Mac291
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2013-06-13T17:05:40Z

I use a hard drive bay for different OS's. My Phenom system was built in 2009 and haven't had any problems til lately. I occasionally (three times this year) go to boot up and dies mid- bios w/error 'disk error.' Switch to internal sata cables: same. Switch out same cables: same. Last time I switched boot order, popped in a Linux Mint CD and was able to read data off a usb case (both hard disks) but only after 2nd try. Then used drive bay again and all was well for 3 weeks. No viruses.

This week, was surfing and mouse locked up. No keyboard so shut down.Re-boot didn't even go thru bios. Just a black screen.  Day later was fine. Wondering if next time I should try re-seat memory and/or re-plug power connector. Tend to think it's a mobo issue.

Very odd. Appreciate any hard won expertise as I'm thinking I have to somehow afford an entirely new system since this one's not reliable and the symptoms could get worse.

 

Thanks.

omegadraco
2013-06-13T22:20:27Z

It sounds like a slowly failing hard drive to me.

Mac291
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2013-06-15T15:47:51Z

Nope. I use a hard drive tray for different OS's and all drives are new.

rrplay
2013-06-16T01:28:44Z

The new HDDs where purchased when ?

Try doing a full BIOS reset, load Optimized Defaults for your mainboard >>see mainboard manual if needed.for details.

See if you have the latest BIOS installed for your board.

& let us know how this works for you .