So, you've tried to install XP and 7? If so, there is there may be some hardware issue? What happened to the old hard drive? Didi it completely fail, or was it becoming corrupt? Could this be a memory issue, and not a bad hard drive?
Ah, sorry, I made a mistake. Not XP, I'm talking about Vista. I've read many people have had the same issue. When I boot from the old HDD I get a warning that it is volatile and at high risk of dying and that I should back up my data immediately, but the HDD will not boot.
I get the error message even if I try to run the old HDD. I have also added an extra stick of RAM but this is exactly the same as the current one because I bought them at the same time, just didn't fit it because it was a hassle getting under the keyboard. Anyway, the bios is detecting the RAM just fine.
The system expressly warns that it is the HDD that is failing so I don't think it's a memory issue, plus the memory is quite new but has worked just fine..
I've put the old HDD in to get the exact error message:
"SMART Failure Predicted on Hard Disk 4: WDC WD1200BEVS-07LAT0-(S1)
WARNING: Immediately back up your data and replace your hard disk drive. A failure may be imminent.
Press F1 to Continue."
When I continue I am given the standard options for Windows Error Recovery; safe mode, sm w/ networking/ sm with command prompt etc. However, when I select any of these I get:
Info: Windows failed to load because the kernel is missing, or corrupt.
If I try to run Kernel Debugging I get the same error message.
There are a few 'solutions' on Windows forums that talk about editing the BCD and MBR, but every time they say "access command prompt", which I can't figure out how to do because I keep getting stuck at errors
I'm totally puzzled by how to overcome this. Every person that has had this issue has encountered it either running Vista, upgrading to Vista, or install Vista as dual; this suggests the issue lies with Vista.
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