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Usually means you have lost sectors on your HDD, and a program is trying to recover the boot data that was stored in those locations. Wait a reasonable amount of time (a day maybe), and let the computer attempt recovery. If recovery fails, a format will be required, then a complete reload of the disk. You may want to consider replacing the drive, as this problem may indicate that the drive is failing.
If you have data on the drive that you need, then trying booting from a Linux distro CD, don't over write the disk, and run it in "Test or Try" mode. You can actually run a complete OS, with GUI, from this typr of CD. This will give you access to your hard drive. You may be able to read any files that are not corrupted, and copy them to some other media. Just don't write to your original disk before you have removed all the data you want.
Buzzing usually means one of two things: you have a bad CD/DVD in the CD/DVD drive (which would not usually interfere with booting up so that's probably not it in this case) or you have a bad hard disk. Try putting your Windows installation CD into the CD drive and booting from that. If the computer boots successfully, you have a bad hard disk. In that case, you will probably have to get a new drive and take the old one to a pro to recover any important data.
The Hard drive installed in an USB hard drive case do not need drivers when you connect it to the USB port of a working computer. If the hard drive is not faulty then the computer will see this external hard drive as an external (mass) storage device and you can dopy/download the data off this hard drive. If the computer does not detect this hard drive then the hard drive is faulty. There are companies that can recover data off faulty hard drives BUT it will cost you an arm and a leg for their services.
If it's a desktop then to back up your files you would want to plug the hard drive on another computer and check if your hard drive will be detected.
If no hard drive is detected it means that your hard drive is bad and recovering the data would be difficult.
If it's a laptop you may have to use an enclosure so that you can plug the hard drive on a different computer.
That way you'll be able to back up your data and do the reinstall.
Hope this helps!
please check if you can remove and reinsert the hard drive from its's location. usually you would have to remove 3 or 4 screws on the bottom part of the laptop and slide the hard drive out. once it's out put it back in and make sure that it's tightly on its place.
If this does not work you may have to replace the hard drive because the message means that it cannot detect the hard drive and it might just have to be replaced.
Try replacing the hard drive cable. If that doesn't fix the problem, then you may have bad RAM, bad motherboard or a bad power supply. Sounds like a hardware issue and not software. try booting your computer in safe mode since it doesn't load all the device drivers. If it still reboots then you'll have to keep swapping parts and booting up the computer to isolate the problem.
My understanding is that when you power on your PC, the POST is succesful, but then the system hangs.? If i am correct. There are several reasons this may happen.
1) Boot record corrupt S) Reformat the harddrive and re-install operating system / replace hard drive
2) General Hard drive failure but boot record instact S) Replace Hard drive
3) Operating system inoperative S) Re-install operating system
Most pre-built systems come with recovery disks, you may try this as a solution if available.
When replacing a defective hard drive, or partialy inoperable hard drive, a good policy is to change the drive to slave, and install the new drive as master, this way any data you may be able to recover, can be done after the new hard drive is installed, and an operating system is installed on the new drive.
put your xp disk in the optical drive.Turn off computer. Turn computer back on as soon as you turn it on start tapping f 12 constantly.it should go the boot menu giving you a choice of booting from cd or hard drive choose boot from cd.Be sure you choose repair rather than new installation or you could loose all your information stored on the hard drive,I personally would try safe mode first you can get to safe mode by tapping f 6 when you first turn on your computer.
Check all connections mate . Any one of the below could be faulty :-
Power outlet at the wall - try plugging something else into the socket or use a different socket
Are you using any multi-plug adapters? Plug the laptop straight into the mains
Your DC jack may be loose (Where the charger plugs in). This is a common problem and most laptops will get this during their life. Take if to a repair shop to get it fixed. A quick way of checking this is to plug the charger in and wiggle the cord - if the socket where the charger plugs in moves , its a loose jack and it will need to be resoldered.
Dead Battery - Try another battery , or let the battery charge - Try running directly off the mains
Hard drive wont eject? - There not supposed to , the only way you usually disconnect the hard drive is by unscrewing it from the laptop.
How far can you get when you say "Everything else is dead"? can you get to the BIOS? , does anything appear on the screen aty all? If you get a picture but cant boot then its likely that the virus corrupted your windows installation which means you will have to use the repair discs that came with the laptop or another windows install disc to reinstall windows - This will however , lose any documents , music , programs etc that you put on - If you want to keep things off the drive , plug it into another laptop , get all your data back then reinstall into your own laptop. If you rtry putting the drive in another laptop and things dont work and you cant even get your data or the drive doesnt appear , you will need a new hard drive and then have to reinstall windows on the new drive