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No Boot - Hard disc problem

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An old Lap Top was using Windows XP will no longer boot.  I cannot load Windows XP or 95. but can load Acronis recovery manager which does not help


Is there a bootable disc checker I can download to CD.

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Hello RogerMortimer


If there is data on the drive that you would like to try and back up let us know before you do any testing of the HDD, this because HDD diagnostic tools include a stress test and this can cause a flaky HDD to completely fail with the loss of all data on it.


If there is no data on the drive that you need: Run the HDDs diagnostics tool;
Make sure you select the tool that is appropriate for the brand of your hard drive http://www.tacktech.com/display.cfm?ttid=287
Depending on the program it'll create a bootable floppy or a bootable DVD/CD.
If the downloaded file is the .iso type use ImgBurn: http://www.imgburn.com/ to burn the .iso file to a DVD/CD disk depending on your OS (select "Write image file to disc" option) and make the disk bootable.

RE ImgBurn: please use the custom install and uncheck the attached foistware such as "Install Entrusted Toolbar etc

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