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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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Updated tool for restore Windows hard drive data

If the hard drive will not boot, use the Windows installation disc to repair the operating system. If that fails, install a fresh drive and install the operating system. Then attach the old drive to restore your data.

If you accidentally erased your hard drive data, you may need to purchase recovery software, or send it to a company to recover your files.

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Can not boot up computer

possible your hard drive

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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Windows 7 laptop won't boot to OS , only has a black screen with a blinking cursor

Insert your system recovery disc to repair your startup.

1. Change your Bios to boot from disc:
When your computer powers on, hit F2 (on some computers, F8 on others). Use your arrow keys and move to the right to your BOOT option. Hit the down arrow until you select your CD/DVD drive. Look at the bottom of your screen, and it should say to change the option hit F7 or F8. Use the specified keys, and move your CD/DVD drive above your hard-drive. Save your settings.

2. Boot from your disc. Insert your system recovery disc and restart your computer. Let the recovery disc load. If the option comes up to hit any button to boot from CD/DVD, then hit any button. Once it loads, it should come to a spot where it wants your language. Select your language, then select the option "Startup Repair". Click on it, and let it repair the startup. If it automatically starts correcting your startup then great! If not, then select your operating system from the list and click the Repair Startup option. Restart your computer, and hopefully it will boot from your hard-drive correctly.

Hope this works.

P.S. If it continues to boot from your recovery disc, then using the same method in step 1, go to your bios, and move your CD/DVD drive below your hard-drive.

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I can't boot up. it display error 2100: Hard disk drive initialzation error.

This issue is often caused by either an incorrect setting in BIOS or a bad boot device, such as a bad hard disk drive.

Try this:

Verify that your hard disk drive is setup and detected properly in BIOS. You're computer should list a hard disk drive installed either under the main page or the drives page in BIOS. If BIOS indicates the drive is not installed or not detected skip to Hard Disk drive is bad or not connected properly.
Verify the boot options are properly set in BIOS, almost all BIOS setups should contain options specifying how your computer boots. For example, most computers should have their boot options setup similar to the below example.

- Floppy drive
- CD drive
- Hard drive

Rest your BIOS to default values. Many BIOS will enable users to reset the values to the default settings. If you've tried the above options without success try resetting the BIOS.

Boot from either your emergency repair disk, your bootable Windows CD, or your bootable restore CD.
Once boot attempt to repair Windows. If you're able to repair Windows remove the disks and reboot the computer.

If the above fails:

Verify the connections are properly connected to the computer if the hard drive was recently installed or the computer was moved.

If all connections are setup properly and all the above recommendations have been attempted, it is likely that the hard disk drive is bad and it will need to be replaced.

Let us know how it works out.

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Your hard drive is corrupted - reinstall the operating system after you install the hard drive on another computer as a slave drive to save your important data.

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How do I get around the error message: Non-system disk or disk error, replace and strike any key when ready". No disk in the CD drive.

What is happening is that your laptop's BIOS is not "seeing" your hard drive, it is set to boot to a USB device and one is plugged in, or it is not seeing the necessary boot files (on any device) in order to boot up. You have one of a couple problems - either your hard drive is failing or you inadvertantly deleted one or more important files needed to boot up. Happens all the time.

In order to fix your laptop, you first need to determine if your hard drive is even being recognized. You need to enter the BIOS setup and see if the hard drive listed and what the boot order is. If you don't know how to enter the BIOS, then you would probably be better served to take it to a qualified technician who can get you going.

If your BIOS does not see your hard drive, then you drive has likely failed and will need to be replaced. If it is listed in BIOS, then you will need to repair the boot files. Depending on which version of Windows you are using, it is pretty straighforward. You simply insert your Windows boot CD-ROM and boot from that disk. Ignore the first "Windows Repair" option and select "Install Windows" (if it is Windows 7 then you will be asked for startup repair, select this.) Windows will then "see" your windows installation on the hard drive and you will be asked if you want to repair it - and yes, you do. After repair, your windows should boot. You may have to reinstall some applications as the registry may or may not be scrubbed. All your data files should be intact.

Remember, always back up your computer!

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