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Drive diagnostic failed error code 4

Dell demension 8250 pc running xp home. western digital 120g drive.
When the pc boots I get Dell disk monitoring has detected that drive 0 is operating outside of normal specifications press F1 to continue.
I press F1 and the boot screen comes up. If I choose normal boot the Windows XP screen comes up and the green status bar moves but windows never loads.

If i choose boot to safe mode or boot to dos I get a blue screen with Stop c0000218 regustry file failure. The registry cannot load the hive file \system\system32\config\software or its log or alternate.

If I choose edi diagnostics the drive fails to code of 4. I can't find anything on code 4.

Any ideas
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
The drive is failing.  Call Dell for a replacement if you're still under warranty.
El ConquistadorSenior DBACommented:
yup, hard drive failure. You could trying loading the Dell restore disk. But all in all, either the hard drive failed, or system files are corrupted. If you could get a DOS screen up you could run sfc /scannow
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