Solved Hard Drive Failure

October 6, 2011 at 03:57:12
Specs: Windows XP

- system cannot be loaded... files from system32 cannot be loaded or found...

- probably HD sector failures...

- system is XP Home Edition, but no OS cd, only got the OEM recovery disks...

- whenever recovery with the OEM cds, the hard drive will be rebuilt and no data left...

(1) any software recommended to locate/fix/isolate the bad sectors of the hard drive?

(2) if (1) succeeded, any mean to stop the OEM recovery CD to trash those isolation records before the recovery proceeds?


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October 6, 2011 at 05:08:23
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Where are gleaning the information you posted above? There can be many reasons why your computer will not boot into Windows. Could be a failing hard drive or could be something as simple as a bad shutdown.

Is this a laptop or desktop computer? There are several methods to copy your personal files from the internal drive to another media. Depending on the brand of computer performing a restore may or may not over write your personal files.

To find out if your hard drive is actually failing you can run a hard drive fitness test. Most manufacturers have such a utility at their websites. If you do not know the brand of hard drive you can try using the utilities from Hitachi or Seagate, which I have heard will test any drive.

I recommend you open the case and get the brand and model off the label though.

After determining if the drive if failing post back here for help on how to proceed next. I am assuming the drive is NOT making any strange noises. IF it is then the first priority would be to recover your personal files that you should have been backing up all along.

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