Won't boot or go to Safe Mode
Posted on 2007-10-14
I came down to find the BSOD on my Dell Desktop screen. I have tried to reboot and it just goes back to the BSOD. If I try to boot into Safe Mode, it scrolls through the processes, stops, and then reboots again. It keeps up this cycle, but never gets into safe mode. I have tried to un-attach each peripherial to see if that item is causing a problem during boot, and had no luck there. I went into the Bios and reset to factory defaults, and got it to boot into XP and then it blue screened in a few seconds. I have had this dell for about 16 months and have never had one issue. I clean the registry and defrag weekly as run all of the preventative software.
In your opinion, am I looking at hard drive failure here? I can find nothing else to pin it to. If it is HD failure, can you point me to a procedure to possibly copy my HD to an external HD and boot and run my computer from that until I can replace the HD? If that will work, can I image the external HD back to the new HD.
Thank you in advance for any help or ideas you can give me.