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#1 Heyoldman

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Posted 20 March 2006 - 07:12 AM

computer wont start up, says reboot disk failure wont read hard drive.
system recovery doens't work

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Posted 20 March 2006 - 07:22 AM

You may have had a hard drive failure. Does the hard drive appear in the BIOS?
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Posted 20 March 2006 - 07:56 AM

Is your computer still in warranty?

If yes, call support at the manufacturer.

If not, do you have the Windows XP Installation disk and the 25 digit key?

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Posted 20 March 2006 - 08:48 AM

Have you tried using the 'fixboot' command from the Recovery Console CD?

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Posted 20 March 2006 - 12:25 PM

the prime master is wierd, yes it does seem to be in bios

what do i do? I only have the system recovery disks and those dont even work cause the computer doesn't recognize the hard drive.

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Posted 20 March 2006 - 12:40 PM

I have had this happen when the CMOS battery (motherboard battery) went dead. But I could not locate the hard drive in the BIOS.
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Posted 20 March 2006 - 12:47 PM

If an XP cd is available:
Purchase a new HDD, fairly cheap, anywhere from 30$ and up. Depending on your setup. provide us with you system specs and we'll see what will fit right in your system.

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Posted 20 March 2006 - 03:52 PM

for some reason it works now, and i'm on the net talking right now, what's going to happen though, for some reason it just seems to work.
Is this luck?

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Posted 21 March 2006 - 02:15 PM

If it failed once it will fail again.

The time to fix it is NOW.

Buy a retail Hard Drive which comes with migration software so it will transfer everything on your old drive to the new one, including the op system and do it NOW.

I recommend Seagate drives because they are the only ones that come with a five year warranty (I just had two Western Digital drives fail after two years and they were out of warranty), but get a new one of your choice.

If you wait until the old drive fails completely it will be too late.

It may be working intermittantly now for several reasons including heat factor.

Edited by Enthusiast, 21 March 2006 - 02:17 PM.


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Posted 21 March 2006 - 03:34 PM

ok, thats the idea, thanks for all you could do

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Posted 21 March 2006 - 08:25 PM

To help nail down whether or not the hard drive is at fault, try the Hitachi Drive Fitness Test (DFT).
Download the .ISO file and burn it to CD. Restart your PC and boot from the CD. Make sure in the BIOS
that your system tries to boot from the CD/DVD drive before it tries to boot from the hard drive.

DFT can be downloaded here. Its best not to guess whether or not you need a new component !

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Posted 21 March 2006 - 10:52 PM

It could be intermittant and working now and show good, but if it goes completely you are screwed.

Putting it under stress with tests wouldn't be what I would do.

Hard drives can be had for a small amount of money nowadays.

Replace it before it goes and use the old one as a backup-slave if you must use it at all.

How old is it?

Edited by Enthusiast, 21 March 2006 - 10:53 PM.





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