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February 7, 2012 12:13:56 PM

it will power on, tries to start loading microsoft and then starts checking itself for file consistency - does a full disk check - reboots itself and then does the same thing over and over! its been going for 2 hours now! :( 

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February 7, 2012 12:24:08 PM

most likely a failing hard drive.
Take the drive out and connect it to another system to run some diagnostic software if you have some.

If not take it to your local pc repair shop
a b D Laptop
February 7, 2012 12:40:43 PM

like plasmastorm said; use for that a docking station or an external enclosure.
You can run checkdisk with the switches /f and /r enabled. Like this:
chkdsk x: /f/r
where x is that drive's letter.
That will fix errors and mark bad sectors not to be used.
Hit us back if you need details.
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February 7, 2012 12:46:33 PM

Or go to a command prompt and run chkdsk /r on the drive. Upon reboot it should run a thorough scan and attempt to repair any files system issues.


EDIT:House beat me to it!
a b D Laptop
February 7, 2012 1:44:13 PM

deathengine said:
Or go to a command prompt and run chkdsk /r on the drive. Upon reboot it should run a thorough scan and attempt to repair any files system issues.


EDIT:House beat me to it!

I don't think he can get to a command prompt window as it is now. He will probably need to mount the HDD as an external one on another system and do it there.
a c 249 D Laptop
February 7, 2012 8:39:42 PM

Hi :) 

He CAN run a hard drive test in DOS...HIRENS BOOT CD etc....

All the best Brett :) 
a b D Laptop
February 8, 2012 12:53:02 AM

Brett928S2 said:
Hi :) 

He CAN run a hard drive test in DOS...HIRENS BOOT CD etc....

All the best Brett :) 

He didn't mention if he can enter the boot sequence menu at boot... if he can, then yes, but without that info I assumed the worst case scenario.
I have not used HIREN's BOOT CD yet, I am not familiar with the HDD utilities on that disk. If it supports the switches mentioned, it should be good, but in my experience if I had to choose between a MS-based tool and a third-party, HDD-specific tool (like the ones listed on that CD), I would choose the former. The HDD utilities on that CD are manufacturer-specific, at least most of them.
He can choose any option available that was mentioned on this thread, the more options the better...

Op, let us know how it worked out for you.
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