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Windows 7 not booting

rrhandle8 asked
Last Modified: 2015-03-02
For a few months, I have occasionally experienced the blue screen of death. A simple reboot got me back up and running.  After the 5th of 6th time, I decided to look on the internet for some help.  Microsoft help site suggested running CHKDSK, so I tried it.  Took 2 days to run!  Since then, the blue screen has not returned.  Things have been good for over a week now.  I reboot each morning.  Today, after booting up and some programs starting, the computer froze.  I rebooted, and got the black screen with something like "Disk failure. Please insert CD".  I inserted the Windows CD, booted to Safe Mode, then rebooted to Normal Mode.

I have not tried rebooting without the CD.  Wanted to get this message out before I try that.

Two questions:

1) Can anyone offer advise to get to the bottom of this problem?
2) How can I create a thumb drive to boot from so I don't have to dig out the Windows CD which I keep inside the computer.

Thanks for your help.
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