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EasyRE - Weird Desktop Mode/disk boot failure

Hi,

I downloaded this "Easy Recovery Essentials" thinking it would fix the problems with my hard drive. My "T2482 emachines" computer that runs Windows XP will not launch and just says "disk boot failure, insert system disk and press enter." (And before I tried this EasyRE I did set the HDD-0 as my First Boot Device)

I burned the ISO I bought from these guys to my disc and changed my BIOS setting to boot from CD-ROM. Then, it proceeded to a GNU GRUB v. 2.00-13ubuntu3 menu with three options: Easy Recovery Essentials, Easy Recovery Essentials (VGA), Easy Recovery Essentials (Safe Mode). They all lead to a wall of code and proceed to an unfamiliar desktop mode (I think it is called Neogrub?). From that point I have no idea what is happening. I can't find the two features I was originally interested in when I purchased I which was Automated Repair or system restore.

Does anyone know if the desktop mode I stumbled upon can actually help me somehow?  And if not, does anyone know how to solve my "disk boot failure" problem?

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How did you burn it?

In reply to: EasyRE - Weird Desktop Mode/disk boot failure

"I burned the ISO I bought from these guys to my disc"

Did you burn it as an ISO file which was still an ISO file on the CD, or did you use "burn image" which makes it bootable and expands all the files onto the CD?
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Burn Image

In reply to: How did you burn it?

When I burned the ISO on the CD it said “burn image”.

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Nope. EasyRE has never fixed hard disk problems.

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I'm taking your word the PC has hard disk problems.

The story is unclear so I'll share what I usually find. I find some PC with XP, a SATA HDD and boot failures. Most commonly caused by the BIOS being in defaults and I head to the BIOS, flip the setting to IDE Emulation and it boots.

Yes, there is a proper way to install XP to support SATA but out of 100 machines I've seen, not one install was correct.

EasyRE will not fix this issue. Never has.

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PS. I think you burned it correctly. Why?

In reply to: Nope. EasyRE has never fixed hard disk problems.

Because you saw the menu "GNU GRUB v. 2.00-13ubuntu3 menu"

This still won't fix the old XP IDE issue. No tool I've seen in decades autofixes that one.

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get a linux live DVD

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Mint has the Disks program on it. It allows you to examine and do many things to a hard drive, including reading it's SMART values. The LIVE DVD also comes with a file manager. It's free and it's bootable. Just make sure you "burn image" to the DVD.

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