Please provide some more information for us to work with.
What operating system are we dealing with ? Service Pack level ?
What had been happening with the computer, before this problem developed?
Desktop or laptop ? Brand & model ?
I will assume that you are using XP.
A problem occurred within NTFS.SYS, the driver file that allows the system to read and write to NTFS file system drives. There may be a physical problem with the disk, or an Interrupt Request Packet (IRP) may be corrupted. Other common causes include heavy hard drive fragmentation, heavy file I/O, problems with some types of drive-mirroring software, or some antivirus software. I suggest running ChkDsk or ScanDisk as a first step; then disable all file system filters such as virus scanners, firewall software, or backup utilities. Check the file properties of NTFS.SYS to ensure it matches the current OS or SP version. Update all disk, tape backup, CD-ROM, or removable device drivers to the most current versions.
Source: http://aumha.org/a/stop.htmStep 1
Disconnect or remove any other hard drive that may be connected to this system: This includes internal secondary/slave hard drives, external USB (or other hard drives), USB flashdrives etc.
Try booting the system now.Step 2
.............. if there is only the one hard drive connected and it still fails to boot with the STOP 0x24 error ...
The first thing that you should do is to check that your hard drive is not failing.
Download the diagnostic utility from the hard drive manufacturer's website to create a bootable floppy or CD. Boot with it, and run the short/quick test and then the long/extended test, and check the S.M.A.R.T. status. If the hard drive tests show NO problems what-so-ever with the hard drive, then it is safe to proceed with more work to rectify the problem with the Windows system.
Find the brand name of your hard drive. You will find this info on the label of the hard drive (most likely you will have to remove the hard drive from the box to read the label). You will also find sufficient info to identify the drive (the model number) by looking in the BIOS Setup Menu.Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilitieshttp://www.tacktech.com/display.cfm?ttid=287
If you have trouble identifying your hard drive manufacturer, use the Hitachi
diagnostic utility: It will work with most hard drives.Step 3
.......... if there is no problem what-so-ever with the hard drive
Start the Recovery Console using a Windows XP CD (or an XP Recovery Console .ISO image that has been burned to CD http://www.thecomputerparamedic.com/files/rc.iso
): Do the following ...1. Insert the CD in the computer's optical disk drive tray.
2. Start or re-start the computer so that it boots from the CD. You may be prompted to "Press any key
". (If the system does not appear to be booting from the CD, you may need to enter the BIOS Setup Menu and change the boot order, so that the CD-ROM/optical disk drive is set to boot before the hard disk drive.)
3. When the Welcome to Setup
screen appears, press the R
key on your keyboard to start the Recovery Console.
4. The Recovery Console will ask which Windows installation you would like to log on to. If you have multiple Windows installations, it will list each one, and you would enter the number associated with the installation you would like to work on and press the ENTER key. If you have just one Windows installation
, type 1
and press ENTER.
5. You will be prompted for the Administrator's password. If there is no password, (and this is most likely
), simply press ENTER.
6. You will be presented with a C:\Windows>
At the C:\Windows>
prompt, type chkdsk /p
and press <ENTER>
If any errors are found/repairs made, run chkdsk /p
again, and repeat if necessary, until no more errors are found.
Type "exit" at the prompt and press <ENTER> to close the Recovery Console and restart your system.
Does Windows start normally now?