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Hard disk not working

Hard disk problem repair it by sending repairing center

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  • cendrine Dec 22, 2008

    the windows boot configuration data file does not contain a valid os entry
    its pc advent 4211-B


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An error message as you have posted would indicate:
1. The hard disk does not contain a valid operating system. Alternately, it may have the OS installed but some files are missing or corrupted;
2. The partition of your hard disk may have been deleted/missing;
3. The hard disk is no longer recognized by the computer;
4. Your CMOS/BIOS is set to boot from the CD/DVD only but it does not contain a bootable disc;

Corrective measures may include any or all of the following:
a. Load and use the restore/recovery CD of your PC if it came with one;
b. Repair or re-partition of hard disk;
c. Repair or re-format of hard disk;
d. Repair or re-install the Operating System;
e. Re-configure CMOS/BIOS to boot from the hard disk (HD) first;
f. Worst case scenario is replaced hard disk and re-install Operating System.

It is possible that you would loose most if not all of your documents, files and/or data unless you can do a back-up.

Hope this be of some help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.

Good luck and kind regards.

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