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I went through the same problem with my older model Gateway and had to take it to a computer repair center. These days you could probably find one pretty cheap on Craig's List or a near by college that has some type of computer repair or IT program (they will help at a fraction of the price). Take your Gateway tower and some CDR disks and they will get the files from your computer to your disks if the hard drive isn't fried.
Some essential files required at boot are corrupted. Try to perform a Repair install. If this doesn't fix it then the hard disk itself is damaged. Install a new hard disk, do a full install to it put back the old disk in and recover what you can from it before junking it.
Try to ask the technical repair center if they have available disks for sale. If there is no available you need to contact the Microsoft dealer to purchase a license disks. Remember that there is no piracy of disks. You may contact Microsoft for more details or you can buy that online. Go to (www.ebay.com) and purchase a copy of the disk.
According to Microsoft, running a "system repair" should solve the problem
First, figure out what CAUSED the problem. Often times, when Windows is rendered unbootable, there is a good reason. This can often be due to hardware failure (bad hard disk, memory or CPU for example).
In these cases, the system repair function will not work. System repair will only repair your software.
I strongly recommend you run a disk utility on your hard drive before performing a system repair. you can find disk utilities here. http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/collection/collid,1295-order,1-c,downloads
Memory can also cause these problems. A good memory test can be found here:
Looks like your hard drive has got corrupted. Try installing yor hard disk as slave to another computer and then run checkdisc and scandisk, if scandisk can rectify it, good then you can load it on your PC too. If the Hard disk does not het repaired by that or by using NORTON SYSTEM WORKS 2004, which has the ability to correct logical bad sectors. Otherwise its physically damaged, better to replace it..........sodeep
did you back-up your important files?, if you did, then you need to reformat your hard disk drive (hdd) and reinstall new system.
but if you didn't backup your important files, ask for help at the service center near you, cause it need another hdd to backup some files.
then if you have nothing to lose on your hdd then go ahead to reformatting. sometimes that error occur when it didn't undergo proper shutdown
Depending on the age of the computer or hard drive itself, the hard drive may still be under warranty. What I recommend is to call Maxtor and see if they can do a warranty replacement of the hard drive. It sounds as if this hard drive may have failed completely. It would be a good idea however to take the hard drive to a reputable computer repair shop in your town and see if they can recover any data you may need from the hard drive. They may charge a little bit to do it, but it may be the only way to save any data you may really need. If Maxtor sends you a new hard drive or if you buy a new one, you should be able to reinstall Windows or whatever operating system you have currently installed. If you made a recovery disk for your computer then you should be able to use it to install the operating system. If no disk, the computer repair shop may have a disk that can be used to install the operating system. They may want you to bring in the computer (as there is a sticker on it that has a product key for the operating system (if Microsoft, and if it is a factory built computer)). I hope that this information helps you. Let me know if I can be of any further assistance.
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.