wont start up

Gateway desktop / E2000
August 15, 2010 at 11:15:24
Specs: xp
when i boot up i get 'a problem with the hard drive has been detected consult the troubleshootong section of users manual, press the enter key to continue' i press enter then get a gateway logo withpress f4 to resume, i press f4 nothing happens. i recently was low on memory and never got a chance to delete. also i can not start up in safe mode.

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August 15, 2010 at 11:36:56
I would say your hard drive is toast, especially since you got an error code already.

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August 15, 2010 at 12:28:03
i downloaded a start up disk and tried also nothing. why would i not be able to get into safe mode to deete some files?

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August 15, 2010 at 14:15:18
Open up the case and make sure the drive's data cable is in good condition and tightly connected.

If that's not it you may be able to access the drive with a boot cd--maybe one of those 'ultimate' boot cds. Or you can try an NTFS4DOS floppy bootdisk.

Or you can connect it to another computer, either as an internal slave or in an external case.

It's unlikely you can fix it by doing any of that but you may be able to delete or transfer some of your files.

Now that's what I call a sticky situation

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