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XP Dead

I was having trouble with my computer (Windows XP). I tried to reboot (Ctrl-Alt_del). It would not take.

I pressed the power off; then turned it back on.

It will not boot. It gives the message "a disk read error occurred. Press ctrl+alt+del to restart.

And it does it over & over.

Is there any way out of this?
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Richard Korts
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Raymond PengSystems EngineerCommented:
Can you run diagnostics of the HDD using the built in BIOS program or if you have an Ultimate Boot CD to run > available here: http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/

Were there any changes to the machine vai hardware / software?

Do you have a Windows Boot CD to try and boot into detect / repair session?
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Element1910Commented:
Make sure any external hard drives are disconnected upon boot up and that there are no boot CD's (or any CD's really), in the CD/DVD drives, then try again.
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Richard KortsAuthor Commented:
I ran the HDD diagnostics; said everything was OK.

I may have a boot disk somewhere; guess that's the best shot.
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shahzoorCommented:
Connect the harddisk to a different computer and check if it reads the contents of the harddisk
If it does then copy the data to your machine and format the harddisk
and proceed with the installations again
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Richard KortsAuthor Commented:
I found the CD.

How do I boot from the CD in Repair Mode?
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nobusCommented:
do NOT try to repair yet !
first look up what is wrong
boot from the UBCD - and test ram and disk first, to be sure about the basics
for ram :  memtest86+ - at least 1 complete pass
for disk - use the diag for your disk brand, eg seatols for maxtor/seagate, and run the LONG test

report back

you may need to change the boot order to boot from cd
here the repair guide :  http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm
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Miguel Angel Perez MuñozCommented:
Start using XP setup disk and load recovery console: http://pcsupport.about.com/od/fixtheproblem/ss/rconsole.htm
Then, try run a chkdsk /r to repair filesystem. When finish, reboot and let start from hard drive.
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nobusCommented:
as i said - i would NOT try it, before knowing what is bad -  repairing with bad hardware is asking for trouble
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flubbsterCommented:
If you go into BIOS, does it report the correct hard drive?
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Richard KortsAuthor Commented:
To all,

I used the XP Recovery Console.

I ran dhkdsk /r. It ran for about 45 minutes. The said it completed 50%. It said unrecoverable errors found.

I rebooted (from hard drive), it gets to the point where it shows the opening windows screen, goes for a while, then flashes a blue background screen & starts over (rebooting).

I used the instructions found here http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm#RI

On item 5 it DOES NOT give Repair as one of the options. It says, XP Professional Setup & wants to install Windows on one of these partitions:

-: Partition 1 [FAT]  39 MB
C: Partition 2 [unknown] 233617 MB
E: Partition 3 [FAT32] 4754 MB

I was reluctant to choose any of those for fear it will wipe out my existing files.

Is there any way to recover selected folders / files from the hard drive? I am willing to bite the bullet & get a new machine if necessary; I NEED those files.

Help!
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nobusCommented:
to rkorts : here is what i posted :  
as i said - i would NOT try it, before knowing what is bad -  repairing with bad hardware is asking for trouble

that said - you can copy your files if you boot from a live cd, here a couple :
http://www.ubcd4win.com/                              ubcd  Win
ftp://ftp.gwdg.de/pub/linux/knoppix/KNOPPIX_V6.7.0CD-2011-08-01-EN.iso          Knoppix

knoppix is the easiest to make

or connect your drive as 2nd to working system
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Richard KortsAuthor Commented:
To nobus,

I downloaded the knoppix & burned a CD. Do I just boot from that CD?

Thanks
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Richard KortsAuthor Commented:
To Nobus

I tried booting from the knoppix CD; it booted but I couldn't get it to do anything. I could not get at the files or folders.

It's all greek in Linux speak, which doesn't make things earier.
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Raymond PengSystems EngineerCommented:
Did you boot into the Linux Desktop?  there should be icons like HDB on the desktop that you can double click and be able to browse the files.
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Raymond PengSystems EngineerCommented:
As a future reference,
Do you have something like this handy so you can attach it to another computer as an external HDD?  It's a handy tool to have when you want to verify files on a HDD that you can't boot into.

http://www.amazon.com/Cables-To-Go-30504-Adapter/dp/B000UO6C5S/ref=pd_cp_pc_1
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Richard KortsAuthor Commented:
To l33tf0b

"Did you boot into the Linux Desktop?" I don't know what that means. I booted from the CD; I'm trying another approach now (Xubuntu).
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Rob MinersCommented:
When and only when you have all of your Data Backed up try this before you wipe the Drive to reinstall.

Boot the machine with your XP CD and press the first R to enter the Recovery Console.

At the recovery command prompt type in these commands pressing the Enter key after each one.

diskpart

select disk 0

select partition 2

active

exit

fixmbr

fixboot

attrib –h -s -r C:\boot.ini

del boot.ini

bootcfg rebuild

Restart the PC with the XP CD removed.

-=eol=-
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nobusCommented:
>>  I downloaded the knoppix & burned a CD. Do I just boot from that CD?  << Yes
to copy files, use the KDE desktop - it shows your disks -open these, and navidate to your files to copy
a guide :  http://rdsrc.us/cdkwO4
info : http://www.brighthub.com/computing/linux/articles/63910.aspx

note : you find many knoppix guides if you google knoppix guide
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Richard KortsAuthor Commented:
None of this solved the problem.

I took it to a repair shop & they extracted my files; there are portions of the hard drive bad & burned out capacitors on the mother board.

Points awarded for effort.
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