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win8 says HD failed

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    win8 says HD failed


    I dualboot W8 & XP, this morning W8 did not boot normally but, in a very restrictaed way reminisent of the XP "Safe Mode", with the error icon saying
    " HD problem" back your files, pls see attached.

    I recycled the HD cables rebooted W8 several times with the same, then booted in XP & all worked fine, no problems reported, even FSX worked.

    Can anybody help on this please?

    Asus P5K Premium WiFiiFi Intel Core 2 Quad Pro 2.4GHz, OCZ Vendetta Cpu Cooler, 2x2GB, DDR2 800 PC2-6400, GeForce 9800 GTX (PCI-E), sata 500gb Seagate Barraguta HD , Corsair 750M Psu, X45, Dual boot Win8 64 & XPhome sp3.

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    Hafnarfjörður IS
    Posts : 4,376
    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10

    Hi there

    Even if disks are 100% OK you should ALWAYS have backups - and preferably keep your DATA separate to OS and programs (Data - office documents, multi-media - music / video, installation files etc etc).

    That way you can make windows partitions smaller and you don't lose data if you need to re0install the OS.

    If Windows is detecting a HDD error back up again QUICK in case the HDD fails -- you've been lucky this time - could be a temporary (correctable) error - however any mechanical device CAN and DOES fail from time to time -- fortunately HDD failures are rarer than you think considering the number of HDD's in use world wide.

    Prepare though to get a new HDD at some date.

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    I am looking for help on yourr "...could be a temporary (correctable)..."
    Last edited by nichos; 30 Apr 2014 at 12:24.
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