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Disk read error

When i turn on the computer it loads up and then their is a black screen with a flashing underscore then it says disk read error i think its the hard drive i dont know but i need help a.s.a.p so please hurry

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Try to run diagnostics,restart your computer, press f12, choose utility partition,choose test system, then run express test..that will tell you if hdd is bad, it will give you an error message/ number

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