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The "Now you see me now uou don't" OS.

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I'm having some "more" problems with my netbook. First I get a warning in my toolbar saying missing or corrupt file please run the CHKDSK utility. So I try and run the CHKDSK utility and CMD pops up for a seccond before dissapearing. So I opened up my computer and right clicked my HDD and set CHKDSK to run from there. It said it does not have access to some files do you wan't to run CHKDSK on next restart. So I clicked yes then restarted my computer but after the BIOS screen passes I get an error saying "Missing operating system." what should I do?
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Hi Cloaked,

I recommend going to the manufacturer's website of the hard-drive and download their "HDD Diagnostics Utility". Put the program onto a CD, boot the computer to it, and then test the HDD for any errors. If that netbook doesn't have an integrated CD/DVD drive, try and see if you can obtain one from friend that has an external CD/DVD drive.

Also, I would recommend backing up the files on the HDD to another working computer so that your data is safe. Hopefully everything works out for you.
I agree with DBCooper. Definately sounds like a harddrive issue.
Boot off of the XP CD and get to the Recovery Console. Here type chkdsk /R and press enter. The Check Disk utility will try and fix any file errors. If that fails download the ISO Image for Seatools for DOS and burn the image to a CD using IMGBurn boot off of the newly created CD and run the diagnostic tests.
I do have an external cd drive and an external hdd but I can't find a hard drive diagnostics utility.Does anybosy have a link to it?. Plus I can't run the recovery console because my netbook didn't come with one, I did make my own using the hidden partition but it's not the same as a normal xp cd because it's been changed by acer.
I've just made a live cd of knoppix and when I loaded I opend Gparted and it said there was no file system on the hdd. How could it have just dissapeared?
I sent a link in Post #4 for diagnostic software. Try running this first. If the HDD is about to fail or has failed, it will loose the File system and it will say that it is Unallocated space. It is very difficult to retrieve data from a drive after this type of event. You can try the Free software Recuva, and Test Disk but I have had better luck with GetDataBack NTFS
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