How do you reboot a computer when the disk is on the harddri

October 22, 2012 at 14:24:26
Specs: Windows XP
Went to turn on the computer, all it said was to insert system disk and press inter. but the disk is in the hard drive. HP computer windows XP

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October 22, 2012 at 14:35:57
It sounds like your hard drive has failed. Open up your computer and find out who manufactured the hard drive. Then on a working computer, go to their website and download the diagnostic program and run it on the computer with the bad hard drive.

And please don't double post.

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October 22, 2012 at 14:38:23
If you mean you want to start Factory Recovery from the recovery partition on the hard drive, you have to keep pressing a specific key as soon as you turn on the PC. For HP computer's it's usually F11, then you should see the "HP Recovery Manager" screen.

But as THX 1138 says, if that doesn't work your hard drive may have failed. You can test it with SeaTools for DOS to be certain:

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October 22, 2012 at 18:31:21
I trust that this is a recent occurrence not due to a hardware change? I had this happening when I changed a video card on an older system. The posting of the system is much faster then it was with the previous card. The new card has the computer posting screen going by so fast that the hard drive hasn't had time to get up to speed so the bios hasn't detected it on a cold boot. The three finger salute of ctrl+Alt+ Del when the hard drive is up to speed and the computer boots up successfully. More modern systems have a delay setting in the bios that prevent this from happening.

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October 23, 2012 at 04:17:36
And just in-case you find the drive has started to die - even has died... It maybe possible to recover data from it nonetheless (see more below). Similarly it "may" be possible to resurrect the (dead) drive - albeit for a short while only - to allow direct access to contents... Details on request...

Key item at this stage is not to try to write to the drive in anyway. Besides running diagnostics on it variously, also try booting system with an linux variant (Knoppix, Debian, Ubuntu) on a cd/dvd.

If system boots up OK with "Linux" disc then you may be able to access the drive and at least recover data etc to external storage media; after-which set about fixing the actual problems re' HD?

Be aware that running the recovery partition routines for most current systems will erase all data stored on the HD at the time; meaning you lose all your files etc.. So perhaps again first consider the option just above re' Linux boot up?

A remote/vague possibility... or two... This system doesn't have floppy drive and there is a non booting floppy in it? Is there a disc in the cd/dvd drive that you forgot to remove...; as the boot sequence is often (these days) cd/dvd first then (if no bootable cd/dvd found) the HD...?

Likewise the boot sequence hasn't altered since system was last working?

And is this a laptop or desktop?

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