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Hard Disk won't boot on its own

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by l3iodeez, Apr 9, 2008.

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  1. l3iodeez

    l3iodeez Thread Starter

    Apr 9, 2008
    This morning I shut down my pc when I left for work. when I came home and turned it on it would not boot, it hung at the flashing cursor screen where it waits for boot media. I booted the Ultimate Boot CD, and used the "Boot first hard drive" option and it started right up. Seems to be working fine but this has me worried. I am running XP pro. Is there anything I can do to reassure myself ? (other than backing up all my data which I am doing now)
  2. Wanderer2


    Jan 28, 2008
    Unclear from your post if xp boots now without the cd.

    Make sure you are virus free
    Check for disk corruption by running chkdsk /f
    Go into recovery console and run the utilities fixboot and fixmbr if you still have issues booting.
  3. Elvandil


    Aug 1, 2003
    Possibly some damaged or missing startup files.

    Go to Folder Options and unhide all files (system files, too).

    Look in C: and see if ntdetect, ntldr, and boot.ini are present. Open boot.ini in Notepad and post the contents here.

    Also check your drive. Go to Start > Run, and type:

    chkdsk /r

    Answer "Y" and reboot to let the disk check run.
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