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Being as your problem is brief, go to my computer, right click on the 'C' drive and select explore, right click , properties then select tools tab and then click error check check now.

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If you keep getting hard drive errors or when you start it up you get nothing at all, you MAY be having a hard drive problem.
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Firstly lets see if your drive is working!

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now reinstall with the drivers and restart.

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If you have a spare computer that is unused maybe you could try it on that machine and see if it works , if it does a fresh installation of Windows on your current machine may be the solution as it could be infected with a virus which just may have corrupted the window drivers.

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