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    Default Windows 8 reports HD Failed but dual boot XP works OK

    Hi,

    I dual-boot Windows 8 & XP, this morning Windows 8 did not boot normally but, in a very restricted way reminiscent of the XP "Safe Mode", with the error icon saying
    " HD problem" back your files, pls see attached.



    I recycled the HD cables rebooted Windows 8 several times with the same, then booted in XP & all worked fine, no problems reported, even FSX worked.

    Can anybody help on this please?

    Asus P5K Premium WiFiiFi Intel Core 2 Quad Pro 2.4GHz, OCZ Vendetta Cpu Cooler, 2x2GB, DDR2 800 PC2-6400, GeForce 9800 GTX (PCI-E), sata 500gb Seagate Barraguta HD , Corsair 750M Psu, X45, Dual boot Windows 8 64 & XPhome sp3.

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    Hello,

    If you can boot into Windows 8, then try the SFC /SCANNOW command in the administrative Command Prompt. Check if could find any integrity violations. As an expectation, it should find If yes, then try this command in the administrative Windows PowerShell:

    Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth

    Hope this helps, Good luck

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    Thanx Kapil,

    I can boot into W8 but it is in a very limited way & I doupt if I can get into "administrative Windows PowerShell:" but, I will boot in w8 & see, I now use the XP, which is intact, of the dual boot.

    BTW In my searches in all this problem I found that the error is caused by SMART, whatever that may be.

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    Hi Again,

    I tried both & got these whatever they mean I have no clue.
    Took a picture but can not put it here.


    SFC /SCANNOW 100% verification complete:-

    Windows Recource Protection found corrupt files but was unable to fix some of them. Details are included in the CBS log, windir\Logs\CBS\CBS.log.
    For example C:\Windows\Logs\CBS\CBS . log.
    Note that logging is currently not supported in offline servicing scenarios.

    Windows PowerShell:- Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth
    Gave error 0x80244007
    DISM failed. No operation was performed.
    For more info view the log file in C:\Windows\Logs\DISM\dism.log
    PS C:\Users\Administrator

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    As the DISM failed here, unfortunately you have to Refresh Windows 8

    How to Refresh Windows 8 : Screenshots and Video

    Good luck again
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    Thanx again, this "Refresh" will I loose XP & will it distroy my partitions & files? .....nick

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    After Refresh following changes will be incorporated:

    Settings That Will Remain Unaffected
    All user accounts
    Files in your user C:\Users\(user name) folders. (ex: Desktop, My Documents, My Music, etc…)
    Wireless network connections
    Apps from the Windows Store will be kept
    Mobile broadband connections
    BitLocker and BitLocker To Go settings
    Drive letter assignments
    Personalization settings such as lock screen background and desktop wallpaper
    Choices you made during Windows Welcome, such as computer name and user accounts, will not change
    Network, Libraries, and Windows Update settings will not change
    Customer Experience Improvement Program settings will not change
    Windows Error Reporting settings will not change
    Some drivers may or may not be removed

    Settings That Won’t Be Preserved
    File type associations
    Display settings
    Windows Firewall settings
    Metro Apps settings
    All installed 3rd party desktop programs (not Store apps). A list of removed apps will be saved on your desktop after the refresh is finished to let you know which programs were removed
    Your PC settings will be changed back to their defaults
    Installed Windows Updates will be removed
    Some drivers may or may not be removed

    Hope it answers your query

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    Thanx once more Kapila,,

    Took your advise & used "Refresh".

    I was asked for "Administrator" or for my name, chose my name but, it booted in "Administrator again & I am not sure if is normal.

    The dual boot remained with choice of XP or W8.

    My original desktop did not appear.

    I am now reinstalling all lost but wonder if w8 scraps the HD again.

    What I can not find now is how to adjust the size of the desktp icons.

    I will see how this refresh works in the next few days. ......nick

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    Hi again,

    all work OK in W8 after a few adjustments & installations BUT, the HD Fail warning comes up every now & then.

    All are backed up daily & will carry on till the thing blows up
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    I still dualboot to xp when needed & there no warning is shown .................nick

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    SMART settings would be found in your BIOS but I would recommend that you not disable as it can warn of impending drive failure which it seems to be doing.

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