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    There's a lot of things that can go wrong. More details are needed to tell what's wrong. Do you see error codes? Does the computer beep at all when you turn it on? Do you see Windows start and then stop with an error? Do you see BIOS information when it's first turned on? Try getting into the BIOS with either the Del or F1 keys (depends on your system). The Basic setup in BIOS will show you your CD drive(s) and hard drive(s) if it can recognize them.

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Check the cable IDE cable to the HDD, check in the bios set up if the HDD is detected if not set it to auto detect. To enter bios set up, press delete on the during boot.

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The message you have mentioned above refers to BSOD "Blue screen of Death" which is usually caused by hardware failure like bad harddisk or Ram.

since you have mentioned that "Disk copied ok on other computer" the disk used is ok and issue is with either faulty hard drive or ram.



Also try formatting the Hard drive and install windows freshly and check if you can then copy data without error.



If Yes issue was with windows Operating system



If No, you would need to isolate/ replace ram modules/ Hard disk etc to fix the issue.



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The error PXE-E61: Media test failure usually means the hard disk has failed or the hard disk needs re-seating or the disk controller is faulty.
First - re-seat the hard disk and reboot the computer. If the computer does not boot up then reboot and go into the BIOS configuration to see if the BIOS detects the hard drive. If it doesn't detect the hard drive then it could be faulty.
Then the hard drive needs to be replaced in the computer/laptop, Windows installed and the computer or laptop's device drivers plus your programs etc. to get a functioning computer/laptop again.

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It depends on what kinda error it has..If it is a boot failure is best to see what is saying on screen and select the correct configuration if it is the case..or reinstall the operation system ..If it does not start to show the devices and just has a black screen the issue is physical ..and you have to see whats wrong ..If it is the cpu ..the fan will start but nothing on screen and no action at all not even a beep ..if it is the ram memory it will beep ..and restart in loop ..or freeze with devices on screen but not intelligible ..Ifg it is a hard disk failure will boot up until loading windows but never show windows screen ..and report a issued hard disk ..(in this case may be the bios settings or a unplugged cable on hard disk )
Also when the video card is to blame it may beep in sequence or long ..and showing nothing on screen ..and in this case try to on board video card if it has one ..but after you remove the other one ..
If it is just a classic case of windows failure..and it tries to load it but in error after ..cause it is missing a file or incorrect boot sequence ..just reinstall the operation system or use the recovery partition or disk to do that ..
Let me know more and I will advice after that in case..!

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Hello

The hard drive is a mechanical device that WILL fail - it is only a matter of time. Since you are being prompted that yours is about to fail, you need to get a backup of your data as soon as possible.

Use a USB memory stick, USB hard drive, CD or DVD disk or network drive to copy your data from the hard drive immediately. Once your data is copied to a safe location, you can run CHKDSK /r /f from the CMD line to check the hard drive and possibly fix issues.

If the hard drive has "Bad Sectors", you will need to replace the hard drive.

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I have a w3622 and put in a new hard drive and tried to use the OS disk that came with the computer. what I get is PXE-E61: media test failure. check cable. Disk boot failure.insert system disk.


Hello,

Sorry to hear about the trouble you are having. Try the following tips and lets see if we can get it up and running.

-Set the boot order in BIOS to boot from the disk drive first. In order to get to the BIOS, you will need to select BIOS option or Settings when the machine is booting up.

Most often, the above error is caused due to incorrect BIOS settings or a faulty hardware, such as hard disk. Sometimes, the error may also occur if the computer tries to boot from a device, on which it cannot find the required boot files. An improperly connected hard disk is also known to cause the same type of issue.


You should follow the below steps sequentially in order to isolate the cause and solve the issue:
  • Verify all the cable connections of the hard disk. An improper or loose connection is likely to be the reason, in case the hard disk has been recently installed or moved.
  • Check if no other storage device is connected to the computer. If it is, remove it.
  • Enter the BIOS setup when trying to start the computer and see if hard disk has been correctly setup and detected in BIOS. If the hard disk cannot be detected due to any reason, you should consider the next suggestion as it might be physical failure.

Regards,
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I received the following error on my HP Pavilion laptop: SMART Failure Predicted on Hard Disk 4: WDC WD2500BEVS-60UST0-(S1) Warning: Immediately back-up your data and replace your hard disk drive. A...




SMART is used to measure your HDD health.It warns you of impending failure of your hard drive. If it goes down, it's a good idea to backup important stuff and prepare to replace the HDD.

S.M.A.R.T is an acronym for Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology systems (SMART) and it's usually built in to most modern ATA and SCSI hard disks.
If you need further assistance, feel free to ask. If this answers or solves your issue, please rate it. Thanks, Joe

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How do you know 2 hard drives have failed, have the hard drives been fin in another computer.

most likely the OS is corrupt on the disks caused my another hardware issue, most likey Motherboard IDE/sata controller.

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SMART Hard Drive detects imminent failure. Your hard disk drive is detecting an imminent failure. To ensure no data loss, backup contents and replace this hard disk

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You have a hardware failure of the hard disk drive. Only way to resolve is to replace the hard drive that is failed.

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When you turn the computer on it says SMART Failer predicted on hard disk 0: HTS54108G9SA00-(S1)


S.M.A.R.T. (Self-Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology) is a diagnostic method originally developed by IBM that at that time referred to as "Predictive Failure Analysis". This technology was developed for IBM mainframe drives to give advanced warning of drive failures. Based on this diagnostic, Compaq announced IntelliSafeTM, which was submitted to the ATA/IDE standards committees and the resulting standard was named S.M.A.R.T.
S.M.A.R.T. analyzes many of the mechanical attributes; over time, some failures can be predicted by detecting if the hard disk drive is moving out of tolerance. While the S.M.A.R.T. technology can detect upcoming issues, not all hard drive failures are predictable.


All this means on most modern drives is the hard drive is coming close to the maximum tolerances

I usually switch off in the bios smart monitoring.

This system is trying to predict a possible failure, which may or may not occur..

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