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Corrupt HardDrive? When I try to load up my insigna PC that has windows xp on it it will get to the boot screen for windows (the one with the bar at the bottom) and then it will just restart itself. It will then just go back to the screen with safe mode options on it. I have even tried running a Live CD (Dream Linux) on the same PC and it will do the same thing. I am stuck on this and was wondering if flushing my harddrive out and running a Live CD would work. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks

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Re: Corrupt HardDrive?

Step one is open the case and disconnect the hard drive...power and data cables. Then try linux again. If that works you probably have your answer....Windows is corrupt which leads you to step 2...with your boot disk (and a copy of scandisk put on it) scandisk in dos may have cross linked files. Then try to start your machine normally again. If it gets into Windows - safe mode or not - you may have to do a restore from a prior restore point...make sure it's before the date of the problem. There are many other possibilities....but this solves the problem most of the time....(and the other solutions take either a lot of research or just biting the bullet and doing the format thing / reloading windows and starting over - back ups?) FYI....I have and can fix almost any Windows corruption problem...BUTT (and it's a big one) the final analysis I have found it's actually faster to just reload. XP also has some other options repair
versus restore versus reload....check the internet for those.

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