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Hey all - Computer question for any out there with experience or expertise in this.
A little freaked out so I apologize if this doesn't come across clearly. Earlier this afternoon I was reading the online paper on my computer and it froze. So naturally I manually restarted the computer and upon restarting I got the message " DISK LOAD FAILURE. INSERT SYSTEM DISK THEN PRESS ENTER" on a black screen and nothing else. I have tried most of the common trouble-shooting methods found on google tonight with no luck.
I can buy a new computer (or hard drive - which aparrently is the problem - if needed) I just need to get all my documents and pictures off that computer.
Please help or point me in directoin I should take.
Thanks so much! Go Cocks!
Sounds like a corrupted file somewhere. Put the exact message it's giving you into Google and go from there, but you'll have to boot into Safe Mode with Networking in order to fix the problems and remove pictures, etc...for the time being.
You in the Columbia area?
I've tried that, but it won't let me past the black screen with the quote I posted above.
Apparently - from what I've read - It cannot locate the correct disk? So I have to get a new hard drive?
As soon as you power the pc on strart pressing the F8 repeatedly
If it give you the option to to start with safe mode or start with safe mode with networking or start normally....select safe mode with networking
If you are able to get in, email yourself all the file you want to keep and or save them to an external drive. I suggest emailing them to yourself and then letting your yahoo, gmail, hotmail, etc do a virus scan on them before place them on to your next PC
Hope this helps.
PS... next time do a CTRL+ALT+DEL
and ending the task that is not responding
"We played in a place called DeathValley, I looked up in the fourth quarter & the only ones still alive were the Gamecocks." Steve Spurrier
You have a corrupted boot file or boot sector. If you have the O/S copy you can boot to CD/DVD drive, depending on how you set up system and type of system you may be able to start a restore or recovery process with O/S disk, otherwise you may have to reload O/S.
I have come here to chew bubble gum and kick ass, and I am all out of bubble gum.
Try booting it with the O/S cd.
Once it boots up, run the repair utility.
hopefully that will fix it for you.
Clear CMOS procedure & pray (use jumper method) -> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rdHH9KrceR0
Most folks do the procedure wrong the vast majority of the time, so watch the video. The PSU holds a charge so after unplugging wait 5~10 minutes, then in most cases you'll need tweezers to reach the jumper. Leave it in the clear position (10 seconds/longer doesn't hurt) and put it back to the normal position.
The bios is not seeing the hard drive.
If this doesn't work - pull the hard drive and put it in an case to make it an external drive or add to another computer as a slave drive. Then get your files backed up from it.
If the "repair" option doesn't work, try this...
Boot from your OS DVD (or CD) and do an "in-process" upgrade. You might want to Google "in process upgrade windows 7" for your OS before you start just to get familiar with the process. (Or you can go to the Microsoft website and do the same search.) Basically you'll just choose the "upgrade" option from your OS boot DVD and "upgrade" the existing installation back to itself. This should repair the boot sector and any corrupted OS files.
Bottom line though is it sounds like your hard drive is about to flake out on you. My suggestion would be after the in process upgrade, save your files quickly and get a new hard drive. If you're really fortunate you can do an image backup of the hard drive and then simply restore the image to the new hard drive. Some good software for doing this is Macrium Reflect (www.macrium.com). Make sure you make a working boot CD before you go to the trouble of swapping the hard drive.
And going forward, come up with a backup plan! I do a full image backup of my systems once a week and then do a differential image backup each night. They are all automated through Reflect and work really well. I have a NAS attached to my network that contains all my backups. You don't have to go to that expense, but instead use a 1 TB USB external drive. Another cool thing with Macrium is you can have it e-mail you the results of the backup.
This post was edited by speedplay0 14 months ago
My computer froze this afternoon in a way that I could not click off my emails. It just wouldn't move. (cursor). After 5 minutes of this, I turned the computer off. But when I turned it back on, I had a black screen. Then DOS page popped up for a few seconds then went black again. I thought it had crashed because earlier in the day Avast popped up when I clicked on TBS to log in, and Avast was bragging how it had blocked a virus. That happened twice making me think my computer was under attack. So going to a black screen made me think I had crashed. So I closed the lid. 3 hours later I thought I'd give it one more chance before I went computer shopping. Don't know why, but it came right on and I was able to go to all my web sites again.
If not solved, pm me. I am too & if we can't fix it up, we should definitely be able to get your stuff off, though something here should've hopefully helped!
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