XP - cannot even start in safe mode

i have an old XP computer.
it doesn't come up. after the XP symbol appears it stuck in a dark screen...
tried to startup in safe mode...it also stuck (See picture attached)

I had few bluee screens that hinted on a problem with the HD..
can it be that the HD is malfunctioned so bad ?

any ideas ?
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sikadminAsked:
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Miguel Angel Perez MuñozCommented:
Yes, it is possible defective hard drive stuck booting process. Best way to test this, replace hard drive suspicious and reinstall OS. You can try using any bootable disk to test this hard drive.
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sikadminAuthor Commented:
is there a tool to make check disk in this situation ? without getting to windows ?
i can enter the bios
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Miguel Angel Perez MuñozCommented:
You can try running chkdsk using recovery console (XP setup disk is required): http://www.geekstogo.com/forum/topic/231709-how-to-run-chkdsk-on-ntfs-drive-when-i-cannot-boot-windows/
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sanjayrajtCommented:
Hi,

Do one thing go to bios check the hard disc is detecting or not?
if detecting remove the battery from mother board wait 1 minute and insert again
and try to boot again normally.
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sikadminAuthor Commented:
where can i see in the bios if the HD is detected ?
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sikadminAuthor Commented:
by the way i assume its detected because he gets to running the XP logo..
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sikadminAuthor Commented:
to Drashiel: i don't have the XP disk... :-(
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sikadminAuthor Commented:
i took the HD out and place it an a HD dock, the HD cannot be read, i cant even see its drive on my computer, which means that my computer doesnt recognize it at all.
i assume it means that its dead completely....
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sikadminAuthor Commented:
Sorry, just manage to bring it up...i can access the disk when attaching it to an external HD docking...
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Dirk MareSystems Engineer (Acting IT Manager)Commented:
These days new hard drives are cheap to replace.

My 2c if you suspect your hard drive of being faulty, I would recommend buying a new drive to replace your old one. I would not recommend running any disk checking right now if the drive is busy failing running those kinds of test can cause the drive to completely stop working. and it would make recovering any important data on that drive very difficult.

Option A
1. Buy new drive and reload your windows
2. install old drive in USB adapter or in a different SATA port or as Slave
3. try copying anything from the drive, if its successful try copying the rest of the data.
4. when you have all your data from the old drive, run all the test you want.

or..

Option B
1. buy a USB adapter install old drive into it and try to recover all your information from the drive using another computer.

or..

Option C
Find another PC running the same version of Windows XP install your drive as secondary or in USB adapter and boot the Machine when you are in windows, run check disk from my computer and remember to select all the tick boxes, when done try to re-installing the drive in old case and try to boot it again.

If you have difficulties copying info from the drive or detecting it with a different PC the drive is probably faulty.

If you can successfully copy and write info to your old drive, re-install it in your PC and try to repair windows.
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sikadminAuthor Commented:
Thanks for your Detailed answer ! but i assume that i need a windows XP disk to reapir my XP , is there any other option without this disk ?
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Dirk MareSystems Engineer (Acting IT Manager)Commented:
Option C in my post above..
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sikadminAuthor Commented:
thanks
will do and update
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PhonebuffCommented:
Look at Spinrite been around for ever and does a good drive of repairing  drives --

https://www.grc.com/sr/spinrite.htm
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nobusCommented:
i suggest :
1-disconnect all external devices
2- run a diag on your drive
3-if it's ok; try to repair, or reinstall
here is how i handle disk problems  -use the minimum set up as described in my article

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Storage/Hard_Drives/A_3000-The-bad-hard-disk-problem.html

here is how to make the UBCD :
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Storage/Hard_Drives/A_3000-The-bad-hard-disk-problem.html
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duzbinCommented:
Firstly I would run a ram test. goto memtest.org download memtest and test the ram, probably the fault.
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Nice-GhazaCommented:
Dear . can you do Repair the Window  and see the Weblink  do it as it steps
http://www.wikihow.com/Do-a-Windows-XP-%22Repair-Install%22
Thanks
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sikadminAuthor Commented:
Finally found out that the HD was malfunctioned
after running check disk on it (while attaching it as an external device to another computer),
it succeded in fixing few problems..
but the HD was still very very slow..
saved the important data and changed the HD
thank you all !
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