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    Windows won't load

    when I turn my computer on it goes to the starting windows screen and just sits there what do i do????

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    What version of Windows are you running? And when was the last time you were able to get into Windows?

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    Can you boot into Safe Mode?
    http://bertk.mvps.org/html/safemode.html

    Jerry

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    Windows XP and just a few days ago

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    No Jerry it won"t start in safe mode or repair

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    By repair, does that mean you tried a repair install?
    http://michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm

    If you tried a repair install, did it complete without error?

    Jerry

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    Quote Originally Posted by lori9051 View Post
    No Jerry it won"t start in safe mode or repair
    D'oh! That sort of tells the whole story..... the HD is trashed or at least compromised/corrupted.

    I would take that drive out of the PC and slave it off of my own PC, and run Chkdsk (drive letter) /r/f
    on it, to see if it can be repaired.

    I've saved many an UNbootable drive that way. But it's usually NOT something a user can do at home.
    That needs to be done in a repair shop, by a trained technician.

    The first step is always to make a backup image of that drive, to preserve any data files on it.
    Then if repair efforts wipe the drive, the data will not be lost.

    Good Luck!

    The Doctor
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    Backup! Backup! Backup! GHOST Rocks!

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    Before giving up on your hard drive, make sure that the data and power cables are securely plugged in to the back of the drive, and that the data cable is securely plugged in to any other drive it is connected to, as well as the motherboard.

    I worked on a PC once -- all kinds of problems. When I opened the case, I discovered that the hard drive data cable wasn't plugged in all the way. I plugged it in all the way and turned on the computer, and all of the problems disappeared.

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