Boot Sector Failure

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Old 10-25-10, 10:45 PM
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Boot Sector Failure

I have a Dell Latitude PIII laptop which I use to run my CNC Router machine and today it fail to start saying ”No boot Sector”, run the Setup etc.

I re installed XP and all seem to work fine now

What caused the boot sector to fail?
 
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Old 10-26-10, 04:23 AM
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Possible your hard drive is on the way out or at least an error on the disk (bad sector, etc); did you run a disk checking utility while you were troubleshooting?

More info:

How to perform disk error checking in Windows XP
 
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Old 10-26-10, 05:34 AM
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Yes I did run the chkdsk but all was ok

I would agree that its a sign of HD future failure, the laptop is quite old. But its a good unit for my workshop and I will see if I can get a used HD at a reasonable cost.

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Old 10-26-10, 09:41 AM
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Unless you need a lot of storage capacity, new HD's are pretty cheap. For example:

Western Digital - 500GB Internal Hard Drive - WD5000JBRTL

I'm assuming you need an EIDE; if you have a SATA interface there are some even cheaper, down around $50.
 
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Old 10-26-10, 11:34 AM
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Thanks tow_guy but I wish it was that easy…….

As I mentioned this HD is for a laptop and the HD for them are expensive assuming you can find one now which I doubt it since this laptop is quite old.

So far I have it running all day with no problem at all. If she conks out again the only alternative would be to find a used HD from some local stores which they sell used laptops and parts.

Otherwise its time for a new used laptop (must have a laptop because my workshop is small and have no place for a desktop / screen)
 
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Old 10-27-10, 05:51 AM
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Oops, my bad; missed the word "laptop" in the original post.
 
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I bought my last PC refurbished from IBM's website

I'll be doing that again (though only IBM brand, the Lenovo line has had reliability problems in the office)
 
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