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Sounds like you'll be getting a replacement hard drive.

Here are some things you can try.

  1. Reseat the hard drive, ensure it is seen and ID'd in the system BIOS.
  2. Run diagnostics on the drive is detected.
  3. If Diags pass/unavailable, you can try booting to an XP CD, enter recovery console, see if you can run a CHKDSK /R and fix the issue.
  4. Reformat the drive and reinstall.
If the drive fails to format or fails diagnostics, replace the drive.

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