Based on Jove's profile page we can assume this is the computer he is working with:
Microsoft Windows XP
C:Western Digital WDC 39GB E: MAXTOR STM3160815A (149 GB, IDE)
- Antivirus Software
C:Western Digital WDC 39GB + E: MAXTOR STM3160815A (149 GB, IDE)
- Video Card
Intel® 82815 Graphics Controller (4 MB)
Audio Adapter Intel 82801BA ICH2 - AC'97 Audio Controller [B-5]
- Power Supply
CPU Type Intel Celeron-S, 1400 MHz (14 x 100)
Compaq Presario 4403US
You need to run a disk utility to determine if your hard drive is failing. It appears that your main boot up hard drive is the Western Digital hard drive. So let's try going to the link below.http://support.wdc.com/product/download.asp?groupid=502&sid=2&lang=en
Instructions: NOTE: These instructions are written for a floppy diskette, if you do not have a floppy disk drive in your system, you can burn a bootable CDROM disk on another computer. You will have to configure your system to boot from your disk drive in your BIOS setup utility.
1.Download the dlgdiag_5_20.zip.
2.Extract the dlgdiag5.exe file and copy to a DOS bootable diskette.
3.Boot from this diskette. Make sure that your boot order in your Bios is set to boot from the floppy drive first.
4.At DOS prompt type dlgdiag5.exe to run the program.
5.You will see the following options:
A] SELECT DRIVE - Always choose this option first, as it determines which drive you will be working on.
B] QUICK TEST - This option tests your drive quickly for any major physical problems. (Please note: Although this option is safe and does not alter the data on your hard drive, Western Digital recommends that you have a current backup of your data). C] EXTENDED TEST - This option checks your drive thoroughly and it can repair any correctable errors. (Please note: Although this option is safe and does not alter the data on your hard drive, some data loss may occur, depending on the errors found and the errors corrected. Western Digital recommends that you have a current backup of your data).
D] WRITE ZEROS TO DRIVE - DO NOT CHOOSE THIS OPTION THIS WILL PERMANENTLY DESTROY ALL YOUR DATA!!!!!
E] VIEW TEST RESULTS - You can see the results of the test you just performed
F] PRINT TEST RESULTS - Test results can be printed with this option. USB printers are not supported
G] LOG FILE OPEN/CLOSE - You can access the log file which is generated automatically
H] ENTER AND PRINT RMA INFORMATION - Information pertaining to each drive tested can be customized and printed with this option.
I] HELP - Brief descriptions of each option in addition to explanations of error codes are available in this option.
J] QUIT - Reboot your system once you have completed the selected tasks
Please choose option C above, run the long test.
This software does not apply to your MAXTOR hard drive, do not use this software to test your MAXTOR STM3160815A (149 GB, IDE) hard drive.
If you need to test drive E: you will need to go to this link below:http://www.seagate.com/support/internal-hard-drives/consumer-electronics/ld25-series/seatools-dos-master/
Again, that is a DOS disk utility and is not meant to be ran within the Windows OS.
Both web sites have a utility that can be ran within Windows, however it appears you are not able to boot into windows and the DOS images can be booted to independently from Windows.
If your system experiences possible BIOS corruption, this issue can sometimes be resolved by a simple Clearing of the BIOS. This is done by changing a jumper setting that is located on the Main Board. Your computer's owners manual can explain where this is located and how to do it.
Hope this helps and that my instructions have been easy to follow, accurate and have been helpful to you.