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Hard Drive Failing?

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#1 Doc Mike

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Posted 14 August 2008 - 07:35 PM

My desktop computer had started acting strange, taking longer to boot, and hanging now and then while I was using it.

Now tonight I went to reboot, after a hang, and the cursor is kind of flashing in the upper left-hand corner, and it's not getting to the point where it loads XP. I've shut down the power, turned it back on, and same problem.

Now, I'll admit up front that I've been stupid because my most recent backup is about six months old. So, any ideas on 1) the problem and 2) if there's a way I can salvage some or all of the stuff on the drive? thanks

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#2 nigglesnush85


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Posted 14 August 2008 - 07:45 PM

Hello Doc Mike,

Can the system boot at all? If so you can use http://www.hdtune.com/ to find out if the disk is damaged.

If not, can you get into safe mode? (F8 at startup)


#3 LynnKnows2


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Posted 18 August 2008 - 03:14 PM

Hey there! Sorry to hear about your problem! Yeah, it sounds to me like your hard drive is about to crash! Usually when you get that cursor in the corner, it means your hard drive is 'hanging'. I would recommend using some data recovery software to save all your stuff. I've used a few different pieces of software for data recovery in the past. In the past I've used Bart PE, which is a cool program - but it's pretty time consuming, even for technical users. I've since discovered another product called Selkie Rescue Data Recovery, which I find faster, and much easier to use. Hope that helps ya some! :thumbsup:

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