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How do I know if the HD is damaged? I suspected HD failure due to the following? computer won't start. It says, "invalid Boot.INF file." And then, it say "press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart". What could it be? it was working perfectly yesterday.

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Hi,

I doubt that the HDD is damaged but rather that Windows boot loader files are corrupt.
Boot the machine into safe mode by restarting the computer and repeatedly tapping F8 until you see a sub menu with safe mode at the top. Select safe mode and let the system boot.

If it boots into safe mode perform a system restore and take the computer back a week to 10 days before today.

When the system restarts it should hopefully boot in normal mode.

If you are experiencing any difficulties please post back and I'll help you further.

Good luck.

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It is probably BOOT.INI. However, might be anything from a virus to manual mistake, altho this file should be hidden.
HDD Regenerator: http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/Hard-Disk-Utils/HDD-Regenerator.shtml free trial will help you check the HDD.

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