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I have been having several problems with my computer lately. Now Windows XP will not boot, in normal mode or safe mode. When I go into the repair windows option from the CD and try to make a temp file to C: drive, it says access denied. When I try to do a clean install of XP, it says I have no drives installed, no partitions, no installations of windows.
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The drive has very probably failed, in which case you will have to fit a new one. You can download a utility to test the drive (from the drive manufacturer) which you run from a bootable floppy, but it's possible the utility won't be able to see the drive either. These testing utilities (also called diagnostic utilities) are designed to be used when you suspect the drive is near failure but still working, allbeit erratically. May be too late for that in your case. However, the links are on this page if want to give it a try:
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