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Vista boot problem, possible hard drive issue?

by deadhorse69 / March 21, 2012 12:48 AM PDT

A friend of mine brought his laptop over the other saying windows wouldn't start. I turned it on and immediately text starting flying down the screen followed by it running some test and then going to the windows startup screen, which shows the loading bar, but never went any further.

My initial though when any one gives me a computer to look at was virus, get to safe mode and go from there, well even though I got to the safe mode selection/start window that wouldn't start either.

Now I tried doing a windows restore but he never created a restore point so then I booted to his vista os disk and was going to do a repair from there but at no point would it see the hard drive. This leads me to believe the hard drive is shot and need replacing but I just thought I'd if anyone has any other ideas?

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similar symptoms can show up ...
by Edward ODaniel / March 23, 2012 10:59 AM PDT

if the optical or floppy drive is non-functional - this can be caused by a bad drive or by a bad (or loose) data cable.

Can you access the computer's BIOS and see if all drives are found?

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Re: drive
by Kees_B Forum moderator / March 21, 2012 1:17 AM PDT

Before you see the Windows startup screen, many (I think hundreds of) files have been read from the hard disk. A corrrupted account, corrupted programs in the windows folder or malware are common causes for not going further than that.

The strange thing is that Vista repair doesn't see the disk. But it certainly isn't shot, I think.


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by deadhorse69 / March 21, 2012 4:42 AM PDT
In reply to: Re: drive

So any idea what I can try next?

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(NT) Alas, no.
by Kees_B Forum moderator / March 21, 2012 8:03 AM PDT
In reply to: Thanks
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Kaspersky Virus Removal Tool
by KenHusveg / March 21, 2012 8:18 AM PDT
In reply to: Thanks

First try the Kaspersky Virus Removal Tool 2011
and/or a Linux Live CD.

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