Boot problem, possibly corrupt Hard Drive

April 30, 2009 at 19:27:52
Specs: Windows Vista 32x
Hi, thanks in advance for your help; I'm running Vista 32x, ~300Gb SATA Hard Drive with 500W PSU.

My computer won't start no matter what I do, when I turn it boots properly until I get to the "Your computer didn't shut down properly last time, what do you want to do" screen.
If I hit "start normally" it starts running CHKDSK (the hard drive de-corrupter) until about half-way through, then it crashes and reboots.
If I hit "start in safe mode" it begins loading windows but always freezes at the same place and doesn't do anything until I reboot it.
And if I go to "restart from last known good configuration" it says that the windows kernel is missing or corrupt.

I haven't installed new hardware or programs recently, I just came home from school one day and I got error messages for a bunch of programs that were running in the background; XFire, Windows Network Reciever Sharing Service (or something) and Symantec something or other (I didn't write them down because I didn't think it was important). I shut down my computer, rebooted it and it started acting like this.

Do I have a corrupt hard drive or is it something else, what should I do?

Thanks a lot,

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April 30, 2009 at 20:27:17
download a hard drive diagnostic tool from the maker.
they usually run from a bootable floppy or cd. check the drive integrity

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May 2, 2009 at 20:51:23
Try using your windows vista CD or DVD and repair windows using the Automatic recovery option.

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