please help!!!!

  [DELETED] 21:14 02 Aug 2003

hi guys,a friends comp running windows 2000 hangs up at start up giving him the option toenter bios or press f1 to continue anyides guys....thanx in advance guys
nigey :-)

  [DELETED] 21:44 02 Aug 2003

Well, what happens when he presses F1 to continue?

  [DELETED] 21:48 02 Aug 2003

windows boots up but tells him back up all data hd failure immenant!!!

  [DELETED] 21:51 02 Aug 2003

Then that is exactly what I would do. j.

  [DELETED] 21:56 02 Aug 2003

so do i need a new hd???? or wot??? wme is pre installed on my hd?????

  [DELETED] 22:04 02 Aug 2003

I would think so, if that is what the BIOS is telling you to do. Hang on for a while though, someone will tell you how to check the drive, sorry, I've forgot the command word to do this. j.

  [DELETED] 22:09 02 Aug 2003

Cross reference click here

I'm totally confused by this.

  Forum Editor 00:34 03 Aug 2003

to run Scandisk - that will reveal any errors on the drive structure.

The message is telling him/her quite plainly that the drive may be about to fail, and I would have thought that the solution is pretty clear:

1. Immediately back up all data files.

2. Back up the partition with the Windows files on it.

A neat way of doing this is to buy the new hard drive (which you're going to have to do anyway) and install it in the computer as a slave. Partition the drive, and then, using Windows Explorer, drag and drop the entire contents of the Windows partition onto the new drive. Put the files into any partition except C: Now drag the data files over in the same fashion, but put them into a different partition. Make sure that you create a Windows startup disk if you don't already have one.

Now you have a nice new drive with all your files in place. Ditch the old drive, install the new drive as the master and start the computer with the startup disk in the floppy drive. Select the option to start the computer with a command prompt, and at the C: prompt type the drive letter that contains the Windows files followed by a colon. Hit the enter key, type: setup.exe and hit the enter key again. This should start the Windows installer.

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