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I've got this issue only two times by now and after ctrl+alt+del it boots perfectly. But just to be sure - is my hard drive going to fail or am I being paranoid?

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It may be an issue where the computer is trying to boot from a CD/DVD drive, a USB Flash Drive, or a second hard drive. You can check the BIOS to make sure the boot order is setup correctly, but often it is just an issue with a USB drive attached when booting the computer.

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