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Re: Hard drive cant boot
If you're running Windows XP, put your Windows XP (or recovery) disc in, load Windows Setup, then press R for Recovery in setup.
You'll be asked eventually which installation of Windows you want to use, it's usually 1. It'll ask for an admin password, if you haven't set one, hit enter.
Then type "fixmbr" and confirm the action. Restart, then that should sort your problem.
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The error means that your system is not able to detect the hard drive on the system, check if the hard drive wire connections are tight and not loose and then try rebooting the system.
Look for hard drive stats on POST whether it succeeds or fails. This is how you can do that. When system boots up, press the PAUSE?BREAK on the black screen and see whats system comment for your hard drive power test. If it succeeds and your hard drive's connections are also tight then possibly your hard drive might have crashed ( which means there are bad sectors on the hard disk).
Try performing disk checking on the hard drive to see if there are any bad sectors on the hard disk, the disk check will automatically fix the soft errors but if the errors and hard errors in that case the disk checking utility will not automatically fix the errors and you will need to get a new hard drive.
It appears that the either the boot sector of the hard drive is bad or the hard drive itself is bad. If you created a restore/recovery disk try using the restore disks to restore or recover the hard drive. If you have a bad boot sector, the recovery will happen, if the hard drive is bad then it will say that there is a problem accessing the hard drive or it will say "no hard drive found". Then you need to replace the hard drive with a new one.
There are other methods used to check it but experts with knowledge of MS DOS can do it. Let me know if this helps.
You could have a faulty disk controller. Try inserting a different working hard disk into the HP and see if it can detect it in the BIOS. If not then the disk controller is faulty and this is a motherboard problem. A replacement motherboard may not be worth it, put your money towards a new laptop and put the hard disk into an USB hard drive adapter case and use it as an USB external hard drive.
You might have to reformat the drive sounds like you got a virus in your boot sector on the hard drive. I hope you backed up everything you needed. when ya get it running again get an external drive and make regular backups of your stuff.Where did it move the files to ? you should have a backup of your system on your harddrive that came with the machine when you bought it ,try to reformat with this sector of the hard drive its called d: backup
the reson for this invalid boot disk is it need to be formated to the motherboard and made active primary hard drive this is it you are going to use it but it you have files that need to be recovered please use another pc and use ntfs recovery tools to recover files this see deep inside the hard drive even when there is no boot sector there place this drive on secondary Ide if pc has 2 ide ports but if only 1 ide then jumper this as slave.
and if a virus attacks the mbr which is know as the Main Boot Record.
hope this helps.