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Error report My computer won't start up. I have run the repair consol but the error report says that there are some errors on the drive that are not recoverable. Does this mean that I have to replace the harddrive? or can the problem be fixed? Please help!!!! Stuart


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  1. You've probably got in your hands some recovery/restore CD's\015\012from your PC vendor. BEWARE. For example, Fujitsu laptop CD's are\015\012only used to restore the HDD to its original factory state! Fuji\015\012will not give you a XP CD to 'recover' the hard disk, only to\015\012'restore' it. Nice huh?
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  3. Use a Windows XP retail CD ,better than having to use the OEM's restore CD\015\012and lose all your data.\015\012
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    • IMPORTANT: if you've got Windows XP SP2 installed, you CANNOT\015\012use a Windows XP SP1 CD. The recovery console from the SP1 CD will\015\012not accept even the correct admin password when run on a Windows XP\015\012SP2 HDD. You must run the recovery console from a modern SP2 CD,\015\012then you'll be able to correctly login to your Windows XP install\015\012on the HDD.
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  5. Pop in the Windows XP CD, reboot, making sure to select boot\015\012from the CD option. On some PC's you'll have to hit DEL on reboot\015\012to enter the BIOS and select boot from CD ROM. Other PCs you hit\015\012F12 while booting up.
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  7. WIndows XP will start to load. Eventually you will be prompted\015\012to select between Setup Windows and Repair Windows. Hit 'R' for\015\012Repair Windows. The RC (Recovery Console) will look for existing\015\012Windows XP installs to repair. Usually you have just the one,\015\012listed by the RC after it has scanned your disk, so type '1'. If\015\012the RC doesn't find any Windows Installs...you're in trouble. Note:\015\012Windows RC can find a Windows install when Windows Setup can NOT\015\012find one, so the RC seems more low level and reliable.
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  9. Usually your admin password is blank, so just hit a return when\015\012prompted for a password.
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  11. Type 'help' for the commands that the RC can run. You won't be\015\012able to access any folder other than C:\\Windows and C:\\ top level.\015\012The next two steps are probably only safe if you have a single\015\012partition on the whole disk.
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  13. Try 'fixboot'. This re-writes the boot record.
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  15. Try 'fixmbr'; again, this may damage a partition table that it\015\012doesn't understand, so be wary of taking this step... you may want\015\012to use this as a last resort and only if you have a single\015\012partition on the disk.
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  17. Run CHKDSK /P C:
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  19. If you get errors still, rerun or also do a CHKDSK /R C:.
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  21. If the CHKDSK finally succeeds without errors, then you should\015\012be able to exit from the RC and reboot OK.
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