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Re: Hard drive cant boot
If you're running Windows XP, put your Windows XP (or recovery) disc in, load Windows Setup, then press R for Recovery in setup.
You'll be asked eventually which installation of Windows you want to use, it's usually 1. It'll ask for an admin password, if you haven't set one, hit enter.
Then type "fixmbr" and confirm the action. Restart, then that should sort your problem.
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you could run the check disk utility click start run type cmd then type chkdsk/r/f which will scan for and attempt to repair any bad sectors and automatically fix any corrupt files on your hard drive then defragment your hard drive or control panel administrive tools,computer management ,disk management right click on your drive select properties click tools you should see click check now click start two boxes automatically fix files and scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors place then a tick in both boxes then select check now,start should schedule this task when restart hope this helps
Oops! that is serious. It means it cannot find a portion of the boot sector on the hard drive. If you have a system disk, boot from that and when prompted, repair your system. When it is working, run CHKDSK/F as there are possibly hard drive sector errors that cause this sort of error. Hope this helps.
It appears that the either the boot sector of the hard drive is bad or the hard drive itself is bad. If you created a restore/recovery disk try using the restore disks to restore or recover the hard drive. If you have a bad boot sector, the recovery will happen, if the hard drive is bad then it will say that there is a problem accessing the hard drive or it will say "no hard drive found". Then you need to replace the hard drive with a new one.
There are other methods used to check it but experts with knowledge of MS DOS can do it. Let me know if this helps.
You could have a faulty disk controller. Try inserting a different working hard disk into the HP and see if it can detect it in the BIOS. If not then the disk controller is faulty and this is a motherboard problem. A replacement motherboard may not be worth it, put your money towards a new laptop and put the hard disk into an USB hard drive adapter case and use it as an USB external hard drive.
You might have to reformat the drive sounds like you got a virus in your boot sector on the hard drive. I hope you backed up everything you needed. when ya get it running again get an external drive and make regular backups of your stuff.Where did it move the files to ? you should have a backup of your system on your harddrive that came with the machine when you bought it ,try to reformat with this sector of the hard drive its called d: backup