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It is no use keep running chkdsk.
What we are looking for, is if it reports bad sectors, as the error you received can be hardware related including the HDD, that is why I asked if you had installed any hardware. It can also be driver related, but usually following the installation of a driver.

It may be the case that the file system is corrupted by you switching off the power. This can happen, especially if the disk is being written to at the time.

The error can also be caused by Malware.

When you executed Ctrl Alt Del to Task Manager, after the computer would not respond, what applications were running. Did you look - before you pulled the plug.

Just in case it comes to a Repair installation, whilst your data should be safe, I recommend you take out the hard drive, connect it to another computer in an enclosure and recover your personal data.
Alternatively, you can do this by downloading Puppy Linux. This is an ISO file so you will require an ISO burning programme.

If the drive is mechanically working but the OS won't boot then Puppy can get access to the data. Here is the Puppy Link

if you don't have a burning program that will burn .ISO files use Burncdcc it is a small FAST no frills iso burning program...
Here is the link

NOTE...do not put a blank cd in until burncdcc opens the tray for you
1. Start BurnCDCC
2. Browse to the ISO file you want to burn on cd/dvd ....in this case its puppy-2.16-seamonkey-fulldrivers.iso
3. Select the ISO file
4. click on Start

make sure in the bios the cd drive is the first boot device....

put the cd in the cd drive..boot your computer....puppy will boot and run totally in ram...if your hardware is is good working order you will know...
after you get it running and your at the desktop...you take the puppy linux cd out and then you can use the burner to copy all your data to cd/dvds
you can also use it to backup your data to a external usb harddrive..just have it hooked to the computer when you boot up with puppy...

quick guide for saving data...music..files on a system that will not boot using puppy Linux..

after you get to puppy desktop..
click on the drives icon...looks like a flash drive...top row..it will list all the drives connected to

your computer...

click on the red icon for the drive you want to mount...in this case its a flash drive ...puppy will

mount the drive..the drive icon turns green when its mounted...
minimize the drives mounter window..you will need it again in a few minutes..
drag the right edge of it sideways to shrink it to its narrowest size...about half the width of the screen...then drag the window to the right edge of the screen...

now click on the icon that looks like a filing cabinet (kind of yellow) on the main drive...it should
already be green..
you will see a list of all the folders on the main drive Usually your C: drive..shrink that window to
the narrowest you can..about half the width of the screen...drag that window to the left side of the screen...
at this point you should have 2 windows open on your desktop..the flash drive on the right side..
go back to the folders on the C: drive...click on the documents and settings folder...then your user
name or all users..find the folders that has your data..
drag and drop the folder with the data you want to make copies of to the flash drive window...

your options are to move ..copy ect...JUST COPY..if its to big you will have to open the folder and
drag and drop individual files until the flash drive is full...(I have a 120 GB external USB drive for
big data recovery jobs and a 4 GB flash drive for the smaller jobs)..after you get the files copied to
the flash drive...
Click on the drives mounter you minimized earlier
UNMOUNT THE FLASH DRIVE by clicking on the green icon..you will once in awhile get error messages when
unmouting the drive..ignore them..when the flash drive icon turns red again its safe to remove the
flash drive..trot on over (stroll if you want to look cool) to another computer and plug in the flash

drive and copy all the data files ( I drag and drop) to the other computer..
make sure the other computer can read them...

now delete the data on the flash drive...take it back to the misbehaving computer and plug it in

again..click on the drives icon again and repeat until you have all your data transferred to the working

Thanks to happyrock

Edited by Macboatmaster, 12 October 2010 - 06:56 PM.

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Thank you so much for all the help. Looks like I'll have to just do a reinstall of the system, but I've got my files on a flash drive so all is good :D
Thanks again!
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Before you do that
Try a repair install if it will boot from the CD, that is NOT the first R option for the Recovery Console, but the second R option See this

HOWEVER I would run another hard drive diagnostics on it.
You could use Seatools for Dos which will work on any hard drive.
See this link.
If it fails the diagnostics, chkdsk having already reported bad sectors, you are wasting your time reinstalling on that hard drive.

Edited by Macboatmaster, 13 October 2010 - 03:11 PM.

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Sorry for the late reply.
I am unable to do a repair install anyway because I don't have any of the disks for the computer, so it might just have to sit useless for a while. I have another desktop that I replaced the problem computer with, so I might have to wait until I have the disks in order to do anything. Even so, if the hard drive is the problem and not necessarily drivers or such, then I'll have to get a new one anyway!
Thanks again :D
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