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Primary Disk Drive Failure

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#1 ldcoburn


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Posted 06 June 2009 - 07:59 AM

For probably 10 months now I frequently get the message Primary Hard Disk Drive 1 Failure when I boot the computer. If I hit F1 it will usually go to the Windows logo, but sometime gets hung up there. Sometimes it will go to the screen that gives me the options to start with the "last known good configuration" and then it will start, but it may take a while. In general the machine is running very slow despite following all of the steps listed on the "slow computer" instructions. It seems like it is getting harder and harder to get it to start.

The machine is a Dell Dimension 4550, Pentium 4, 2.4 GHz, 512 MB. Is the machine just getting outdated? I says 96% og my memory is free.

Also, last week I had to recover the hal.dll and had used Spybot to remove vundo. Ran Spybot last night and it found nothing. The machine has Panda Antivirus.


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#2 hamluis



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Posted 06 June 2009 - 10:56 AM

I don't think Spybot removes Vundo, take a look at some of the following links.


If you've been getting system messages re hard drive problems for 10 months...you really are a very lucky person. Still, I suggest running a hard drive diagnostic on whatever drive was pointed out.

Hard Drive Installation and Diagnostic Tools - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/28744/hard-drive-installation-and-diagnostic-tools/

I would take care of the Vundo problem first.


#3 ldcoburn

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Posted 06 June 2009 - 06:50 PM

I ran mbam and it shows everything to be clean just like spybo.t s&d showed.

I ran one of the checks on the hard drive and the only thing it showed was that it needs the .net framework 3.5. I tried to download it from windows, but windows but can't get it to finish installing. The computer is set for auto updates for windows so not sure why it is not loaded.

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