Hard disk problem?

By Lian
Feb 25, 2005
  1. My laptop can not boot from hard disk any more. The computer has a windows xp. The computer can be booted with a boot disk. It writes a ramdrive in the hard disk. However, there is an error message of no valid FAT or FAT32 once the boot process is completed. It says that it may be a virus problem. Any suggestions?
  2. tom_pearson

    tom_pearson TS Rookie Posts: 47

    what disk are you using to boot the computer?? It may be that the hard drive is formatted as NTFS and the boot disk is too old to recognize this. If you are using an up to date disk then you may well find the drive is damaged or has a virus. How old is the laptop?? Warranty's??
  3. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,018

    do you get a boot start screen can you hit the F8 key
    try to get to boot menu try to boot from last known good config
    follow instructions bottom of screen
    if you got the xp disc all else fails use it to repair
  4. tom_pearson

    tom_pearson TS Rookie Posts: 47

    yeh that may also be the case. but u'll have to let us know what kind of disk your using to boot with
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