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I got a FUJITSU laptop. Now the computer can't start (it shows only the windows XP logo startup and stops there) and one day before the computer was Ok but the harddisk makes noise (as if it was working very hard) and suddenly hang.

It is a harddisk problem ?

Anyway, I want to get all the data on the harddisk.

Please help

Thanks,
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by:Casca1
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When you see the bar at XP startup, press the F8 key, and select safe mode. That should allow your PC to boot.
Alternatively, you could select Last Known Good Configuration, and try that. If a driver went nuts, or a piece of equipment went out, the driver could be causing the problem; A service could have been activated, and those two methods are the first steps to use.
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by:svannak
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What you mentioned we tried already. I think hard disk problem because it seems hard disk dificault to read and sound very bad, noisy.
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by:Mike Tomlinson
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You most likely had your hard drive crash.  The system boots partially but it is reaching the "bad spot" during bootup.  The noise you hear is most likely the system trying to reread the same spot but getting errors so the heads go back and forth over and over and over again.  Usually the noise is a repeating pattern if this is the case.  

If you have a bootable CD, pop that puppy in and reboot.
Select r to repair.
Type in the administrator password or hit enter if there is none.
Type in chkdsk /r and hit enter
Type exit and hit enter.
Pray....

Hope it works
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by:guynumber5764
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It doesn't sound like the drive is completely shafted because it is reading a little bit (to get to the XP boot).  You can try booting from the XP install disk and see if it will do an OS repair.  If that doesn't work, other experts here can recommend a variety of tools (such as Knoppix) to aid data recovery.
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by:Huseyin1
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Hi

If it's booting then thats a good sign, boot to safe mode and wait however long it takes to boot up, go make some tea and then come back, if no good then your going tyo have to get a DOS box up and save your data.

...........also try a step by step boot up process.

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philby11 earned 210 total points
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If there is important data on this drive then you can slave it to another system & attempt a data recovery before the drive dies completely.
Tools to use
Crazyone's Data recovery list
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Storage/Q_20778366.html
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