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DELL XP CAN NO LONGER LOG ON TO COMPUTER, STAYS ON WINDOWS BANNER. I GO IN TO SET UP AND IT READS: ERROR CODE 0F00:0244 READ TEST UNCORRECTABLE DATA ERROR. HARD DRIVE OR MEDIA WRITE PROTECTED.

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Turn on your system when you see the dell logo, tap on f12, there is an option there to click on IDE DIAGNOSTICS, or utility partition, using your arrow keys choose any of these and run the test, it will tell you if your hd is bad, if not you might be able to do checkdisk by using the xp disk and go to the recovery console.

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Hey mguerrero,

Based on the error message provided, it appears that the hard drive on your computer may have developed what is referred to as a "bad sector." When this occurs, any information that is stored in that portion of the hard drive may become corrupted, damaged or lost. In this case, the bad sector may have directly affected a Windows start-up file, preventing you from being able to complete the loading process.

Bad sectors can develop for a number of reasons including manufacturer defects in the hard drive, as well as being a part of standard wear-and-tear.

The unfortunate part of this type of issue is that bad sectors tend to "spread" once they have surfaced. While preventative measures can be taken to isolate and mark bad sectors as unusable, there is no guarantee that the hard drive will not suffer another similar failure down the road.

For the average computer user it may be suggested to seek data back-up of any important information and to replace the hard drive, but more advanced users can always attempt to resolve this type of problem on their own by using any number of diagnostic/repair tools developed by either Microsoft or the hard drive manufacturer itself.

If you are unsure of how to proceed or would like further assistance, you may always speak with a Geek Squad® agent at your local Best Buy™ store for more information.

Hope this helps you out.

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This error code refers to "bad Sectors "on your harddrive ....and they cannot be accessed ......meaning your drive is probably toast or close to it .....there are HD diagnostics test you can download and run from the HD manufactuer....

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