My hard drive turns on and off when I start up my computer so I can no longer boot into Windows. Everything else stays on (fans, lights, etc.) and I still see the post screen which looks like this:
(I don't have a picture of my actual screen, just using this as a reference)
After a few seconds a message would show up on my post screen saying "Disk boot failure, insert system disk and press enter". This message appears regardless if the hard drive is on or off at this stage.
So I thought I should boot into a live ubuntu cd to see if I can backup some files on the drive in case the drive is failing. When I tried booting into a live ubuntu cd, it would get to the stage of asking if I want to install or boot without install. When I choose boot without install, it would go to a black screen saying ata4.0: SRST failed (errno=-16).
I also tried booting into Kaspersky Rescue Disk 10. It would ask what language I would like, then after I choose the language it would also go to a black screen saying ata4.0: SRST failed (errno=-16).
Has anyone experienced something like this? I originally thought my hard drive may be failing but now I'm not sure what it could be.
Any help would be much appreciated, thanks.