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Posted 01 September 2013 - 07:12 PM
Posted 02 September 2013 - 12:19 AM
From the description you provided, i suspect the hard drive is failed and it need to be replaced. Since it is an old IDE drive, it will be in the end of lifespan. Before diagnosing the hard drive health, i recommend to backup all the data to an external medium first. Since the OS is not booting, you need to use a Live Linux CD like Puppy to recover the data.
How to burn an ISO to a CD : http://pcsupport.about.com/od/toolsofthetrade/ht/burnisofile.htm
Boot from the CD and copy all the data to a USB drive. Once that is done, we can verify the hard drive health status.
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