I'm up and running!!!! Thanks to some lovely man talking in a foreign accent. He was so patience with me.
My diagnoses message said:
Boot Test - Failed
Error Code - BIOHD3
Warning: No active partitions.
It wouldn't reboot in safe mode either.
I found similar problems with this error code online using my very old HP computer with no resolutions offered.
At this point, to me this said my HD was fried. Not so!!!............(I'm still jumping up and down with relief)
I have a HP SimpleSave External Drive in addition to my regular hard drive. For some reason, my computer was trying to boot from the SimpleSave drive. How or why is a mystery to me. After over an hour of conversation maybe two hours and unpluggingssss and repluggingsss and rebootingsss, I was back in business. (Don't you love my homemade jargon...hee hee)
I know better than to lose my hope, but I didn't get to sleep until 3 and had tried everything I knew to try. I guess that's why we have techies.....Thank you Sean with the Indian dialect. You are a sweetheart!
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