Windows XP restarts in the middle of windows loading screen

December 29, 2011 at 06:14:35
Specs: Windows XP
So my PC was working fine until I turned it off one evening and the next time I tried to start it it restarted in the middle of the windows loading screen, then the next time it asks you if you want to resume windows normally, use the last known good setup or run in safe mode, it does the same thing with all the options, however running it in safe mode it starts to load all the drivers, then stops at a point and says "press ENTER to resume loading SPTD.sys", from there on it restarts again. Then I thought I would re-install windows, everything goes fine until the hard drive partition screen where it does not detect any hard drive however all the wires are plugged in.

Does this mean that the hard drive is broken?

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December 29, 2011 at 06:51:19
Probably, but you can only be sure by testing it with the drive manufacturer's diagnostic software for DOS. The download links are here:

The download is an ISO file from which you have to create a bootable CD using IMGBurn from here:

Boot your PC from that CD to run the drive test.

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December 29, 2011 at 08:36:44
I ran it and says it's broken, however, my friend tried his own hard drive in this computer and he says it didn't work in my computer, the computer didn't recognize it, did he do something wrong or what? my hard drive is a SATA plug and his is the other.

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December 31, 2011 at 02:38:07
Hi Toomas, there's nothing wrong with you disc but the problem is with the operating system.

try this. (since you do have the xp installation disc) It will work

Boot the system using the Windows XP CD-ROM. In the first screen when the Setup begins, read the instructions press "R" (in the first screen) enter the Recovery Console. Type-in the built-in Administrator password to enter the Console. You'll see the prompt reading C:\Windows (Or any other drive-letter where you've installed XP)

Type the following command and press Enter.



Quit Recovery Console by typing EXIT and restart Windows.

You'll be able to login successfully as you've created the wsaupdater.exe file (now, a copy of userinit.exe)

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December 31, 2011 at 07:25:11
I have tried to type things in the repair console (another topic I found with the similar problem), but the thing is, the computer cannot find a connected hard drive although it is connected and all the wires are ok. on the bootup screen, the first thing that pops up when you start the computer, it states the name and model of the hard disk, but everywhere else it says it cannot find the files. How can something like this happen overnight when the computer is shut down and noone has gone near any setups?

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January 2, 2012 at 16:06:54
Hi Toomas

please specify:
1) you only see your hard drive in the bios menu (at boot-up)?
2) what appears on the screen when xp is suppose to boot?
3) is your hard drive showing on your friend's pc (operating system)?

please provide as much detail.

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