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Disc boot failure

Can anyone tell me why I get a message 'disc boot failure' on a Windows XP Desktop during POST? If I try to re boot a few times it will boot but then the computer re starts by its self and gives me the same error message!
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You may have a missing or corrupt boot loader or boot sector.  You can usually fix this by booting from the WinXP CD into the recovery console and typing FIXMBR, followed by FIXBOOT.
Either your OS has become corrupted or your hard drive is failing.  If your OS is corrupt, you can do a repair install by inserting your XP CD in the CDROM and booting it.  Follow the same procedure as if you were doing a fresh installation EXCEPT that when you get to the part after agreeing to the license, select R to repair.  If your hard drive is failing, you need to get the important data off.  One way to do this is to put the drive in another machine as a slave and copy the important stuff onto the good drive.
Sounds like the hard drive to me, if you have another harddrive ghost it over and run chkdsk.

Good Luck
Find out what brand and D/L the diagnostic tool:

http://www.maxtor.com/en/support/products/index.htm                                      Maxtor/Quantum
http://www.fcpa.fujitsu.com/download/hard-drives/#diagnostic                            Fujitsu
http://www.samsungelectronics.com/hdd/support/utilities/utilities_index.html         Samsung
http://www.seagate.com/support/seatools/index.html                                          Seagate
http://support.wdc.com/download/                                                                     Western Digital
http://www.hgst.com/hdd/support/download.htm#DFT                                         IBM and Hitachi
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