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Hardware problem, and need help

By 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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Depends on OS

by mjd420nova In reply to Hardware problem, and nee ...

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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So what are you asking here?

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Hardware problem, and nee ...

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


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.


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hm.... for XP...

by ---TK--- In reply to Hardware problem, and nee ...

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.

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