SMART message Hard Disk Failure imminent error booting PC

September 9, 2013 at 19:25:40
Specs: Windows XP
it just kept restarting with Windows logo then a SMART message Hard Disk Failure imminent. I downloaded windows to my D: Drive because it was empty thinking I could fix any problems in C: Drive once I had a working operating system installed. Now in my computer section it shows up as C:/HP_RECOVERY and shows the space is still almost full but I can't access any files or programs only the D: Drive is accessible...Can I recover my files and programs or is it too late?

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September 9, 2013 at 21:24:57
If you can have a USB hard drive enclosure, you can connect it to another PC & get your files.

Another way would be to boot the machine with a Linux CD & mount the drive. Then copy the files over the network to another machine.

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September 10, 2013 at 01:07:27
The SMART error message was generated through the bios and almost certainliy means a physical problem with the drive that's not fixable.

The HP_RECOVERY was in a second partition on your hard drive. Windows was running from the C: partition and the recovery was on a D: partition but they were both on the same physical hard drive--unless the original configuration was changed. So if the hard drive is going bad then both the C: and D: partitions are affected.

When you say you '. . .downloaded windows to my D: Drive. . .' does that mean you did a fresh install on the D: partition or just copied some stuff over to it? Is XP still running from the original C: partition?

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September 10, 2013 at 16:30:32
Thanks for responding...I installed a brand new windows xp professional onto D: Drive and my C: Drive had windows xp home edition. When I tried to view disk and drive on C: and large amount is listed as protected. Is it possible to uninstall windows on my D: Drive and revert back to my C: Drive?

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September 10, 2013 at 17:10:15
It's possible you just need to take ownership of the files and folders on the C: partition from the new install on D: Here's some info on that:

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September 10, 2013 at 17:35:18
As far as switching back to the C: partition, I take it you don't get a menu option that allows you to select which xp installation to boot from?

You should be able to edit the boot.ini file to select the c: drive installation. Here's some info on that:

The 'Save a Backup Copy of Boot.ini' and 'Edit the Boot.ini File' section tell how to load the file in a notepad box. You might want to copy and paste the boot.ini file from there to your next posting here so we can take a look at it.

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