Your post told nothing about the PC and how you installed XP the first time. Some forget that with SATA, on some machines there is a driver CD to offer during instal.
Tell more and get get a hard disk diagnostic from your hard disk's maker.
i duel boot XP and linux, via the lilo boot loader.
the problem is when i hit enter to boot XP in lilo, i get this error:
'A disk read error occurred
Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart'
so i do that but i just get that error again.
i can still boot the Slack partition (using it now).
ive tried to get into the XP recovery via the XP disk, but it says 'scanning for your hardware', but then the screen stays black (i dont get the blue setup screen)
if i try to use an xp floppy, the same thing happens.
now heres the thing, i think i may have been hacked, as i was using the XP partition last night and had a run in on the net with someone who (looking back to a post of his on a forum) may have hacked me. i dont know, im not sure.
im just wondering wether theres anyway to repair this? i dont actually think it is the MBR, as lilo works, is that correct? could it be that the XP boot sector is damaged?
any help very much appreciated.