primary master hard disk error on my compaq mini 110,

March 1, 2012 at 03:23:42
Specs: Windows xp
primary master hard disk error on my compaq mini 110, i have made a bootable usb drive with win xp but it just frezze the laptop saying it a problum and needs to shutdown, is the any way i can get to the dos promt so i can run chkdsk /f to see if that fixes it. any advice would be helpfull.

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March 1, 2012 at 08:51:02
You need to boot from an external USB Optical Drive, by the way it is NT Command Prompt, no DOS what-so-ever:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307654

Googling is quicker than waiting for an answer....


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#2
April 14, 2012 at 05:56:54
Try to check with HDD smart test by entering into the setup i.e. BIOS - select HDD - select smart test - smart short self test

Now you can verify the functionality of the HDD whether your HDD is functioning properly or not. Once you will confirm with the test after result with Pass, then you can install windows after taking the backup from external source.


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