It's like this. Like a week ago my desktop started acting weird and it got worse by the hour. Eventually after several blue screens i was unable to start up windows. After trying to get various recovery options up and running(which all failed and ended up @ yet another blue screen) i decided to just format and reinstall vista.
But at the windows instal screen where you select which HD you want to install it on it wouldnt let me format my drive. And when i selected the drive and continued without formatting i'd get another blue screen during the unpacking of files phase.
I was at a loss so i called Dell since i have warranty and a service contract. After trying all options again with some guy on the phone he eventually gave up and promised me that they would send me a new HD, since it's probally broken.
The next day my new HD arrives and i plug it in and start up windows installment.
All goes well and after a few hours i have almost all my old programs,games and whatnot installed again. What was kinda weird tho was the fact that i could still access all the data on my old HD as long as i didn't use it as my main HD. In other words it seemed to work perfectly as long as i didnt run windows on it.
The next day i decided to do all those annoying windows updates+-75 of em. After downloading them and waiting like forever till my pc rebooted, the damn thing tells me an error occured and 73 of 75 updates weren't installed correctly. Resulting in me waiting waaaay too long again while windows rolled back all those updates.
At any rate my pc was working like a charm so i couldnt be bothered with those updates to be honest.
Sadly i forgot to turn off windows update and a while later when i was playing some good old online wargames, suddenly the screen closes and i see that little screeen in the bottom right telling me windows is rebooting to install 73 updates.... again.
Being cut off in the middle of my game and with well over an hour of waiting time ahead something takes over me and i press my powerbutton and the system turns off @ Phase 2 installing updates 1%-Do not turn of your computer. I was like what the heck, it shouldnt be that bad for jus this once. Boy was i wrong there.
After starting up and selecting "run windows in normal mode" BOOM blue screen and reboot. I'm like wth and try safe modus. Same result blue screen and reboot. So i start hitting f8 after reboot and i've tried every single option from that menu. All result in a blue screen and immediate reboot.
So i insert my vista disk again and try to reboot from my optical drive. I can't even make it to the windows install screen anymore. So i unplug the HD and dug up a old 80GB HD i had lying around and install vista. Once installed i power off and plug in my new HD as secondairy drive and power up again.
BAM blue screen again.
I'm at a total loss here atm. Could powering off during windows update really fry a new HD? Or is there some sort of solution for this.