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Hard disk read failure


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#1 penguin88

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Posted 31 October 2009 - 05:19 PM

I have Windows XP Professional. Went to work on my computer and the screen was frozen. I shut down manually and when I tried to power up I got a black screen with:

Hard disk read failure
No bootable devices - strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for setup utility


To a genuine novice like me, this sounds like I might have a major problem and would appreciate the usual great help this board provides?

Thanks, David

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#2 hamluis

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Posted 31 October 2009 - 06:20 PM

I would press F2, enter the BIOS/Setup...and check two things:

a. Does the hard drive show on the main screen with the date, time, etc.?

b. Is the hard drive reflected as the 1st boot option?

System manufacturer and model?

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Posted 01 November 2009 - 12:26 AM

Nothing happens when I press F2 and if I press F1 it just displays the same message.

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Posted 01 November 2009 - 10:03 AM

Problem solved! Thanks very much.

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Posted 01 November 2009 - 12:29 PM

Would you care to share the solution so others may benefit?
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