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xp SP3 PROBLEM


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#1 steve747

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Posted 21 July 2013 - 02:25 PM

Hello. For quite some time now my computer will only boot to windows from the XP CD. It won't do it from the HDD. Maybe something is wrong in the boot sector. I tried the cmd prompt then typed cdi386 but the message i got was cdi386 not recognised as an internal or external command. Any suggestions.....Thanks

 



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Posted 21 July 2013 - 04:31 PM

You might start by running chkdsk.exe, (Microsoft Check Disk), and if that doesn't find any errors you could try running "TESTHDD" which is a good freeware HDD checking program, though it does NOT check software, - strictly checks for damaged sectors on the HDD.



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Posted 21 July 2013 - 05:54 PM

A utility that only concerns itself with damaged sectors...can possibly lead to loss of data on those sectors as it concerns itself with hard drive problems.

 

You may want to either back up valued data or try running the chkdsk /r command...the chkdsk /r command attempts to reclaim data files whcih may lie on damaged hard drive sectors (among other things).

 

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Posted 22 July 2013 - 09:18 AM

Hello. Thanks for the replies, however they didn't seem to work. I went to the bios and changed the boot order to First HDD and second to CD ROM, then hit restart. I got in the start up screen at the bottom "disk read error occurred, press CTRL+ALT+DELETE to restart. So had to change the boot order again back to CD ROM as the first boot device.






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