My computer had been acting sluggish with quite a few errors these past few months. Occasional blue screens, graphic card errors when attempting to run games, etc. So, I came to the conclusion that it was just time for a reformat.
(Prior to the reformat I experience no errors regarding booting. -EXCEPT- Maybe two times with which I received NTLDR missing. And, of course fixing this just required restarting the PC.)
I backed up all my essential data to a thumbdrive. Put in the XP Home Installation CD. And, allowed it to clean format the pre-existing partition.
Once it finished working it began to boot to Windows, and it got BSoD. Not fun.
I ignored this and restarted the PC. And on boot, receiving NTLDR missing once again.
I restarted my computer maybe 5 times assuming it was just a fluke. After which I reset CMOS remembering that I had OCed my Pentium4 a tad. (Only 10-20MHz,)
After restarting CMOS, I do NOT receive NTLDR missing error. Now I get this:
Verifying DMI Pool Data..... Update Sucess
Boot from CD:
Intel® Boot Agent FE v4.10
Copyright © 1997-2003, Intel Corporation
CLIENT MAC ADDR: 00 0C 76 62 97 69 GUID: FFFFFFFF FFFF FFFF FFFF FFFFFFFFFFFF
PXE-E53: No boot filename received
PXE-M0F: Exiiting Intel Boot Agent.
DISK BOOT FAILURE, INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER
I asked my Father about this briefly before he had to leave. (This was his old PC back from 2003-2010, It is a very old computer) He said he had never ran into that error before.
I altered boot sequence, so that CDROM got first priority, then HD.
He mentioned that I should resecure cables, and then reformat again in case something went wrong in the prior formatting.
Are there any diagnostic tools I can use to check on the health of my HDD? If by some psychic force I backed up all my data right before my HD decided to fail on me and reformatting again just produces the same error message.
Thanks for the assistance~!
I will update this topic as I work.