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Running Windows XP for several years ok. Before it got sluggish, but more RAM helped that. this week, my wife got some error message that we might not be protected, so she reloaded Norton AV on top of Norton AV and now the pc won't boot all the way. Maybe just a coincidence, because if I go into Boot Menu (F12) during boot, and run Hard Drive Diagnostics, I see Drive 0 FAIL code 7. DELL did not ship any boot or OS disks with my system when it was new 5 yrs ago. It gets into windows, but at the user page, it gets stuck for hours.
Error code 7 means that your hard disk drive failed and is defective. As for reloading windows XP, I wouldn't. It's not supported by Microsoft any more. I would load Win 7 after replaceing the drive.
Posted on May 06, 2014
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: Computer will not boot.
Form the info you provided, you have a RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Disks) disk array. RAID 0 (striped disks) distributes data across several disks in a way that gives improved speed and full capacity, but all data on all disks will be lost if any one disk fails. Apparently Diagnostics has determined that “Drive 2” is defective. You will have to replace the defective hard drive and reload the Windows operating system.
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Posted on Nov 21, 2008
SOURCE: Dell GX270 Maxtor 7Y250M0
If you are getting bad block reports on your hard drive, it means that your hard drive media has suffered some degradation. It could very well be that some system files are being affected by this, thus continually triggering the problem. You may not like the suggestion I have, but it looks to me like the most solid solution (saving you hours and hours of troubleshooting).
Backup all files from your hard drive, save all of your browser shortcuts to backup files, then perform another Windows XP installation with a low level format of the hard drive. I know a PC specialist with many years of experience that says hard drives develop faulty areas over time and that every 5 years or so, it's just best to back up data from the hard drive and perform a low level format. This resets the device completely. If there are any faulty areas on the disk, they are skipped over--to the operating system, the drive will be perfectly fine.
This is not a guaranteed solution, but it sounds to me like it will eliminate a lot of possible culprits for you. Good luck.
Posted on Dec 30, 2008
It sounds like you've had a fatal error - you can reboot the PC back to factory setting - this is called a hard reset - but before you do that - unplug you tower and clean it out (dust & dirt) - once you're done with that - restart you computer and press &hold down the "Ctrl" and "F11" button at the same time - this will let you reset the PC to the original factory configuration.
Posted on May 03, 2009
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