I have a desktop PC running Windows XP. During the boot process it gets as far as the XP logo loading screen then the power goes off. I tried booting in safe mode but the power still goes off.
I suspected it was a problem with the PSU so I replaced it, but the problem remained.
I then tried booting from my Windows CD. This worked and asked me if I wanted to install a fresh copy of Windows. The problem with that is there is not enough room on my hard drive for another copy of Windows and I cannot delete the partition that is currently on the hard drive as this contains important information I need to recover.
As I was desperate to recover the data from my hard drive I purchased an IDE docking station to connect to my laptop. Fortunately the docking station has allowed me to access most of the files I need off the hard drive but wont let me access all of the files. ie. some folders won’t open.
The above leads me to believe it is the hard drive that is faulty and was causing the desktop to power off when booting. Does my assessment sound correct? And is there a way I can sort the problem so I can get my desktop running again with the same hard disk (without re-partitioning)?