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Unable to Boot into windows - Hard Disk error

Question: Unable to Boot into windows - Hard Disk error

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.

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Preferred Solution: Unable to Boot into windows - Hard Disk error

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Answer: Unable to Boot into windows - Hard Disk error

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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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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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OK. Here is all that I have done and the message.
HP Pavillion, Intel. My computer has been running slow the last few months. I have run Adaware, CCleaner and Norton AV and have found the usual spyware, tracking cookies, etc. I did a disk clean up and then decided to run defragmenter yesterday. I went and watched tv and came back to this screen.
Top left it says American Megatrend,
usb 4 storage device auto detecting PRI master IDE hard disk
bunch of lines showing devices
Then Primary Master TQ 100-23 Samsung SV1203n Ultra D<A Mode-5 S.M.A.R.T. capable and status Bad

Then at the bottom

Primary master hard disk S.M.A.R.T. status bad, backup and replace
Press F1 for setup, F2 to continue.

Here is what I did. I pressed F2 and it started up normally. I ran Norton AV and it ran through about 100,000 files the last I checked, I went and did something else. I came back and the above screen was back. I tried to press f2 again, and it keeps going to the XP screen and back here in a loop. I cannot load in safe mode or to an earlier time when it worked. I did the f1 button, but it goes to the computer setup and then back to this screen. I turned it off and this screen pops up right away. I did hear a few weird ticking noises like when you load a program before this happened.

Question: Is my hard drive fried. I have had this computer a few years, probably all they last. If it is--is there any way to get files off of it? Go to Best Buy or something? I... Read more

Answer:Unable to boot computer. Hard disk S.M.A.R.T. status Bad.

The S.M.A.R.T. bad means that your hdd is failing, the clicking that you hear is know as the "click of death". I'm afraid you can count on the hdd failing completely.

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HP Pavillion DV7 with Vista. Got an imminent hard disk error (no back up and no Vista Recovery disks) probably from power outages. Ran chkdsk (yes, I should have backed up or cloned first) it was fixing errors and in stage 4 when the power went out. Now it will not boot, gives SMART error 1720.

I tried to make a boot disk with my old XP computer online, using Imgbrn and tried burning WD's hard disk rescue and UBCD411. My laptop will not boot off of any of them, even with the Bios changed to boot off CD (yes I saved Bios correctly). It actually won't read the CD/DVD even though I input it into the bios. It just keeps saying insert boot disc and hit any key.

The hard disk is partitioned into C and D and D is the recovery. Any way to access the hard disk or get this to boot?? Thanks in advance!!

Answer:Hard disk failure, Vista unable to boot at all!!

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Hi, i have been getting blue screen whenever I close the laptop lid or to put it to hibernation or sleep. i thought it was a hardware fault so i sent it in to the fujitsu authorised service center. they removed my harddisk and stick in their own os disk to run diagnostics and claimed that there was no hardware problems. but then when my original hard disk was installed back, i can't boot my windows anymore and all that the service guy claimed was my os was corrupted and they swear they didn't do anything to my hard drive!

the error msg that I get when trying to boot up is follow:

File: \windows\system32\Drivers\FJGSDISK.sys
status: 0xc 0000428
Info: windows cannot verify the digital signature for this file

Does anyone has any idea what can cause the bootup problem? I called fujitsu tech support and they cannot determine what FJGSDISK.sys is.

I tried a few procedures recommended by the service center to recover the OS using the fujitsu supplied recovery CD but nothing works. The only thing they told me to do now is to reinstall my OS which is the last resort if I can avoid, as that would means I have to reinstall all the other applications.

all the files on the hard drive appears to be intact.

Thanks much for helps!

Answer:Unable to boot Fujitsu Lifebook after removing hard disk

FJGSDISK.sys is listed as a G-Sensor Application Filter Driver on several websites.
This website states that it's a Fujitsu file: Fjgsdisk.sys driver | What is Fjgsdisk.sys file? and I have found them to be reliable in the identifications.

So, I then downloaded each and every Win7 driver available for a T4220 system (which has this driver) and extracted each and every one of them. Frustratingly, the driver doesn't exist in any of the downloads!!!!

But after a bunch of searching I found that G-Sensor is a Fujitsu disk protection technology for preventing shock damage. The drivers are usually associated with the Fujitsu HDD, and not with the system itself. Unfortunately, Fujitsu has sold it's hard drive business to Toshiba and I couldn't find anything there.

Long and short of it - you're going to have to mess around by remotely mounting the registry and file system - and then take the offending driver out of the load sequence and rename the driver so it doesn't load. And even this isn't guaranteed to work - so I'd suggest backing up your stuff and reinstalling Windows "clean"

Sorry! Good luck!

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Ok. Today i tried to create a new partition by shrinking my e: drive (i have 3 partitions on my 300gb drive)but i unfortunately ended up making my disk dynamic.I tried to convert it back to basic by Hex (changing 42 to 07 somewhere) and restarted my computer.Now i see windows 7 boot screen and then a blue screen for a millisecond. I am also unable to run chkdsk c: /f tells me that the file system is raw.

Answer:unable to boot. Disk error

You may be able to repair the partitions by using testdisk. Read all the tutorials before using. Get testdisk at the link below.

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hello all,

somehow my hard disk partition became dynamic. i formatted system and insttaled windows 7 ultimate in the dynamic disk partition.

from then onwards system is not booting. only black screen with cursor on the upper left corner of the black screen.

if i am not wrong windows 7 cannot boot with dynamic disk. i will have to go to the disk management and after conversion of dynamic disk to basic disk with deleting all the volumes (data). it is possible to boot with windows 7.

but system is not booting...not i cannot go to disk management.

hrad disk is showing some partitions with system reserved.

except system reserved all the partitions are shwoing dynamic.

and in only one partition formatting option and installing OS option is coming while i booting system with OS DVD.

reinstalltion through OS DVD is possble by booting through OS DVD. but in advanced option repartition option is not coming.

the one partition in which i installed OS previously, only in that formatting option is coming.
in other partition neither formating option is coming nor extend.

Answer:win7 ultimate unable to boot fron dynamic hard disk..plz help...

You made a mistake by accepting the choice of dynamic disks when doing some partitioning operation.

Bad move. Dynamic disks are to be avoided by ordinary users and are not easy to convert back to basic.

Look here:

Convert a Dynamic Disk to a Basic Disk

It may be simpler to wipe all partitions in Diskpart and start over with a clean install.

Or try Partition Wizard as mentioned in that link.

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Disk Read Error Occurred in my Dell inspiron laptop and I am not able to boot my laptop from any bootable media,every time I put the bootable DVD it does not detect it and give me the error message as disk read error press alt+clt+del to restart, I have set and saved the boot from CD/DVD option from BIOS also tried the external DVD ROM,now what can I do to solve this problem please help?

Answer:Disk Read Error Occurred and also I am unable to boot from CD/DVD - What Do I Do?

Most likely the CD drive is bad, try the bootable cd in another machine. You can try powering down the laptop, remove / reseat the cd drive, try booting from cd again. If that doesn't help, you can purchase a external cd drive, or get a replacement from Dell.

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I am getting "a disk read error occurred
Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart"

When I do, I just come back to the same screen.
This is a Dell Studio (1555?) laptop runnings Windows XP. Warranty expired.
It was running fine Tuesday, and just started this when I booted Wednesday morning.
I have not added any hardware, software or updates. All I have done is try several times to Ctrl+Alt+Del, remove the laptop battery and reinstall, and went into Boot Options (F12), Enter Setup and Selected F9 (Setup Defaults). No luck.

I have also removed the hard drive and tried to hook it up with EZ-Connect (Kingwin) to try to pull my files.
However, the little install disk would not install on the 2nd laptop (Vista and pretty crumby itself...), and I was not able to see it from the 2nd computer.

And I have also tried Ubuntu (running from a flash drive and a live cd) to try to pull my files. I have not been able to successfully mount the drive and see any data.

Any thoughts on how I can first, pull my files (if still possible) and second, troubleshoot to find out what the issue really is.

I am running the Dell diagnostic tool (in setup)... to see what info it yields.

Any help would be so gratefully appreciated.

Answer:Disk Read Error - unable to boot laptop

Since you pulled the hard drive out once, please do so again and tell us who the manufacturer of the drive is so that we can link you to the appropriate hard drive diagnostic tool. The Dell BIOS one is pretty generic but does a good job.

If the drive fails replace it.
Any clicking noises like a clock would make?

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The story begins yesterday (around 2 pm) after my screens just went black. I sat there for a while and waited before just turning the computer off and restarting it. It booted back up just fine and so i decided to run my AVG PC tune up to check for any errors, and it came back with "You have not run DSKCHK in over 5 months." So through AVG PC Tune Up I selected thorough scan and hit OK. It told me i needed to restart the computer to begin the test so i hit OK to restart, but it didnt. I proceeded to put my computer into Turbo mode for no real reason what so ever, and then i restarted the computer. It booted up into the DSKCHK scan and i let it run. It took about an hour and a half and every thing seemed fine. The scan completed and the computer restarted into this error:
"Boot selection failed because a required device is inaccessible."
Please insert windows recovery disk and click to allow windows to repair errors.
Error 0xc000000f

So after a several minutes of trying to get the disk to be read i finally got the windows repair in and doing its thing.

In the mean time i was looking up other solutions/watching youtube and after about 4 hours of the screen saying "Attempting repairs" I looked up how long it should take and then i got frustrated and shut down the computer. After that I surfed forums for hours trying to figure out how to get the data off the hard drive, none were a success but i learned about Hirens boot and got it. Its k... Read more

Answer:Unable to Boot from Hard Drive I/O Error and Error 0xc000000f

I don't see anything in there about creating a System Image on a portable external HDD or SSD. Everyone learns this the hard way.

OK. Did you try doing a system restore to an earlier time before these errors occurred? You would do this by using your Windows Repair Disk which you created soon after you purchased your new computer.

Control Panel/Backup and Restore/Create Repair Disk (upper left side)

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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!!!


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Here goes my (sorry if it's too) detailed description:I was watching a video on-line and suddenly a bunch of windows started popping up for some kind of (most likely) fake registry/anti-virus software.  I tried to close all of the pop-ups and stupidly must have clicked the wrong thing on one because a program began to download.I shut the computer down, and when I tried to normally boot up, the computer shut down.  I was able to boot up in safe mode, but it (some kinda virus) kept shutting the windows firewall off so that I had to constantly re-enable it.  An alert also popped up every time I booted up in safe mode saying something like "explorer cannot find ***, please run chkdsk".  (I'm sorry I can't remember exactly what it said!)  When I ran chkdsk it said that were errors found but it did not fix them.  Arg!The day after doing all of this, I tried to boot up in safe mode again, and I got the BSoD.  I get the same message whether I try to boot normally, in safe mode, or any of the other safe options.  This is it:-----------------------------a problem has been detected and Windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer.CONFIG_LIST_FAILED   If this is the first time you have seen this Stop error screen, restart your computer.  If this screen appears again, follow these steps:Check to make sure any new hardware or software is properly installed.  If this is a new installation, ... Read more

Answer:config_list_failed BSoD, unable to boot to windows or boot from install disk!

CONFIG_LIST_FAILED usually means lack of RAM, or disk space is extremely low.You have a lot of RAM. Do you think, it's possible, you're running out of space on HD?320GB is a lot.

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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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Hi! First of all, I don't know for sure if this is the right topic. If not, I'm sorry!
Since a few hours ago my pc won't completely boot.
I'm getting a 3rd slave hard disk error. And in the bios it states this:
Primary IDE Master: Not Detected
Primary IDE Slave: Not Detected
SATA 1: Optiarc DVD RW AD-

I have a Asus P5KPL-AM IN/ROEM motherboard and I've got 0 knowledge about pc's

Answer:PC won't boot, 3rd slave hard disk error.

If it is saying Disk 3 is having an error then I would either disconnect, or disable the 3rd drive. A bad drive could stall windows and prevent it from fully loading. Hopefully the 3rd drive is not the one with your OS on it.

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I had a crash with failure on restart reset and clean install.Error with file \efi\microsoft\boot\bcdI have a failure code on hard disk testm341wk-7h186a- mfpv6k-60vx03Product Id j9m23ua#abaAny help would be appreciated.Thanks

Answer:Boot up with hard disk test error

Hi, The 24 character error code is a failure of the short Disk Self Test and would indicate that the Hard Drive is failing and needs to be replaced. If your notebook is still under warranty, contact HP and arrange to have the drive replaced - If needed, you can check your warranty status Here. If you live in the US, contact HP Here. If you are in another part of the world, start Here. If you are out of warranty and would like a guide on replacing the Hard Drive yourself, please let me know. Regards, DP-K

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I've upgraded one of my machines to Windows 10. I put in a new SSD and left the old Windows 7 drive alone, just unplugged. I wanted to leave it intact in case I decided to downgrade. I should mention that I did an upgrade install of Windows 10 by installing Win 7 to the SSD first.

The problem is this: Today I realized that I needed to use something briefly from the Windows 7 drive which did not work on Windows 10 yet (replacement program arrives on Monday). I unplugged the Win 10 drive and plugged in the Win 7 drive and rebooted.

It would not boot up. It got halfway into the colored fly-in, gave a brief BSOD which I couldn't read, and then rebooted. It did this multiple times before I ran Startup Repair. Startup Repair didn't help at all, but it did tell me that there was a driver error. I tried System Restore and safe mode and neither worked. Safe mode just stalls at "ClassPNP.sys" and then BSODs and reboots.

Nothing has changed in this machine hardware wise, so I don't get why there is now a driver error. It's not like the motherboard would remember the Windows 10 configuration. Going back to Windows 10 works fine.

Any ideas, anyone? I'm at a loss.

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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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i have a SATA hard disk on my laptop with 3 partitions first being active system partition and xp home on it.

now i want to install xp on my usb 160gb hard disk,
when i boot from cd i can only see 4 partitions of my usb hard disk.fine.
i installed xp on one of its partition then booted from usb hard drive but when ever it boots it start my original xp home from inbuilt hard drive..
i checked boot.ini on usb harddisk and its path was


multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect

and original was


multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect

when i just tried to change path on usb to include disk(1) just because it was only showing one harddisk at installation time it said path not valid.
i am unable to boot from usb hard drive although insallation went ok and i can access it when i boot from normal hard drive.
any suggestion whether it is SATA something that cause no internal hard drive to show up.?please suggest.

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My computer Pavilion Notebook Pc show error Boot Service Not Found, Please install an perating system on your hard disk, Hard Disk(3FO)I am using Windows 10 and Office 2013.

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I just recently had to replace a hard drive on my Pavilion P7-1423w, and upon  installation of hard drive, and insertion of system disc I would get Start pxe over ipv4 messages. It would then hang there for a few minutes before the Error: No boot disk has been detected or the disk has failed message would pop up. I have gone into the BIOS menu and messed around with boot orders, activated Legacy, etc. Restored default settings, and still I get the error. I don't know if I need to get past this initial part before it will even attempt to read the system disc? Any tips/suggestions out there? Link to purchased HD

Answer:New Hard Drive, Error: No boot disk has been detected

Wraitharisen, welcome to the forum. Here is a guide that should help you with your Recovery. Please click the "Thumbs Up+ button" if I have helped you and click "Accept as Solution" if your problem is solved.

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Two nights ago, I had a brief power outage at my house. Since then, my Windows 10 preview installation will not boot. It keeps giving a boot disk error. I first tried booting from my Build 10166 disc created from ISO and running the startup repair. I've seen errors using this tool on previous Windows versions, but the computer quickly rebooted, so I thought it was successful without errors. Nope, I still get the boot disk error message.
I booted again with my installation disc and tried running the "Refresh" option. This time, I get a message that the drive containing my Windows installation is locked and that I should unlock it before trying again. Does anyone know how I can unlock the drive? Unless I figure that out, it sounds like I will have to perform a clean installation.of Windows 10, which I don't really want to have to do again.

Answer:Boot disk error - unlocking hard drive

Originally Posted by poit57 Two nights ago, I had a brief power outage at my house. Since then, my Windows 10 preview installation will not boot. It keeps giving a boot disk error. I first tried booting from my Build 10166 disc created from ISO and running the startup repair. I've seen errors using this tool on previous Windows versions, but the computer quickly rebooted, so I thought it was successful without errors. Nope, I still get the boot disk error message.
I booted again with my installation disc and tried running the "Refresh" option. This time, I get a message that the drive containing my Windows installation is locked and that I should unlock it before trying again. Does anyone know how I can unlock the drive? Unless I figure that out, it sounds like I will have to perform a clean installation.of Windows 10, which I don't really want to have to do again. Try this:The drive where Windows is installed is locked Windows 8
Or this:Restore, Fix, Repair Master Boot Record (MBR) in Windows

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Hello everyone. I am going to number my info because my desktop progressively got worse today.
I have a Windows 7 partition and a Windows 8 partition on the HD.

1. At first boot, it was trying to auto repair, but it would get stuck and nothing would happen.
2. After several restarts, it finally booted to the Windows 8 boot select screen to choose 7 or 8, I chose 7. Then it went to "applying update operation" and was updating registries I guess.
3. After that, it just would not boot. After another restart, I got "the boot configuration data for your pc is missing or contains errors." I tried to insert a recovery DVD / installation disk, but nothing would load.
3. Trying to boot from the CD or USB would just freeze and then give the same error, 0xc000000f.
4. From the HP diagnostics tool from boot up, it told me it was an HD error, biohd 8. In my several hours of searching online I believe it could be the HD or the motherboard, but I am not sure how to find out which.
5. Using EaseUS Data Recovery, the software recognizes the 3 different volumes on the drive (Win 7, Win 7 recovery partition, Win 8)

I was wondering if anyone would be able to deduce what is happening here, should I get a new HD or motherboard? Since EaseUS is recognizing all volumes, is it probably the motherboard?

And what it is the best way of formatting the drive and installing Win7 again with a failed HD, if it is the motherboard?

Would appreciate any help, thank you very much.

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Answer:Unable to boot, error 0xc000000f, hard drive failure?

Check out this tutorial it will help you figure out if it is in fact the hard drive: Hard Drive Diagnostic Procedure

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I downloaded the 7 RC 32 Bit Version. Using Magic ISO to burn the files into the DVD+R. The installation works from my current OS which is Windows Vista Home Premium 32 Bit.

When I load the DVD, it says something like, unable to boot.

How can I boot from the DVD so I can do a clean install?

Answer:Unable To Boot Disk For Windows 7 RC! - PLEASE HELP!

Windows 7 user
Is the dvd player listed in BIOS as a bootible device? when you re-boot there is a key (usually F2) that puts you into setup. Then find the section that device boot order (or something like it) and check the dvd to make sure its checked. You can force DVD boot by hitting the "d" key (sometimes the c key) untill it beeps.

Hope this helped


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Win 7x64
Everything seems to be working fine, but as the title suggests, when i tap F8 the Advanced boot options DO appear, but when i engage "Repair Windows" it just goes into a normal boot. Ive tried booting from my installation CD that i've purchased from Acer, but does nothing. And Yes My CD Drive is working, as well having this set as top priority in BIOS and CD is in good condition.

In addition to this, ive tried using the "Advanced Recovery options" from within Windows itself but when i go to click restart computer, i get an error message, with red-x, stating windows is unable to restart.

Additional info that may be relevant, is that a few months ago, i had a friend work on my computer, because windows wouldnt boot at all. When My laptop was returned to me, everything was fresh, but there was missing programs etc...He said, he had to format the hard drive to get it up and running again.

Anyway i appreciate any help as to what i should i do next, or answer any questions you may have-Thank-you!

Answer:Unable to access System Recovery in Boot Menu, and unable to boot disk

He said, he had to format the hard drive to get it up and running again.

What type of Windows DVD was used?

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I just got a new computer. It has a 120 GB SSD drive.

The SSD gets the operating system, and I was hoping to use my old harddisk as the disk for storage.

So I installed Windows 7 Ultimate on the SATA-3 SSD. And yes, the other harddisk was unplugged during install (power cable was out).

Everything was running nicely, with Windows (amazing boot time with this new UEFI bios).

So I reconnected the old hard disk.

Everything was still fine, and I was able to boot.

Then I started playing around with the old hard disk -- after all, I don't need Windows files on it, only my personal files (plus settings and config files from the software I use -- which is why I don't want to completely reformat it -- I need to keep stuff from it, and it will be difficult to find it, as it's scattered all over the hard disk).

I shrank the old disk with some Partition Application (Windows Partition Manager refused to shrink it sufficiently). Created a new partition, and started copying personal files that I need to the new partition (to keep things tidy).

At the same time, I started delete unnecessary files from the old Windows install on this old hard drive -- stuff from the old Window folder, including the boot folder, and system files.

But now, when I try to reboot, I am unable to.

In UEFI (the new BIOS), I have set the boot order to boot from "Windows Boot Manager" and the SDD only. Doesn't work.

The only way I can get the system to boot now is if I disable the ... Read more

Answer:Unable to run Windows 7 when extra hard disk is plugged in

With both disks plugged in Boot into BIOS setup to make sure SSD is set first HD to boot.

Then look for settings under HD's to see if a preference is requested, set to SSD.

Save settings and exit.

Now reboot to see if SSD boots unhindered.

If not move data off of HDD and wipe it with Diskpart Clean Command to get overwrite any boot code that might be interfering.

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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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Okkk. So I've searched pretty much everywhere and I can't figure out what to do if my laptop doesn't recognize my hard drive. I put the Vista disk in and the only thing I'm able to use is the command prompt because none of the others work since it doesn't recognize hard disk. When i try to do chkdsk/r it says
''the type of the file system is NTFS.
cannot lock current drive.
Windows cannot run disk checking on this volume because it is write protected.''
Is there any way to get past this?
Or some way to get my computer to recognize the drivers?
thanks in advance.

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I push on button - briefly see the In Touch with tomorrow TOSHIBA screen - then '+a disk read error has occurred Press Ctrl Alt Del to restart+".

I control alt delete takes me briefly back to TOSHIBA screen where I can choose either F2 or F12.

Do I need a boot disk and where can I get one from so as to boot it from the CD ROM?
Do I try and enter the Satellite M40 Product Recovery DVD-ROM - this worry's me as the hard disk will be reformatted and all data will be lost.

I am stuck please help!!

Answer:Satellite M40 does not boot from hard disk drive - read error


If you enter the Product Recovery disk, Windows will be reinstalled and all data on the HDD will be erasing.

I think your HDD is damaged. You can check this with the Drive Fitness Test. Here you can download it:
Download the CD image, burn it on a CD and boot from it. Then you can test the HDD.
On the same website is a user guide if you want to know more.

By the way: You can save the data on the HDD, when you put in an external HDD case. Then you can save the data on an other PC if the HDD is ok and do not have errors.


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start pc up and goes to a black page that says boot device is not found and hard disk 3F0 please install an operating system on my hard disk. i did a memory check and that passed. took both hard drive checks and it says their not available. all i know is i recently installed norton anti virus a few day before this happend. do i have to install from a program cd which never came with the pc and how can i get it? can i download it off the hp site or website?

Answer:hp 15 notebook boot drvice is not found and hard disk error ...

Hi,  Here`s an article which may help:

I am a very busy person. PleasePlease click ?Accept as Solution" if I solve your Problem

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So my problem is that now when I first start up my laptop, it starts up saying exactly:

"Hard Disk Error

Please run the Hard Disk Test in System Diagnostics.

Hard Disk 1 (3F1)

F2 System Diagnostics

For more information, please visit:"

I press F2 and everything works the same and I run though each test, doing the Hard Drive Check first. Firstly, I do a Quick Check and then it says:
"Testing Drive: 1
Short DST : NOT AVAILABLE"​Then goes to list another FMI (For more information) webside by HP. (If you hadn't guessed yet, my laptop is an HP. It also runs Windows 8 and I hadn't had the chance to upgrade to windows 10, although I have it downloaded. The model number is15-f111dx.) Anyways, I go back to the main menu then exit. and then it shows:

"Boot Device Not Found

Please install an operating system on your hard disk.

Hard Disk - (3F0)

F2 System Diagnostics

For more information, please visit:"

Then at that point I go back to System diagnostics and try the memory test, which then it says it'll take over half an hour. When it finishes, it shows it passed, so that's pretty much the only good thing that is going on. When I exit again, it shows the same thing as the last time, Boot Device Not Found.

Onto what I did that caused this;
I have hit my computer before on the lower left and lower right corner areas, next to the to... Read more

Answer:Hard Disk Error, Boot Device Not Found, AND lack of OS

That's a really strange error message. However, reading that
Djracem said:

.. I have hit my computer before on the lower left and lower right corner areas, next to the touch pad before, and it's glitched out my computer to a point of needing to restart (Screen color distortion, forcing shut off, etc...) ...Click to expand...

it hasn't been functioning properly you might need a new laptop.

You can check out this thread on HP as it describes the same issue you're having.

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Something fell on my keyboard and I got a black screen with this error. (Typing this on my tablet.) I do hear the hard drive soon. I'm on vacation so I don't have any OS disks. I have done everything the Support Assistant, forum posts, and other forms say to do.  1) Hard reset. After I did this, the laptop gives 20 rapid, low volume beeps whenever I turn power on. 2) Reset BIOS defaults. 3) Reseat hard drive twice.  (Now the one screw is stripped.)4) Looked under Boot Device Options.  Nothing there. 5) Tried hard drive check under UEFI. Both types say NOT INSTALLED. 6) Tried to go into HP Recovery Assistance (F11) but wouldn't come up. I get the Boot Device error again.  I also called Support - I can't believe how hard they make that - but they asked they were no help. I hope someone here can help.  I have work I have to get done. TIA! 

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I got a message that the boot drive does not exist.  I have run the procedureces on the website (reset bios, removing the battery, reseating the hard drive, etc.) but still get the message tha the hard drive doesn't exist.  The laptop (pavilion dm4, windows 7) was running fine last night.  Never any indication of a problem.  Any help would be appreciated.

Answer:Boot problem- Hard Disk Does Not Exist error (Pavilion dm4, ...

Hello stevegmail. I understand that you're receiving a hard disk does not exist error. Is this correct?Have you noticed any other problems such as blue screens in the time before this occurred? I know you state the notebook was working fine but a lot of people wouldn't connect the two events.It sounds like the hard drive has died on you. The only other cause of this sort of error would be a bad connection between the notebook and the hard drive. However, this would've normally been resolved by reseating the hard drive. Could you also provide me the product number of the notebook? This document can show you how to locate that.I will await your reply; have a great day!

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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...


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I have a DELL Inspiron 17R SE 7720.
I was running Windows 10. A couple of weeks ago or so, I installed some Windows updates. Immediately after the update and subsequent restart, I noticed that my Disk usage started to fluctuate wildly, spiking with considerable frequency to 100% and then coming back down, before spiking again.
I tried to reboot my laptop.
However, when I tried to reboot, my laptop wouldn't boot into WIndows, after a long time trying to boot up, it gave me a message saying a device is not found and I should use a recovery or repair disk.
Using the Microsoft Media creation tool, I created a recovery disk on my USB and made it bootable using Rufus.
On my laptop, using my BIOS, I changed my boot to Legacy from UEFI, to enable a boot from USB.
After plugging in the USB disk, I tried booting up from there, which happened successfully, I then tried one of the repair options, i.e., trying to reset my laptop keeping the files. Unfortunately, it said that my Disk was locked and hence a reset could not be performed.
I tried the reset option again after a reboot, but I got the same error message. I then tried to bring up the command prompt with "Shift + F10" on the repair screen, and tried the following :
This reported that the Master File table is corrupt and that it was unreadable, and it would try to get it from the file system. Unfortunately, after waiting a really long time, it failed to get the Master File table.
Subsequently, from the Command... Read more

Answer:Unable to boot into Windows - Disk Corrupted

On my laptop, using my BIOS, I changed my boot to Legacy from UEFI

If your BIOS was set to UEFI then Windows was installed using GPT partition scheme. There are 2 modes to boot the USB from: Legacy and UEFI, you should not change the BIOS setting to Legacy.BootRec /FixMbr and BootRec /FixBoot only work with MBR partition scheme, yours is GPT

Download: Rescue.V6.1.1311.iso - Google Drive and use Rufus to create a bootable USB with format: FAT32, MBR partition scheme for BIOS or UEFI
set your BIOS back to UEFI and boot up from the USB (select UEFI boot mode).Click on "Fix Windows boot problems"

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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.


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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I'm trying to install a PC with Windows 7 threw USB (2.0). Therefore I've used Windows USB/DVD Tool.
To note, I've installed a NEW hard drive, the old one broke down due to it's age.

Now I'm getting the next message: DISK BOOT FAILURE, INSERT SYSTEM DISK.

I've tried setting the boot sequence but none of that helped, I keep getting the same message.

Thanks in advance,


Answer:Windows 7 Installation error DISK BOOT FAILURE, INSERT SYSTEM DISK

Normally means that the hard drive is not detected. Check its connections, plugged securely into SATA1 port with no others attached, data and power cable securely attached.

Then enter BIOS setup by tapping the key given for that on the first screen. Is the hard drive registering anywhere there? It often will be represented by its Serial Number.

Reset BIOS to defaults, set SATA controller to AHCI, Save settings and Exit.

Proceed to Troubleshoot Windows 7 Installation Failures - Windows 7 Help Forums

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Ok I installed Windows on an old 80 gig HD I had laying around, and everything was successful. The system was working great until recently when I try to boot up the machine I would get DISK BOOT ERROR please insert bootable disk. I would then restart the machine, and then it would boot into Windows fine. I found it very odd, but thought it was because the MBR may be confused since on another HD there used to be a windows installation and I had to remove it manually. (Not sure if that was the case)

Ok, so today I tried to fix the error cause Windows would refuse to boot. I ran Windows setup to check the partitions, and initially it showed that my 80 gig HD was unpartitioned space. I reset the machine, went into Windows setup again and then it showed the partitions.

At the current moment I can't get my machine to detect the partitions for the life of me. I currently have it removed from the computer, plugged it into an external HD case and plugged into my laptop. I ran Norton Partition Magic and it's detecting the HD as unallocated space.

Is there a good program I can use to recover my lost partition table? Is it a lost cause? What the heck is going on?!

Please feel free to ask questions, and I will respond promptly. Thank you for reading.

Answer:DISK BOOT ERROR...hard drive shows as unallocated space?!

A BartPE disc or Windows UBCD should have a few data/partition recovery tools.

Get Data Back is a good one.

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I have installed a new hard drive in my laptop. I placed the old hard drive in a USB enclosure. I then booted the notebook with EaseUS Todo Backup 4 from CD-ROM and selected to clone the disk from the external to the internal hard drive and choose the option to resize the partitions. After over three hours, the cloning process was complete. However, after the re-start I get error 0xc000000e.

"Windows Boot Manager

Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause. To fix the problem:

1. Insert your installation disc and restart your computer.
2. Choose your language setting, and then click "Next."
3. Click "Repair your computer."

If you do not have the disc, contact your system administrator or computer manufacturer for assistance.

Status: 0xc000000e

Info: The boot selection failed because a required device is inaccessible.

ENTER=Continue ESC=Exit"

Obviously, the disc cloning was not successful. I am not sure what is the best way to proceed from here. I tried to boot from recovery CD-ROMs in the hope to be able to repair the MBR but it seems that booting from CD currently fails. Hitting ENTER and ESC both restarted the notebook. Shortly afterwards, the same screen message was visible.

Thank you for helping me with this problem.

Answer:New hard drive doesn't boot after disk cloning, error 0xc000000e

Have quite some experience with the aesus tools, never failed here, but have no idea about what went wrong in your case, can be anything, software or hardware. One thing:

and selected to clone the disk from the external to the internal hard drive

Your process should have worked, but I have mostly done it the other way around > copying from the pc to the external, and then do the switch. Maybe worth a try. First fit the original hd back into the laptop and check it's booting fine and programs etc work well, maybe do a chkdsk, defrag, ccleaner and sfc job, then do the cloning (will clone it without even leaving windows).

(btw, current Todo bu is 5.0. And posting this using a new hd, cloned 10 minutes ago happy when all goes well)

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Hdwr: Dell Dimension 8200, WinXP Pro.
System failed with no warning or performance problems.
Can't recall a single warning sign.
Current situation: Can't get past BIOS setup. Drives are not recognized.
an't access CD Rom drive or Hard Drive so I can't use solutions that are CD based.
Attempted fixes:
- battery tested ok, but I replaced it anyway
-downloaded MS XP boot disk. It renamed the CD drive R: and I could read CD's, but it is in Win98 format (dos) and "could not create swap files" to access I386 files
- tried floppy boot with selected I386 files... no good.
- tried switching boot order.
- tried unplugging ribbon cables and power cables
-tried holding "on" button for 30 sec. to "reset"
The hard drive is spinning and the light is on
The CD drive starts, as if in auto run mode, but then stops without reading boot files
The CD drive will run from the Microsoft XP boot floppy, so the drive is ok
Someone a lot smarter than I must have the solution. (No, I don't want to buy a new box right now).

Answer:?WinXP Pro: boot error "Primary hard disk drive not found"

Hi, Ed from San Diego,
A couple of things that might help.
You say "The CD drive starts, as if in auto run mode, but then stops without reading boot files. The CD drive will run from the Microsoft XP boot floppy, so the drive is ok.". This ain't necessarily so !  Just because the drive is spinning it doesn't mean it is reading. Can you borrow a drive and swap it for your own ?
It's not holding in the 'On' button for 30 seconds that resets it, it is turning the power off from the computer for 30+ seconds that does this. You can turn it off either at the wall or at the switch on the back of the computer's power supply, both have the same effect.
I will admit that I am as much in the dark as you are about what has caused your problem. I have had computers crash and / or just stop running for a number of reasons over the years, but never a time when the BIOS refused to recognise drives. I do have the situation on my own computer, where I have three HDDs two of which are the same model, and the BIOS occasionally has got confused about which is which. All this results in is a message at boot time 'No operating system found'. And all this entails is going into the BIOS and swapping the drive order around.
Best of luck,
Chris Cosgrove

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I received a "unmountable boot volume" error on our laptop.
We have a Dell Vostro laptop with Windows XP

When I was trying to fix the boot error, I changed the BIOS Settings to load from CD first.
Then I loaded the Windows XP CD and attempted to run the Recovery, however, I received a message saying "Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed..."

What should I do next to try to fix this issue?
We hope the hard drive is not dead because we will have a lost quite a bit of information. I will appreciate any help you can provide. Thank you.

Answer:Did not find any hard disk drives while trying to fix unmountable boot volume error

The hard drive is the cause of the error. If you can't afford to lose the information, remove the hard drive and put it aside. Install a new drive and re-install the version of Windows you were using... Information on the bad drive might be recoverable by placing it into an external USB enclosure and accessing the files that way

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I bought a Y50 touch laptop in August 2014 and after just 3 months of usage the hard disk just crashed without any reason. Since the harddisk was not being detected (I checked the BIOS also) I could not back up my files. I sent my laptop for repair to Lenovo service depot as it  is still under warranty and I was informed by the technical support that Laptop will be repaired in 7 business days after it reached the repair station. But after the laptop reached, I was informed that the damaged part was not in stock and had to be ordered. On checking the repair status I found that ETA for the damaged part is 12/26/2014 which is more than 2 weeks than what i was told to get my laptop repaired. Being a student, I am not able to complete my academic projects and related work due to this delay. I am forced to look for alternative laptops to buy as this delay will affect my professional work greatly.

Answer:Y50 touch boot error (Hard disk not detected) - Delay in repair

I had the EXACT problem! I got the touchscreen version of the Y50 from Amazon after about 3 months, the hard disk crashed. I sent my laptop to the depot center too (it arrived there in November 26) and the website said that the ETA for the hard disk was 12/29/14. This got me frustrated- I called up the service center and they passed the case to a Customer Relations Manager, who called me after 2 days offering me a new laptop! I got the new one on December 15- the day my final exams ended. Nonetheless, I was happy to get a new one! And now, this new laptop started having disk errors since the last two days. I had two disk error notifications and Windows suggested that I restart and "repair" the drive. I had this exact problem with my previous laptop- I remember running the "restart-disk-repair" utlitity many times and I feel that this machine is also likely to be defective. I am not sure; but two disk error notifications in two consecutive days doesn't seem right. (Would appreciate if someone had suggestions for this) Nonetheless, reply and let me know if you got your computer back, or if you just got a new one!

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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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Well it has been a fun couple of days!

Trying to restore a mistake on my Windows 7 ultimate x64 hard drive that Ubuntu started to overwrite.

So far I have
1. Backed-up / Copied all my files so whatever is done to this HD is ok.
2. Restored the partitions
3. Tried FixMBR / FixBoot / Chkdsk / Rebuildbcd

In the recovery console it sees my OS just fine

But when I boot my Dell XPS desktop after post it says 'Disk Read Error' press ctrl+alt+del to restart.

I don't think it has anything to do with the bios - I've put the hard drive in another dell and it did the same thing (tried different Sata cables too).

I think there is a peice I'm missing somewhere with these partitions (see attached). I currently have my non-booting drive in another dell and you can see it as Disk 1 in the screen shot.

Any suggestions for getting this thing back to booting? I can access all the files from it fine when I have on this computer (as the 2nd hdd) which leads me to believe there is just a boot issue somewhere.

Can I repair install Windows 7 on this hd even though it is the 2nd hard drive on the computer?

I'm trying to avoiding a wipe and reinstalling all the programs so I'm hoping I can somehow fix this last peice.

Your help is greatly appreciated - thank you!

Answer:Disk Read Error - Boot Issue...Repair Install on 2nd Hard Drive?

Boot up using the Startup Repair CD or Windows 7 DVD. (not the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disk) If you have a Netbook, you will need a CD/DVD drive.
NOTE: Make sure no USB drives are plugged in.
Do not use a USB Pendrive for Startup Repair.

1) Use the Rebuild BCD in this tutorial:
How to use the Bootrec.exe tool in the Windows Recovery Environment to troubleshoot and repair startup issues in Windows

2) Fix MBR.

3) Check the hard drive with the manufacturer's diagnostic tools.
Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp.
HD Diagnostic

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I have a two year old HP Pavillion (now a year out of waranty) that crashed and now returns "disk read error press ctl+alt+del to restart" when attempting to boot. Using the diagnostic tools avialable under F2, I get the following failure: Hard Drive Short DST Check: FailedFailure ID: GLL3S1-76684P-MFPV7G-60RA03Product ID: E9Z18AV Would anyone be so kind as to tell me what this particular failure ID code means?  Thank you.

Answer:Disk Read Error on boot, Hard Drive Short DST Check fails

 The hard drive has failed and will need to be replaced.  A retail laptop SATA hard drive can be used-Western Digital, Seagate, Toshiba,etc. Just be sure to get one of at least equal capacity as the original in order to use Recovery Media to install Windows. It can be larger, but not smaller capacity.For instance if you have a 500GB hdd you could use a 750GB hdd but not a 320GB hdd. Your model is not one of the easiest to replace hdd on but the Maintenance & Service Guide will help you or your chosen repair shop.

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i built this computer back in fall 07 and i am still getting the "unmountable boot volume" error when i try to do a fresh xp install on a sata hard drive. ive tried 2 motherboards and 2 sata hard drives and i still recieve the error. since i built the comp i have been using my old ide hard drive but its on its last leg and cant keep up with my gaming. i have a asus m2n-sli deluxe motherboard. i have the sata hard drive connected to the sata 1 terminal. i go through bios and switch the sata hard drive as the boot drive. restart bios after saving with xp cd rom in drive. system start loading xp files as if its working correctly. i select F6 for third party scsi or raid driver. install the drivers on the floppy. then it continues loading drivers until it says installing windows and the next screen i see is the error screen with "unmountable boot volume" and a bunch of other non-comprehensive jiberish.

Answer:unable to load win xp on sata hard drive. unmountable boot volume error screen!


Originally Posted by busa4

i built this computer back in fall 07 and i am still getting the "unmountable boot volume" error when i try to do a fresh xp install on a sata hard drive. ive tried 2 motherboards and 2 sata hard drives and i still recieve the error. since i built the comp i have been using my old ide hard drive but its on its last leg and cant keep up with my gaming. i have a asus m2n-sli deluxe motherboard. i have the sata hard drive connected to the sata 1 terminal. i go through bios and switch the sata hard drive as the boot drive. restart bios after saving with xp cd rom in drive. system start loading xp files as if its working correctly. i select F6 for third party scsi or raid driver. install the drivers on the floppy. then it continues loading drivers until it says installing windows and the next screen i see is the error screen with "unmountable boot volume" and a bunch of other non-comprehensive jiberish.

had this before, i had to install vista instead and then "upgrade" to XP.

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Hey guys!

I'm not sure if this is the correct forum for this, but I'm currently trying out Windows 10, but I'm getting an error which I believe is due to my previous dual-boot consisting of Windows 7 + Antergos w/ Grub. (My friend installed this for me, so I'm not very familiar with this stuff.

Before I began the install, I went to windows disk manager and deleted then extended the partition that had Linux on it. When I went to install Win10, it keeps giving me errors that it could not create a partition and upon further inspection, the specific error is that it could not find the boot drive.

I've been at this for quite a while now, and any help would be appreciated!

Answer:Unable to install windows 10 - couldnt find boot disk

If you deleted the Linux partition w/ Grub, then you can't boot. May have to clean install, or maybe if in Windows, EasyBCD can re-create the boot for you.

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Hey guys!

I'm not sure if this is the correct forum for this, but I'm currently trying out Windows 10, but I'm getting an error which I believe is due to my previous dual-boot consisting of Windows 7 + Antergos w/ Grub. (My friend installed this for me, so I'm not very familiar with this stuff.

Before I began the install, I went to windows disk manager and deleted then extended the partition that had Linux on it. When I went to install Win10, it keeps giving me errors that it could not create a partition and upon further inspection, the specific error is that it could not find the boot drive.

I've been at this for quite a while now, and any help would be appreciated!

Answer:Unable to install windows 10 - couldnt find boot disk

If you deleted the Linux partition w/ Grub, then you can't boot. May have to clean install, or maybe if in Windows, EasyBCD can re-create the boot for you.

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Hey guys!

I'm not sure if this is the correct forum for this, but I'm currently trying out Windows 10, but I'm getting an error which I believe is due to my previous dual-boot consisting of Windows 7 + Antergos w/ Grub. (My friend installed this for me, so I'm not very familiar with this stuff.

Before I began the install, I went to windows disk manager and deleted then extended the partition that had Linux on it. When I went to install Win10, it keeps giving me errors that it could not create a partition and upon further inspection, the specific error is that it could not find the boot drive.

I've been at this for quite a while now, and any help would be appreciated!

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i have recently bought a 5tb seagate external hardrive when i first plugged it in it worked then i plugged it into my laptop thats running windows 8.1 and it also worked fine but when i tried plugging it back into my pc running windows 7 it wont show up. I tried looking at it computer management but it had a black bar saying it was unavailable and that i should initialize it i tried that but it kept comming up with a error message saying unable to initialize Disk - because of an I/O error but after restarting my computer this went away and it now says it is read only with a blue bar but it still wont show up.
Can someone please help it has alot of very important documents on it and i would really hate to lose them

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I have a Dell XPS 15z laptop, spec. is i7-2640 processor, 8GB memory, 750GB hard drive. The problem is that it often freezes and when restarted it suggests no hard drive, "No boot device found". If I go into the BIOS there is no hard drive, if I boot into the diagnostics screen (F12) and run thr tests on the hard drive it comes up as passed, if I then restart the laptop it will boot into windows 7 Ultimate.
Evertime it freezes it won't boot after a restart unless I run diagnostics then it will start OK.
My thoughts are that it is hard drive, although all tests I have carried out on it suggest its OK, one of the times it booted into windows I ran the Seagate seatools and it was fine.
Anyone any suggestions as to the cause?

Answer:Laptop hard drive issue -- no boot device found/disk read error

Sorry, message at start is "A disk read error occurred", not sure if that makes any difference to your thoughts.
I reformatted and reloaded the software to see if that made any difference but the problem still persists.

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I have a HP dv6 that I force shutdown. Upon reboot, it asks me to do a Windows diagnostic and if I select that option, all I see is a blue screen (not the blue screen of death) and nothing else happens.

No progress bar, nothing...a DOS window did appear and disappear in a flash at the beginning.

Now, I had installed Ubuntu (through wubi, I think), and if I choose that OS option while booting, it boots up just fine. I can even see my Windows folders, files, etc., through Ubuntu file manager, though I can't copy, open of course.

Now, I have my 5 CD-R system recovery disks that I'd burned at the beginning.

I changed the boot order to CD in the BIOS, popped in recovery disk 1 and I see the two progress bars "Windows loading files" and then the blue screen appears again and nothing else does.

Thinking my recovery disks were corrupt, I plugged disk 1 into an Acer with the same Windows 7 Home Premium OS. When I attempted to boot my Acer from the HP recovery disk, I got a nice window with a message saying that this laptop is not supported by the recovery disk and to contact HP support.

So, the recovery disks are fine.

I'm not sure what else to do.

Any help will be appreciated.

Answer:Unable to boot Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit dv6 using recovery disk

Try running chkdsk from a booted Win 7 install DVD or flash drive.

How to run chkdsk or System File Checker (SFC) from the Recovery Console
Boot your Vista or Windows 7 installation DVD
When you see "Press any key to boot from CD or DVD", press Enter
At the "Install Windows" screen, click on Repair your computer at lower left
At the System Recovery Options screen, make note of the drive letter assigned to your boot drive (normally C and click Next
At the Chose a Recovery Tool window, click on Command Prompt. You will be sitting at X:\Sources directory
Run chkdsk or SFC
If you did not note the drive letter of your boot disk, you can enter bcdedit and look at the osdevice line to see what it is.
For chkdsk, type chkdsk c: /r and press Enter (use the letter from above if not C.
For sfc, type sfc /scannow /offbootdir=c:\ /offwindir=c:\windows and press Enter (use the letter from above)

Let either run to completion undisturbed.

Vista or Windows 7: If you don't have a install DVD, you can download a legal copy here:
Windows 7 Direct Download Links
Windows Vista Direct Download Links

Make sure you get the same version you have installed: 32 or 64 bit; Home Premium, Pro or Ultimate.

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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?

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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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.


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 ran Dist Test in system diagnostics and read failed. Error log read Hard Disk Failed id# osng6c-5r76hw-xd6v4k-6odpo3 then next line same id but tune up failed then run in failed

Answer:SMART Hard Disk Error detected an imminent failure Hard Disk

Confirmed, You have a bad drive.

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Hi there,I have been given an old HP Pavillion DM1 which was fully functioning prior to the attemted re-install of Windows 7.I bagged-up the old HDD and stored it safely, and replaced it with a 60Gb Corsair SSD.I then attempted to re-install windows 7, everything appeared to be going great until the instilation finished.Now the OS wont boot. I've ensured the SSD is using the NTFS file system, and I've attempted to install Windows 7 twice.Any pointers? Any help at this point would be greatly appreciated.Warm regards,Ross.

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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 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:


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.

AMD Athlon 64 X2 4400+ Toledo 1GHz HT Socket 939
ASUS A8N5X Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 ATX AMD
Antec TRUEPOWERII TPII-550 ATX12V 550W Power Supply
CORSAIR ValueSelect 1GB (2 x 512MB) 184-Pin SDRAM
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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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Question Re: XPS 8700 with Windows 8.1.  if computer is no longer able to boot into Windows.
And Restore is not able to correct issue. 
And Refresh is unable to correct issue.
But Dell Backup and Recovery indicates no issues were found and now asks to Reinstall Operating System.
is Installation Restore/Original Image Media required to complete the Reinstallation usind Dell Backup and Recovery?
Alternatively if the Reset My PC option is used is Installation media required?

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I just downloaded Windows XP(Service pack 3) and mounted it to a USB disc.

Problem is, it doesnt work. On the boot screen it gives me the message invalid system disk. replace disk and press any key to continue and then when i press any key, it boots into my hard drive/Windows 8.

Originally i thought something was wrong with the boot but now i think it may or may not be. All help is highly appreciated.

Answer:Unable to boot, invalid system disk. replace disk and press any key to continue

Few, if any, downloadable copies of WinXP are legal. The 'Invalid System Disk' error message is the tip off.

You'll need to buy a copy from an authorized source. There is no way to trick the system into recognizing an illegal copy of Windows.

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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 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 got an error on hard disk...

A hard disk devided to two partitions: (C - for OS Win XP Pro) and (D - 2nd partition).
The problem is, when i start the pc (windows was running but immediately restarted automatically - repeated). I take out the hard disk and installed it as a slave drive to other pc for data recovery before repair/format the problem hard disk.

FYI, the 2nd partition can be accessed and read. But the 1st partition of the hard disk (for OS) appeared this error when i try to open it : "THE DISK STRUCTURE IS CORRUPTED AND UNREADABLE". Is anyone can help me to solve this problem?


Answer:Error on Hard Disk : The Hard disk structure is corrupted and unreadable

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Ok so I had the windows 7 anti virus 2012 on my computer. I used these fourms on BC to try and help and get rid of it and I thought I had. So I downloaded microsoft security essentials to see if I had any remaining viruses and left for work. When I got home from work It said there where errors/threats and that I needed to restart my computer so I did so. But when I tried to restart it I got the Start Computer Normally or Do a system Repair screen. I tried to start my computer normally but whenever I do I get the Hard Disk error message it reads like thisHard Disk ErrorPlease run the Hard Disk Test in System DiagnosticsHard Disk 1 (3f1)F2 System Diagnostics for more information, please visit I restarted my computer again and that same menu popped up with the Start computer normally or Do a system repair. So I attempted a System Repair it took hours but nothing happened. Am I just being Impatient or is my computer wrecked?Here are my specs:Microsoft Windows 7 Home PremiumProcessor Speed: 2.13 GHzRAM 4 GBIntel Core i3 330MGraphics Card Intel GMA HDStorage Capacity 320 GB

Answer:windows 7 hard disk error

Hi bro,

Here is the error code table for HP, scroll down the page

Good luck !

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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.


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

try another power supply in it

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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.


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 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)

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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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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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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I had a fresh install of 7 and everything was working fine.
All of a sudden it starts randomly freezing and programs start responding.
I got KERNAL_PAGING_ERROR BSODs etc. and got a new disk, thinking it was that.
After cloning the new disk which didn't work, and produced loads of errors on chkdsk, I decided to do a clean install of 7.

I still keep getting "Disk boot error, insert system disk and press enter", and when it does boot, it freezes all the time and every time I click the start button, it basically crashed and is messed up.

Tried new SATA cable and ports. Any ideas?

Answer:Windows 7 freezing, "Disk boot error, insert system disk and press enter"

BIOS settings or Motherboard issues?

Have you checked with the manufacturer website for the Motherboard that you have the Windows 7 drivers?

Is your Windows 7 DVD a retail copy...or the pre release BETA....or dodgy(in which case problems might lie there)

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This sounds straight forward, but I can not figure this out I am new to this. I have a Etower 500 MHz with 192 mb's of memory and 4 gig hard drive. I used partition magic 3.5 to partition the drive inorder to try and install DOS and win98 and maybe linux. I am following the instructions from this web site here>> I am using the disks that I made from downloading from this site referring to REUEL Boot disk this disk took me through the entire process. It all went great until I rebooted and I keep getting Non-System disk or disk error I have no disk's in the drives. I even installed win98 and all it did was go straight to windows. With in windows I could see the drives I partitioned all of them except the one that windows was actually on. I have done this again and again trying to see if I did anything wrong. Anybody know what is wrong?
Also can anyone tell me how to get free dos I can not figure out what files to download. The one that I am trying to install now is suppose to be mini dos 6.22. I am really new to dos so I am doing a lot of guessing.

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Hello all, New here. I apologize if this is the wrong category to post in. I will ask my question first and then give my problem. Anyone have any ideas on what I can do to resolve my inability to read my system disk/install XP on it? And for the record, I have had the same problem with 2 hard drives, as he first one is "dying" or sick or whatever. so I tried installing XP on the second and same problems came up. Now for the details...In a nutshell, I cannot install windows XP back onto my computer. I have a computer I have used for audio recording for well over a year now that has a 40 GB HD for programs/Windows, and a secondary 160 GB HD for data and audio storage.A few days ago I started getting an error and a "blue screen" with some error information on it (I unfortunately did not write down or capture this info.) after rebooting my computer. Since that first time, it seems to have gotten worse. It did the "blue screen" a few times on subsequent reboots (both cold and warm booting) and then I attempted to reinstall windows. The install went well, computer seemed fine, etc. I was able to get into Windows after the fresh install of XP. Since that worked okay, I ran chkdsk to check the system drive for any issues. The first clue that something was wrong was that it almost finished the chkdsk (seemed to get to 100% complete) but then stated something like"windows cannot complete chkdsk on this drive". So i rebooted the computer again and... Read more

Answer:Unable to install windows/hard drive error

Have you tried using diagnostic software available from the hard drives' manufacturer?

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Message keeps flashing up warning of Window detected iminent hard disk failure . Says to do a backup to avoid potential data loss.Have bought a hard drive size1T and run the back up yesterday.  It says to ''  print out instructions and store with media used to back up data. , so that everything I need to fix computer is in one place.The following information is provided to help the hardware technical support person diagnose the hard disk with errors  Disk Name WDC WD32OOBEVT-60A23TO      Volume : C:\;D:\;F:\ So after paying out cash for the Hard Drive , doing the back up .. now I need to know how to take the next step . Do I take my laptop to a repair shop ?Thanks.

Answer:Windows reports a Hard Disk Error

What kind of backup did you do? So now you have your old data and an image of the hard drive stored on a 1 TB external drive. You are going to need to buy another hard drive to place inside the laptop and restore the data you have backed up to that new drive. Where are you located? The model number of the laptop is G62-451SA.  This video shows how to replace the hard drive. If this looks like something you can do post back with the country you live in so we can tell you where to buy the drive and also tell us what program you used to backup? The built-in Windows backup utility? We can show you how to download and create a recovery disk which will allow you to load an exact duplicate of your old installation onto the new drive assuming certain procedures were followed in doing the backup...did you make a system image, for example? 

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I keep getting this message and it tells me to follow the directions but there aren't any directions to follow other than back up your system and contact technical support to determine if the disk with errors needs to be repaired or replaced.
It says that SMART event has taken place and gives disk name.
What do I need to do?
Everything has slowed down and I'm not sure where to go from here.

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium , 64 bit
Processor: Pentium(R) Dual-Core CPU E5500 @ 2.80GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 23 Stepping 10
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 6108 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) G45/G43 Express Chipset, -1265 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 703044 MB, Free - 647104 MB; I: Total - 953867 MB, Free - 847325 MB;
Motherboard: Dell Inc., 0K83V0, A00 , ..CN7509303T08CE.
Antivirus: McAfee Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware, Updated and Enabled

Answer:RED X Windows detected Hard Disk Error Need HELP

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Dear All,

I bought my Laptop 20 days ago. but during these days it shows more than 3 times an error when I turn on my laptop. Now, It shows a new error "Windows has detected a hard disk problem. Back up your files to prevent information loss and then contact the system administrator to determine if you need to repair or replace the disk" .

I don't know what should I do to fix the problem. I hope you help me to fix it.

Answer:Windows has detected an error on Hard Disk

and welcome to the Forum

The first thing you should do is backup any data that you value before it fails completely. Once you have the data backed up, You can run diagnostics on the hard drive by downloading the diagnostic tool for the hard drive brand and making a bootable disc.

Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp.

See this for how to make a bootable cd:

How to Burn a Bootable ISO File

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Hi there, I am totally unable to go into my os, and am getting stuck, similar to this,

Quote: Originally Posted by Redmage913

Hey there,

My father's computer refuses to start. It's running Win7 Pro x64. When I attempt to start it up, it starts up the Windows Error Recovery program, suggesting that I launch Startup Repair, and allowing me to start Windows normally. In both scenarios, I get the same error. When I start normally, I get the Starting Windows text, then I get a solid white bar with Windows is loading files... above it. It fills up halfway, then I get Windows Boot Manager error 0xc00000e9: An unexpected I/o Error has occurred.

This computer is a stock Dell Inspiron 530s, with no new hardware devices added or removed in recent memory (other than starting from a USB stick once or twice, but not since I installed Win7 Pro x64 on here).

How should I proceed? Should I plug in a USB stick I have Xubuntu 9.04 on and backup all his files before I do anything?



So, can you help me at all Sevenforums?

I have a lenovo flex 15 with win 7 professional on a 64x system, Thx

Answer:0xc00000e9 error, Unable to boot to windows, help?

If you are getting the 'Unexpected I/O error has Occurred' message, if you have a Mechanical Hard Drive please run Seatools for DOS SeaTools for DOS and Windows - How to Use. Run both the short and the long test.

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Hi there I keep getting a blank screen (black). Nothing shows The moniter works fine on another computer Also I get a beep noise. Sounds like one long and 2 short beeps  I am trying to find out if anything is not in it's correct place, as I had another  "Computer savvy" person look at it, but I got the feeling they know very little NAME: HP Compaq Presario SR1520MEMORY:  512MB PC3200 DDRHARD DRIVE:  80GB - 7200 RPM Serail ATAGRAHPICS: Intergrated  ATI Radeon Xpress 200  (128MB) Shared Video memoryOPTICAL STORAGE: Double layer (8.5GB) 16xDVD-ROMSP 2Anyone know of any sites that may have a picture of where the cords/plug should be plugged into I know that some of the cables where unplugged and don't know if they were put back in the right place Any help appreciated 

Answer:Disk Boot Error Windows XP

Welcome to ComputerHope.According to this, you have a Video Card issue.Unplug the computer, ground yourself, and head into the computer.Unplug, and then replug the video card and try to boot the computer.

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Hi Guys, I accidently posittioned a CD into my dvdrw drive incorrectly, which caused the cd inside to shatter, resulting in a disfuncitonal cd rom drive. Due to some other issues, I decided to reinstall windows, but later realized I couldn't because the CDrom drive was jammed. I ended up taking out my dvdrw drive in the lenovo and replaced it with another CD rom drive. There were only two cables taken out of the original cd rom drive and put into the new one (the sata and the cable that goes to the power outlet). EVERYTHING ELSE WAS UNTOUCHED.  So, after the installation of a new CD rom drive, I got the infamous "No hard disk" error during the windows xp installation. After some research, I relized I needed to get SATA drivers so my hard drive could be read. I followed the steps outlined here:  I found an old thread in these forums stating to use this driver:  I tried to do this (instal SATA driver on floppy, change the bios so its sata enabled etc etc), however I get the same EXACT error.... I have a ThinkCentre M51 8143-YA9. If anyone could please help me solve this issue I would greatly appreciate it! Best,JD. 


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Answer:first time poster! hard disk error on windows xp

I fixed the problem by using a different cd-rom drive and using the drivers found in the zip linked above.
Moderator edit by bananaman: Masked member's email address to prevent it from being scooped up by the SPAM crawlers. 

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When I turn on my device I get hard disk error. I try and run my windows install disk computer tells me to restart and put in disk again. Next error is boot device not found.

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XP on one hard drive, and trying to install Win7 on brand new 500gb drive.

Loaded 7Ultimate and got to Install screen. Selected drive and made new partition. Clicked next. Received error:

Setup was unable to create a new system partition or locate an existing system partition. See the setup log files for more info.

I don't know how to get to the logs, but what does this message mean? I have tried almost 6 or 7 times and even once with my 7 Home edition disk. Ran the startup repair a couple times. Tried formatting the drive from my XP Pro sp3 disk.
So now here's where the real problem comes in: ERROR LOADING OPERATING SYSTEM. Now I can't get back into XP! Tried booting from ERD Commander 05, but I get an error code 4096 with that, and "File SETUPREG.HIV could not be loaded".

How can I get XP back to booting properly? Maybe it's a faulty hard drive and needs returning. But it is extremely important that I get this computer back up and running immediately. Thank you in advance for any help, and let me know if you need more info on what I tried so far.


Answer:Windows 7 cannot install, unable to boot to XP ERROR LOADING OS -help

Common Installation Problems and Their Solutions

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I have no idea what caused this. I was using the laptop, left to run errands (laptop on) and upon returning it was trying to "repair" windows.

It is unable to restore to a previous point
It is unable to restore from the Repair Disk I made 2 years ago

unknown bug check 19
Paramaters: 0x22, 0xfffff8a000a,0x1,0x0
Repair Action: Sys file integrity - check and repair
Result: Failed Error Code = 0x490

I ran memory check, no problems (Passed Warrenty ID #100000)
I ran HD check no problems

This was the result of some (?) check or repair I tried to run:
Startup Repair Offline
Problem Signatures:
01 - 6.1.7600.16385
02- 6.1.7600.16385
03- 21199726
05- auto failover
06- 6
07- 0x19

OS Ver: 6.1.7601.
Local ID: 1033

STOP: x0019

In the "repair/recovery" choices, through CMD I can see that my photos are still intact in a C:\Windows.old

I am able to move around and "view" all directories.. but of course, I am unable to open individual files.

Since I am unable to boot into windows, I don't have access to the DVD drive to burn the pix.

I ran Bootrec.exe and tried fixmbr (no difference)

I tried using the OEM Windows 7 disk (used to upgrade this laptop from WindowsXP in 2013), but I do not have an option to repair, just reinstall. I am afraid it will overwrite the PHOTOS.. which can not be an option.

1. Is it possible to rename Windows.OLD back to th... Read more

Answer:BSOD error msg: bad_pool_header unable to boot into windows

Try to boot into Safe Mode ... if it works then follow Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) Posting Instructions and attach the resulting data with your reply post.

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Hello, I'm having problems with my Alienware MX17 laptop that I purchased only two days ago. So I started installing various drivers and games and shut down my laptop after.

When I tried to turn on my laptop, my OS (it's a Windows Vista Home Premium 64 bit) wouldn't boot and there is this blue screen of death.

I can't remember what it says on the blue screen but it refuses to let me go into windows normally no matter how many times it restarted.

The only thing I could do is go into safe mode and system restore.

I have attached my system information dxdiag text file and minidumps. I hope someone could help me, thank you in advance!

Answer:Blue Screen error, unable to boot Windows

alienware. nice man. wen does it blue screen of death, first thing or the bit after the post?

p.s. whats you game system specs

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Dell Inspiron 9300 Windows XP Sp3 with McAfee security/Virus scan as supplied and regularly updated. No previous problems over 2 years of use. After a Windows automatic update requested a re-boot early this morning (16 Dec), the laptop failed to load winxp in any config. The error message displayed: "Isass.exe Application error code:0xc0000006 Please exit etc." On attempting to gain access to Safe mode the same message appears. Repeated attempts to gain any access revealed only one small change; the prefix "services.exe" before the same application error code. Friends, assuming a trojan/worm is not involved, could this be a case of a Hotfix in the update causing the re-boot prob and is there any way of restoring my poor laptop without having to go "console" and code writing etc. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated and apologies if this message is in the wrong spot as this is my first cry for help on any forum. Thanks Rose

Answer:Unable to boot after Windows update (error: 0xc0000006)

Can you pull up the safe mode screen and try selecting Last Known Good Configuration (your most recent settings that worked)

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Hello there,
this is my first thread on the site so i hope i don't make too many mistakes. Firstly (like a fool) i managed to delete my windows/system64 contents on my dell laptop while trying to free space, only to find that as soon as i rebooted the laptop it continuously get's stuck at an error page for about a second and then displays me with two options of: Launch repair and start windows normally - i have done both several times both to no avail and i have tried booting in all of the different modes. I.E safe mode - last known good configuration

Answer:Windows 7 Unable to Boot - displays error page

do you have Windows7 installation disc or setup?

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I'm using a HP Pavilion that's about 10 years old. Everything is still pretty much stock, however, I did add a couple external harddrives. In the last couple of days I received the error "boot error, pretty ctrl alt del to restart".. the first time i did it, i restarted the computer and it worked fine. this morning i got that same message and tried to restart only to come back to the boot disk error info. i tried to restart once more and got "DISK BOOT FAILURE INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER."

seeing as i don't have the System Disk anymore, I just shut off the power switch and waited about 10 minutes. turned it back on and everything started fine and here i am writing in this forum.

i've read some of the threads and am told to press DEL when the black screen appears so I can check my harddrive on my BIOS settings... but before i do that, should i start backing things up on one of my external harddrives in case it never gets another chance to get back on?

also what are my options if im without the system disk?

i also read somewhere about taking out the old harddrive and put in a newer one..

Answer:Windows XP Boot Disk Error/Failure

Welcome to the forum Backups are always important and I'd recommend you backup your information ASAP if its important to you,saying that what I'm about to instruct you to do will not damage or alter the contents of the hard drive so it will be recoverable but the decision is yours,if the hard drive does die now it won't be because of this.

You need to hit del as the computer is booting,go into 'bios features' and set your hard drive as the 'first boot device',next look for setting called 'hard drive boot priority' and choose your hard drive if you have multiple drives,if your struggling to identify your hard drive either disconnect all other drives but your OS drive or hit the start tab,right click it in 'my computer',properties,hardware and make note of its name.

Next find and option called 'boot other device' and disable it,this should stop your computer trying to boot from your usb drives.

Your computer should boot fine now

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Okay, so i am at a total loss as to what to do. I have a backup Dell Inspirion laptop running Windows XP Pro. The battery is dead, so when i was rearranging my office i forgot about that and unplugged it (which then shut it down improperly). When I started it back up, it says "disk read error ... press ctl alt del". I then restarted it and tried to get into safe mode or some recovery/repair options but none of the F keys work (except F2, which just takes me to BIOS). Next I set BIOS to boot from CD and tried to restart with the Windows XP CD. It proceeded as normal, and said press enter to boot from disk ... then i can hear the disk working, but only a black screen shows, it won't boot up. I let it run like that for a while hoping it would start but it didn't.

I also tried one of the Ultimate Boot Disks, which it did boot into, but it didn't give me any chkdsk options. Tried XP CD again but still would not work. Also, i noticed that the up arrow, and a lot of the keys on the top row did not work (i.e. r, i, etc). I guess my next attempt will be to boot into a Knoppix/Linux live CD and 1) transfer my data out, if hopefully it's still there. 2) see if i can get to a command prompt to run chkdsk or scandisk etc. Does anyone have any suggestions as to what I can do to fix this. I just installed a new hard drive (250 GB) a couple months ago, and formatted it as NTFS. Please Help ...

Answer:disk read error, won't boot into Windows XP CD

IMO, worth reading: Disk Read Error.Louis

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To explain what happened: I have installed windows 7 then the upgrade to windows 10 on this computer.

I installed win 7 originally on an ATA HDD in IDE. It repeatedly gave me the error:
"Boot disk failure insert system disk and press enter"

It did not matter what DVD I used out of the 2 windows 7 ones I had. When it rebooted as part of the install it always came back to that error.

I tried fixing the boot in recovery.
I tried formatting the partition and installing again.
I tried deleting the partion and installing again.
Nothing worked.

I got a new HDD. SATA. I am now using this to boot from, with the other drive as second data drive.

I have now been able to install from the windows 7 dvd and the upgrade to windows 10.

This works, except some times I still get the error on boot:
"Boot disk failure insert system disk and press enter"

Additionally if the system is idle it sometimes freezes after 15 minutes to 4 hours, the screen freezes, the keyboard, the lights are still flashing, but leaving it for hours makes no difference it just has to be hard reset.

System specs:
Win 10 home 64 bit
4gb ram
Gigabyte P55M-UD2 board
Geforce GTS 250
Samsung 160gb sata
hitatchi 320gb ata

Thank you for any help you can give!

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A friend has given me her laptop to to repair an issue. Initially it was only a 90B fan not working, which I repaired by removing fluff in her fan. Laptop now shows a collection of HDD errors - I/O error, and NTOSKRNL.EXE kernel corruption (0XC00000E9) on the blue screen and drive 303 in BIOS diskcheck. When the system attempts repair the screen goes blocky/glitchy. She has lost her windows disk in a house move and Microsoft won't let me download a new one to attempt reinstall suggesting I contact HP for it instead, but HP's website won't let me do that either as the product is out of warrantee and just bounces me all over the place.Any help appreciated!ThanksSoph.

Answer:Boot Error - Need Windows 7 recovery disk ISO

Hi: What is the full model number or product number of your PC? The product number can be found on the same sticker as the serial number.

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