how do I repair a failing hard drive

March 10, 2011 at 05:18:04
Specs: Windows XP
The computer keeps rebooting.

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#1
March 10, 2011 at 05:40:37
U can't repair bad hard drive.
"The computer keeps rebooting" bad psu or cpu overheating.

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#2
March 10, 2011 at 07:46:47
How do you know it's a failing hard drive?

Yes, you cannot repair a bad hard drive, but you can run HDD repair utilities. These utilities do not actually "repair" the hard disks, they just mark bad areas or sectors of the disk as bad so that those bad sectors aren't used any more. This can enable you to boot a sick hard drive in order to get the contents off the drive. In any case, when you have a hard drive that is failing, you should replace it ASAP.

You could boot into Recovery Console with an XP CD, then run chkdsk.
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314058

You could test your HDD with the free manufacturers hard drive utility available from the hard drive manufacturers website to make bootable floppies or CDs to thoroughly test your hard drive surface area, mechanics and electronics:
- Seagate/Maxtor (Maxtor acquired by Seagate): Seatools.
- Western Digital: DataLifeguard.
- Fujitsu: Fujitsu Drive Test (FJDT).
- Hitachi/IBM: Hitachi Drive Fitness (HDFT).
- Samsung: (HUTIL).
- Toshiba (Fujitsu, Samsung or Hitachi utilities may work).

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#3
March 10, 2011 at 11:54:03
"The computer keeps rebooting."

That doesn't necessarily indicate there is anything wrong with the hard drive itself.

Win XP is set by default to automatically Restart when it encounters an unrecoverable error.

To have XP possibly display an error message you can investigate instead of the computer rebooting:

1. Click Start, and then right-click My Computer.
2. Click Properties.
3. Click the Advanced tab, and then click Settings under Startup and Recovery.
4. Under System failure, click on the small box beside Automatically restart to remove the checkmark.
5. Click OK, and then click OK.

If you then get an error message, look at all of it's details.
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If you can't get into Windows, or if you can but you can't use it for long enough to do that....

Remove any bootable CDs or DVDs you have in drives.

Boot the computer and starting very early, press F8 repeatedly, do not hold down the key, and when the boot choices menu appears, choose
Disable automatic restart on system failure.
That will attempt to load Windows normally.
.....

If a blue screen appears it will stay on the screen.

Copy down the things that are unique in the message and post them here.

E.g.

STOP: 0Xx00000xx (we don't need the stuff in brackets beside that)

A_TEXT_STRING_ALL_IN_CAPITALS

There may be a problem file named at the end of the text.

There may be a link to More info or similar - if so, click on it to see if it names a problem file.

There may be a mention of a MINIDUMP file having been made - if so, copy down the name and location of it - you may need to click on a link to find that. That MINIDUMP file can be analyzed.
.......

If when you attempt to do this....

Boot the computer and starting very early, press F8 repeatedly, do not hold down the key, and when the boot choices menu appears, choose
Disable automatic restart on system failure.

...you do NOT see the boot choices menu,

.....Boot from an XP CD, load the Recovery Console, run CHKDSK /R C:

For more info,
see response 11 in this:
http://www.computing.net/answers/wi...

starting at, scroll down to "If that won't work....."



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