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Nope, and seeing as how it was a HD only 3 months old I cant really picture it just up and dying on me. Guess its time to reformat?
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Nope, and seeing as how it was a HD only 3 months old I cant really picture it just up and dying on me. Guess its time to reformat?
You could try that if you didn't have anything importiant... but after you do format make sure you watch for new errors cropping up. Were you overclocking at all? This is the kind of thing that happens when you overclock on cheap motherboards without PCI locks.
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Nah I dont OC at all, I hang around here for the good advice
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Hmm I did just now here some pretty nasty scrapping noises. Gotta get the XP disc from my friend to reformat but if that doesnt work guess its new HD time


Should have just let chkdsk just keep goin
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Hmm I did just now here some pretty nasty scrapping noises. Gotta get the XP disc from my friend to reformat but if that doesnt work guess its new HD time


Should have just let chkdsk just keep goin
Sounds like you got a bad drive. I would give XP a shot but don't expect much.
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Just hate to think that my drive went bad with barely anything on it after 3 months
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Just hate to think that my drive went bad with barely anything on it after 3 months
It happens... once I got three bad motherboards in a row. Also sometimes they don't even work at all when you get them...
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Sigh...wonder if this POS can even run WoW?
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Hal.dll stands for Hardware Abstraction Layer. Dynamic Link Library. Unfortunately you cannot simply recopy it using the recovery console. The last time that happened to me was using 98SE after changing some hardware and rebooting. Windows could not deal with the reconfigured hardware without reloading the OS.

There are several utilities for checking your hardrive even before loading an OS including CHKDSK. I would not jumpt to the conclusion you have a bad HDD just because of a corrupt or missing file--it is Windows after all.

From my understanding the Hal.dll is part of how the shell is able to interface onto the hardware. If you changed your hardware around that might be the deal--in XP it should not matter.

I would reformat and do a clean install. then run HD Tune or Speed Fan to SMART check the HDD.
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Losing your Hal (generally its not actually the Hal thats the issue), NTDetect or NTLDR is no big deal - everyone is under the impression that your machine is balked when such a message appears.

If the Hal.dll is infact missing - a reformat is advised. Generally though the above error is generated by a bad boot.ini file - try rebuilding that. Look Here: http://www.computerhope.com/issues/ch000648.htm - if that fails - reformat.
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