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twistedone

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I think my hard drive is dying, and I'm going to replace it soon, but anyways I've been having problems with it. Yesterday my computer got stuck in a rebooting loop so I reformated and all was fine for a day. Now today I was getting "A disc read error has occurred, press ctrl+alt+del for restart", so I put in the xp disc, and ran a chkdsk /r. It took around 30 mins, and seemed to fix some problems and the computer proceeded to boot up, albeit very slowly. So my comp is now running, but I'm afraid to turn it off for fear that it might not boot up. Is there anything I can do to ensure this won't happen again?
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Run this to check there is nothing about installed software causing it

Get the trial of Tune Up 2006 here

Tune Up 2006 Trial

Click start then run, type prefetch then press enter, click edit then select all, right click any file then click delete, confirm delete.

Run Tune Up disc clean up then registry clean up then click optimize to run reg defrag, which needs a reboot

Those will have cleared the drive of obsolete software errors

These are suggestions for making the most of the free trial

After the reboot, click optimize then system optimizer to optimize the computer, select computer with an internet connection (without an internet connection if applicable) from the drop down menu, this also requires a reboot

(Skip this if you do not connect to the internet with this PC) After the reboot, click optimize then system optimizer to accelerate downloads, select the speed just above your actual connection speed, this requires a reboot.

After the reboot, click optimize then system optimizer to run system advisor



You can also run these

Click start then run, type chkdsk /f /r then press enter, type Y to confirm for next boot, press enter then reboot.

This will take an hour, it will appear to load normally then either the monitor will show progress or the screen will go blank, do not disturb this.

Click start then run, type
sfc /scannow then press enter, you need the XP CD and get an onscreen blue progress bar, when the bar goes, reboot.

Click start, all programmes, accessories, system tools to run disc clean up, click more options then clean up restore points, click confirm, click OK. Then from system tools, run disc defragmenter.

Back up any data you need in case the drive goes on you, and depending on the age and amount of use the drive has had, replacing it is probably a good move if it continues to show errors so soon after running check disc
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