Hardware problems, can't start up computer-reboot?

January 3, 2012 at 23:36:32
Specs: Windows 7
My computer cannot start up. It is a windows vista. When I switch on the computer, there is a screen that says the hardware is spoiled and back up immediately. At the bottom of the screen it says press F2 to continue or F10 for system setup. A few days ago I just needed to press F2 and then press "start windows normally" and I can use the computer but now, if I press F2, a blue screen appears so briefly that I can't even read the small words on it and then it goes to a reboot page where I have to insert a disk to reboot and I will be stuck at that pg so I can't use the computer at all. Is there any way to solve this problem other than using a disc to reboot? Will all the memory be gone after the disc is inserted to reboot? Thank you so much!

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January 4, 2012 at 06:08:03
A warning to back up immediately usually means the hard drive is starting to fail, and eventually it will fail completely, taking all your data with it.

If the hard drive has failed, booting from a disc to re-install Windows is futile. You need to buy a new hard drive first.

But before doing so, you may want to make quite sure that the existing drive has really failed, so test it with the drive manufacturer's diagnostic software for DOS. The links are on this page:

You need to download the DOS version which is an ISO file. With that, you can make a bootable CD that contains the testing software. Make the CD from the ISO file using IMGBurn from here:

When you've made the CD, boot your faulty PC from it to run the hard drive test.

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