Make sure it's not a motherboard failure by accessing the BIOS at startup and navigate through it.. As long as the navigation goes smoothly, then the best guess is a hard drive failure. They're also relatively inexpensive and can be replaced easily.. Remember if/when replacing the HD; the XP installation disc needs to be XP SP1 or later to support the larger disc sizes such as 160 GB or more.
Hope this helps.
Everything was working until this morning and my old computer started going slower and slower...like periodic freeze-wait-work-freeze-wait-work-freeze wait then it would go for a little while then freeze again...wait and wait until it just couldn't work anymore.
Rebooted and it would do this again...then I would reboot again...got harder and harder to go back into windows...
It progressively got worse... until it just couldn't work anymore. ....and then just not boot into windows at all and just say
"boot sector failure install system disc"
when I put in the recovery disc it will not go past F8=I agree Windows XP Licensing Agreement. It just sits there with that stupid agreement and not budge when I press f8.
Did I just have a harddrive failure?
This computer is old...like at least seven years. The only replacements I've made is memory and video card.
All of this happened within an hour or so. Progressed to non functional...just that message.
Man...talk about computer grimlens. I just took one into the shop for being stuck in installation which is posted here. (The 39 minute stuck...or 34 minute hiccup...whatever) Now all I have is this poor little laptop while waiting and hoping for the other one to be fixed.
Won't go into safe mode at all...just that boot sector message.