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i get a hard disk(s) fail (20) message and can't boot. can you help?

Question: i get a hard disk(s) fail (20) message and can't boot. can you help?

i have one error message: hard disk(s) fail )20).
can someone tell me what this means?
this harddrive is a 3.4gb fujitsu with windows xp that booted ok several times until i transplanted it to this machine. bios and post detect the hard drive and 3243mb as primary master.

so, opinions on hdisks fail 20 will help.

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Preferred Solution: i get a hard disk(s) fail (20) message and can't boot. can you help?

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Answer: i get a hard disk(s) fail (20) message and can't boot. can you help?

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Hey is there anybody out there that could hellp me. When I boot my computer I get a 'primary master hard disk fail' error? message. Is this because the hard disk is not being recognized, if so Is my connection right. The CD-ROM is set @ master, IDE connected to the hard disk, the IDE from the hard disk connected to the mother board. Please help if you can? Sorry if this is not posted in the right place.

I'm new to the BBS, so please be gentle.

Answer:{SOLVED} Primary master hard disk fail on boot up

I think you want your IDE Hard drive set to Master and your CD set to Slave (if they are using the same cable). If you're setting the CD as Master because it's first in the chain (and you don't have another IDE cable), spend the money and buy a cable and use your primary (for the hard drive) and secondary (for the CD drive) ports on the motherboard.

Why is it that they don't automatically give cables with CD drives?? Makes me nuts - they're a cheap commodity.


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I have a Vaio pentium 4 desktop computer with a 60 gig hard drive, 2.4 ghz processor and 512 RAM. When I boot up, I receive a warning that says "hard drive failure imminent, back up all data" and I have to press F1 to continue the boot up process. After that, the computer runs, a bit slower than it should, but with no further error messages. What could be the problem? Thanks so much!

Answer:Need help with boot up hard disk failure imminent message

Smart drive is detecting that the drive is failing.. plain and simple..replace the drive and make sure you backup your data before hand. If your machine is under warranty, contact your manufacturer for warranty replacement information. If not, then we can help you find a drive if you need.

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It shows after power :ERROR: failure to find a bootable option. Press any key to shut down. But no key is seen.
how i will solve this problem.

Answer:My Lumia 520 fail to boot operating system and also fail to Hard reset. How can I solve this?

Get Lumia Recorvery Tool nor Windows Phone Recorvery Tool and plug in your phone. Download the update and it will automatically install on your phone. Should work.

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Hi Guys

Firstly I am apologising that this is so long but I was not sure what info you needed. SORRY (Can you tell I am new to this)

I purchased an EI system laptop (4431) from pc world a few years ago with a 5 year warranty. During the time i had it i had to have 2 hard drives and 3 2 cd/dvd drives. So when it started running really slow even after I restored to factory settings I bought a new dell from pc world and let the warranty lapse on the other. Then a friend of mine wanted to learn computing and I said she could do this on my old one. I started up the machine and it worked ok but slow. I had some pictures on there I didn't want to lose and wanted to put them on a disk but my disk drive was playing up again so another friend of mine told me to disable my internal cd drive and use my external drive. I did this and when I switched the machine on it came up with the following message HARD DISK BOOT SECTOR INVALID - PRESS H TO RETRY HARD DISK, ANY OTHER KEY FOR FLOPPY

I knew something was wrong as it was ok before I disabled the CD drive or was that just a coincidence. I decided the best thing to do was a full system recovery. However when I did that it would only go so far and then come up with PROBLEM IN EXTRACTING PROCESS: FILE WINDOWS\ING\MDMZYXEL.ING, I pressed and it would go a bit further and come up with another file that it could not extract. Eventually it took me bask to the original error screen. I tried again this time it didn't even... Read more

Answer:help!! Error Message - HARD DISK BOOT SECTOR INVALID

Argh Now it is asking me for the Windows Professional CD Rom when I use Home Edition on this machine

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Hi everyone.

Recently, I've had problems with my computer running Windows 7 64-bit SP1. It took a long time to get from Starting Windows to my desktop. And it was extremely slow when using the computer. It took forever to open a folder or a file. This morning, I switched on my computer and I got this error message at boot:

3rd Master Hard Disk:S.M.A.R.T. Status BAD, Backup and Replace

I'm guessing my hard drive is damaged? Any way of repairing the hard drive? What are the next steps I should take? And in the event that it can't be repaired, any way to salvage the files inside?

Thank you for reading and hope you can help!

Answer:Error message at boot : Hard Disk:SMART Status Bad, Backup and replace

Back up the drive and replace it. It may run long enough for you to get your data off of it. I would recommend that you put a fresh install of Windows on your new drive. Yours is probably corrupt from the bad drive. I would just back up important data anyway, never mind the programs. You'll need to reinstall them anyway.

There's no real way to fix the drive, and even if you could, it would be uneconomical. Throw it away.

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The laptop comes up with a black screen saying that the hard disk check has detected imminent failure.What do I need to do?

Answer:Hard drive test fail "Hard Disk 1 SMART" (301)

Thanks for the post and Welcome to HP Forums As per the error shared, The Hard drive is faulty and its needs to be replaced.Kindly call HP to get it replaced Thank You

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Question: Hard disk fail

I have a HP Pavilion Notebook - 15-p178 (out or warranty)prduct id K4D83EA#ABUserial number 5CD44656KMO/S is Win8.1 The hard disk has failed with a short DTS failure error = RSNDBV-7GLBJB-MFPV6K-60SW03 I need the recovery disks for reinstalling on new disk. How do I obtain them? i've been able to recover most of the data from the drive but the owner (my wife) never made recovery disks. 


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Answer:Hard disk fail

Hi, I'm guessing from the Model, that you live in the UK - if that's correct, you can order replacement recovery media from the HP Partner on the following link. Regards, DP-K

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Question: Hard Disk Fail

When you see hard disk fail, how bad is it? How do
I fix it?

Answer:Hard Disk Fail

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Question: Hard disk fail

Everything was going O.K but yesterday i got on my Windows 7 a warning message that i should back up my hard drive as it fails and contact my manufacturer to know whether to replace or repair my hard drive so i searched about the warning message on the internet many forums said that it was a Scareware/Malware and recommended to download and run malware bytes it found like 50 objects i deleted everything except registry files and key but then i restarted my computer before the boot itself this message came
"PHOENIX Award BIOS V 6.00.P 6
BIOS revision:5.54 BIOS date:06/19/2009
CPU type : Intel(R) Core(TM) 2 Duo CPU E7500 @ 2.93 GHZ
Cache ram (L2): 3071 KB
Installed Memory :2048 MB/Pc-2 6400 Single Channel
Memory bank 1:2048 MB/ DDR2 SD RAM
memory bank 2:Not Installed
1st Drive : ST 3320418AS HP 34
2nd Drive : DVDW TS-H653R 0E00
3rd Drive :None
4th Drive :None
STST 3320418 AS :hard Disk Failure is Imminent. Please back up your hard disk and have it replaced"
Thank you please advise me what to do should i run the PC-Doctor
Windows says contact your manufacturer to have it repaired or replaced but this one says i should replace it
Please advise me what to do ASAP I will post the result of Pc-doctor here after i run it.

Answer:Hard disk fail

I would definitely back up your documents/files/pic's or whatever it is you don't want to loose to a Flash drive or external HD. It looks like your going to need a new HD and soon.

Hopefully one of the Tech's will be along shortly and give you further advice.

Good luck....

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Question: hard disk fail?

when i turned on my computer, on the main menu it says hard dish fails. press f1 to continue. so i press f1 and then it says hard disk fails, insert boot disk and press enter to continue????
what does that mean??

Answer:hard disk fail?


The error signifies that your HDD is not being detected due to a fault. Check to make sure that the HDD is properly hooked up. Also, check to see if BIOS recognises your HDD. If it does, then ensure it looks and sounds mechanically healthy.

Next you'd want to check and fix problems with your Hard Drive. Find a boot disk with CHKDSK functionality, or with assumption, use your Windows XP Installation CD to boot into the Recovery Console, where at the Command Line Interface, you can do CHKDSK.

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Question: Hard disk fail

Hi, every time I boot up PC number 2,I recieve error message 'primary master hard disk fail',however,when I press 'Ctrl Alt Delete'it boots ok.This has been happening now for several months,now,the PC is not booting properly at all,I still recieve the same error message,but will only boot to safe mode,any ideas.I think I may need a new hard drive.

Answer:Hard disk fail

click here or try running the manufacturers diagnostic utillity on the drive.

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I am not sure if my hard disk is failing. It failed the Hard Disk Short test DST.I can still use it in safe mode where it is very fast.In normal mode I can basically not do anything anymore....very slow or just hangs or freezes.....I noticed shutdown and startup was taking longer and longer....really dont know if it is definitely my hard disk.Any advice will really be appreciated.Also I do not know if i have a 32 or 64 bit. how/where do i check to make sure?

Answer:Did my hard disk definitely fail?

Failing the Short DST test is pretty definitive of a hard drive failure. In Safe Mode you are not stressing the hdd as much because you are running with a bare minimum of drivers/software. Most HP machines have 64 bit Windows. To check yours head to Control Panel and in right corner change "View by" from Category to large or small icons. Next click on "System" icon.

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I am rebuilding a computer that belonged to Fred Flintstone. P 75, 16 MB Ram 1 GB hard drive.I'm trying to put on win 98, but I get the message of Hard disk(s) fail (80).I can continue with F1 and try and load from there, but it doesn't detect the CD Rom either. Anyone with any thoughts??

Answer:Hard disk(s) fail (80)

Take the Disc out of the computer if this as been stood for some length of time. Then you need to flick the drive like you would start an old wind up watch, you may have to do this several times it is known as stickshen of the drive plates and may free them

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Question: hard disk fail

hi out there!i have a problem about my pc.first i notice that everytime you open the computer it begin scan disk if it is properly shutdown. then sometimes it cannot detect the hard disk but sometimes it detects but it cannot continue to open the windows until i see an error message saying primary master har disk fail. lastly i noticed that the hard disk is very noisy. what should i do?is it a virus?is it better to reformat the hard disk or installng the win xp again?hope to hear from you soon!thanks........

Answer:hard disk fail

Your Hard Disk Drive is failing. Obtain diagnostic software from the manufacturer and test the integrity of the HDD. Backup any data whilst you still can.

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So for many weeks, I had the blue screen startup loop problem. I finally managed to log in Somehow and reformatted my computer. Now I am receiving a hard drive failing message, and the internet says I should download crystal disk. I did so, and this is what it says

Would be grateful is someone could tell me how to solve this, or if I have to replace it =/

Answer:Windows 7 hard drive fail message

You'll have to replace it.

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I just reformatted a dell dimension L866R and changed the windows to xp pro. Since changing the boot order in the BIOS this message will appear. When you press any key the message just keeps repeating itself in a loop.

When you put the windows cd and don't boot from the disk windows will come up. I cannot access the BIOS to try and change the boot order which I think that it might be.

Previously the computer had windows 98SE but the video drivers would be recognized. Decided to upgrade to newer windows version.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Answer:Error message-->incorrect boot disk please insert boot disk into drive a:

Why can't you access BIOS?

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run a diagnostic test on hard disk drive fail gave me a number 07 comprehensive test fail

Answer:primary hard disk 07 fail

And your question is what?

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I had defragment running on my laptop then while it was running i uninstalled malware anubyte from my laptop and it asked me to restart the laptop so i cancelled the defragment and restarted my laptop.Then after restarting it said computer had some peoblems so run the repair or start normally but start normally when was clicked it just kept on showing starting windows logo but the laptop didnt start so restarted it again and tried again but still didnt start (even with repair) and i repeated the process.Then at one point it stopped detecting my hard disk and then i ran via bootdisk i kept it the whole day it reached the postion where it showed me my folders but i couldnt copy or do anything with it then i restarted again.AFter certain point without bootdisk it didnt detect hard disk and asked for boot disk and the bios also didnt detect i even tried placing my hard disk in another lapto p and it too didnt detect .

So could the problem be with software or hardware?
Help qould be really appreciated

Answer:Hard disk detection fail

This sounds like a dead or dying hard disk. What brand is your disk? Most hard disk manufacturers have diagnostic software that can be downloaded and burned on a CD to be booted from. They can run all kind of tests to see if you hard disk is in good shape.

But if two different computers are unable to even detect the hard disk, I'm quite sure it's faulty.

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Hi all
I have similar case as in this
I have 2 windows 7 on different partitions .. worked for 3 years.. but for a long time I used to use one having avast antivirus
Recently I installed a software then i discovered it contains a maleware "ads by cinema-p" then "ads by name" .. I couldn't remove it by any antivirus or tool .. but I just deleted any existance of it from data files or registery .. and reinstalled browsers
Afterwords windows started to hang till it stoppedI just returned back to the other old windows 7 system .. i installed microsoft antivirus (i don't remember name) but it didn't find any viruses .. but system started to hang as well .. I tried installing bitdefender 2016 i couldn't complete installing as the page of registering became all white .. I installed panda antivirus but it didn't complete scanning .. sometimes i saw it turnes deactivate so i activate it then it deactivate again .. which seems as a virus preventing ..I reinstalled windows but the 1st message was that I have a hard disk fail and i have to back up my dataI'm trying copying important data but system is hanging often .. system repair says also I have a hard disk proplem
Now windows is crashed & i'm going to reinstall it again .. as i can't access even the safe mode anymore
Pleasr advice .. thanks on advance

Answer:maleware .. or hard disk fail ?

Sorry .. plz delete this topic .. i'm sorry for duplicating topic

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All I did was disconnect the hard drive while the power was off. How do I fix this??

Answer:Primary hard disk fail

what's going on?
you will have to give more detail than that if you want some answers... and trouble shooting.

or i could just answer, it's dead buy a new one.

first lets start with Bios... does BIOS recognise the HD?

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Hi all
I have similar case as in this post
I have 2 windows 7 on different partitions .. worked for 3 years.. but for a long time I used to use one having avast antivirus
Recently I installed a software then i discovered it contains a maleware "ads by cinema-p" then "ads by name" .. I couldn't remove it by any antivirus or tool .. but I just deleted any existance of it from data files or registery .. and reinstalled browsers
Afterwords windows started to hang till it stopped
I just returned back to the other old windows 7 system .. i installed microsoft antivirus (i don't remember name) but it didn't find any viruses .. but system started to hang as well .. I tried installing bitdefender 2016 i couldn't complete installing as the page of registering became all white .. I installed panda antivirus but it didn't complete scanning .. sometimes i saw it turnes deactivate so i activate it then it deactivate again .. which seems as a virus preventing ..
I reinstalled windows but the 1st message was that I have a hard disk fail and i have to back up my data
I'm trying copying important data but system is hanging often .. system repair says also I have a hard disk proplem
Pleasr advice .. thanks on advance

Answer:maleware .. or hard disk fail ?

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Read the instructions carefully. If you have problems, stop what you  were doing and describe the problems you encountered as precisely as  you can.
Don't install or uninstall software during the cleanup unless you are told to do so.
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If you can't answer for the next few days, please let me know. If  you haven't answered within 5 days, I am assuming that you don't need  help anymore and your topic will be closed.
I can not guarantee that we will find and be able to remove all  malware. The cleaning process is not instant. Please continue to review  my answers until I tell you that your computer is clean
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Hi, Currently i am experiencing problems with my PC. When i start up atleast 95% of the disk is being used.  I run a disk check test on startup whch fails providing me with the error code 9C0FL4-50886J-XD7Q21-618303. Also when i got prompted, through the support site, to run a Primary Hard Disk Self Test ont he BIOS this also failed providing me with an error code #303. I am reallyt stuck. Apart from the complete use of the disk all of the time, which leads to the computer running slow, i would like to resolve this problem. This is an old computer but would love to fix this problem, short term, so that i dont have to buy a new one just yet. Please help ! Max

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My computer increasingly gives the above error message. Usually a couple of reboots got it working but now it's taking many more. I've run various diagnostic tools (XP and System Suite ones) but they haven't cured the problem. Am I right in assuming the above error message really does mean a physical and total failure of the hd is imminent and I should replace it immediately?

Answer:primary hard disk fail

Download hard drive manufacturers diagnostic software and run it,before doing so I would back up anything you cannot afford to lose

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HP machine fails Hard Disk Short DST:  FailIt is an HP Pavilion HPE H9 SeriesModel H9-1215t Product is out of warranty as of 3 months ago apparently, it only had a 2 year warranty.Failure ID:  U0BTHA-0008GF-QFFWXF-60V703 What is the cause?  Computer seems to be freezing sometimes also.  Ran hard drive check under windows 7 after it rebooted and itreplaced a lot of bad clusters in files. Does it need a new hard drive or could it be something else?  If a new hard drive we are thinking about an SSD 500gbyte, what would be the requirements?  If something else let me know what I should do.  Could it be a cabling issue or how do I know it's not the hard drive controller etc? Thank you.  

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I haven't been able to get my computer to turn on, so ran diagnostics. It came back with error GGC78C-00088V-WPXF1F-60Q903Please tell me there's a way to repair this and not just replace the hard drive? I don't have backups and I would really hate to lose everything on a 2TB hard drive!

Answer:Hard disk fail at startup

Test failed. Drive replacement recommended.Completion code: 7Size 2.0 tbModel ST2000DM001-9YN164Firmware HP16Location SATA0

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ok i got a pent 233, its suks but i still use it for stuff....when the computer starts its says this....

Hard disk(s) Diagnosis fail

Hardware Monitor found error,
enter POWER MANAGEMENT SETUP for details

How do i enter it?

I had two hds in it and took out on, also i had a cd rom and cd burner, could this be the prob that i took out this stuff?or what?

Answer:Help! Hard disk(s) Diagnosis fail

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Ive just come back from holiday to find everytime i boot my computer its starts beeping repeatedly then i get the message 'Primary Hard Disk Failure' .I have a Maxtor 40gb hard drive. I havent tried with any other drives yet but when i tried to boot from cd to see if i could jsut install everything again it wouldnt let me procceed. Is there anyway at all i can bring my hard drive back to life


Answer:Primary Hard Disk Fail

When you say "it wouldnt let me proceed", its not that descriptive that it leads us to meaningful help.

What happened?

If you still got the primary disk failure message, it means it never saw the CD, and you need to change the Boot priority in the BIOS.

But generally that message is fairly terminal.
HDD are almost considered a "consumable item" these days, they are cheap and they do not last long sometimes.

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2 days ago, my laptop stopped working and when I rebooted it, it didn't let me get into windows and took me to startup repair and after 24 hours, nothing happened, so i decided to reboot my labtop again (while it was doing startup repair still) and i used recovery cd to try to repair but it said "Imminent Hard Disk Failure" and i click continue with the startup repair, my CD work ( got into the options) and i chose startup repair and it work but after that i gave me that my Hard Disk Failue..

what should i do? I dont have windows 7 CD, i have only recovery cd that i download for this forums.

i ran primary hard disk self said Hard Test 1 quick (303)

Answer:try to do recovery but now it said Hard Disk fail

It looks like that your hard-drive has failed and you need a new one. Has your laptop got any warranty left on it?

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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.

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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...


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Question: Disk Boot Fail...?

Hello my name is Josh and I would really appreciate anyone's input on this:I've recently decided to put together my own computer. It's cool how I saved money buying the separate parts, and the process of putting everything together has been a good learning experience so far. The only problem is, after finally ordering Windows XP Professional x64 bit, and inserting in the CD/DVD-ROM for that moment of glory, the BIOS still tells me that it's failing to boot the disk.Here are my specs:Gigabyte S-series model P35C-DS3R motherboard Core 2 Quad Q6600 CPU (2.4 GHz) e-GeForce 8600 GTS Graphics Card Digital SATA 300 MB/s, 400 GB Disk Space, 16 MB Cache, 7200 RPM Hard Drive SH-S203B DVD Writer Purepower 500W Power Supply Nine Hundred Ultimate Gamer Case I scroll through the BIOS I'm using an old Compaq keyboard from a piece of history...waiting until the operating system is up before I install my wireless Logitech keyboard. I set my priority boot device as the CD-ROM Device in Advanced BIOS Screen, as the manual tells me this is all I really need to do ... Read more

Answer:Disk Boot Fail...?

Welcom to BC
Did you remember to load the SATA drivers?

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Question: Disk boot fail

ok, I'm at my wits end ya'll. I've searched for this problem through the many search pages of Google, and I still have yet to find a problem similar to mine.

I'm going to sell my old desktop to a friend, it has a ASUS P5N-D (SLi version, not Deluxe) w/ 8GB of OCZ RAM and a Wolfdale 2.8GHZ Dual Core CPU. Now, when it boots up, I see the BIOS splash screen, then goes to POST, then it comes up with that error. I've checked to make sure my HDDs (two 1TB WD SATA, not in any RAID configuration) are seen by the BIOS, in which they are (and my cheap ASUS DVD+R drive).

I've check my drives by connecting them to my new computer via SATA -> USB kit and all drives are formatted to NTFS with nothing on them. I can't really find a problem with the drives, and I still get that error when I try to load up Windows 7 Home Premium x64.

I'm out of ideas and was wondering if anyone could point me in the right direction.

Answer:Disk boot fail

How old are these drives? It is possible that the one with the windows installation just bit the dust. Harddrives aren't the most reliable pieces of hardware and they get a lo of use. Check your bios to see if S.M.A.R.T. reporting is on. If it is disable it and reboot. If that doesn't work you could try popping in your windows 7 disk, booting from that and see if you can repair/restore. That's all I can think of.

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HiWell, my SCSI boot drive with the OS on it died (mechanical failure) so I need to reinstall XP to my other (IDE)hard disk. My BIOS is 1999, so without my OS I cant use my CD drive, nor do I have an A: prompt or command window of any kind. So I downloaded the Windows XP setup disk from Free PC Tech Support, which includes a generic CD Rom driver, ran the executable on my (XP) pc at work to create the boot disk, went home and put the floppy in the ailing machine. But I got an error report saying that no CD drive was found, therefore setup was aborted (and no command window, A prompt etc still). I'm pretty sure that the CD drive is  connected up ok, as it was connected to the IDE drive, which is still there, rather than the deceased SCSI drive.  I know the CD drive is mechanically ok. Its an LG electronics CED-8042B and runs from a standard ATAPI driver. I'm at a loss at this point - any suggestions?

Answer:got boot disk after HD fail, still cant see CD Dri

You should 2 IDE controllers on your motherboard (you don't give any info on your motherboard type).  I would connect the hdd to IDE 1 & the cdrom to IDE 2 & not master/slave them so they each have their own channel to work off of.In you BIOS you may be able to set it to boot to the cdrom 1st, thus not needing a boot disk.  BTW - any Windows 98 boot disk will load a bunch of generic cdrom drivers  Did you remove the SCSI controller card?Alan <><  

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I installed Windows 7 64 bit to replace Vista 32 bit. I have 2 physical disks and did the install with both disks installed. Now when I remove the 2nd disk it boots fine but won't boot with the 2nd disk installed.

My first disk has 2 partitions: c: (where vista was installed) and d: for everything else. When I boot from the installation disk to do a repair, the os field is blank. When I use bootsect.exe it only offers d:

I have read plenty of examples win this forum and others for replacing the mbr but none have worked. I also tried formatting the 2nd drive but that didn't work either.

I just want to use the 2nd drive without the system files as a backup. What can I do?

Answer:2nd disk causes boot to fail

Does this help?

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Question: Disk Boot Fail...?

Hello my name is Josh and I would really appreciate anyone's input on this:

I've recently decided to put together my own computer. It's cool how I saved money buying the separate parts, and the process of putting everything together has been a good learning experience so far. The only problem is, after finally ordering Windows XP Professional x64 bit, and inserting in the CD/DVD-ROM for that moment of glory, the BIOS still tells me that it's failing to boot the disk.

Here are my specs:

Gigabyte S-series model P35C-DS3R motherboard

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 CPU (2.4 GHz)

NVIDIA e-GeForce 8600 GTS Graphics Card

Western Digital SATA 300 MB/s, 400 GB Disk Space, 16 MB Cache, 7200 RPM Hard Drive

Samsung SH-S203B DVD Writer

Thermaltake Purepower 500W Power Supply

Antec Nine Hundred Ultimate Gamer Case

As I scroll through the BIOS I'm using an old Compaq keyboard from a piece of history...waiting until the operating system is up before I install my wireless Logitech keyboard. I set my priority boot device as the CD-ROM Device in Advanced BIOS Screen, as the manual tells me this is all ... Read more

Answer:Disk Boot Fail...?

Hi Josh and welcome to TSF !

Most of the links you posted about your hardware are invalid, maybe you copy/pasted them from elsewhere ? Here's the link to your motherboard's specs :

Try to boot another computer with your XP pro disk, in case this would be the CD which is not bootable.

Does the DVD drive appear in the detecting primary/secondary IDE/SATA master/slave lines at startup ? Does it appear in the BIOS ?

Refer to your motherboard manual to know which SATA ports you need to use for a master/slave setup with 2 drives. Logically the hard drive should be the primary master and the burner the primary slave. Try other SATA ports and see if it helps (Fyi, my Asus motherboard refuses to boot if the CD-rom is set on the SATA3 connector but boots fine when it's on the SATA5, no idea why).

Else try with an IDE CD drive (borrow one from another computer). Hook it at the end of the IDE cable and set its jumper to master if any. Tell us how it works.

About your XP 64 pro CD, did you get a license key with it ? Without it you won't be able to use it for more than 30 days. Note that XP 64bit is not a gaming nor a home computer OS. You'll have a hard time finding the proper drivers for your hardware, you may have stability issues with some programs that were not designed for a 64bit OS and you won't see any increase in performances over the regular 32bit version. There are only a few professional apps which will... Read more

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I have been trying to get information on this message, but I have had no luck. Can anybody help me?

It is rather urgent, unfortunately :-(


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Right now I'm running Linux Live CD and I used its diagnostic tools and I saw this. Probably this is the reason why my desktop has lots of booting up problems. \

If my harddrive is indeed failing, then what kind of harddrive should I buy? My dekstop is almost seven years old so I don't know if my mother can support any harddrive or only certain hdd.

The following is what I am using

System Hardware:
Processor: Athlon LE-1600 @ 2.20GHz (1 Core), Motherboard: Acer WMCP78M, Chipset: NVIDIA MCP78S, Memory: 4096MB, Disk: 320GB Western Digital WD3200AAJS-0, Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 8200

Answer:Please help me interpret the result: Is my hard disk really going to fail?

"Soon" is an ambiguous term. Hard to say when it will actually fail. However, if you have data on there that you don't want to lose, back it up now!

As far as a replacement drive, here is the exact same drive: but you don't need to get that one. You could replace it with virtually any 3.5 inch drive with a SATA interface.

If you replace the hard drive, you will need to re-install the OS and your programs. Do you have the install disks? I don't think I would advise cloning your current drive since you stated it is having booting problems. In this case a clean install would be best.

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Answer:Primary master hard disk fail, please help!

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Answer:smart hard disk status fail

You can continue to use it, but it could suddenly fail at any time. If you do use it, backup frequently and get ready for when it does go.  

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Answer:Secondary slave hard disk fail to press you on you woes....but! more ifo is needed.on the setup up and ram etc......lowdown is needed....

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Answer:Secondary master hard disk fail

Have you got two Hard Disc's. It may be a faulty Ribbon Cable

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Hello,My problem is with boot up process. At the start of BOOT UP it shows error:-"Primary Master hard disk fail"It doesnt boot from hard disk and asks for DRIVE CD I tried rebooting from Windows XP SP2 original disc which I had installed previously. It checked all the files as was seen on the monitor, then it asked either to Install or Recover or Quit. I chose first two options simultaneously but none worked, showing the error HARD DISK COULD NOT BE FOUND each time. And again it asked for DRIVE CD.Config.-Windows XP SP2,1.7GhzI dont know what problem it has. It was running very well until this happened. Is it due to very old system, or it has got jammed like something caught cold. Or is it due to virus etc. Please help.

Answer:HDD Problem Primary Master hard disk fail

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I found a logfile (cannot remember which one) which listed some drive controller errors. I do not know if this refers to controllers on the hard drive or controllers on the motherboard.
In any case I removed the drive and installed it in a USB caddy. Now the drive seems to work fine - no disappearing and no problems copying the data from it.
I should be happy that I have recovered the data but am left not knowing the following
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2. Was this a sign of impending motherboard failure and should I be preparing to replace the machine (I.e. document all installed software, find all the installation disks/files, backup data etc.

Are there areas of log files I can check to ascertain what was going on?

The computer is an ACER Veriton M221 running Windows professional 7
with an AMD Athlon II X2 215 processor 2.7Gb


Answer:Faulty Hard Disk Or Motherboard Beginning To Fail?

Have a look over here.

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This is the first time I'm trying to use this computer. I got it from a friend who had several spare PCs. If it is a bad hard drive, I can get another PC.

Thanks in advance.

Answer:primary master hard disk fail during bootup?

The simplest solution if you have access to another pc is to install it as a slave on a working machine and see if you can format it that way.


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I asked the wife and kids if they did anything strange and the answer is NO.
I tried and tried with boot disks and rescue and recovery disks to get this to work but to no avail.
Then I un plugged the machine and started it up, did this a few times, at it finally cycled through.
I ran a virus check , scan disk and nothing showed up. It froze last night and the same thing happened. This morning, I powered it off and on several times, each time unplugging it and I kept getting this master hard disk fail....I finally got it to open.

I'm running windows 98 and am not sure if this is WORM related or something else????


Help.....Its homework season and dont want to buy a new machine, just yet

Answer:[SOLVED] primary master hard disk fail

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Answer:primary master hard disk fail mystery

Two possibilities, Mike2002.1. A loose hard drive cable, IDE ribbon cable or power cable, Sata Data or power cable.2. A failing hard drive.For 1. Check your cables, make sure they are all seated correctly.For 2. Make sure you have all your important files backed up and be prepared for the drive failing.

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Answer:MESSAGE Checking media (fail) appears on boot up

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I've found something called 'Computer' and it says:

Hard Disk Drives (3)

WINDOWS (C:) 81.3 GB free of 149 GB
Data (D:) 141 GB free of 148 GB
Microsoft Office Click-toRun 2010 (Protected) (Q:)

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So I ran the 'Diagnostic Tool' programme. Everything looked fine....until it ran the 'HARDDISK'. And it says 'FAIL' in the 'results' box.

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- would the 'HARDDISK FAIL' be the cause of the machine running so slowly?


- is there anything I can do to try and fix the problem?

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Many thanks

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Answer:Satellite C660 is running slow - hard disk 'fail'?

> would the 'HARDDISK FAIL' be the cause of the machine running so slowly?

Yes, a faulty HDD can be the reason for slow notebook performance.

> is there anything I can do to try and fix the problem?

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Additional you could defrag the HDD partitions .
Here a nice article from Microsoft:

but finally if you would not notice any improvements, you could format the HDD and install the system again using the Toshiba recovery disk.

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I also have this link if it helps:

Answer:Primary Master Hard Disk Fail (Maxtor 40GB)

After more hours of research, i've read many mention that the firmware could be corrupt and that it may work to somehow reconfigure the firmware. Anyone know how to do that? I tried Seatools but I don't see an option to fix the firmware.

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Answer:floppy disk fail (80) error during boot sequence

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

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Answer:Error message - Hard Disk qttask.exe No Disk

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I live in Spain so will need to get it shipped to me.

Also does anyone know if someone can examine the old hard disk and try and rescue my data. A lot was not backed up. Such as photos and kids singing.



Answer:Qosmio E10: Hard Disk died - NO IDE DISK message


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Answer:No Boot Hard drive Fail

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my HP 2000 Hard drive has failed. I want to install a new hard drive but I need my product Key to install Windows 8 again. can anyone help me with this?

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Hello Everyone,

I have been given a couple of hard drives and the above msg comes up when I plug them in as a master... but when I add them as a slave... My pc picks them up but.... wait for it... as a CDRom ??????? says CDRom(H)
I run Windows XP pro SP3.
I have tried FDisk that didn't work, unfortunately I cannot remember the msg that came up.
Any help would be wonderful....
Thank you....


Answer:Primary hard drive fail, on boot up

I would connect the drive as a slave to a working system. Now run the drive maker's diagnostic on the drive. You download this from whomever made the drive; ie WD, Maxtor, Seagate, etc.

In addition you need to make sure the jumpers are set correctly. If these are ide type drives and one of them is a WD, there are two different jumper settings for WD drives. It depends on whether the drive is a single device on the cable or a multi device.

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Answer:y570 hard drive boot fail and replacement

You can try using the enclosure in another computer or you can use another enclosure. Try using an OS in the other computer similar to the OS installed in the defective drive.

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Answer:Fail to start up - Can't boot hard drive - Windows cannot be installed

I don't see where either Legacy BIOS or CSM are enabled, just Legacy Boot - is there a panel not shown? But that may be enough to Bypass UEFI to Install WIn7 if that's what worked for install.

That makes it easier to repair. Confirm the 100mb System Reserved (preferred if you have it) or C is Partition Marked Active then run Startup Repair - Run up to 3 Separate Times to see if it will start.

Different hybrid hard drives require different install procedures. If it's Intel Rapid Storage Technology it normally requires being turned off in BIOS for install, then enabled to activate the 24gb caching drive. But since IRST can also be problematic many leave it disabled. We've even helped users install to the SSD their OS and programs with the data folders linked from HDD, it worked and they wanted to keep it.

Read your Manual on the PC's Support Downloads webpage to see exactly how yours works. It would also help if you could post back a camera snap of Partition Wizard CD
drive map and listings. That tool can also mark Active and add another step which helps start Win7 by running Partition Wizard Rebuild MBR - Video Help.

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hi sir,im vijay..
im usin 2tb segate new hard disk 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 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 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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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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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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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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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

Answer:Hard Disk Boot Failure Insert System Disk


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 fine now.

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I have a custom built PC, installed with Windows XP. Lately its been having trouble, but it is full blown rebellion as of last night. I think its probably a virus but I'm not that experienced with diagnosing.
`My web browser (FireFox) crashes when trying to view certain things; PDF files are the main crash point
`I have a 16 GB flash drive that I have to reformat it every time I use it, which doesn't fix the problem it just lets me transfer again until I have to format it again.
`I have two hard drives that make up c,d,e,f,i,j,and k drives. When I opened "My Computer" I,J,and K:/ were missing. I couldn't see or access them.
`Its been freezing up a lot; forcing me to reboot
`(most recent)Now when I try to reboot it will rapidly switch screens from the black scanning, log in, windows xp (with the blue bar filling up), and a blue error screen. The blue error screen says to reboot if its the first time i've seen this; then it gives steps to follow if i've seen it before.

I've tried to run it in safe mode and it hasn't worked.

Please if you have any ideas let me know. Is it possible to recover my saved files? I backed up my files awhile ago but it is saved on a drive that is missing (I,J,or K) If you need more info just ask. Thanks for your help

Answer:Windows XP Crash Issues - Hard Drive fail, start up fail

Hi there
So what I gather is that you now cannot start your computer up at all, due to this issue. I'm actually unsure of the problem, it sounds to me like a Virus has been at your computer. It can't really be a hardware issue I don't think... I mean it is possible that what could have been happening is that your computer (Desktop or Laptop?) is overheating and its been damaged because of that... But that wouldn't really make sense, and also having Custom Built a computer I'm sure you'd have been smart enough to install a thoroughly capable cooling system.
It sounds to me like your hard drive has been corrupted though, BSOD usually means a pretty big issue. Thats why I was thinking hardware problem to begin with, you don't often get it for Virus's.
A couple of things we need to know:
Do you have any sort of Anti-Virus installed? If so, which one? How frequently did it scan? Did you find any virus's?
Also, how far into the boot process does the computer get before it loops? Are you able to enter BIOS settings before Blue Screen comes up and it loops? What happens when it loops?
And do you have a startup / boot disk for your computer. You certainly should do.

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Ok, I built a PC a month ago and everything seemed find no problems of any sort. The other night I defragmented my hard drive and shut it down and turned it on today to a memory test and the message "Disk Boot Failure, Insert system Disk and press enter"

The computer has access to the XP pro w/ sp2 disk only as a boot device but it will not recognize it now.

I have set Cd-rom as 1st for boot sequence then hard drive I have no floppy drive and the bios has been configured to know that.

I am not sure if this means anything but in the bios the IDE Channel 0 Master says none and when I try to turn on auto detection it wont detect a hard drive.

The HDD is fully connected and has not been touched since I installed it a month ago.

I have this awful feeling that I fried the HDD when I defragmented it last night.

Any help would be very much appreciated. But please be simple this is my first build and my knowledge at this sort of thing is very very sketchy at best.

Answer:Error message "Disk Boot Failure, Insert system Disk and press enter" on first build

The first thing to do would be to get a new data cable for the herd drive and see if that fixes it, they are nice and cheap nowadays.

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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
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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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 used to boot windows and i can work comfortably 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 shows like
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
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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The system is a Dell 2350, Wind XP, Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 8 HD.
I had to do a restart because I just loaded a software. When restarting as it got to the point where you choose the user you want to get in as, it froze. I could not do anything for a while. I did Ctrl+Alt+Del and then had to turn it off manually. Upon starting it again it told me that a certain Kernell file was in error or missing. Had to manually start again. From this point on every time I start it I get "Primary Master Hard Disk Fail" It gives me the option of F2 for setup or F1 to continue. F1 does not get me anywhere, and ultimately I get back at the same spot.
-I have tried on a different cable, hoping that was it. I have tried every jumper position on the HD.
-I have tried a HD auto-detection but it does not detect it. However at the screen where I get the error it lists the HD as Maxtor N40P
-I have tried to boot from floppy (I made a diskette form and that does not work either.
I did some research on this HD and according to some similar symptoms have been experienced before by other users. (
Everything seems to indicate that the HD is gone pretty much, unless one of you guys can help with any idea or previous experience you may have had.
I would like to connect this HD to my other computer as a primary slave to see if I can recover the data but I am worried if that could do something to the other comp.
Can I run some ... Read more

Answer:I'm getting "Primary Master Hard Disk Fail" Error

edi98 said:

The system is a Dell 2350, Wind XP, Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 8 HD.
....From this point on every time I start it I get "Primary Master Hard Disk Fail" .... However at the screen where I get the error it lists the HD as Maxtor N40PClick to expand...

I have an older Maxtor DiamondMax (8GB) that fails to initialize every once in a while, and reports itself as a Maxtor Millenium -- whatever that is. I've no idea why the Maxtors misidentify themselves under those circumstances.

In my case, it seems to have been a flaky cable connection -- removing and re-seating the cables attached to the drive seems to have made the problem go away. At least for the time being, anyway.

I have tried to boot from floppy (I made a diskette form and that does not work either.Click to expand...

Does that mean you were unable to access the drive in any way after booting from the floppy?

If the drive is not recognized by the BIOS on boot-up, that would be what I would expect. If that's the case, you might try making sure that your BIOS has the appropriate settings for that drive, then booting from a floppy. I'm not optimistic, but I think it's worth a try.

Everything seems to indicate that the HD is gone pretty much, unless one of you guys can help with any idea or previous experience you may have had.Click to expand...

I suspect you may be right -- but keep trying.

I would like to... Read more

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i have a toshiba satellite L305D-S5934 and a message keeps popping up saying hard disk probelm need to backup files

Answer:message says hard disk problem

If it is a real S.M.A.R.T diag message then do it.You can double check with diag disks from the hard drive maker or generic smart diag toos.I doubt it but it could be a virus but unlikely."The era of big government is over," said Clinton 1996

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I have a two month old Dell Studio Mini and it has been great but, a few weeks ago my wife called and said when she started the computer she got a black screen that said something like "Windows did not shut down properly the last time, would you like to start in SafeMode?" When she got it started a toolbar was missing. When I got home I ran Norton DiskDoctor and immediately got a message that said : "Error on Hard Disk 2, Master Partition Table is unreadable, The Master Partion Table is physically damaged, The only way to correct this problem is from a low level format" I tried using SystemRestore but I'm still getting the same message from DiskDoctor. Have any of you had this problem? My computer is still under warranty so maybe I'll have to get with the Tech guys at Dell. Just curious if anyone else has had this problem and if so how you resolved it. Thanks

Answer:Error on Hard Disk 2 message

Hi tipcom1,
This happens when when you run Norton DiskDoctor in your system, maybe the Zipdrive (Floppy Drive) is turned on in your system BIOS, Try to turn on the Zipdrive and then restart the system and then try to run the same Program in your system.

You can go to the system BIOS by Press the F2 when you restart the system and look for the Diskette Drive there and then turn it off

Hope that helps.

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Good morning, 
I have my  15-5547 laptop with 1-TB HDD with Windows 10 (upgrade OS) right now its running very slow. I try to replace my hard disk with the same specification 1-TB with pre - install windows 7 Pro. But unfortunately it is not running in good condition it only display "Checking Media. Fail". I try to check the BIOS setting and I found out that my HDD was not recognized. Pls. see below:

UEFI onboard LAN IPv4
UEFI onboard LAN IPv6..
Secure Boot : <Disable>
Load Legacy Option ROM: <Enable>
Boot List Option  <UEFI>
My question is, "Does Dell Inspiron 15 5547 recognized HDD with pre install windows 7 (NTFS) ?? and Do I need to change more settings on BIOS??

Hope to hear a response soon.

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I have seen this messge twice. Once on a friends PC and just now on mine. My computer has been running for maybe... 3 days straight now. I turned it off for about 3 hours to keep my room cool. I turned it back on and heard "beep...beep...beep...beep" (the same beep you hear if the ram isn't snapped in the socket all the way) and at the boot up it said "Primary slave hard disk fail" XP would not start. So i hit the reset button, same thing, hit it again, same thing. Powered off and powered back on and it started up fine.

Is this bad. I thought my harddrive crashed. But.. here I am. What's goin' on? Thanks.

Answer:"Primary slave hard disk fail"

Check all your connections. Then, back everything up just in case. Use this utility to monitor the SMART (Self-Monitoring And Reporting Technology) status of the drive in case it is about to fail.

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Yesterday I had an update on my Windows 10 laptop computer. I am using a Dell Inspiron. Now when I turn on the computer in the morning I get this message
MESSAGE "Checking media (fail)" ON BOOT
I then hit a key a few times and the message comes up again. Finally the next time
the desktop appears. It's not booting correctly. What do you suggest?

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hi gueys I when i clik on D:\ opend a box message " do you want format disk " when i cliek on cancel , it wase a ppeare a message " D:\ is not accessible " please help me , because i have meany type of infromation on D:\ , My be i will be fire in my jobe ...

Answer:can not open hard disk message the volume dos

I English a second language for you? If not, then how about using spell check.Look at the D drive in Disk Management and post back all that is listed for it there.

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A friend of mine has had a Maxtor drive giving him a warning that it is dying for four years now. Everytime he boots his PC it says to backup your data because of a possible hardware failure, hit F1 to continue. Hitting F1 the PC boots and runs normally. He downloaded some hard disk utility programs and they don't report any problems with the drive. This is his second PC.

His question is, is it possible to just disable a BIOS feature or something to stop the message?

He isn't going to replace the drive, and after 4 years I think it's pretty funny it keeps working. I told him to disable error checking in the BIOS but he said it didn't stop the nag.

Any ideas? Or should he just keep dealing with it since he won't replace it?

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I have a new 64-bit Windows 7 PC with two 1TB Samsung HD103SJ ATA disks in it (Non-RAID). I am regularly getting a Microsoft Windows error message (i.e. At least once a day) saying 'Windows detected a hard disk problem, Back up your files immediately to prevent information loss and then contact the computer manufacturer top determine if you need to repair or replace the disk.'It goes on to give me two options; 'Start the back up process' or 'Ask me again later'I have my drives backed up onto an external hard drive using both Windows back up facility and Acronis True Image Home. On the PC I have Ashampoo HDD Control and EnhanceMySe7en disk-checking apps and both of these report that the performance on both disks is in excess of 99.6% using S.M.A.R.T.I guess it is just feasible since both disks were manufactured at the same time (there is just a few digits difference between the two serial numbers)that they are suffering from a minor manufacturing defect on the platters.What tests can I run to fully check all the sectors on the disk and to move data off and then mark & bypass any 'doggy' sectors?All suggestions welcome. Thanks.

Answer:Windows 7 hard disk problem message

Check on the samsung web site (support section) they should have a downloadable (or a recomendation for one) drive test utility use this carefully (as it can be used to zero fill drives) if in doubt quit and start over A disk test from right click Properties on the drive then Tools tick both the boxes will scan and fix any bad sectors but it will take a long time with large drives Cheers HC

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I am currently getting a Windows error message appearing on my screen - and an Intel Rapid Storage Technology message warning me of a hard disk error - I have made a backup of my data and am planning on ordering a new HDD. I have read these forums but I need to check before I order - I currently have a 320GB HDD WD3200BPVT... - is it OK to purchase a 500GB 2.5 Western Digital Blue WD5000LPCX SATA III HDD as a replacement ?. I am still using the laptop ( now) so hopefully when I know what to order I can use the Lenovo One Key Recovery option to get me out of trouble. I have run the Belarc Advisor utility and so have a note of my product keys. I have the laptop four years and it has been great - and this is my first problem I have had.  Thanks in advance for any advice  Ian (Ireland)

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ok so i have vista eternity 2009 64 bit... my pc is sooo slow now and got no idea why.. it lags so much now. i keep experiencing the following error message on it ->

any help will be greatly appreciated

all the best

Answer:Hard disk problem error message

oh ya almost forgot.. i ran seatools long test and it passed.. so its not my HDD.. busy using them now... i am thinking may be my PSU (only got 350W powering 2 * HDD and graphics card) or could be faulty motherboard/CPU...

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