Continual Rebooting after failing to load SPTD.sys in WIN XP

Hello,

I have a very similar problem to others already posted on this site.  I am running WIN XP Pro on a HP Laptop. I left it on my desk for about 1hr and when I came back I had the black error screen saying that windows had not started properly.  When I select Safe Mode (or any mode) it tries to load but I then get a message saying "Press ESC to cancel loading SPTD.sys".  If I press ESC it tries to load XP for about a second, it sometimes shows a blue screen for a slipt second and then returns to where I was before.  As I said, very similar to other cases on this forum so I have run through all the solutions offered - including repairing from CD which doesn't work because it doesn't regonise any discs.  I have checked the hardrive is firmly in place.  I have tried all versions of safe modes without succeess.  Can you please help?  
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and235100Commented:
Slightly different - http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Windows/XP/Q_23089201.html , but I would recommend replacing the hard disk. If you can boot to recovery console - or boot your computer using BartPE (http://www.nu2.nu/pebuilder/) or Ubcd4win (http://www.ubcd4win.com/downloads.htm) - and run chkdsk /r - you can also try a couple of disk diagnostics, on the previous CD - or ubcd (http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/download.html)
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jeffiepooCommented:
If you can't boot to a cd that is a serious problem in and by itself. Go into the BIOS and figure this out BEFORE ANYTHING. There is a free utility called Drive Fitness Test that you can burn to a cd and boot to. It will tell you if your hard disk is ok or not.

A.)  If it is ok, then I would follow and235100's advide and run a chkdsk /r in the recovery colsole of the windows setup.

B.)  If it is not ok, I would get one of the following programs: norton ghost, or Acronis True Image Home v.11 and ghost the drive over to one that is not failing and try the chkdsk /r then.

I would make sure you have the necessary hardware to hook up 2 disk drives to a computer before you try B.

You could also just buy a new HDD, forget your data and install windows XP fresh so your computer is like new.

hope this helps, I'd be glad to answer any questions.
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mjsteele001Author Commented:
thank you both for your answers.  I don't have a bootable CD handy so I'll have to try tomorrow.
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MotoCrazyCommented:
The best disk diagnostic program will be the one from the manufacturer. If you know the make of your harddisk drive, I would run their utility to check it.

I would also agree with and235100's suggestion of UBCD (I use UBCD4Win) to boot the system to. It may take a little bit to set the disk up, but it may save you a lot of heartache when you lose your data. Boot to the UBCD4Win and copy all your uber-important stuff to a network drive or flashdrive (flash drive must be plugged in before starting UBCD4Win). There are instructions on UBCD4Win's site on creating your boot disk.

http://www.ubcd4win.com

www.seagate.com 
www.maxtor.com 
www.westerndigital.com 
www.quantum.com 
www.ibm.com 
www.storage.ibm.com/techsup/hddtech/welcome.htm
www.fujitsu.com 
www.wdc.com/service/ftp/drives.html

fujitsu
http://www.fcpa.fujitsu.com/download/hard-drives/#diagnostic

IBM and Hitachi
http://www.hgst.com/hdd/support/download.htm#DFT 

Maxtor/Quantum
http://www.maxtor.com/en/support/products/index.htm

Samsung
http://www.samsungelectronics.com/hdd/support/utilities/utilities_index.html

Seagate
http://www.seagate.com/support/seatools/index.html

Western Digital
http://support.wdc.com/download/
www.westerndigital.com
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jeffiepooCommented:
yes, ubcd 4 win is very nice.
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mjsteele001Author Commented:
Can I boot from USD drive using UBCD4WIN?
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MotoCrazyCommented:
I suppose it is possible, but I don't think they support it, and I wouldn't know how to go about doing it.
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and235100Commented:
An external dvd drive is surely the answer here?
They are cheap and effective for this sort of job...
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mjsteele001Author Commented:
OK - I connected the laptops HDD to another PC and was able to access my documents.  I then got a new HDD and installed Windows and Office again.  Problem solved - although not they way I would have liked!  Thanks for your help everyone!  :-)

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mjsteele001Author Commented:
I thought and235100 was probably the most helpful, considering he suggesting changing the DHH right from step 1.
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