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Keep getting boot disk failure

I have put in all the recovery disks. I have jumped the hoops. I don't know what else to do. It will not start, boot, etc. Startup repair locks up. It crashed about 2 mos. ago while still under warranty. PLEASE tell me I can fix this myself! I have no money to do it otherwise.

It's a Windows Vista Premium, 1024 MB memory, 300GB hard drive. I'm using my old XP and can't even see my own My Space page because this doesn't have enough memory and it's SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO SLOW!!!!!!! keeps going down on me too.

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  • Fix it pls Aug 31, 2008

    Thanks. I just have no $ for the cds to try to fix this. As far as the hp techs, I couldn't agree more. I don't want to spend hours on the phone with them doing what I've already done myself only to have the same outcome.



    Thank you very much for trying for me.

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Don't expect a lot of help from HP; I refuse to work on them any more.
This problem (in my estimation) can likely come from one of two sources;
- A failed hard drive whose boot sector is not readable (see below)

- An infection of the boot sector - This may require a reformat of the drive.
Most of the popular AV programs can provide scanning for this kind of problem that does not depend on Windows starting at all.

You need to do a thorough test of the hard drive booting from a CD or DVD.
One well-known program that uses FreeDos as its boot source is SpinRite.
I used it professionally for years and found very little to complain about.

Take a look:

http://www.grc.com/sr/spinrite.htm

BTW, I don't know Steve Gibson and own no stock in GRC!

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