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Windows XP hard drive just re-boots

By Aldanatech ·
I have a Windows XP Home hard drive that will not boot. After the opening screen the system just re-boots. This will even happen in safe mode. The motherboard and all other components, including the power supply, work fine. I did find out that somebody played some games online shortly before this happened, but after slaving the drive and scanning it for viruses I cannot find any. My suspicion is that the hard drive itself is at fault, but I wonder if there is any other possibility. I would format the hard drive, but I was told by the user that it has sensitive information that neither him or me know where all of it is. Any ideas?

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by Aldanatech In reply to Windows XP hard drive jus ...

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by Black Panther In reply to Windows XP hard drive jus ...

Swap the drive with a known working one and see if it still reboots.

I had a similiar problem recently after loading a firewall.( i am sure it's a good firewall Zone Alarm but my computer first would not even start and then constantly rebooted. )

After pulling out the hard drive replacing it with another to check if the PC was ok I then put it back and it could boot again. I uninstalled Zone Alarm and it then worked fine.

Also make sure that 2 firewalls are not running ie Windows and another.

It may not be a virus causing it but a recently loaded program, or Adware.

Once you set it up as a slave run Hardware Diagnostics on the drive, Adware, make sure any Firewalls or Virus checkers do not start up
or even unistall them. Start unistalling one program at a time.

Alternatively put this hard drive into another PC to see if it boots.

hth

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by derrick_elbus In reply to Windows XP hard drive jus ...

Windows xp creates a repair directory in C:\WINDOWS\repair if you copy the files to their correct locations this would fix any corrupt system hive files. But to see the NTFS Partition and Data you will need to either boot to a BartPE cd-rom to replace files or slave the HD into another Xp Machine.

I have used this to repair Bench computers for customer who were about to be formated and restored as a last resort effort.

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by zlitocook In reply to Windows XP hard drive jus ...

Boot to the XP CD and install follow the directions for a repair use repair with out the floppy disk. If this will not work down load the program to check your hard drive. You will need the info off of the hadr drive, the makers name like western digital or seagate. All makers of hard drives have utilitites to check the drives. If you can slave it to another computer and access the drive then it has to do with the boot and loading, if you can not access it, it could be a bad hard drive. You do have backups right, if not and you need the information you could send it out to be repaired, but it will cost you a few hundered bucks. Try the free bartpe boot disk or cd that lets you access drives and repair them, it could be that your Fat table is bad and needs to be rebuilt.

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by dmiles In reply to Windows XP hard drive jus ...

The problem could be software or hardware,so you should uninstall the game software from the drive.

The pther option could be the video driver being corrupt,so update the driver

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by willcomp In reply to Windows XP hard drive jus ...

Since reboot occurs in safe mode as well, I would first suspect a corrupt registry hive.

On startup options screen (F8), disable restart on error and see if you are getting an error message. In many cases, there is one but it flashes so rapidly it cannot be read (may just be a white streak on a fast PC).

Microsoft has a good article on XP registry repair (link below).

As someone mentioned above, it is simpler to use another PC when copying registry backup files from restore folder (just drag and drop). This will also work if registry backup files are bad/missing as long as there is a good system restore point.

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=307545

Dalton

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