Windows could not start because of a computer disk hardware configuration problem

By ontimejohn
Jul 2, 2012
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  1. Software is Windows XP Professional.

    The first error message I received was:

    Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
    (Windows root)\system32\hal.dll
    Please re-install a copy of the above file.

    I then tried to repair the boot.ini file using

    bootcfg /rebuild

    After re-booting, I received the error message:

    Windows could not start becuaes of a computer disk hardward configuration problem

    Could not read from the selected boot disk. Check boot path and disk hardware.

    -I tried running checkdsk also and it said "Volume has one or more unrecoverable problems"

    Computer is a Dell Dimension 390.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated!
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    Sounds like your hard drive is dying... You will have to get a replacement

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