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Hardware problem, and need help

maddscientist328
First off,My main hard drive that I've been using has failed. When booting up It says boot failure. I've tried everything I know. Whatever's going on? It will not even read that it's there.I took it to a freind and was able to get it to read it but not boot. That tells me that it has to be in the boot sectore. Anyway I will be more than happy to answer any questions you have to help.


p.s. I can use messanger(yahoo) If that would be easier.
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    mjd420nova

    If the drive won't boot in your machine but will boot in a friends, it may be that the MOBO on your unit has failed, possibly the IDE/SATA or whatever drive interface your machine uses has failed. Just taking it to another machine and getting it past the POST and attempting to start says the drive is probably okay. The OS on your drive was loaded on your machine with all of the specific hardware drivers. Expecting it to boot in another machine would be impossible unless the friends machine is identical in every way to yours.

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    HAL 9000 Moderator

    You have told us that the HDD has failed.

    You have taken it to a friend and seen that it is readable so rip the data off it and then proceed to test with the Makers testing Utility available here

    http://www.tacktech.com/display.cfm?ttid=287

    This will confirm if the HDD is failing or if it has just been corrupted. But in the worst case you can still recover your Data and replace the HDD with a new one to repair the system. It would be far worse if you couldn't recover your Data.

    Col

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    ---TK---

    you might want to try using the "recovery console" boot to XP cd, choose recovery console, type "FIX BOOT"... reboot, remove the cd, and try booting.
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314058

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    mjd420nova

    If the drive won't boot in your machine but will boot in a friends, it may be that the MOBO on your unit has failed, possibly the IDE/SATA or whatever drive interface your machine uses has failed. Just taking it to another machine and getting it past the POST and attempting to start says the drive is probably okay. The OS on your drive was loaded on your machine with all of the specific hardware drivers. Expecting it to boot in another machine would be impossible unless the friends machine is identical in every way to yours.

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    HAL 9000 Moderator

    You have told us that the HDD has failed.

    You have taken it to a friend and seen that it is readable so rip the data off it and then proceed to test with the Makers testing Utility available here

    http://www.tacktech.com/display.cfm?ttid=287

    This will confirm if the HDD is failing or if it has just been corrupted. But in the worst case you can still recover your Data and replace the HDD with a new one to repair the system. It would be far worse if you couldn't recover your Data.

    Col

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    ---TK---

    you might want to try using the "recovery console" boot to XP cd, choose recovery console, type "FIX BOOT"... reboot, remove the cd, and try booting.
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314058