Help-Can only boot safe mode

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June 18, 2010 at 13:23:52
Specs: Windows XP
After a disk defrag using the windows defragger, my laptop computer will not boot.

After a bit started trying to install XP Pro over again, says it cannot find the disk to use. says there is a disk identity error with both the hard drives in there. "No disk to use; QDMA not loaded".

I did a diagnostic from the BIOS setup and the main drive failed, said it failed #1- 07. The other passed both short and long test.

I am able to boot into safe mode with networking and can access everything from there, go online, etc.

oh, i also tried system restore "said it could not help me) and booting to Last Known good confi - no soap.

If my drive is dead, how come i can boot an use my whole computer in safe mode? if it is the hard drive, can i just find one on ebay and plug it in?

I am not that experienced, but I can follow directions and am intuitiuve. I really could use some help. Thank you.

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June 18, 2010 at 18:04:05
Windows XP
1. Error Checking- CD not needed
Start - my computer - right click local disk (C) - properties - Tools Tab -
Error checking section - Check now - check mark both boxes - Start -
This requires a restart to begin.

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June 19, 2010 at 05:23:30
OKAY! Wow, it is back up from the dead. When you sugested that, I kept wracking my brain because I knew I'd tried it but could not remeber the outcome. I finally did remember that I had told it to check for errors but then forgotten to let it boot to run the tests. THAAANKS!

But now I have a question: What CHKDSK did was replace two different set of bad cluster in files X and X, called X and X - replace the Xs with actual numbers and names of files). I looked up what that means and it said it means my hard drive is failing! Do you agree? How much time do I have, would you think, and should I buy one and put it in? Or could I just install the system to the Data drive, and use only 1? Should I reinstall Windows now?

Thank you sooo much.

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June 19, 2010 at 10:32:00
I'm not sure about all your questions but if your hard drive is
failing you need a new hard drive now, not later.
I've used Acronis to clone my hard drive for Windows XP.
Save your Documents to a CD. If you don't clone your hard drive all your Windows Updates will have to be added.
I'm not sure what support Microsoft will keep giving for
Windows XP. Maybe it's time to start thinking about buying
Windows 7.

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