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BruinBeer

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I have a computer here that don't want to boot into windows. It starts to load and get to this message: One of your disks needs to be checked for consistency.
I then let the test run. After the test is complete, the computer restart and start to load windows and then it gets to the same consistency check message. When I press a key to skip the test the computer restart again and load to the same message.
Does this sound like a corrupted Win XP installation or a dying harddrive?
This is a customer's computer so I don't know who installed this OS. They just tell me that some guy helped them to reinstall Windows and that the computer don't want to load.
I think the previous installation was Win Vista Basic. The current one is Win XP Pro
 
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check the pc at the manufacturers site for drivers and compatability for windows xp or if the machine only has support for vista os drivers etc...
 
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Could be a bad drive, but also could be memory. Does it always stop in the same place? Any better luck with Safe Mode?
 

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The consistency check complete 100%, then the computer restarts, but then it go to the consistency test again. When I press a key to skip the test the computer restart and then its the same story again.
And, it don't want to load into safe mode.
 

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You could boot the system with a Linux live CD then run testdisk. This would give you a decent indication of the condition of the hard drive.

Personally, in your position, I'd be using Spinrite on that drive. This isn't free, but you did say this is a customer, so presumably you are in the business and Spinrite is a tool you should have.
 

BruinBeer

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Ok. I did another test too.
I've tested the HD on another computer with a program called HD Tune and it comes up with one bad block.
Does one bad block mean anything or isn't it something to worry about?
 

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One bad block could be because the baby knocked against the computer while the disk was doing I/O. Doesn't necessarily mean anything.

Map the block out, recover the corrupted file, and keep on going. But keep an eye on that drive; it might just be one bad block...or it could be the first of a cascade of bad blocks - which does mean a failing HD.
 
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