Hard Disk won't boot on its own

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l3iodeez

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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)
 
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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.
 
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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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