Hello. I've had my PC for a good 5 or so years now and never had a problem with it. Earlier today I had the PC on and it started making a strange beeping noise which was coming from inside the PC. I quickly turned the PC off and back on again but was greeted with a screen that said the following:
"Speed : 3.30 GHz
Press DEL to run Setup
Press 4 to activate ACC function
Boot Selection Popup menu has been selected
Press ALT+F2 to execute ASUS EZ Flash 2
Initializing USB Controllers .. Done.
8175MB OK (Installed Memory Size:8192MB)
USB Device(s) : 1 Keyboard, 1 Mouse, 1 Storage Device
Auto-Detecting SATA3G_1...IDE Hard Disk
Auto-Detecting SATA3G_4...ATAPI CD-ROM
SATA3G_4 : TSSTcorp CDDVDW SH-222BB SB00
Ultra DMA Mode-5
Auto-detecting USB Mass Storage Devices ..
00 USB mass storage devices found and configured.
3rd Master Hard Disk Error
Press F1 to Resume"
Then upon resuming it will ask me to select a boot device but only list the following:
"CDROM:4S-TSSTcorp CDDVDW SH-222"
And upon selecting that it will ask me to put the boot image into the computer.
My assumption is that something has gone quite badly wrong with my PC's hard drive but can anyone clarify this and offer any suggestions as to what I could do? Or is it even a problem with my Hard Drive at all?
I have just tried putting my original Windows install disc in and booting the PC from that. From there I got into the command prompt and ran the chkdsk c: /f/r/x prompt, but it simply states:
"Cannot open volume for direct access."
I don't know if this helps identify what the issue is but from what I'm seeing it seems like my hard drive has broken. Can anyone clarify this before I get a new hard drive? Or know of any way to fix it? I don't want to buy a hard drive if that isn't what the problem actually is.
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