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Something bad happened. Something really really bad.
FYI, I have Windows XP.

I was on the internet last night and suddenly my computer started getting really slow. One of those black box screen windows things popped up but didn't say anything so I closed it out. Then my computer got so slow I could hardly use it.

So I turned it off and then turned it back on. When I turned it back on, I got to my desktop and it would be there for a few moments loading the background programs and such and then I get hit with a Blue Screen of Death.

It's very simple compared to the better known blue screens. All it says is:

STOP: d0000144 UNKNOWN HARD ERROR
Unknown Hard Error

I turned my computer off again and started it up. This time before loading Windows, my computer started doing some drive check thing. It took a few minutes and in the end it said it removed one thing and added back in several "orphaned" files. Yet, the same blue screen came up after I got to my desk top.

So this time I tried starting my computer in the "Last Known Good" state option that appears from pressing F8. This did not help and the same blue screen shows up.

So then I tried getting into Safe Mode. This works fine and I am able to access Safe Mode. Inside Safe Mode I tried to use one of my System Restore points but when trying to start up System Restore it says I have it turned off and need to switch to normal mode to turn it on. I don't remember ever turning it off but I never cheked before so I guess that won't work.

Then I went into My Computer and (assuming this was done by some virus) started deleting files I didn't recnognize that were created that night. I deleted some things right on my hard drive, then found some things in System32 folders and other folders. The only thing I didn't delete were some files that were created long ago when I got my computer but "modified" last night. I'm sure those are a problem but they sound like they are probably important so I don't want to delete something and make the situation worse. The two files are in the Tasks folder and one is called the name of my profile and the other is called... I think it was tasks as well (not on the computer at the moment since internet does not work with Safe Mode) and it was only 1kb and it has a red "x" on the icon. There was another one with a red "x" as well. These seem to be older files that were modified (broken?) last night.

Okay, so I tried entering normally again after deleting things besides those and as you can probably guess, I got the blue screen again.

So here I am without my computer.

Just to say it, I definately do not have the disk for the OS. Even if I did, I don't think I have the heart to completely restart everything on my computer and send it back to Day 1. I don't mean to sound overdramatic but that computer is my life. I've had for years and there is SO much that I don't want to lose. Pictures, videos, games, programs, settings on the computer. I can't lose all my data.

Yet, there seems to be no help. So I turn to others. I've looked aroung google and it seems nobody else was able to get some magical fix but their circumstances were always slightly different. I think the fact that I am able to get into windows and my computer starts fine and brings me to my desktop THEN blue screens while loading stuff must mean something.

So please, any help is greatly appreciated.

I'm posting this here and in hard drive section since it is a problem with the hard drive but could also be caused by a virus or something.

Thanks for any help.
 

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