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Failing to start windows. Could not access c-drive

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Do you hear your hard drive spinning? You can take a screw driver & put the tool end carefully on you hard drive & the handle touching you ear. If its spining you will hear it.
Is it making any clicking sounds?
Try disconnecting it from the mother board & power then re-connect all connections.
Try booting up to a bootable software cd or if you have or can get a windows cd of your operating system that would be best.
Go into bios and see if it is reconized.
Have you changed or added any hardware such as roms or external drives?

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