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Computer starts, Gets to Windows XP loading screen then restarts, and does..

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Popesture, Dec 13, 2007.

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  1. Popesture

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    Computer starts, Gets to Windows XP loading screen then restarts, and does this forever.

    I tried booting in every mode,

    Safe mode
    " " with networking
    " " with bios?
    Last known settings



    None boot Windows, all do the same thing.


    I reset bios battery, didn't help.
    I'm hoping I don't have to reformat as my 27 page coursework is on there and if i lose that im gonna cry.

    Please please help!

    Thanks you.

    Ask any information you may require, or any solutions..
     
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  3. Rich-M

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    Sounds like dead hard drive. You might be able to slave it to another pc and read off the data as that takes less that bootup does from a drive. If not, try a Ziplok bag in the freezer for 4 hours and then quickly boot up and see if you can see it. if you do copy quickly as"lights out" will be in another 45 minutes"
     
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    Damn it >.<,

    before I put in the freezer ill wait for any other advice?

    Thanks anyway!
     
  5. Popesture

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    it also makes a noise on windows loading screen like ER ER ER ER, it does it 3 times on the loading screen then restarts
     
  6. littlekira

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    In my experience when I have had the same issue I was able to reformat the hard drive and reinstall Windows and it was fine. Another time it turned out to be a bad drive.

    If you can get into the bios, many systems have hard disk diagnostics that you can run to determine if it's a bad disk.

    As Rich-M suggested, you can put the drive in another machine and try to access your data. You can also download a Linux live file system and burn it to a CD such as Knoppix, boot off that and gain access to your c:\ drive to retrieve your files.
    http://www.knopper.net/knoppix/index-en.html
     
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    Probably a bad drive then...considering the noise.
     
  8. Popesture

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    okay i see, uhm, could you give me more info so i dont mess it up.
     
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    What would you like more info on?
     
  10. Popesture

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    the drive is 3 years old,

    like info on what do i put this knoppix on, how do i use it?

    ho do i make it work, do i boot off cdrom?

    Soory im 16, and really dont wanna mess it up anymore >.<
     
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    If you don't have a lot of computer experience it may be easier for you to install the drive into another computer and try to access your files that way. Do you have access to another machine?

    If you don't have access to another machine here's what you need to do using Knoppix.
    Go to this link to download the knoppix iso:
    ftp://ftp.kernel.org/pub/dist/knoppix
    Scroll down the page and click on KNOPPIX_V5.1.1CD-2007-01-04-EN.iso to download it.
    After you download it, burn it to a CD and then boot your computer off the CD.
    Knoppix will run from the CD. It boots up to a desktop screen. From there you can browse to your drive and copy your files. The file structure is different since it's Linux. So if you're not familiar with Linux post back after you get the CD downloaded and I can help you.
     
  12. Popesture

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    Okay thank you very much man, i have access to a laptop and a 98 pc, so obviously ioll try the 98. uhm thanks very much..

    Btw i just got on to Diagnostics and it scanning for problems
    Ill keep posting to let you know, thanks again :):):)
     
  13. Rich-M

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    98 pc probably cannot read it as the file system is fat32 and XP is generally ntfs. Try the device I suggested and so you know the freezer is the last resort and works about 50% of the time.
     
  14. Popesture

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    Ok shall do thanks.
     
  15. littlekira

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    Rich is right....98 won't be able to read the drive.
     
  16. Popesture

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    the Diagnostics scan thing gives this harddrive error

    MSG: Block 12577455
    Uncorrect data error or media is write protected
     
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