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Disk boot failure error while booting

I need to work in the computer.
I changed the harddisk cable and still unable to load OS.
I think zeroth sector of hard disk is corrupted.
I need to log in to computer without replacing the hard disk.
Tried win xp boot up disc several times but it never helps.
Pllllllll help.

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  • veerendrakkd Jul 29, 2008

    while booting and inspecting the checking of hardisk not working


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What does it says???Cant find hard drive or what???

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