INVALID BOOT RECORD...was what I remember seeing on the blue screen with a stop code, don't remember what it was, maybe ended in 75?
May have been some remark about missing HAL.DLL? hardware info, nothing has changed.
Rebooted and would never go back to blue screen, only to a blinking cursor in upper left corner of black screen.
Couldn't get it to go to recovery, recovery disks will not run in dos mode?
Nothing seems to recognize files on it, ran scans with WD utilities and all scans come back clean, no errors, short and long scan, disk is fine.
Crashed out of a Microsoft UPDATE that wouldn't end after properly shutting down windows, kept running, saying 1 of 1 update left, ran for 3 hours or more, finally turned off.
This has been happening quite a bit lately and finally shutdown auto updates, seems like they are running all the time, take up to much processor time and probably spyware?
Finally, I got sucked into using MIcrosoft New software to protect my computer, trial, it started trying to control everything, always asking if ok to let normal items download, running me nuts, I think this software is what messed things up.
EDIT: Just remembered, after I shut down computer the 1st time because updates wouldn't finish, I was able to go into safe mode and recover it to older morning settings.
But after this it cameup and ran fine, then had to shut down a second time because of updates not finishing, now won't come back.
I have been reading posts and making a:\ disks with NTLDR / NTDETECT.COM / BOOT.INI FILES ON IT.
Tried it on another coputer and seems to work, of course they aren't busted, so will see?
I have put another 250gb WD SATA drive in and recovered it back to original HP install status.
Would like to try and put the other 160gb that went bad in as a sec drive and see if I can recover it some how?
Any possiblilites to get this drive back up? WD 1600 / WIN XP
Any suggestions would be helpful.
Edited by hybrids, 30 December 2008 - 12:28 AM.