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boot problem

jadenikole

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#1
hi, this is my first post , i was wondering if anyone could help me.

i switched my daughters pc on this morning and it wont load, it gets to -
"searching for boot record from IDE - 0 - OK " then says - " A DISK READ ERROR HAS OCCURRED " And then advises me to re boot, which just brings this error messageup again.
any help with this would be really appreciated, my daughter has to go back to school tomorrow, and she has been doing loads of work over the summer, and now cant print any of it out, thanks in advance :)
 
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Wolfeymole

#2
Hi Jade

Welcome to FPCH

It sounds like the hard drive is dying, can you try booting into Safe Mode by tapping F8 on boot up.

If not then get back to us.
 

jadenikole

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#3
hi, it is only about 6 months old, when i tap f8 it just goes to the error message again,
 

Dalo Harkin

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#4
HDD's can die at any time - if it has a warranty then return it to them as they will provide a replacement.
if you cannot get to safe mode then the disk is dead.
 

jadenikole

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#5
oh no, is there any way i can get files off the drive?
 

Dalo Harkin

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#6
You can do this from safe mode - or you could try slaving the drive to another pc - its a 50/50 chance as you may just not be able to load the OS - therefore slaving may work, but if the HDD is completely gone then it wont work and you cannot get the files.
Slave the drive and cross everything :eek:
 

RandyL

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#8
Since your computer is running Vista and is so new I assume you have a SATA hard drive not an EIDE.

Can anyone provide detailed steps on this? How do you connect and slave a SATA?
 

Dalo Harkin

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#10
Sorry Randy - was just a figure of speach - ALL SATA drives are masters there are no slaves - so you would just plug the drive into another computer via SATA cable and then activate the disk via admin tools/disk management.
Sorry for the confusion