If you can access the files on the SSD in Ubuntu, then it's not very likely that the SSD is fried.
    But it's possible to have drive issues if one hard drive is fried - so try one of these free diagnostics on the non-SSD hard drive: Hard Drive Diagnostic Procedure

    Beyond that, then try Startup Repair to see if that helps.
    Then, if that doesn't work, try reinstalling Windows clean.
     
  3. Nevan

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    Yeah, there's nothing wrong with the SSD itself. I cloned the SSD onto a blank HDD I had, and I put it back in my desktop, and the same problem happens. The problem appears to be with the Windows software and I have no idea what I did to cause it, but I hope there's a way to fix it.

    I don't have a Windows 7 installation disc. Should I buy a new one?
     
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    usasma Fantastic Member
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    Cloning the hard drive from the SSD to the blank hard drive won't necessarily result in a bootable system. There may be other issues (such as security and activation) that may cause the system to BSOD on boot. FYI - this is less common than in XP, but it still does happen.

    Have you ensured that the firmware on your SSD is updated?
    Have you tried to install Windows on the SSD without cloning it?
    Have you tested all the hard drives on the system?

    Depending on the age of your Gateway system, it either came with recovery disks - or it has a utility to make recovery disks.
    Check through the Start menu to see if there's a Recovery Media Creator or something similar.

    If there's not a way to make the disks, you can contact Gateway for another set (it's much cheaper than buying a legitimate retail copy of Windows 7). Here's a link with info on this: Order Recovery Discs (USA)
     

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