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  • I have a old sony vaio that I believe may have hard drive damage. I can get the computer to start but after the sony screen it says "operating system not found". So I have tried using a re-install windows xp disk, because that was what i had on the computer before it no longer worked, from a dell computer. I was able to put windows xp back on the computer and up and running however if I totally shut down the computer, using the shut down button in windows, and try to start it agian by hitting the power button on the computer it starts as it did before and after the sony screen it says operating system not found. When i just restart the computer, using the restart button in windows, after finally getting xp back on the computer, xp seems to stay and everything operates as normal. There is also a fairly loud clicking sound that comes from what sounds my hard drive only when i shut the computer down and power it up agian. It does not make the noise if I just restart the computer. My question is what may be wrong with the computer? Is it the hard drive, something bigger, or maybe xp. The reinstall disk is reinstalling xp with service pack 1a.
    Wednesday, January 18, 2012 5:20 AM

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  • Hi,

    i think, your harddisk is damaged, you should replace it soon. The error "OS not found" is generated by the Bios, not by XP. Do you get the message "Operating System not found" after each complete shutdown or only sometimes?

    is the bios startup seqence configured right?



    M. Hivner



    Wednesday, January 18, 2012 10:16 AM
  • Hi,

    By any chance do you have any USB storage attached to the PC while booting? Sometimes a BIOS may be set to boot from USB, obviously its going to have trouble if its booting from your USB memory stick or hard drive if there is no OS available on it.


    If so, try unplugging the USB storage devices and if that works you must ammend your BIOS settings to not boot from USB.


    Apart from this, it could be a NTFS corruption or your operating hard drive may have bad sectors. Either can be determined by running chkdsk /f/r





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    Wednesday, January 18, 2012 8:26 PM