if i try to install a game, in the middle of the install usually the entire cpu freezes for about 3-5 minutes, and the tower warm reboots, (never get a BSOD) then i get the NTLDR missing after my BIOS boots and before windows boots, if i do another warm reboot, ctrl+alt+delete and go into my BIOS, the actual HDD is missing and instead of displaying (SATA SEAGATE etcetc) it says (HARD DRIVE). If i do a cold restart by holding the power button, BIOS boots, and windows boots normally.
well i've ran the seatools HDD diagnostics from seagate and have done SMART tests, ran chkdsk, and ran windows memory diagnostics, ran repair off my windows disk, it searched and nothing.. so apparently nothing has found a problem, yet my cpu continues to freeze, reboot and tell me NTLDR missing.
I've never seen a SATA port or SATA cable go out, do any of my symptoms sound like this is happening if anyone here's seen this?
windows ultimate 64bit
intel core duo e8400 @ 3.00 ghz
4 gb ram
motherboard, biostar G31-M7 TE http://www.biostar.com.tw/app/....._ID=363#dl
The New HDD, seagate barracude ST3000DM001http://www.seagate.com/internal-hard-drives/desktop-hard-drives/barracuda/?sku=ST3000DM001