Windows XP Boot Disk Failure

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An old laptop was donated to a friend of mine. When he turned it on it said "Disk boot failure insert system disk and press enter" it was on a black screen. He then installed Windows XP. He said it worked fine. When he turned it on again the next morning it said the same thing again boot disk failure etc.... The laptop is NCS Technology (that's the only name on the laptop). Could it be the BIOS? Please advise. Thank you!

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It seems like a bad Hard Drive but you could try flashing the BIOS and see if it helps but for a quick check do a check disk scan on the drive to see if its really corrupted.

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  • Barry801
    it really could be a number of things, could be a bad drive, bad motherboard, how old is the machine?
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  • Websurf
    Barry801, I don't know how old the laptop is. I just know it was donated.
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  • Websurf
    The laptop is seven years old. What do you think it could be?
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  • carlosdl
    It is most likely a hard drive failure.
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  • Websurf
    [...] Windows XP Boot Disk Failure [...]
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  • Stevesz
    websurf, More than likely there is a problem with the HDD. I've never seen a BIOS flash bring back an HDD back to life. A new drive should be relatively inexpensive. Pull the drive to ensure you are getting the right type for the machine, and install it. You should be able to get a larger sized drive for your friend at this time.
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  • Zynthax
    This error occurs when the computer cannot detect the operating system during booting. It is possible that the files needed for the computer to boot is corrupted or a damage hard drive. It is also possible that connection is just loose so you can also try re-seating the connection. For more information about this, you can check this site : http://www.techyv.com/questions/disk-boot-failure-while-dual-booting-win-xp-and-win-2007
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  • Harisheldon1960
    Try having it boot up from a USB device, especially if you have you with Linux installed on it. If it boots from there, then that gives you the answer that it is differently your hard drive.
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