I will have to assume that your restoration disc is good, though this is not always true. Many people find out that their restore disc doesn't work. I'll talk about that a little later.
First, make sure that your hard drive is operating properly. Download your hard drive manufacturer's test program, create a bootable test CD or diskette and run it. The Hitachi Drive Fitness Test (DFT) can be used for any brand IDE hard drive. HDD Vendors and Their Diagnostic Programs Vendor Vendor-developed hard drive diagnostic software Fujitsu Web site: www.fujitsu.com (general), www.fcpa.com (hard drives) Drive diagnostics and firmware upgrade utilities are available at http://www.fcpa.com/support/hard-drives/so..._utilities.html Hitachi / IBM Web site: www.hitachigst.com DFT (Drive Fitness Test) diagnostic utility is available at http://www.hitachigst.com/hdd/support/download.htm
This tool works with all IDE hard drives. Samsung Web site: www.samsung.com Diagnostic tool Shdiag is available at http://www.samsung.com/Products/HardDiskDr...ties/shdiag.htm Seagate / Maxtor / Quantum Web site: www.seagate.com SeaTools diagnostic software - http://www.seagate.com/support/seatools/ Western Digital Web site: www.wdc.com Diagnostic and firmware updates are available at http://support.wdc.com/download/downloadxml.asp
Once your drive has been determined to be good it's best to wipe the drive.Active@ Kill Disk
You should also test your RAM - it could cause very similar problems.Memtest86+
is functionally identical to Memtest86.
Create a bootable CD using nero or the free CDBurnerXP
. Let Memtest run at least 3 complete passes. There should be no errors listed. If there is then your RAM is bad and needs to be replaced.RAM testing the Right Way
At this point your hard drive and RAM should have tested out good. Try the restore again. If it fails then it's likely the restore disc is bad - that happens often enough. If yor PC is still under warranty then you can get a replacement disc for free. If it's out of warranty the you can get a replacement for around $30 USD.If you received XP Install, Recovery or Restore CDs, but have lost or damaged them
If all this is done try the restore again. If it fails then post back and I'll take it from there.