Lap top dead need HELP!

  legalrep 18:40 26 Feb 2006

My lap top will not start I keep getting the following message

Hard disk boot sector invalid
Press H to retry hard disk, any other key for next device

Has my hard drive died?

Any advice would be great

  legalrep 19:06 26 Feb 2006

sorry should have said windows xp home, since posting I've managed to get it to start under last best known config but says its correcting error in index $130 for file 20256 but been on that screen for last 15mins or so!

  Diodorus Siculus 19:22 26 Feb 2006

Do you have the XP CD? Try a repair install: click here
How to Perform a Windows XP Repair Install

  namtas 19:26 26 Feb 2006

This may to resolve your problem

click here;EN-US;q153973

  legalrep 19:27 26 Feb 2006

thanks I'll give it ago, at the moment its run through the repair phase and I'm currently looking at a blank screen with just the mouse pointer which works, the hard drive light is on all the time I have all the system recovery disks but I'm worried if the hard disk has failed that I may do more damage should I just reinstall windows?

  namtas 19:31 26 Feb 2006

Try this, without the space, obviously


  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 19:33 26 Feb 2006

If you reinstall windows from scratch you will lose everything on the Hard drive so this is a last resort.

Boot withe the XP CD and run recovery consul and try the chkdisk and fixmbr suggested above.

Using Recovery Consul
click here
click here

  legalrep 19:44 26 Feb 2006

latest update I had the loading windows xp screen come up but then in went into a dos looking screen with boot device and asking me what to boot from if I select hard disk nothing happens

  legalrep 20:10 26 Feb 2006

tried to reinstall from cd but got the message "Error encountered while creating save to disk partition" followed by x:\tools\s2D>

Does this mean the hard drive is dead?

  namtas 20:27 26 Feb 2006

Can you get it to boot up in safe mode?

  legalrep 20:34 26 Feb 2006

no will not boot in safe mode either!

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