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Every so often my dell 4550 stops on the boot and says o boot disk found. I can shut down and then power up and it will boot into windows normally. I did a seagate test and it found in the file structure test " failed with critical errors partition 1 ntfs. I did have a blue screen caused my NV4_disp nd fixed that with a upgraded driver from Nvidia. I also have done a chkdsk and will know later if that worked. . Has anyone ran into this problem. Bruce
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It sounds like your hard drive is going bad. Getting just a few bad sectors in the boot section of the drive causes this. More than likely a HD replacement is in order.

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I have read that he seagate utility had problems with NTFS. I will ignore that and replace the drive and cmos battery. I will check the voltage in the battery first. I booted up this mourning and I got the no disk found. I shut it down and two tries later it booted into windows. All day it booted fine. I shut it down and booted up 4 hours later and got the no disk error. It took a few shut downs and restarts to get into windows. I down believe it is the power supply or memory. So I will replace the drive but keep the other intact just in case I am wrong. It is sometime so hard to fix a problem that is not there all the time. Thanks Bruce
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