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Cannot boot up in windows from hard disk

Question: Cannot boot up in windows from hard disk

When I try to boot up my desktop PC normally I see first, for a couple of seconds, a flashing cursor in the top left of my display, this is followed by a line of cursors flashing swiftly across the bottom of the screen. Then a smiley face appears at the bottom left with a blinking cursor. The object looks like a domino with two dots in the top half like eyes and 3 in the bottom half, resembling a smiley mouth. Nothing further happens, it just stays like that.
I can start Windows by booting from my setup CD. PC-Cillin does not recognise any virus, neither Ad-Aware, spybot nor spyware blaster detect anything. I could not get to the command prompt from windows, the virus locks out the keyboard and mouse when I try to access the command prompt, so I have used the Windows set-up disk to delete my partition, format the new partition, and I have re-installed XP Pro. The problem remains.
So, having completely formatted my hard drive, where is this virus living, and even more importantly, how can I get shut of it?

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Answer: Cannot boot up in windows from hard disk

you could try and reset cmos by removing the battery from the mother board for a few minutes and putting it back in,. then uppon start up you will have to enter the cmos setup (BIOS) and make any changes nessesary and save the new configuration.

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Please help
I have a problem with my Compaq PC ...will explain from beginning !!
At first when i boot the PC it used to come one message like " splash screen error run rompaq.." and below that black screen F1 to boot....when i press F1 ...it used to boot windows and i can work comfortably ..now the problem...before last two days when i tried to start my PC it won't boot ..instead it shows the same message press F1 to boot (i suspect by mistake i deleted some system file..but it was a normal shutdown i made last time)...after that i made one start up disk from another computer and tried to boot from it ..but i can't ..while booting from floppy it begins the booting but windows not coming..it shows like
Starting......
A:\> mode can code page prepare=((720) ega4.cpi)
failure to access code page font file
A:\> mode con code page select =720 code page not prepared
A:\> keyb us,, keyboard.sys
code page specified has not been prepared
A:\>
I can enter to C:\ or D:\ etc also can use dir like commands..please help me to solve this problem
 

Answer:Windows Xp Can Not Boot Both From Hard Disk And Start Up Disk

You have some serious troubles, and need to do some intensive reading on how Windows works, and what happens when a hard drive is corrupted or damaged or mis-installed..
It would be helpful for you to tell us computer, install discs, installed hardware, connection, hardware configuration you have, as well as the age of everything, and the recent history of failures and difficulties..
 

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My company's computer needs to be patitioned and reformat. The system is still working well. I mean, nothing wrong with anything (weird huh?). Ok the hard disk just need to be 'split'. I mean, make drive C & D on the hard disk. I know how to do that... easy... Then the HD need to be formatted & reinstall windows XP. Ok, easy too..

But the main problem occured before I do anything (partition & format). I have my own bootable CD that I usually use for partitioning & formatting.

Ok, i insert the CD & restart.
I went to BIOS & changed the boot order (1st boot: CD-ROM, 2nd: HDD-0 & 3rd: Floppy). Then restart again.
Ok the bootable CD is excellently loaded.
I typed fdisk, then came the first problem. it says something like 'no fixed disk'. I exit fdisk.
Then I typed format c:, 2nd problem occured. it says something like, 'invalid drive'.
I forgot the error message because the pc is in my office right now. I'm currently at home 'begging for help' So the error message is not accurate. sorry..

I think, if I run the CD, the hard disk will not be loaded (or should I say, hard disk failure). & If I take off the CD & restart again, change the BIOS (1st boot: HDD-0) then windows will load! Weird right?

I don't think my CD is 'corrupted' nor broken because I tried to run the CD from another PC. Yes, I can access the C drive from that PC.

Does anyone have any idea of the ... Read more

Answer:Can't format hard-disk nor do partition when using boot disk. Hard-disk failure

It sounds like it might be the bootable CD you've created is not picking up the HDD's/partitions.
To eliminate this as a posibility travel to bootdisk and grab the WinME bootdisk and boot from there. If it picks up the HDD you can FDISK and Format from there.
The other option is to boot using the XP CD and let it handle the formatting/partitioning duties...

patio.
 

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Hi, I really need some help here.

My system has two drives:
1) SSD (C: drive) where my win7 OS boots from (call this normal_win7)
2) HDD (D: drive) where I keep my data

I created a D:\virtual_win7.vhd file and installed win7 on it (for testing purposes) following these instructions:

Virtual Hard Drive VHD File - Create and Start with at Boot

When I boot, I get no boot menu asking me to choose either between normal_win7 or virtual_win7 install. By default, it boots into virtual_win7. To boot into normal_win7, I need to press F11 at reboot to enter into Boot Menu and select it. I thought I would be presented with a boot menu at reboot each time? Those instructions I followed in the link told me the boot manager would be present. So I got a feeling something went wrong somewhere.

These are some things I observed:

1. I installed EasyBCD within normal_win7 and it only has one entry listed in the bootloader:


HTML Code:
Entry #1
Name: Windows 7
BCD ID: {current}
Drive: C:\
Bootloader Path: \Windows\system32\winload.exe
2. Within System > Advanced System Settings > Advanced > Startup and Recovery, there is also only one entry.

3. In Disk Management (within normal_win7), the vhd does not appear.

Questions:

What do I need to do to get the boot menu manager going when I reboot my system to allow OS selection?

Why doesn't the vhd appear in Disk Management within normal_win7? Is it because it is being dynamically mounted each time it is booted into? I thought th... Read more

Answer:Boot issues with virtual hard disk. No windows boot manager

I guess everyone is using win8 these days, or my question is at the cutting edge of technology that no one knows the answer

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Hi, I have just recently gotten a new computer which came with Vista. Previously what I have done with any new operating system I got was installed it into my old computer. However, I came to find out you can only have one computer assigned to each cd, unless I wanna buy another one, which is unecessary.

I wanted to get rid of Vista and return to XP but the XP disc would not install because of multiple errors, such as missing ntldr.

So I decided to use deriks boot and nuke to clear the hard drive, and that went smoothly.

Now, here is my problem... When I insert the XP cd it spins for a while and eventually comes to an error screen with:

"no boot sector on hard disk"
"CARDBUS NIC boot failed"

30 seconds or so later I also get this message

"No bootable devices"
Also, when I just start the computer normally, it does go to a screen that says no operating system found, which makes sense.

The weird thing is that the Windows Vista CD still starts up and goes to the installation area when I boot from CD drive, So I know my CD drive is working properly.

I have tried the XP CD in another computer and it works fine.

The computer with the problems is a Dell Inspiron 8500.

Sorry if this has been answered somewhere but I grew tired of reading through threads only to come to a very general solution of booting from the XP disc, which wont work.

Since I used deriks boot and nuke, I have not formatted and repartitioned the drive ( I don't know i... Read more

Answer:Solved: Windows XP Disc won't boot - no boot sector on hard disk..

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Windows XP sp2 wont boot from hard disk.

After much to do turns out my computer doesnt recognise the hard disk.

I have a seagate 500Gb SATA hard drive, its about a year old, the computer doesnt get hot in the slightest and it shouldnt be dead. I checked the wiring, as far as i can see, its all fine.

only conclusion i come to is that my hard disk is kaput which it shouldnt be. Can anyone give me any other possible solutions to try out before i cry and/or spend money on a new one? theres a lot of data on it i dont want to lose.

If not, ill plug it in to another computer to check, i havent done that yet because it will take me hours - i can only unscrew the hard drive from one side without rearranging the room.

ty!
 

Answer:Hard disk boot failure -> computer won't recognise hard disk

Is your Seagate the 7200.11 series?

We've been seeing a lot of harddrive issues layely that has nothing to do with the drive itself but bad SATA cables aas the cause. Do you have another one you can switch out?

When you say the computer doesn't recognize it we're talking the BIOS here, correct?

Another suggestion is what you have already suggested but I would "slave" it in antother system and see if you can access it that way.
 

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I have two HDDs on my computer, and they were both running fine until I had to manually reboot after a lock-up. Now, when I turn on my comp with both of the HDDs plugged in, the Windows XP loading screen freezes up and doesn't do anything. However, the same computer works fine when I unplug one of the hard-drives (the 200 GB one) and just have my 60 GB plugged in.

Any ideas why this would happen?

The hard-drive I believe is causing the problem:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136073

Specs:

Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 2 (build 2600)

2.20 gigahertz AMD Athlon 64
128 kilobyte primary memory cache
1024 kilobyte secondary memory cache

WDC WD600BB-00CAA1 [Hard drive] (60.02 GB) -- drive 0, s/n WD-WMA8F1138441, rev 17.07W17, SMART Status: Healthy

Board: ASUSTeK Computer Inc. A8V Rev 1.xx
Bus Clock: 200 megahertz
BIOS: American Megatrends Inc. 0219 11/03/2005

Answer:Windows Won't Boot After Connecting Hard-Disk

Try changing the jumper to suit the intention of the hard disk.

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I just put together my first home-assembled PC. Everything went more or less smoothly (as smoothly as could be expected), and Windows installed fine. However, after installing Forceware and some other drivers and utilities (all of which came with the hardware) and rebooting, the system does not boot of the hard disk, saying "Disk boot error. Please insert boot disk and try again." Once I reboot with the XP CD in the drive, it says "Press any key to boot off CD..." While I dont press a key, it still boots. So it boots off the hard disk only when the cd is in?
Help please! I dont want to have to put the XP CD in my computer every time I want to boot.

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Answer:Windows wont boot off hard disk

Do you have your BIOS set to boot from your HD? Maybe it is trying to boot from your CD ROM at all times and not your HD at all. Check your BIOS settings and make sure your hard drive is on the boot sequence.

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Hi, I have been using windows xp, installed on a ATA hard disk. Recently I bought a SATA hard disk and installed windows 7 ultimate on it. I installed the new windows unplugging the previous hard disk and it boots ok. But now I don't want to switch from win XP to windows overnight, since it is a home PC and every one is used to the previous settings and all.

Now when I plugged in the old hard disk, there is no option to boot from my new windows. And the new hard disk's drive letters start from the previous one's last drive letter, where I want the new hard disk's 1st drive to be C:.

Is there any way to keep the previous installation and choose in boot time from which windows I want to boot from? Also how can I make my new hard disk's drive letters start from C:?

Thank you

Answer:Want to boot from a new hard disk with windows 7, keeping the old XP

The Windows 7 C:, will only show C: when you boot Windows 7.

To boot the HDD, use the One Time Boot Menu.

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I am fixing a friends laptop that is running Windows Vista 64 bit Home Premium. The Laptop will not boot into Windows and it tries to self repair, but without any success. It say's there is a hard disk error - System 32/system/config/default.

His computer didn't come with a Vista reinstallation CD. This is my plan.

1. to create a recovery Vista CD and try and repair.

2. Back up all his Documents using a Bootable disk, then reinstall the operating system.

3. Use the UBCD4Win and use registry restore(little unsure on how to do this).

Are these all viable options and is there something else I can try as well. Appreciate the feedback.
 

Answer:Unable to Boot into windows - Hard Disk error

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Hi everyone, I just created dual boot with both Windows 7 home edition and Windows 7 Professional 64-bit. Both windows also original license. I want to use another Windows 7 for testing purpose, but I don`t want to use virtual machine. After I installed the Windows 7 Professional, I able to see another partition windows 7 from My Computer. Is there any way to hide another partition from My Computer or disallow to access to it? If one of my Windows 7 got virus will it affect to another Windows 7 as it can access to another Windows partition?

Answer:Dual Boot both windows 7 in same hard disk different partition

Can you post a screen shot of Disk management?

Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums

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I first got the windows 10 wifi bug crashing windowsThen got the HP bug black screen When I restarted it with the HDD in I get Boot device not found, Hard Disk 3F0 (no OS found) So I connected the HDD to another PC, the drive is fine the OS and data is all still there and I made a back up. So how do I get my OS booting again? HP? Windows 10HP Envy j144na

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I registered my windows 7 starter asus netbook for windows 10 upgrade, and then cloned the 250GB slow 5400rpm hard disk to a 240GB SSD ( about 80GB was left on the C drive, nothing on the D drive, and the 80 MB and 10 MB partitions I thought were the dual
boot linux partitions-but they werent, that is actually on the motherboard!). So the new SSD contains a single 220 GB window 7 partition which paragon assigned the letter H, and the two tiny partitions are there I
suspect the 80MB partition might be the ASUS repair partition. When I put this disk in and tried to boot it refused. It did boot into the splash screen (a very limited Linux OS thast just web browses, skypes and looks at photos) then I was able to
use the windows repair disk I made and it corrected the boot error and when I logged in I got the black screen with mouse cursor. I was able tyo use ctrl alt del to start the task amanger and start explorer.exe. That allowed me to boot to a "temporoary"profile
which it said would disappear when I logged off. a few programs worked but control panel office etc didnt. I could only start google earth, adobe reader and a couple of other things. A little message in the corner said "this copy of windows is not genuine".
I am hopeing not to do a complete reinstall, is there a way to get it to boot eg by changing the drive letter from H to C? if I boot into the windows repair copnsole and command prompt wil that let me use eg diskpart to change the dri... Read more

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hi there!

this is my first post. please excuse if i have done it in the wrong place.

using axiomatic software i backedup my system partition of 20 gb to the 80 gb exboot usb external disk.

i enabled, boot from usb in my bios, selected external disk as first boot priority and started the computer.

the external disk boots, reaches the windows splash screen, i can see the moving illuminated squares, but windows fails to load.

the computer reboots and goes to the screen which asks whether to load normally, or safe mode etc?

i tried the options, safe mode etc, but no luck.

could anybody suggest any error on my part?

thanks for reading and for any help in advance.

i am using windows xp with service pack 2.

i use a intel 915 gav motherboard.

salt
 

Answer:exboot usb external hard disk fails to boot into windows

Can you please post a link to the axiomatic program that you used to back up your hard drive.
 

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My hard drive died and it needed replacement. Did so. Had originally been Windows8 but upgraded to Windows 10. Unable to re boot with reinstall disks. Need BIOS boot specs, screen info to use disks.

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Hello,

My computer had a problem with the Board so I am trying to boot the hard disk (the O.S is Windows 7) in a diferent computer but when it Shows the Welcolme Screen I always get blue screen. The other computer is a diferent model but I had done this before With Windows XP and it Worked with some drivers problems but It worked.

It is not possible connect a Hard disk with Windows 7 in a diferent type of computer??.


Thank you.

Answer:Can not boot hard disk With Windows 7 in a diferent computer (BSOD)

Quote:
It is not possible connect a Hard disk with Windows 7 in a diferent type of computer??.


Some PC, yes, Some No.

Download the Paragon free try Rescue kit, this may/mayno work for you:
Rescue Kit Free Edition | PARAGON Software Group - free partition software, hard disk partitioning

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Finally I have a problem where I can''t make heads or tails from.
I have a very old Pentium II computer, using Windows XP which I use as a music cumputer. It suddenly stoped working. What it still does is booting: it finishes POST operation, checks BIOS, recognises that keyboard and Mouse are attached, it correctly sees my hard drive and cd-rom drive. Then it switches to my hard drive and is supposed to start windows, but it just gets stuck there, giving me an ugly black screens with a blinking cursor and that's all. I've tried reinstalling Windows from CD and that works fine until it restarts and the hard drive is supposed to take over from the CD-ROM. It gives me the same screen. The silly thing is that up until that moment the computer has been copying files from the cd to the hard disk, so the computer is able to work with the harddisk. I've checkdisked the HD and everything was fine. I've placed the HD onto another computer and it was able to read the HD,, so the HD is OK. I've repeated everything with another HD with exactly the same results. So, the computer is working, nothing wrong with the MoBo, the HD is working, cables are fine (I've replaced them as well), computer is able to work with the HD, but it just won't work when windows is supposed to start up. I've a;so made sure that the master/slave jumpers are ok, so that's not the problem either.

HELP ME, SOMEBODY!

Answer:[SOLVED] hard disk doesn't boot, start up windows

try another power supply in it

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Hi,
my hp dv6443 laptop harddrive was erased by killdisk to get rid of scripts or whatever was causing the sluggish performance. The windows version was Vista home. When trying to reboot from the original disk recovery cd to get the maching working again, the err2err3 displayed at start up. I have read about creating a bootable cd with partition recovery, but have been unable to figure out how to create one. I can drop the free partition builder programs onto a cd, but I don't know how to make it "bootable". But I may be going down the wrong path. Any ideas? Is this problem fixable, or should I just throw the computer away. Thanks!
 

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when starting my computer, and no boot disk is inserted, i get the error message:"HARD DISK BOOT FAILURE INSERT SYSTEM DISK PRESS ENTER" when a boot disk is inserted, windows xp starts up if no button is pressed after a boot disk is inserted. I cant work out how to boot from hard disk immediately, and it is set as primary boot device. ANY help would be greatly appreciated!!!
 

Answer:Hard Disk Boot Failure Insert System Disk Press Enter

Just go into the Bios and (For my motherbaord) in Advanced BIOS Features, set primary, seconday etc boot devices as you like.
 

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Hi i have a 74 Gb western digital hard drive with C: and D: drives (i partitioned them)
the D: drive has all my gaming applications on it and the C: drive has all the files for windows/and other crap like firefox, etc.

I was once reformatting to XP from Vista and in the middle of reformat my computer shut down causing a major problem. the answer was my graphics card died... now i have an EVGA 256Mb 8600GT with DX10. I brought the drive to my neighbors house and he can use it just fine, it boots and everything... but... the problem is that when i bring it to my house, and i insert the drive it goes to the Nvidia Boot Agent and after a while displays HARD DISK BOOT FAILURE INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER. My current BIOS Boot order is Floppy, CD, and then Hard Disk. I don't know why it wont boot, but the copy of XP has been verified and it works great on my friends computer... why won't it start on mine?
Please help me !
 

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hi sir,im vijay..
im usin 2tb segate new hard disk sir..in my system i cant able to boot my os and also my hard disk ...its showin that hard disk boot failure insert system disk press enter ...i restarted many times its sayin the same problem...in my gigabite mobo bios my hard disk is not get detected sir....the problem is that wen im installin the new os for 2nd time its all went nice only sir but at the completion of the os it wil ask for the user name and password but in my system its frozen sir fully of black screen and i cant able to do anythin so i restarted my system from that im gettin this error as hard disk boot failure insert system disk press enter.....that my new hard disk and all of my data is in that hard disk only..this problem arises wen im installing the os for 2nd time sir...till now its showin the same error sir...

plz help me..im so confused..

Answer:hard disk boot failure insert system disk press enter

Repair MBR:

Boot From the Windows Install Disc
The first thing you?ll need to do is boot off the install disc, and then click through until you see the ?Repair your computer? link in the lower left-hand corner.
You?ll need to choose the correct installation of Windows and then click the Next button.
And then you?ll get to the System Recovery Options screen, where you can get to the Command Prompt.

Repairing the Master Boot Record:

If you want to restore the master boot record, you can simply type in the following command:

bootrec /fixmbr

You can also write a new boot sector onto the system partition with this command (which is often more useful):

bootrec /fixboot

And of course, if you just use bootrec /? you?ll be able to see all the options.

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I formatted my hard drive today and after a reboot I got the message: "Hard Disk Boot Failure Insert System Disk And Press Enter" If I insert my Vista disk, hit f8 at startup and go to boot screen, click on boot from CD, then bypass the boot from CD option it will start Vista. I have checked my boot sequence and it shows booting from the right drive. My hard drives are SATA. Im stumped fellas......

Asus M2N-SLI Deluxe Motherboard
Two Hard drives but the second just for backup (not in RAID)




This is what my system information tool says on the hard drives:


Type Vendor Model Size Interface Temperature
Direct Access Device HDS72258 0VLSA80 SCSI Disk Device 82 GBytes IDE RAID
Direct Access Device Western Digital WDC WD16 00AAJS-60PSA SCSI Disk Device 160 GBytes IDE RAID
Direct Access Device SanDisk SanDisk U3 Cruzer Micro USB Device 1019 MBytes USB USB
DVD TSSTcorp SanDisk U3 Cruzer Micro USB Device USBSTOR RAID
DVD SanDisk TSSTcorp CDDVDW SH-S203N SCSI CdRom Device SCSI USB

Answer:Hard Disk Boot Failure Insert System Disk

UPDATE:


Changed my partition to active and re-booted, gave me this: "BOOTMGR missing"

Tried to repair with CD and the operating system was showing up on D:, dont know if this is usual but thought it show show C:

Went to Cromt in repair option and tried to rebuild bootmgr with this command:
"bootrec/rebuildbcd" restarted computer............BOOTMGR missing

Was then able to boot from second hard drive (D from boot screen.......finally gave up and formatted again......works fine now.

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Hi there!. I was wandering if anyone could help me out. I am running XP pro and although i recently updated with SP2 the PC appeared to be ok. Now when i try to boot up i get DISK BOOT FAILURE, INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER. If i put my operating disk in it loads the various files and proceeds to windows setup if i chose to set up windows XP now ie re -install the whole system it goes to the licence agreement then to the windows xp professional setup offering options either to set up windows on the selected item or create a partition or delete the partition . Most imporantly in the box below it states 57240 mb disk o at Id on bus 0 on atapi and underneath <setup cannot access this disk> which is worrying. In the bios it appears to be able to detect the fact that there is a hard disk drive available. If i do press enter at this stage a darker blue screen appears stating that a problem has been detected and that windown has shut down to prevent damage. It then goes on to suggest things that are not possible ie boot into safe mode ofr update or disable drivers it gives the following technical information which for me as a beginner is as much use as a wooden eye. It say ***STOP: 0XOOOOOOO8e (OXCOOOOOO5,OXF99C6CFD, OXF95 A5800, 0X00000000)
*** Setupdd.sys- adrress F999C6FD base at f999d000, datestamp 3d6dd67f
whatever that means
If there is anyone who can help i would appreciate it. I assume the hard drive is ok and the connections are too.
 

Answer:Disk boot failure and the missing hard disk

Moved to Windows. This is not a business applications issue. Good luck!
 

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I bought a f500 series Compaq laptop... ok, It's originally with VISTA but the previous owner installed Windows 7 Ultimate in it. Runs ok and everything but I want my lappy to be in its original state. OK... here's the problem I spent HOURS and hours trying to solve without success...
I can't boot my Laptop from USB, CD-ROM, USB FLASH DRIVE nor External disk drive. I checked BIOS. I set the boot order like I'm supposed to, DISK > USB > HDD. Nothing happens.
I hit f10 for BIOS setup... or ESC for Boot order and I only see Hard Drive as boot option. No CD, USB... I tried to "repair computer" (F8) and I get no repair option, only restore option with restore points.
I have use Partition manager to check partitions. I am unable to install RECOVERY MANAGER. I get missing "HardDisk.dll" or when I install hdd.dll, I get error code that Recovery Manager is unable to run.
I have recovery Disks for both VISTA X 64 and WIN 7 X 64 and both are no use since I can't access those.

I tried to upgrade my BIOS F1.71 >>> Running the BIOS upgrade software I got from HP official site... I get to the point where the Software tells me it is creating a FLASH BIOS and I get immediately the blue screen with "memory dump" message. This happens every time I try to upgrade.

I'm not too knowledgeable in computers but I can troubleshoot easily with good instructions... I've tried everything and I come across with a problem after a problem. It's so frustrat... Read more

Answer:Unable to boot my laptop from DISK, USB, ANYTHING but Hard [email protected]#%

There has to be a setting in the BIOS that is stopping you from booting from the USB or CD/DVD drive. That is IF those to thing actually work.

Have you checked to see if the USB and CD/DVD drive work?

As to the memory dump when trying to update the BIOS. You are doing this from inside Windows? I would suspect that because of the memory dump error.

99% of the time the computer/OS BSODs from memory errors. Memory errors come from bad memory.
If the notebook has 2 sticks of memory remove one of them then try the BIOS update. If it still BSODs put that stick back in and remove the other.
If it still BSODs then try it from a Safe Mode boot or from a Command line boot.

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Hi everybody
Recently i had to repair Southbridge on my laptop by a technician but after that, My laptop is unable to boot from nothing but HDD. despite changing all available settings on mobo(enabling boot from CD/DVD,USB HDD and etc) seems that none of them are being enabled.Is there any possible solution?
My Laptop Specs are as follows
Acer Spire 5738G
OS: Win7 professional 64bit
HDD: 320GB SATA
Memory: two 4GB modules
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4570 Graphics
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo T6600 (2.2GHz, 800 MHz FSB)

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okay... i am using pentium d 2.8 with 2gb ddr2 in my pc. my motherboard is ecs p965t-a v1.0b. i have 3 hard disk, one ide interface 80gb which i used for installing my windows vista and programs exclussively. and 2 sata 250 and 160 gb. i was using asus for my video card before with 128 mb memory. and i then i changed it to nvidia geforce 7300 256 mb. fe days after installing my new video card, windows started to boot slowly and sometimes even takes an hour. so i thought the windows was damaged so i tried reinstalling it and it works okay again. but after a few days again it started to boot slowly. so i was thinking that something is wrong with my video card but is not. i noticed that in "computer", my other sata hard disk does not appear.. but sometimes it would appear and dissapear again. sometimes i can open it but sometimes not. so i am getting confused if my hard disk is damaged or not. my hard disk is seagat 7200 rpm. i need your help guys and i hope this will be solved. thanks alot!

Answer:Windows vista not detecting my hard disk or my hard disk is damaged?

Well that paragraph was hard to read...Double check all your connections to the drives.You say you thought there was trouble with the vis card " but it's not "...how did you determine this ? ?Have you checked your system operating temps ? ?

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Hi guys,

I will try to explain this as simple as i can.So let's start
I have laptop ASUS N75SF and it is a year old,so i have decided to format.I have two separate hard disks that are the same brand,SeaGate 9500423 AS, each 500 gb capacity. Before i decided to format , one of my hard disks(that is my partition D) started to make strange noises and it was not recognized,but i was using my laptop without problems because my windows was installed on my other hard disk (that is my partition C).So now my question is this :
After i formatted them both i have no clue which one is which ? they are like :
Disk 0 Partition 1 465 gb
Disk 1 Partition 2 465 gb
So how do i choose the one that is better and not having problems to pust my winodows on?
I know that i can buy new one and replace it with the one that is having problems,but right now i have no money to do that .I am student

Thanks in advance

Answer:Confused about installing Windows on my hard disk,hard disk problem

I'm willing to bet that Disk 1 is the bad hard drive since the bad hard drive was the D: drive.

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Only when plugged in and running, the lapop shuts down.  On reboot, Boot Disk Not Found  Hard Disk (3F0) Never happens on battery only. Today, I Performed a hard reset and Restored BIOS default settings.   Tested the hard drive using HP PC Hardware Diagnostics UEFI. Also ran HP PC Hardware Diagnostics UEFI on power supply, system board, and memory.  No problems found.   Happened again tonight. Heat? 

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I yesterdy tonight fitted an HP e-pc C10 with a new hard disk, and the disk
has been partitioned, formatted and set as primary. Using the HP
Recovery CD which came with the machine, I installed Windows 2000 on to
the new disk.
The install went without hitches until the very first full boot. Admin
sign-on is completed, then Win 2k spontaneously shuts down and
re-starts. On the re-start we get an error message: Boot failure, disk
not recognised. Press any key to restart the OS.
On pressing the key the boot once again fails. This is very hard to
understand, as the machine successfully booted in to the install
programme twice. Furthermore, the bios detects the hard disk as a
Primary IDE correctly. Yet, at the crucial moment of finalising the OS
boot the system fails.
Anyone any thoughts?
 

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My computer will not boot. Boot device not found Hard Drive (3F0) I have a G7-3ried reset4OUS WINDOWS 7 64 bit. I have tried to reset BIOs  HELP

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I am having this Hard Disk problem. My old Hard Disk (Samasung 500GB) (bought in 2010) started showing signs of corruption (like Windows doing chkdsk at every boot, and data getting lost). So I bought a NEW Hard Disk (Western Digital 1TB) last month (Sep 2016) to backup all the data from old one. I didn't have time to backup but wanted to use PC so I Clean Installed Windows 7 64bit on the New Western Digital 1TB and used it about a month without any problems.
 
A couple of days ago i decided to backup up the data. I reformatted the New Western Digital 1TB with Gparted and did a clean Windows 7 Install again. I connected the old Samsung 500GB to the motherboard and started copying the files to the new Western Digital 1TB.
 
Suddenly Windows showed me an error "Windows detected a hard disk problem" which makes sense because the Samsung 500GB is old and might be failing BUT the error is showing both of my Hard disk in the dialog box.
 
Is my new hard disk corrupt as well?
Why is Windows showing my new hard disk as failing?
Can Windows mistakenly show both hard disk in error?
 
Please help i am confused. sorry for a confusing question. i will answer anything required.
 
I have taken the screenshot of the error message, they are in attached files.
1)The 1st Screenshot shows both my Hard disk in the error box (OLD Samsung and NEW Western Digital WD)
2)The 2nd Screenshot shows only one of my Hard disk and its the new one (Western digital WD)

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HP All-in-One ENVY 20 TouchSmart PC  HP 20-d034 FAILURE ID : 60FQG2-008GM-MFPP0K-60HR03PRODDUCT ID : H3Z72AA#ABA I moved up to windows 10 with the free upgrade.  I received the failure message from Windows and ended up resetting my computer to its original state which was windows 8.  It is now 8.1 and the hard disk problem still pops up. I don't have alot of experience replacing hardware in computers.  Is this an issue I can resolve myself?  Please advise. 

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I'm making a image for installation of windows 10.
I make a USB flash drive with WINPE. and once the device starts into WINPE, it will automatically start to install windows 10 by calling "dism /apply-image".
Normally i just shutdown the computer after installation, but now i want to reboot the device and boot into the windows i just installed. But i can't, because if i reboot the device, it will boot into WINPE again and start another turn of installation of windows.
How could i temporary boot into my windows 10?

Answer:How to temporary boot into hard disk if my first boot option is USB?

Seems like you are doing it backwards. Set the hard drive as the primary boot device and temporarily boot the USB flash drive the first time. Then on restarting the first time during the Windows 10 install it will boot to the hard drive and ignore the USB flash drive.

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I have a HP DV6600 with a fresh HP factory install of Vista SP1. Newest Bios update, and virus free. When I boot up i see the HP screen with boot options down across the bottom(F2, F9, F10 etc) then it goes to a black screen with a blinking cursor in upper left corner. The hard drive lcd does not blink at all. If I reboot and press F9 to select boot options that menu comes up. The only option there is Internal Hard disk or Enter Setup. If I select Internal Hard disk it will boot every time and run great from there on out, untill I go to restart it again. Any suggestions?
Bob

Answer:I can only boot with select boot device- hard disk

Sounds like your hard drive...is not your first boot device...it should be.

http://www.pctechbytes.com/hp/hp-black-screen-with-blinking-cursor

Louis

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I'm making a image for installation of windows 10.
I make a USB flash drive with WINPE. and once the device starts into WINPE, it will automatically start to install windows 10 by calling "dism /apply-image".
Normally i just shutdown the computer after installation, but now i want to reboot the device and boot into the windows i just installed. But i can't, because if i reboot the device, it will boot into WINPE again and start another turn of installation of windows.
How could i temporary boot into my windows 10?

Answer:How to temporary boot into hard disk if my first boot option is USB?

Seems like you are doing it backwards. Set the hard drive as the primary boot device and temporarily boot the USB flash drive the first time. Then on restarting the first time during the Windows 10 install it will boot to the hard drive and ignore the USB flash drive.

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Hi,
I am trying to install Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit on to a dell xps and having a lot of problems.
The Computer has 3 harddisks
C:\ - Vista (Came preloaded With the Pc when i bought it)
D:\ Vista Recovery 10GB thing (Came preloaded With the Pc when i bought it)
F:\ Empty drive i want to install windows 7 on
J:\ Harddrive for everything else

The problem is when i boot from the disk i can start the installer but when it allows me to choose where to install to the harddrive always comes up as "Can not install blah blah, Windows can NOT boot from this Disk"

I have tried all sorts of ways to get around this like unplugging everything apart from the cd drive and harddrive i want to install it on, im getting really fed up with this. Is the problem that im trying to do a dual boot?
I also read somewhere about getting sata drivers for my motherboard but after hours of searching the web gave up.

All i can tell that my motherboard is is a FOXCONN LS36 but i can't find sata drivers for this anywhere!
On the dell website i tried all of the Sata downloads but if i locate the downloaded file whilst in win7 setup it doesn't like the file.
Am i doing some majorly wrong and stupid here?
Please help me!!!

Spud
 

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Ok first off I want to say I've searched and searched and searched to no avail in trying to find a solution to this I've come to the conclusion it's software and not hardware based. Let me start from the top.

I've had an older computer (HP Pavilion a408x) out of commission for a while due to a 'sploded psu. I finally get around to ordering one, install it and everything is good. I bring it back to my office and hook it up to the internet and as expected there's updates. So I up date it and after the updates are installed the computer restarts automatically (weird yes) and as it's coming back on it detects errors and runs CHKDSK. So I let it run and it gets to part 2 of 3. At this point in time my partner is really needing to print sometime and all computers print through this computer. So after about 45 minutes CHKDSK is still on part 2 at only 15%. So I'm like "screw it" and manually shut down and restart. It's at this point I get a "primary master hard disk failure" at the boot screen. Letting start up continue I get a "Stop : c000021 unknown hard error \systemroot \system 32 \ntdll.dll" At this point I realize something is delectably wrong.

Found this thread, which didn't help much. At some point the c000021 error stops and I start getting "disk boot failure insert system disk and press enter" and I found this thread, which didn't help much either. I have also been searching other sites as well.

Here's what I found ou... Read more

Answer:Hard Drive not found "disk boot failure insert system disk and press enter"

Anything would be super helpful, even if it's bad news. I just need to know if I can get this remedied or not.

Another thing I noticed is that the HDD activity light on the front of the computer does not blink or show any activity.

Thanks!

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Upon start up things dun happen and screen says Cannot boot off hard disk.

The computer has been working successfully for about a year now so this is odd.

Answer:Cannot boot off Hard disk

could be a problem with your hard-disk or your operating system installation.

more info please,
Quote:




things dun happen




do you mean it says that on POST startup (all the writing at the start) or does it go through to try and load an OS before it gives you the error?

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I have a usb hdd closure. I tried to plug in and install window xp in order to make the computer boot window xp from usb hdd. But window XP unable to access to this hdd. Is anyone know how to install window XP to a usb hard disk? i have using laptop IBM thinpad T42.
 

Answer:boot from usb hard disk

In order for this to be able to work the laptop MBoard has to support booting from a USB device...Check your manuf. manual or their website for this info.

patio.
 

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Hello, My friend has the same laptop as me and needed to replace his hard drive which would no longer boot. I bought him a new Hard Drive and installed a copy of Windows 8.1 on it. Now, when he first give it to me and I started the Notebook; the Diagnostics would come on saying to install windows on the hard drive. I had to to go into F10 BIOS settings and ask it to boot from my USB with 8.1 on it - and it did! Now i've installed 8.1 on the new hard drive, the Diagnostics still come up and and I have to do something tedious to get it to boot from the hard drive because I don't see HARD DRIVE in the UEFI boot list. I enable legacy mode and put Hard Drive to the top of the boot order then press F10 to save and exit. It asks me to enter some code in to verify the changes. I click ESC to unverify my changes and it boots from the Hard Drive. How can I make it boot from my Hard Drive automatically? Will I need to install the HP UEFI Support Environment? Many thanks, Ryan

Answer:Cannot Boot from Hard Disk

Have you tried entering the code to verify that you want the change? That should enable booting from hdd without prompts.

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From the picture below, as you can see i have a 120 gig hard disk.
My PC does not boot up into windows Xp, it keeps on freezing showing a blackscreen with four options, e.g safe mode. When any of these options are selected the PC does nothing. Is there any way i can recover my data.

I hav to much important info, to loose can any one here help me please.

cheers.

Answer:Hard disk don't boot up Help!

Boot on your XP CD, open up the restore console, and run scandisk (or chkdsk - I get my OS's confused). How is the drive formatted and why do you think the problem is with the hard drive?

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I have installed a new HD in my desktop and cloned the original disk to it.
I want to boot from this disk and make it my main disk. The BIOS recognises the new disk and I have designated it as the Boot disk.
When I try to boot from it however I get a brief flashing cursor and then the screen goes blank; ctr-shift-del will then instigate a new boot with the same result.
If I revert back to the old disk and boot from that I can see that the new disk appears identical from the old disk from which it was cloned. Apart from the boot problem the new disk is working perfectly. I have tried to boot in Safe Mode from the new disk with the same result.

Answer:W8.1 won't boot from new Hard Disk.

Also disconnect the original disk and try booting from the cloned one again.

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This morning I shut down my pc when I left for work. when I came home and turned it on it would not boot, it hung at the flashing cursor screen where it waits for boot media. I booted the Ultimate Boot CD, and used the "Boot first hard drive" option and it started right up. Seems to be working fine but this has me worried. I am running XP pro. Is there anything I can do to reassure myself ? (other than backing up all my data which I am doing now)
 

Answer:Hard Disk won't boot on its own

Unclear from your post if xp boots now without the cd.

Make sure you are virus free
Check for disk corruption by running chkdsk /f
Go into recovery console and run the utilities fixboot and fixmbr if you still have issues booting.
 

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I've just bought Seagate Momentus XT 500GB and installed it myself to my desktop.
Downloaded DiskWizard from Seagate to clone my old hard disk into the new one.

Problem:
How do I boot from the new hard disk? I still got my old hard disk on my computer, I'm trying to use it as extra storage, but it's still booting from the old C drive. How do I change it to boot from my new hard disk?
 

Answer:Solved: How to boot from new hard disk?

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HiWhen my PC is booting up the hard disk makes a louder than normal whirring noise like it is speeding up and slowing down. Once it loads windows XP the noise disappears and it remains that way (quiet) for the rest of the session, only occuring when I boot the PC up next. I am curious as to what it may be and if I can do anything about it.I have a maxtor 60Gb hard disk, and am running windows XP SP1. The processor is an Athlon XP1800+ on a gigabyte GA-7 motherboard with 512Mb DDR RAM. Also on the PC are 2 CD drives, an additional 6Gb hard disk and a number of USB devices (scanner, card reader, joystick), it is not likely to be power supply related is it? TaChris

Answer:Hard disk noise during boot up

Are you sure you haven't left a CD in a CD-Drive, as this would make the kind of noise, in the kind of way, you describe.

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I have purchased a new hard disk, but my DVD ROM is dead. i have one another system. How can i boot the new hard disk from network..?

Please help...
 

Answer:How to boot a new hard disk from network

Need more details.

What exactly are you trying to do, replace a dead HD on an old system with a new one?
What is the make/model of the computre and the OS.
What does the computer do when you turn it on?
 

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I've not been able to get a 750 GByte SATA hard disk drive to accept an install of Windows XP, yet the restore disk for this mackine (eMachines T6520) installs fine on a 200 GByte IDE disk. When I format this large drive using windows XP disk manager I get a message "this disk may not be bootable due the number of cylinders" I'm paraphrasing here.

Is there an upper limit to disk size or other disk parameters into order to install windows xp.

Thanks

Keith Lingenfelter
 

Answer:XP boot hard disk limits

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hello alli have an old thinkpad 570  with win98 and i need to upgrade to newer version on windowsi have an ultrabase with just a floppy, so very hard to transfer large files or install new osso i had this idea that i would transfer the hard disk to another laptop, install the os, then transfer back (i ve done this before i have put a dell hd into sony and it booted sucessfully)first i put windows 2000 on separate parititon and got blue screen stop error and refused to boot,i then put win98 se using the whole disk now it just saysinvalid system disk, pls remove then strike any key,so i put back into the sony to check i had'nt broken it and it works fine put back into thinkpad same errorim just wondering why this happening?, i have ordered the cd drive now but i am just curiousthank you inn advancehello all i have an old thinkpad 570 with win98 and i need to upgrade to newer version on windows i have an ultrabase with just a floppy, so very hard to transfer large files or install new os so i had this idea that i would transfer the hard disk to another laptop, install the os, then transfer back (i ve done this before i have put a dell hd into sony and it booted sucessfully) first i put windows 2000 on separate parititon and got blue screen stop error and refused to boot, i then put win98 se using the whole disk now it just says invalid system disk, pls remove then strike any key, so i put back into the sony to check i had'nt broken it and it works fine put ba... Read more

Answer:hard disk boot problem

Hi, this is a known problem of the Phoenix BIOS of the 570/570E-series. You have to format the hard drive inside the ThinkPad 570 - maybe boot a DOS from floppy or something life that. Then try to install the HDD in your Sony and install the OS. bye,tpk

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Wondering if it would be possible to install a copy of Windows 98 SE on a partition of an External Maxtor USB backup drive on a computer that currently have Windows XP installed.

If so I will have to make the entire USB drive FAT32? Will the Windows 98 installation support a USB external drive to install to?

Answer:Dual Boot Win 98 Using USB Hard Disk

I don't think this is possible because USB drivers are loaded when windows starts. Because of this, your computer will have no way to boot off the drive.

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Don't have an o/s on my hard disk

Answer:No Boot device & no hard disk

If you have no hard disk, you can use an OS, such as Linux, that works right off a bootable CD-ROM.Get such an bootable Linux CD disk and boot to it. You can do anything with it and save your work to a removable media.CoolGuy

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Hello all .. Plz help me in this
my system is p4 , 1 gb ram , window xp pro
I have to hard disk 80gb and 500gb
So when i start computer with only 80 gb .....its all fine
But when i try to start computer with 500gb hard disk .... Its just not go further .....and stopped at 1st screen ...where there are two options
1- enter setup f2
2- press f12 if u want to boot from network

So i press f2 ...but nothing happened ...and from last 20 minutes its still says entering setup

Answer:hard disk not allowing to boot

Is the the 500 GB drive SATA or IDE?

If IDE how is the jumper configured? Is this a known good drive?

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My computer was crashing frequently whenever running video games and I figured it was from the video card overheating so I opened the case took the card out blasted the whole thing with compressed air and the video card as well and then put the card back in, nothing else was dissconected. When I turned the power back on I got the error "Hard disk boot failure, please enter the boot disk and then press enter" so I put in the boot disk and it said "Windows cannot detect the hard disk, it may be dissconected" and then I looked inside my case again and there is a thin red cord I didnt notice before that was hooked up to the hard drive but not to the motherboard, it is the SATA/RAID cord but I don't use that configuration, does anyone have any clue what might have gone wrong?

Answer:Hard Disk Boot Failure

Have you checked the other connections for that hard drive.

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Someone please help, I am a total retard. I got this laptop (well most of it) but it didn't have a hard drive. I got it free so no jokes.... Anyway I went and bought a hard drive for it, Seagate ATA 20Gb, and put it in. The guy at the store obviously lied, but I can't take it back because I bought it in NY on vacation, and I live in KY. HE said all I had to do was plug it in and it would work. Well I put it in and all my laptop would do is keep saying "no boot sector on hard disk". Can anyone pleae help me, keep in mind I am a total ***** to this, I thought I had to atleast get dos or something on it before installing an OS. It is an older laptop, Dell Latitude CPt but has good memory, and a basic processor. Not bad for free I guess, but what do I need to do to make "no boot sector on hard disk" go away?
 

Answer:No boot sector on Hard Disk

get a retail version of Wndows, install the CD and boot from it.

This will start the install process and solve the MBR issue and give you a running
system.
 

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Hello everyone. As of last night my HP dv6000 with Windows 7 won't start. At boot, it gives the message:

PXE-E61: media test failure, check cable
PXE-M0F: Exiting Intel Boot Agent

I researched this problem and found that this message appears when there is no apparent source for booting an OS. This is commonly either because the hard drive isn't connected properly, or the boot order is disorganized in the BIOS, but neither are the case here.

When I run a boot disk, my hard drive is recognized and passes every integrity test. However, the Windows 7 install disk does not show any storage locations (neither my internal hard drive or any external ones I have connected to test) - except, for some reason, when I choose to browse for a driver for hardware, and then my internal hard drive (and external devices I plug in) appear intact and fully navigable. Again, that's only in the submenu of browsing for drivers that is an option after the Windows installation process fails to recognize any storage media.

Any ideas why my computer doesn't notice the hard drive when booting, but seems to in every other scenario I can test?
 

Answer:Hard Disk Not Recognized at Boot

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Hi
if i'm not on the right place, or if the answer is on another thread, sorry, but i could find it.

I'm the administrator in my company.
we have 10 Toshiba Laptop's with XP, no cd, floppy drives.

I've got the ghost image with full pack of software to install including XP.

So my question is: How to boot from a USB Portable hard disk, how to make that usb bootable drive? and after booting be able to use a dos file in it to install everything.

Thank you and sorry for the bad english

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No bootable device-strike F1 key to retry boot, F2 for set-up utility

Both of these errors are what I get when trying to start up my laptop.

Well to start off I should probably say that I am trying to install a new hard drive. My last one kept giving me a blue screen when trying to boot up so I bought a new hard drive. So after installing the new hard drive and more memory I put the Window's XP cd and this message is as far as I get. Can anyone help???? I do not have any access to the internet while at home so I am having to go to the local library to get on the internet. Not really to much fun so I would greatly appreciate any help that I can get
 

Answer:No boot sector on hard disk

If this is a brand new drive that did not come in a fancy box, you likely need to go to the drive manufacturer's web site to download their setup utilties. They are usually required on new OEM drives that are not sold in regular places like Wal-Mart, Best Buy, CompUSA and such.
Once setup with the manufacturers software, which takes less than a minute, you should expect no further trouble.
Otherwise, it was probably damaged in shipment, and will be covered under warranty.
 

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I'm getting  a corrupt file error when I attempt to start Windows XP. XP will not boot up in safe mode or any other selection. When I boot up from a dos boot disk or the recover cd (in command prompt from cd) I cannot access the hard drive. The local a-drive or b-drive are the only drive specifications that will work. This is preventing me from repairing the damaged file so I can boot Windows XP from the hard drive. Any help and or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.  

Answer:Can't get to hard drive from dos boot disk or cd

What happened immediately prior to this. That could be helpful.  What kind of DOS boot disk? What file system are you using on the drive?

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Hi everyone! So my computer when I turn it on, it immediately goes into start up repair. Once it scans for a bit it says "contact your admisntrator to determine if you need to repair or replace the disk". In the details it says it's a "bad hard disk".
Now, a couple things. I had this problem before, and when I restarted the pc, it started working again. I don't understand how this is possible if the hard disk was truly faulty.
Additionally, to give more background. I did some things to the computer so it would run faster. I first completely reinstalled windows. After that I did a registry clean using cccleaner. And then I defragged the hard drive. This defragging, however, is something I have never done before, and it is only thing I know that I did that could have affected the hard drive. The strange thing is, is that I know that the computer was working fine after all the processes, and I was able to surf the internet ect. However, I left the computer untouched for about a week and now I can't get it to boot and keep on getting the above error.
I guess my question comes down to, is it really a hard disk error? Is this only fixable by replacing the hard disk? I just don't understand why the hard disk would suddenly have a problem when the computer wasn't even touched. Thanks!

Answer:PC won't boot- hard disk problem?

Energy, normally when you get this type of message:
"Windows detected a hard disk problem. Back up your files immediately to prevent information loss, and then contact your computer manufacturer to determine if you need to repair or replace the disk."
.....it means that Windows has detected bad hard disk sectors. If that's really the case then the drive can never be trusted and should be replaced ASAP.
There are various tools available that can show you the health of a hard drive and PassMark's free "DiskCheckup" is one of them - click here. Install the program, launch it, click on the icon for your disk at the top, click the "SMART Info" tab and look down the "Status" column for any errors.
Let me know what you discover.
"why the hard disk would suddenly have a problem when the computer wasn't even touched. "
Because bad sectors are caused by physical deterioration of the drive's surface which can get worse over time even if the PC's not being used.
PS: Make sure you've got current backups of all your valuable data as there's a chance that the drive could fail catastrophically at any time.
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Hi everyone,

Recently my computer started to smell funny, so i opened the case and the grpahics card had burnt and a bit of the motherboard. My computer wouldn't boot, so i replaced both of them with an 8800 GTX, Gigabyte ga-g33-ds2r (mATX). Good news was, my PC would boot and post, But the message Hard Disk Boot Failure Insert System Disk Press Enter came up. So, i checked everything in the BIOS (AHCI mdoe etc) and tried other settings to no avail, also the BIOS doesn't detect my HDD. So i tried connecting in different ports and different SATA cables. My OS was Vista 32bit premium, so i tried putting the CD in, but the Vista repair option doesnt see my HDD either.

Hope this i enough info.... Help please!!

P.S. HDD is definately working. But not being recognised.

Also is there a way to retrieve data from the HDD?

Cheers!!
 

Answer:Hard Disk Boot failure... rather odd.

Are the power and ide cables secure in the back of the hard drive ? Does the drive make any sign of being on ? Is any of the wiring dameged ? For example wire over the fan is prone to being sliced. Is the power supply unit supplying power to the hard drive ? Can you try another hard drive ?
 

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boot device not found.please install an o/s on ur hard disk.hard disk(3F0)

Answer:boot missing. hard disk (3F0)

Hi,Follow this HP document: http://support.hp.com/in-en/document/c01443463RegardsVisruth

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Asking for help on my FIRST post... the epitome of lame. Sorry...
 
It's unlikely I'll resolve this one flying solo.
 
I pulled my Win XP SP2 drive that was working perfectly on an HP Pavilion Pentium 4 HT 2.80GHz PC w/4MB RAM; as I wanted to attempt running Windows 7 Pro on it. The motherboard is an ASUS Tek. I knew this would be a real stretch to get it going without it being constantly active from the system demand alone, but I wanted to give it a go. I concluded if it didn't pan out, I'd fall back to the Win XP drive and all would be good.
 
That didn't happen.
 
From the point where I unplugged the Windows 7 Pro drive and plugged in the Windows XP drive, that's where it REALLY went downhill. The immediate error upon failure to boot was: "NTLDR is missing". After making a boot CD-R from a backup image I had of an NT Loader image file, the next error I received was that the 'hal.dll' file was either missing or corrupt from the root\system32\ directory.
 
This is currently where I stand since I can see where this is headed. I'm speculating this may be the result of a flashed BIOS when I installed Windows 7 Pro on the other hard disk; however, I do NOT know this for certain. The current version of the BIOS is from American Megatrends v3.14 09/04/2003. I do not know what the date and version was before checking it today.
 
Is there anyone that may have some insight to this issue? I have a Windows XP, and Windows XP Pro install... Read more

Answer:XP Won't Boot After Installing Win 7 Pro On Another Hard Disk

put the windows xp drive back in,
 
boot your computer from the windows xp install disk,
 
when the menu appears select to install windows xp.
 
on the next menu screen select "repair" to repair your windows installation
 
or..........
 
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/320397

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When i boot up my laptop it says,
"No Bootable CD in ATAPI CD-ROM

NTLDR is missing
Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart"

So i got on this computer and googles the error message, and followed this websites infomation using the USB Flash Drive to fix it. Simple "ntldr is missing" fix with boot floppy, CD-R, or USB flash (The Website)

Now once i get into the windows loading screen, as soon as the loading bar moves one square across i'm hit with a blue screen, the blue screen says,

"A problem has been detected and Windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer.

If this is the first time you've seen this Stop error screen, restart your computer. If this screen appears again, follow these steps:

Check for viruses on your computer. Remove any newly installed hard drives or hard drive controllers. Check your hard drive to make sure it is properly comfigured and terminated. Run CHKDSK /F to check for hard drive corruption, and then restart your computer.

Technical Information:

***STOP: 0x0000007B (0xF79EF528, 0xC0000034, 0x00000000, 0x00000000)"

Now im running Windows XP on the broken laptop and it has not had any problems before

I dont think i had a virus because:
1. Norton Internet Security 2011
2. Have not downloaded anything
3. Really was only used for Facebook and Hotmail.

Answer:Issue with Hard Disk Boot.

Can't you just go into BIOS and set Boot Priority?

Get rid of Norton. It is a virus in itself.

Viruses get into your computer many ways that you didn't authorize.

Advanced troubleshooting for &#34;Stop 0x0000007B&#34; errors in Windows XP

It could be a Boot-virus, driver issues, or hardware issues.

Can you get into safe mode?

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Hi all

This is my first post here and I just want to say hi before I get stuck into my problem of I cant boot my laptop. Please please can some one help me?

Thanks
 

Answer:HELP PLEASE!!! No boot sector on hard disk

Does it give any error messages when it fails to boot ? also could you post what your specs of the laptop are plus the operating system that your using.
 

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I have a T43, 1871-WKL, with a 60G HD.  I purchased a 160G Samsung HM160HC as an upgrade.  I cannot get the system to clone and boot the new drive. I hook up the new Samsung drive with a Sabrent USB to IDE cable and the drive works fine.  I can use it for storage with no problem.  Doing a full format with verify works like a champ. First I tried Acronis TrueImage 10.0.  It tells me the target media has write errors about 4% into the clone. So I tried Clonezilla.  It works fine, either as the same size or expanding.  I and see the drive and copy stuff on and off the drive no problem.   However, when I insert the drive into the carrier for the internal drive and try to boot from it, it hangs with a blank screen and blinking cursor.  I was TOLD that it MAY be due to the fact I have no R&R on my drive.  So I download the R&R software and installed in on the original drive and cloned it.  Again, it won't boot.  I even tried booting the R&R rescue CD.  It will boot the CD with the ORIGINAL drive in the laptop, but the CD Boot hangs if I have the new drive in the laptop.   I tried it with the Acronis rescue disk as well, even though I didn't have an Acronis clone of the drive. I must have swapped out the drive over a dozen times, and I getting tired of wearing out the mounting screws.  Any ideas? Mike 

Answer:T43 still can't clone hard disk and boot

Mike, welcome to the forum,
 
you need to firstly create an Acronis rescue disc and then reverse clone. Install the new drive as primary in your T43 and your original drive in the USB caddy / USB -> IDE cable and then simply clone the drive.
 
Please see the following article in the forum Knowledgebase; Cloning Hard Drive Including The Predesktop Area With Acronis
 

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My Little Asus Terminator died in december after years of good service - needless to say the hard disk is full of important data.

It was running on Win XP pro, service pack 2.

When I took the case off, I was supprised at the amount of dust covering everything - the worst i've seen - lesson there, clean the inside of the computer every year!

I had to remove the hard disk from my biggi computer, which was working perfectly, on win 98, I think its 1.2 gig proccessor.

I fitted the Asus h/disk and zip drive, switched it on, post went ok, went over to boot up - would not boot, just got an 1/2" zebra crossing line at the bottom of the screen, which went full white from left to right - then just stopped.

I reset and managed to get it to Safe Mode, it started to find driver files, then just stopped again, the screen full of file strings.

I reset again, and used the ?repair? option, but did not help.

I do not have the XP pro cd (thanks to the person I loaned it to to sort their problem out!).

Can anyone help - please!

Answer:Hard disk will not boot in new computer

you will have to get the disk back and run a repair install

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I have a portable USB 2. hard disk with 40GB capacity. How can I make this bootable? I know a flash disk can be made bootable as I have one using hp utility. But it wom't work on the portable hard disk.
thanks!
 

Answer:Boot from Portable USB Hard Disk ?How?

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Using a Dell Inspirion with Windows XP SP2. At boot up, goes to either hard drive or to CD (can direct it from Setup menu) but then absolutely nothing happens at all. Screen just blank. Have run all diagnostics on Disk, Memory, CPU, DMA etc., - all report everything OK.

After selecting CD for boot, it starts to read the CD (disk starts up etc) but never gets to boot dialogue. After selecting Hard Disk, pretty much the same thing.

Any ideas anyone? I'm totally puzzled out on this one.



Frances
 

Answer:Won't boot from Hard Disk or CD - all h/w checks OK

Hello, I noticed your post today as I am searching for resolve myself for the same issue. This came from no where for me also. I just did a restart on the 21st and returned to see the black screen. Ran the Dell Sys Test and everything passed. I had to upgrade to this drive as the other had ran out of space so I was able to hook the other back up as the master and the non boot one up as secondary. Once I got into XP and Disk management there it was and it showed to be healthy. My drive is a Maxtor> now owned by Seagate. I went to their website and they have a download to check the drive. When the test completed as passed and with the Dell Test as passed and it showing to be healthly under Disk management I am thinking that physcially the drive is ok and hopefully the same in your case. The seagate help said that when the test passed that one or more of following reasons are the problem.
File Corruption
Driver Corruption
Broken Master Boot Record
Virus or Trojan attack
Spyware, Adware & Keystroke loggers
Hardware conflicts.
I know that in my case I can rule out virus, trojan, spyware, adware & keystroke loggers. I have not installed any knew software or hardware so for now I am ruling out the hardware conflicts. But as I read more on the possible cause of the first 3 being power outage or not being shut down correctly. This was something I knew but had forgotten that I discover my battery in the battery backup had died when the electricity had gone off a couple of we... Read more

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hey all,

i have a problem with my pc! i have tried all that i know 2 correct the problem, bar reformatting the drive, as there is data on there that i would like to save. once i turn on my computer, it seems to boot as normal, but then goes into the blue screen of death!!!! At first i thought this was a ram problem, so did the ram test, and also tried different ram from a different computer, but no luck. So, i removed my 200gb SATA HDD, and replaced it with an 80gb IDE drive, and still no luck. i am realy stuck with this, and am in desperate need to fix this problem!!!

So if anybody knows anything that could help me, i would be very greatfull.

many thanks
 

Answer:Hard disk boot faliure

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Sometimes after a power failure, the computer wont reboot from the hard disk. Instead we get a statement which says, and I loosely quote: Boot hardware not found. Insert disc and press F1 or press F2 for setup.

Last night the disc wouldnt let it boot up either. I went to F2 and tried to change the boot from the CDROM to the hard disk, the problem was HARD DISK was not in the window as a selection. Finally after doing some things that now I cant remember, I went back to the same window and low and behold Hard disk is now a part of the selection. The computer then booted from the hard disk, and is now operating fine.

Can someone explain to me what I did to get it working so that when this happens again I have the method of repair at hand. Thanks so much.

Mike

Answer:How To Reset Boot From Hard Disk

You probably clicked on Automatically detect hard drive in the Bios. You should purchase a UPS device to stop your computer corruption from power failures. In time your hardware will be damaged.

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hello.
i have a problem with one of my hard disks and windows. actually, my windows got corrupted and i decided to reinstall it. i formatted my second 40 GB hard drive and installed windows in it, thinking of later formatting the drive with the corrupted windows which was on the other 80 GB drive. but now when i try to run the computer with both the drives connected and with the new windows drive as my 1st boot device, the computer gives "error 115" and directs me to BIOS setup. i get the same messege when i try to run with only the 80 GB drive connected.
so i thought of formatting the drive partition with the old windows using the windows CD, but when i run the windows CD, it gets stuck whenever it tries to read or examine the 80 Gb hard drive. also, the 80 GB hard disk has data which i really want to save on a seperate partition.
hope you understand my problem. Please help with it and give some possible solution. please.
thanks
 

Answer:Hard disk boot problem

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first of all i would like to say hello as this is my first post.

Ok now to my problem. i was given a dell latitude D600 laptop from a friend the only catch is that the hard drive wasent working.

i went out a brought a western digital 80gb hard drive and intalled that. i checked the bios and the board now reads a drive as been there but when i put in my windows XP boot disk i get an error that says

No boot sector on hard disk
No bootable devices strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for setup utility

i have looked around for a solution but most i find use windows to fix and since i cant get windows on there i have a problem.

one thing i would like to know is wether or not i need to intall somthing for the new drive to create a boot sector? ( if thats even possible)

or if the mother board needs somthing to run it?

i would be greatful for any help i can get.
 

Answer:No boot sector on hard disk

hi,
press f2 for setup utility..under setup(cmos setup) find boot order..put your hard drive in the first boot...save and exit changes...you can test it if will work...

cont...
if nothing happens...repeat your installation using windows xp cd, once you got into the windows setup just follow the screen..since your hardrive is new you can format your drive using NTFS file system quick installation.

cont..
or else check the jumper first located on the drive itself...it should be set to master
 

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Hello.

Sorry for my english because I'm french. I have a problem with boot on this computer. I have installed windows xp on my hard disk but the computer don't boot on this hard disk. If I want to boot on this hard disk I must push F12 and select hard disk and after windows load.
In the bios the hard disk is in first but this hard disk don't boot automaticly.

Can you help me please?

Thanks a lot.

Answer:Satellite L10-144 - Can't boot from Hard Disk

Hi Demilego,

That?s really strange... Normally the computer should boot from HDD automatically.

In your case I would check the BIOS and load the default settings.
Does it work?

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upon startup the fans start, hard drive starts spinning and cd light flashes slowly. The hard drive stops (light quits blinking),but the boot sequence has not started on the monitor. Also the cd light quits blinking at this time. I have tried taking the sound card,modem,and video card out of the pci slots and booting up and nothing happens. This problem started when a friend moved this machine from one house to another.
I am lost on what to try!! PLEASE HELP
 

Answer:can't boot up from hard drive or disk

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I got a new pc with no hdd so i took my old harddrive put it in my new one and its now says "disk boot failure insert system disk". can anybody help?

Answer:Hard disk boot failure

Hi and welcome to TSF

The new PC does not recognize the old HD operating system. The olde HD was set up for your old PC.

Need to reload the operating system.

BG

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Hi All:

My machine has 120GB SATA Seagate hard disk, windows 2000 professional OS. Recently, the system hung and i hard reboot my machine, then there was an error message "Reboot and select a proper bootable device/ please insert bootable device and restart your pc". I have looked at the BIOS settings, and i found that Hard Disk is not listed in the bootable device priorities option. I have tried couple of times and the problem did not go away, but after a couple of hours when i tried restarting again it booted from hard disk. Now, again the same problem is observed. It is not recognising the hard disk. What could be the possible reasons?

Regards,
Venkat
 

Answer:Hard Disk is not recognised during boot

Hello and welcome to Techspot.

The first thing I`d suggest is to try a new ide cable.

Hopefully this will sort it for you.

Regards Howard :wave: :wave:
 

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I have a computer running Windows 98 and I had just installed Nero Burning Software, it told me to reboot... so i chose yes reboot now.
When it powers back up, it doesn't boot up and I get the error "Hard Disk Failure" or somethin of that sort, then it says "press f1 to continue or DEL to enter setup".. if i press DEL it goes into BIOS stuff, when i press F1 it says "HARD DISK BOOT FAILURE, PLEASE INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER" ... anyone know if it could be something repairable? or does this mean my hard drive is completely gone? =[
 

Answer:Hard Disk Boot Failure

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Hi,

Not to long ago I tried to boot my computer and it displayed the infamous "INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER" error. When I insert a hard drive that I know works and set it as the Master, and the non-working hard drive as Slave, then boot, the hard drive is accessible in Windows Explorer. All of my files are still in the same condition as they were before the hard drive failed. I tried using the Recovery Console on a Windows XP OEM disk to repair the Master Boot Record in case that was the problem, it wouldn't accept my administrator password. When I used the Ultimate Boot CD 4 Windows, I repaired the MBR (or at least UBCD4Win did), and the hard drive was still not bootable. The hard drive doesn't make any strange sounds at all. I could not find any helpful advice on HP Support, and I tried unplugging each device one-by-one until it booted.

My system specs:

Compaq Presario 6320US
AMD Athlon XP processor 2000+ operating at 1.67GHz
256MB DDR SDRAM Memory
60GB Ultra DMA Hard Drive
Integrated ProSavageDDR KM266 graphics with 32MB shared video memory
Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition SP2
 

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I have an intermittent problem when sometimes my PC does not boot up when I turn it on. It appears it is looking for and not always finding the "IDE drive" and returns an error message "Master boot failure".When I try again it usually works but not always.I'm at a bit of a loss as I've not done anything to the PC except some weeks ago a new network card was installed to allow me to go "broadband".Should I look for a loose wire?Jem

Answer:Hard Disk Boot failure

or a new hard disk...sounds like it's on it's way...

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After powering up my computer a heavy clicking noise is present and it sounds like the CDROM drives are trying to pop open. It does a memory test (OK) Detects IDE primary master (none) verifies pool, Initializing MBA..... Then it Shows a client Mac address and tries to PXE boot (it detects DHCP, no boot filename recieved NONE) The error messege that I am recieving is "Disk boot failer, Insert System Disk and Press Enter". Could this be caused by something wrong with my hard disk, or did just my system boot files get corrupted or deleted. Is their a way to provide the bood files. I tried putting a XP media edition disc in the CDROM and i press enter nothing happens. Any information would be greatly appreciated. THANKYOU!!!
 

Answer:Boot/Hard Disk Error

Hi goldfinger, welcome to Major Geeks.

The clicking noise is almost certainly your hard drive. That is the noise they make when they fail.

Sorry. Also don't post your email on MG for security reasons, perhaps a moderator will remove it if you can't now edit.

Studio T
 

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Hello everybody.

I am writing here, asking for help, because I need to format my computer, there is nothing much useful on it, my parents put a big big load of viruses and there are so many that it would just take less time to format instead of getting rid of all them including other malwares.

The problem is that I cannot boot on any other device than my hard disk ! I have set my BIOS properly, I have tried to boot on a CD and a USB device, but it just stays maybe one minute with a white _ flashing, and then it boots normally.

I cannot get into safe mode either. I have never flashed my Bios, I don't understand what is going on. It used to be F8 to get into it and now it only gives me a boot menu for the boot device, I have tried all other keys but only F8 works.

I did reset my CMOS, and I still have the same problem. My BIOS is set properly, I can't find what's the problem at all. My last resort would have been to use floppy disks, but I don't have the material on my computer to do so.

Please, anyone help me, I'd really like my computer back, I can't find anyone else with my problem, everybody just didn't set their BIOS properly, unlike me...
 

Answer:Cannot boot on any other device than hard disk

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When I start up my computer which I recentl put together, it stays at the Bioware opening screen for about 3 minutes, displays the cpu fan speed and voltage info, and then has an error- "Disk boot failure, insert system disk and press enter"
If I disconnect the hard drive, it goes through everything over 100 times as fast (bioware screen passed through 1 second after the moniter shows the image) , but ends up with the same error.
The hard drive isn't new, and it worked on my other computer. Ive checked the cable several times and it is securely connected to both the power supply and the ide socket. Also, in the bios, it shows something about "Capacity-a little more than 30000, cylanders-etc" My hard drive is 30 gig, so I assume it does detect it. ??? ???
 

Answer:Pc wont boot from hard disk

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A while ago I was cleaning out the inside of my Compaq Presario desktop (it was very dusty) and I had it laying down on it's side. Well, last night I was trying to watch a Jackie Chan DVD and stood it up so I could use the DVD. A couple minutes later, after the DVD had just begun to play, everything froze. Firefox wouldn't open, iTunes wouldn't open, Windows Media Player wouldn't close, I couldn't even stop anything with task manager. So I turned rebooted my computer manually, and it wouldn't start. The Compaq screen at the beginning would show up, and then an error saying "Cannot read disk, press Ctrl-Alt-Del to restart."

The only thing I can think of that could have caused this would be standing my computer up to watch the DVD damaged the hard disk. If this is the case, can it be fixed?
 

Answer:XP SP2 won't boot, says it can't read hard disk

One thing I forgot to add. Compaq has a recovery feature. From the Compaq screen at startup you press F10 and it apparently recovers your system automatically. I don't know if this will work since my C drive can't be read anyway, but if it is what will fix my computer then it won't hurt to do it. I have all of my word docs on Google docs, my email on Gmail, and my music is on my iPod i could just copy over to my computer. Just a thought...
 

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ok well myhard drive failed in one of my computers so i tried to do a hard drive transfer from one computer to another. well after i transfered it, a error screen comes up saying "non system disk or disk error, replace and strike any key when ready" so i put in a boot disk and i can get to DOS and everything, but how would i boot up my hard drive from a boot disk? i tried changing the boot sequence and i tried typing C:\ and every other letter trying to get to that drive through DOS, with no luck, so any help is appreciated here, thank you...
PS - the hard drive did work in the previous computer it was in, and all of the connections seem to be correct, in fact i am 99.9% sure the connections are fine, and the hard drive does make noise when the computer is turned on..
 

Answer:Need help with my boot disk-hard drive

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Hello,

I have run into a problem that has been causing me quite a bit of headache as of late. A week ago, my WD Elements External Hard Disk is not displaying under hard disk drives, but does display under Devices and Printers. This is what it shows under computer management:

I have tried to initialize the disk using MBR and GPT options but failed receiving I/O Disk Error.

Please help, thank you.

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I am preparing for a hard disk crash.

I purchased a new PC with Windows 7 in June 2012. It came with a Samsung optical disk containing Windows 7. I am eligible for the $14.99 USD upgrade to Windows 8. Will there be an installation disk for Windows 8 available at this price and if not, then how much more will it cost?

If not, then how should I ensure that I can easily install Windows 8 after a hard disk crash? Do I have to keep my Samsung optical disk of Windows 7?

Answer:optical disk installation of Windows 8 after a hard disk crash

  
Quote: Originally Posted by broiyan


I am preparing for a hard disk crash.

I purchased a new PC with Windows 7 in June 2012. It came with a Samsung optical disk containing Windows 7. I am eligible for the $14.99 USD upgrade to Windows 8. Will there be an installation disk for Windows 8 available at this price and if not, then how much more will it cost?

If not, then how should I ensure that I can easily install Windows 8 after a hard disk crash? Do I have to keep my Samsung optical disk of Windows 7?


I'm not positive, but I'd guess a $14.99 price for Win 8 would be a download, unless Samsung is offering some special promotional price for a disc.

I've seen a price of $69.99 for Windows 8 Professional, which I think is for a disc.

I'd find out what that $14.99 price is good for. It may be for an ISO download, in which case you could burn the ISO to a disc.

I'd keep the Windows 7 disc regardless. If you are like most people, you probably will find 7 preferable to 8.

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sirsuddenly my laptop goe shut and its not turning on...a msg is displaying that boot device is not found please install an os. hard disk (3f0) .please assist me to solve the issue.thankyou

Answer:boot device not found hard disk (3f0)

Hi,            Remove the Hard disk drive and then check if the Hard disk drive is detected in BIOS or not. If the HDD is detected, then run a test as mentioned in the below link http://support.hp.com/us-en/product/HP-Pavilion-g6-Notebook-PC-series/5330578/model/5354728/document... If the test passes, then you have to reinstall the OS and if the test fails, you have to replace the HDD and then reinstall the operating system. You can download the manual from the below link to know how to remove HDD http://support.hp.com/us-en/product/HP-Pavilion-g6-Notebook-PC-series/5330578/model/5354728/manuals

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Since adding a second hard disk (IBM 120 GB, single partition, for video editing) to my W2K system, it takes much longer to boot. The W2K logo stays on screen for about 100 seconds, compared with about 20 before. Nothing else has changed in the system config. The original hard disk is a Samsung 30 GB, and both are UDMA100. The m'board and 80 wire cable both support this configuration, and they are connected correctly on the cable.Is this an inevitable consequence of having such a large drive, or can I do something about it?

Answer:Slow boot with new huge hard disk

Are both these drives on the same cable? or is the new hard drive on the secondary IDE?If the new hard drive is on the secondary with a slave cd-rom for example, the channel will always run as fast as the slowest device.

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upgraded my notebook from Win 8 to win 10, after that, it says "Boot Device not found" Disc error 3F0.  Tried to enable legacy support and restart, but it directly shows Vertical colorful lines.  Updated bios and again got the same error as i stated before, Boot device not found.  esc key does nothing.  Boot menu shows no option.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.  ...Thank You

Answer:boot device not found hard disk 3f0 hp

Hello Silkaline, Welcome to the forum! Have you tried searching for the HDD in the Boot menu of the BIOS? If not, please do so by verifying the the hard drive is at the first priority boot device. If, by any chance it is not, you have tomanually set it on the first place.If you cannot see the drive listed as an available device, it probably has failed, but still you have to chech if that's the case. Open the laptop, if it's out of warranty and take out the drive to connect it on another place. You can use a SATA-USB adaptor. Good luck!





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My sons PC Fujitsu Siemens SCALEO P wont boot into OS. It hangs with the message invalid system disk, please insert disk and boot from CD/DVD.PC is three years old and runs XP Home Edition from a SATA Hard Disk. M/B is a Gigabyte GA-81915PM with 1Gb Ram. Connected to M/B via IDE channel are DVD and CD Rom drives. Check in BIOS reveals that SATA Hard Disk is not shown. Only shows DVD and CD drives. No mods/updates have been done recently but PC has not been used for a couple of months. Unplugged and reconnected SATA cables to no avail. Date and time in BIOS are OK so don't suspect CMOS battery. Insert Recovery CD to repair/install windows gives usual options but then reports that No disk is installed. Looks like either SATA Hard Disk or M/B fault but which? Any further suggestions appreciated.

Answer:PC wont boot from SATA Hard disk

I would suggest either disc has died or corrupt boot sector try downloading and burning Ubuntu to disc and run that from disc and if the HDD is still working you will be able to access data on the disc.What make of drive is it.

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A month ago I was shutting down my laptop and while it was shutting down i closed the lid and then the next day when i turned it didnt boot like normal. It gives the option to do startup repair or to start windows normally or something and when i click start windows it takes me to startup repair still. My vaio laptop has been stuck scanning startup repair for about a month now. I let it scan for a whole week and nothing. I did some searching to try to fix the problem and it lead the start up repair saying "A hard disk problem is preventing windows from starting" so basically the disk is damaged or whatever. And that "Startup repair cannot repair this computer automatically. It gives me the option to send information about this problem or dont send. When i go into system recovery options i tried doing a system restore and system image recovery and those didnt work. I know i need the windows 7 installation disc which i dont have for some reason. Could someone please help me if there is another way to fix or if i really need the disc (i will buy it) and if i do need it then how or what do i do step by step and will i still have files like photos and documents saved. Thanks
 

Answer:laptop wont boot ( bad hard disk )

Hi, you had a reply here.
https://forums.techguy.org/threads/laptop-stuck-on-startup-repair-bad-hard-disk.1172379/
Checking that the hard drive is bad - is your next best move and as suggested, trying to save needed data/files, etc.
Hard drive test.
SeaTools for DOS tutorial - ISO to CD
http://knowledge.seagate.com/articles/en_US/FAQ/201271en?language=en_US

http://www.tacktech.com/display.cfm?ttid=287

IDE/SATA to USB 2.0 Cable Adapter
http://www.maplin.co.uk/p/idesata-to-usb-20-a35fq

How to use Linux live Cd to backup files from a dead Pc
 

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My laptop is hp Intel Centrino Wireless-N 2230, model: 2230BNHMW; Product nb: A3F49AAR and model: dv6t. In fact since I have upgraded windows 10 the last May, I am facing a lot of problems with my laptop. Knowing that I have called the hp center and they told me that it is a global problem with most hp users with windows 10. But the problem is that suddenly I got this message when starting up : Boot device not found please install an operating system on your hard disk hard disk (3F0) knowing that the laptop was turning to be very warm with an odor.I tried several solutions, finally loading the BIOS setup default settings was the only solution that worked.My question is that what could I do to ensure that my laptop will not show me this problem again or in another way could I avoid such a problem in the future? 

Answer:boot device not found hard disk (3F0)

Hi,Usually this message appears on a normal system when the hard drive is failing and can no longer boot. I recommend you run some diagnostics on your hard drive such as Crystal info :http://crystalmark.info/download/index-e.htmlor the HP diagnostics to see if the hard drive is failing and if this is the case backuo all your personal files. Hope it helps,David

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