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My laptop will not load Windows. I have tried to start it in safe mode, but it shuts down and restarts. Do you think that this is a hard drive issue.

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Could be a few things, it could be a bad hard drive, it could be other faulty hardware, the windows installation could be messed up. First things first if you have any important data try and back it up. If it is a hard drive that is going bad you want to catch it in the early stages. The first thing to try would be to try a repair install of your OS, I'm assuming you have windows xp or vista. If you need help with doing a repair install or ways to backup your data post a comment on this question.

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