Symptoms: the machine spontaneously reboots if I copy/move files, that is, both read and write to hard drives at the same time, after a while. There are two hard drives in the machine, and it happens for R1W1, R1W2, or R2W2 (I didn't bother trying the third combination). I thought this meant the hard drives themselves were off the hook since it happens with either drive.
|Things I have
replaced or removed
|Things I have not
I've checked for viruses and spyware.
I can't easily test the boot hard drive because this is the only PATA machine I have and I don't have any other bootable PATA drives. I'll look into making a Knoppix live CD and copying the hard drive to another drive, although making that copy itself is problematic! Unless it turns out to be a problem with the OS.
I think my plan of attack is:
write a simple 'move file from A to B' program, and test that and see if it's a software problem reinstall windows xp over itself
- copy the hard drive to backup PATA drive (but how???)
Because I can read the hard drive fine, I can make a copy of all of its data over my LAN to another machine, but I don't have enough room to store the whole thing anywhere--in fact, this whole process started when I was moving files around between hard drives trying to consolidate the free space.