My problem is very similiar to this one that's been posted.
I have a Dell 8300 that's approximately 16 months old. I was playing a game, and since I had my virus protection turned off I went to reboot and got the Windows sign in screen. The three little blue dots that move across when windows is loading sort of stopped moving.
I tried to reboot-nothing
I tried a system restore-nothing
I ran the diagtnostic and got this
Error code: OFOO:0244
Msg Block 60813183
uncorrectable data error
SATA Disk S/N = WD WMAL91053484
I called dell tech support and they said it was the hard drive like the person above.
Is this unusual for a 16 month old 160GB had drive to just go? I'm the only one that uses this comp. I have virus prot/spyware prot, and I defrag once a week.
I'm wondering, well maybe it's wishful thinking but hoping maybe it's a problem with Windows like the person in the post?
I can get into all my documents,settings, etc, in safety mode.
I tried using the Windows reinstallation CD but when I put it in I'm taken to the screen saying I have an error and do I want to try safety mode.
I read your FAQ about changing the BIOs and mine are OK to read the CD.
When I go in the system in safety mode and click on the CD Drive I can get into the CD. It asks if I want to reinstall Windows (nothing about correcting errors) when I click that it says the windows on my system is a more current issue of windows than the one on the CD.
I guess what I'm asking, is there anything I can try before buying a new HD? Don't kill me, but I don't have a backup of my files (although I have lots of documents, etc copied on an external HD).
Thanks so much for any help you can give me.