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Usually means you have lost sectors on your HDD, and a program is trying to recover the boot data that was stored in those locations. Wait a reasonable amount of time (a day maybe), and let the computer attempt recovery. If recovery fails, a format will be required, then a complete reload of the disk. You may want to consider replacing the drive, as this problem may indicate that the drive is failing.
If you have data on the drive that you need, then trying booting from a Linux distro CD, don't over write the disk, and run it in "Test or Try" mode. You can actually run a complete OS, with GUI, from this typr of CD. This will give you access to your hard drive. You may be able to read any files that are not corrupted, and copy them to some other media. Just don't write to your original disk before you have removed all the data you want.
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May 05, 2014 | Computers & Internet
A hard disk failure can be catastrophic if it jeopardizes the data stored on your computer.
In addition to rendering a laptop inoperable, a failed hard disk can damage other files stored on the drive as well.
It is critical to determine whether an actual drive failure has taken place, and there are several steps to troubleshoot a drive before hard disk failure can be declared.
Unplug any devices such as printers, speakers, cameras and other external peripherals. Boot the laptop by pressing the power key.
If this does not result in a successful boot, try booting Windows in "Safe Mode."
Reboot the computer, and hold down the F8 key this will vary depending on your computer and operating system
From the menu choices, choose "Boot Windows in Safe Mode".
If the boot up progresses, then the computer is likely experiencing a software issue, not a hard drive failure.
Reset the hard drive.
This will involve turning off laptop (removing the battery is a good move, too) opening the laptop unit, and unplugging all connections and cables from the hard drive.
If possible, replace the hard drive with another drive.
This will help determine if the hard drive is causing the problem.
Plug all connections back in to the hard drive, and reboot the computer.
Repeat Step 2 if necessary.
If the computer does not reboot, the laptop is more than likely experiencing a hard drive failure and will probably have to be repaired by vendor.
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