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Windows XP BIOS hold-up: bad disk

By john.a.wills ·
When my XP reboots (once a day, to accommodate Windows updates) it has, recently, taken to stopping somewhere in the pre-Windows phase, telling me that my disc is BAD. If I press F2 I get to another non-Windows screen, which leads to another, which takes a terribly long time but eventually gets to the Windows log-in page. I have investigated my disc with chkdsk and found it faultless. So why is the boot program finding an error, how can I detect that error, and what should I do about it?

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CHKDSK only tests the Platter Surface

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Windows XP BIOS hold-up: ...

Not the actual Hard Drive. I'm assuming that the SMART is telling the BIOS that there is a problem with the drive. To check this out you need to run the HDD Makers Diagnostic Utility to properly check the function of the HDD.

If you don't know the Drive Maker I suggest Sea Tools from Seagate which will tell you what is happening but if you don't have a Seagate HDD the Warranty Details/Report may be incorrect.

www.seagate.com/au/en/support/downloads/item/seatools-dos-master/

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That seems good advice

by john.a.wills In reply to Windows XP BIOS hold-up: ...

except that the URL is faulty. Some weekend soon when I have time I must set about ordering a new PC. Fortunately I have my files backed up with JustCloud. It's all a bother. Thank you , Col.

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