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Question: hard disk boot problem

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

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Answer: hard disk boot problem

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

patio.
 

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

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

Energy, normally when you get this type of message:
"Windows detected a hard disk problem. Back up your files immediately to prevent information loss, and then contact your computer manufacturer to determine if you need to repair or replace the disk."
.....it means that Windows has detected bad hard disk sectors. If that's really the case then the drive can never be trusted and should be replaced ASAP.
There are various tools available that can show you the health of a hard drive and PassMark's free "DiskCheckup" is one of them - click here. Install the program, launch it, click on the icon for your disk at the top, click the "SMART Info" tab and look down the "Status" column for any errors.
Let me know what you discover.
"why the hard disk would suddenly have a problem when the computer wasn't even touched. "
Because bad sectors are caused by physical deterioration of the drive's surface which can get worse over time even if the PC's not being used.
PS: Make sure you've got current backups of all your valuable data as there's a chance that the drive could fail catastrophically at any time.
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hello.
i have a problem with one of my hard disks and windows. actually, my windows got corrupted and i decided to reinstall it. i formatted my second 40 GB hard drive and installed windows in it, thinking of later formatting the drive with the corrupted windows which was on the other 80 GB drive. but now when i try to run the computer with both the drives connected and with the new windows drive as my 1st boot device, the computer gives "error 115" and directs me to BIOS setup. i get the same messege when i try to run with only the 80 GB drive connected.
so i thought of formatting the drive partition with the old windows using the windows CD, but when i run the windows CD, it gets stuck whenever it tries to read or examine the 80 Gb hard drive. also, the 80 GB hard disk has data which i really want to save on a seperate partition.
hope you understand my problem. Please help with it and give some possible solution. please.
thanks
 

Answer:Hard disk boot problem

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I have a western digital 160 gb sata hard disk. Few days ago one of my drives gone bad and there was a error showing a msg about I can't access the drive. I had to format it. I recovered my drive but lost the data. After a few days another drive gone bad same way. Suddenly one I started my pc and the bios screen showed up but it stuck on the boot screen. Since then it's not starting. Another thing I noticed is the hard disk is getting very hot very quickly. I don't know what happened to the Harddisk. A friend of mine tried low level format but was unsuccessful. I can't past the boot screen in any way. It stuck with the black dos screen. No msg nothing. I have checked everything is ok in my pc. This is the second time I lost my hard disk. Can anybdy tell me what has happnd or what is cause? Is there anything I'm doing wrong or wrong with my room. Pls if there is any tips on how I can protect my hard disk so that I will not lost one in future tell me? I'm really fustrated with it. (Also can anyone tell me how to perform a low level format? )
 

Answer:Frozen on boot screen!! hard disk problem

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Hey,
I recently had a serious malfunction with my computer. My power supply fan decided to stop working. I didn't realize it until too late. My computers power supply got really really hot and shot some sparks out the back. I smelt some burning scents and found them coming from my power supply. After this I switched my computer into a new case with a new power supply to find out that this had actually killed my motherboard as well. I then borrowed my brother's motherboard and connected my hard drive to it. I've got everything hooked up correctly and am getting it to boot up to bios. When it gets to the point where it verifies DMI pool data it gets a disk boot failure. I've read in a couple of places that this is often a result of a corrupt hard drive. Is there any way I can check and see if the hard drive is still ok, or is the information on it completely lost to me? I'm currently in the process of buying a new laptop and would like to get the information of that computer if it is at all possible. I've tried all the system defaults for boot order and have tried various combonations that make sense to me but none have had any success. Any help is much appreciated.
 

Answer:Hard Drive Problem...disk boot failure

Set it to boot from CD. Find a boot disk with some HDD diagnostics on.
 

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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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Hi I've got a one and a half year old laptop similar to this one.
http://www.toshiba.co.uk/discontinue...te-p50t-c-109/

It suddenly became really slow to an unusable level a few days ago and got a windows warning saying there's some issues with the hard disk. It asked me to run diagnostic and automatic repair. When I did that, it went into a loop of boot screen and different options that I can recover/reset windows,etc and I can never go back to the windows anymore. I've tried resetting/restoring and command line chkdsk command, but none of those work so far. It happened once before, that I had to reinstall windows but I'm now suspecting it might be a hardware issue. Can someone suggest what I can do to fix the laptop? Thanks

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Dear Techies and Tech support Team,All of sudden my Lenovo G 570 - 4334 Laptop gone down.These are the problems I could Identify so far.., initially couple of times I have seen a blue screen at the time of Win 7 Booting, but then When I selected Safe mode option, used to boot well and again used to boot Normal mode option.Since Couple of days, This **bleep** thing is not booting at all, 1. Thing I see it comes upto selecting of OS - in my case along with Win 7 Ultimate I also have 2003 Server OS, but when I select any one of the OS system is not booting.. saying typical error .. not able to find os.. etc.., and it goes to DOS or.. Intel UNDI - PXE - 2.0 OPTION saying Check Cable connection ! PXE-MOF: Exiting Intel PXE ROMNo Bootable Device - insert boot disk and press any key ..2. When I open Setup - BIOS screen using F2 key, under Information Tab in Setup Utility Under HARD DISK & CD/DVD ROM - [Not Detected] - [Not detected] (This is happenning when I keep SATA Controller Mode as [Compatible] in Configuration Tab - I need to this if I want my Both Windows OS to work, because I installed it using Imaging - Ghost etc Methodology.3. But by Default the Option of SATA Controller Mode is [AHCI], having this reset using LOAD Default Setting, System goes back to AHCI mode, and HARD DISK is displayed as WDC WD7500BPVT - 24HXZT3 and DVD ROM: Not detected, but even now Laptop Does not boot.What is the ISSUE ? LENOVO G570BIOS VERSION: 40CN25WW (2.11)EC VER: 40CN25WW (2.11)Lenovo SN ... Read more

Answer:Lenovo G570 Boot Problem - DVD - Hard Disk Not Recognized

I have the same problem. Temporary solution: Take out the DVD from its place, then boot the computer

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I recently posted on here because my computer was turning off after a few minutes of being switchd on, through process of elimination (by systematically replacing each component with that of another, almos identical computer) we found that the power supply was faulty.We bought a new one and installed it but when we boot it up it says "Boot disk failure" (it might say boot drive, etc. it's not word for word).We put in the Vista Home Premium CD and it boots but we always get the blue screen of death, usually before we even get to the desktop. There are two different messages that have shown up: The first one doesn't give us enough time to read it before it resets itself, te second one says Quote"An attempt wa made to execute to on-executable memory.If ths is the first time you've seen this Stop error screen, restart your computer. If tis screen appears again, follow these steps:Check to make sure any new hardware or software is properly installed. If this is a new installation, ask your hardware or software manufacturer fo any windows updates you migt need.If problems continue, disable or remove any newly instaled hardware or software. Disable BIOS memory options such as caching or shadowing. If you need to use Safe Mode to remove or disable components, restart your computer, press F8 to select Advanced Startup Options, and then select Safe Mode.Technical information:*** STOP: 0x000000FC (0x8DEE738E, 0x8BE07D3B, 0x8781FF18, 0x00000000)*** tcpip.sys... Read more

Answer:Blue Screen of Death and Hard Disk Boot Problem

Are your updates current? In June, there was an update regarding tcpip.sysAlso, the file may be corrupt.Click Start, and in "Start search" box type in:sfc /scannowHit Enter.

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Windows XP sp2 wont boot from hard disk.

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

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

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

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

ty!
 

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

Is your Seagate the 7200.11 series?

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

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

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

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Hi I've got a one and a half year old laptop similar to this one.
http://www.toshiba.co.uk/discontinue...te-p50t-c-109/

It suddenly became really slow to an unusable level a few days ago and got a windows warning saying there's some issues with the hard disk. It asked me to run diagnostic and automatic repair. When I did that, it went into a loop of boot screen and different options that I can recover/reset windows,etc and I can never go back to the windows anymore. I've tried resetting/restoring and command line chkdsk command, but none of those work so far. It happened once before, that I had to reinstall windows but I'm now suspecting it might be a hardware issue. Can someone suggest what I can do to fix the laptop? Thanks

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Can anyone have a look at my Disk Management screenshot and help me with my C Drive?

The C Drive works as usual but it worries me by stating the status as
"Healthy (Boot, Page File, Crash Dump, Primary Partition)".

I google searched "Page File" and "Crash Dump" but couldn't find anything useful.
What are they indeed?

Thank you.

Answer:Any Problem with my Hard Disk? Healthy (Boot, Page File, Crash Dump)

This is completely normal. Look at my C partition. Only difference is that mine is active because I do not have the system partition.

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Hi guys,

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

Thanks in advance

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

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

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

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

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

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

Answer:Hard Disk Boot Failure Insert System Disk Press Enter

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

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

plz help me..im so confused..

Answer:hard disk boot failure insert system disk press enter

Repair MBR:

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

Repairing the Master Boot Record:

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

bootrec /fixmbr

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

bootrec /fixboot

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

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

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




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


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

Answer:Hard Disk Boot Failure Insert System Disk

UPDATE:


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

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

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

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

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

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Hi all,I recently bought a HP DV6-3299eg laptop and it has started to show up a SMART Hard disk error screen whenever the computer is turned on.  Also, when I'm using the machine it pops up warning messages saying there is a problem with the hard drive and i need to back-up. However, when I run the System Diagnostics Quick and Full Hard Disk tests, they pass 100%. Also, when I run the Start-up test, the Memory test is a 100% pass. And the Primary Hard Disk Self test is 100% passed.  But on both the start-up test screen and the Hard Disk test screen it shows up "SMART check: Hard Disk 1 SMART (301). No warranty code shows up only that SMART check error number. I bought the computer in Vienna, Austria, but am currently in Budapest, Hungary. The chain of stores I bought it from (SATURN) has stores in both countries and so I took it to the Budapest store yesterday to see what they could do.  Through minimal broken English I understood i was to go home and reinstall windows and that would get rid of the problem.  But that is not the case.  I reinstalled windows 7 last night, then upgraded to Windows 7 Ultimate (to get the laptop working in English), and the SMART check error still shows up on start-up.  I've backed up all my files and just waiting to see what happens. I phoned HP support earlier but they're closed as it's Sunday, so I will try again tomorrow. So in the meantime I thought I would post on here and see ... Read more

Answer:SMART hard disk 301...but apparently no hard disk problem?!

Hi, Which OS is installed?Upgrade to the latest BIOS. Here is a link to your notebook's support pages where the drivers and software are.I suggest that you contact HP. Hard drive replacement is covered under the basic one-year warranty.Best regards,erico 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Answer:Disk boot failure and the missing hard disk

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

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

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Hi, I really need some help here.

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

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

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

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

These are some things I observed:

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


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

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

Questions:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

30 seconds or so later I also get this message

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

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

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

The computer with the problems is a Dell Inspiron 8500.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Louis

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

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

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

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salvel'altro ieri stavo facendo una partita a dead by daylight quando il gioco è improvvisamente crashato e il puntatore ha inziato ad andare molto a scatti, al punto da non riuscire neanche ad aprire gestione attività... ho deciso quindi di spegnere il pc dal pulsante di accensione e riaccenderlo successivamente, ma a mio malgrado ho notato che facendo così ho danneggiato qualche file di sistema, ed il portatile (un lenovo) è andato in ripristino automatico... dopo aver in qualche modo ripristinato i file, windows è tornato a funzionare, ma ho subito notato una reattività molto ridotta del sistema, con blocchi incessanti, blue screen con scritto "MEMORY_MANAGEMENT" e lentezza generale del sistema... ho quindi aperto il programma lenovo solution center ed avviato una scansione dei vari componenti, dal quale risultava l'hard disk quello con problemi. essendo fuori garanzia purtroppo non posso permettermi di mandare il portatile in assistenza, e il pc non è neanche vecchio di per se non ha neanche un anno, e prima dello spegnimento il pc funzionava benissimo. ho provato quindi diverse volte a mettere il pc in modalità provvisoria con il prompt dei comandi e a lanciare il comando chkdsk C: /f /r, e l'ho lasciato tutta la scorsa notte a lavorare eppure è rimasto tutto il tempo bloccato al 35%, mentre prima facendo solamente chkdsk C: /f sono riuscito a completare l'operazione in meno di un ora, ed infatti il pc è risultato un po' più veloce anche all'avvio, ma dopo poc... Read more

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  0 downloadsDear all,
I will enclose here my complaint which I send to motherboard maker Gigabyte, regarding USB external hard disk problem. Please read it and if anybody knows how to solve this, thanks.
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My computer has external hard drive connected to USB 2.0 port(s), which is extremely slow. Drive is Transcend StoreJet. No drivers exist for it. It works perfectly for other I/O operations like copy, paste, delete,etc. When I try to make hard disk image with any program, and store it on Transcend Store Jet, speed starts with 50MB/s but drops to nearly zero in few minutes. You can see example on attached picture. It is the same with any program. Disk image would take more than one day to complete, if it completes at all. Actually, I never managed to finish image with any disk imaging software. I tried all usual software for that: Paragon, Aomei, Acronis, EaseusToDo, Drive XML, etc. Are there any USB or other drivers which are responsible for this issue? Can Gigabyte be serious regarding its costumers and provide them solution in order to use USB ports for most important thing (backup)? In this case, making disk image is totally impossible. USB 2.0 ports have speed оf 480 Mbit/s, theoretical. This is far cry from situation here. So, ... Read more

Answer:Problem with slow (impossible) disk image making on USB 2.0 external hard disk

This could be any issue causing your problem , software , usb drive may have errors on it / or ?
Imaging your 150 Gig via Usb will take time { Mine are about 40-50 Gig } Operating System And Programs Only.
 
I personally partition my main Drive eg: c:\ and d:\ and so only the operating system is on C;\
Then use the D;\ to store your personal files. , this way your c:\ wont keep growing in size as you are storing everything there.
If you cant actually do anything with the computer because of warranties as you stated "just serviced" , ask them why you cant Image Drive.
 
Options:
1/ Try another hard drive to backup to.{ Usb will always be slower } than directly connected to Mobo.
2/ Use Mini Tool Partition Wizard [ Free } to create another partition - http://www.partitionwizard.com/partitionmagic/partition-windows-7-system.html
3/ Remove all Temp Files / Restore Points / etc with Ccleaner { Free ] - https://www.piriform.com/CCLEANER
    this will reduce C:\ size to minimal size { defrag drive also }.
4/ Use any program to Image C:\ { I use Acronis }. to the D:\ Backup Folder.
5/ Then copy the image to any portable drive or external if need be.
6/ Use the D:\ for your personal files and folders as a backup also.
 
Sometimes you have to do things yourself - than rely on Service Centres and Costs.
If you run a Business then you claim all your costs incurred.
 
All this will take time but you will have backups and feel at ease.

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I've had my Acer Aspire 5310 laptop for a few months now with Windows Vista. I have an 80GB hard drive, partitioned into two drives as default.

Until now I've never noticed that the numbers didn't add up. I know when you buy and 80GB hard drive, it should actually show up as less due to bits and bytes and what not (80GB=74GB roughly) but I found something fishy in Disk Management. There is a drive showing up with no letter assigned to it which is nearly 10GB in size and after doing the math it accounts for the 10GB i lack after adding my two 32GB hard drives together.

So I have 2 x 32GB drives plus this weird drive which is 10.

I have attached the screenshot of disk management.

If anyone knows what is going on here I would very much appreciate it!

Cheers, Darren (newbie)

Answer:Problem with Vista Disk Management/Being robbed of hard disk space!

has this just recently appeared? This is a longshot, but if you have Kaspersky lap installed then that could be the problem. It autologs roughly 10 gigs of data without your permission, it is easy to get rid of, but annoying none the less.
However this doesn't seem to likely as what seems to have happened here is that you have accidently split one of your hard drives into two. Either that or a program like deamon tools has created a virtual drive. Do you use either deamon tools or alcohol 120?

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I keep receiving a message stating there is a serious hard disk error problem and should fix before using any more. Relates to disk MK3265GSXN

How serious is such a message and what are my options given my Toshiba Note is now almost 7 years old? Is this message and disk issue common?

Thanks for help,

cohoe

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks!

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Hi

I have just moved house and my computer has been in storage for 6 months. I've just set up the PC and when I've come to turn the computer on it says "Disk Boot Failure, Insert System Disk and Press Enter". I have a Packard Bell computer with Windows Vista Home Premium installed but wasn't given a System Disk as this was pre-installed onto the computer. I suppose if I could log into the computer I would be able to run some kind of system restore but I can't get past the "Disk Boot Failure" screen.

I've made a recovery CD from the internet but when I've put this in the CD drive and even selected the BIOS setup to go to the CD drive first it doesn't boot the recovery disk.

When I click on F8 when booting it doesn't give me the option of booting from Safe Mode it just shows a list of bootable drives.

Help!!
 

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Hi

I have just moved house and my computer has been in storage for 6 months. I've just set up the PC and when I've come to turn the computer on it says "Disk Boot Failure, Insert System Disk and Press Enter". I have a Packard Bell computer with Windows Vista Home Premium installed but wasn't given a System Disk as this was pre-installed onto the computer. I suppose if I could log into the computer I would be able to run some kind of system restore but I can't get past the "Disk Boot Failure" screen.

I've made a recovery CD from the internet but when I've put this in the CD drive and even selected the BIOS setup to go to the CD drive first it doesn't boot the recovery disk.

When I click on F8 when booting it doesn't give me the option of booting from Safe Mode it just shows a list of bootable drives.

Help!!
 

Answer:Disk Boot Failure, Insert System Disk problem - Windows Vista

Two things:

1. Check your cable to your harddrive and from your harddrive to your motherboard and make sure it is securely attached.

2. If that isn't the problem then go into your BIOS and place your CD/DVD drive as First Bootable and see if you can now run that disk you made.
 

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My Windows 7 64 bit system has windows7 installed on a 128 Gb ssd (called disk-a).

In addition two more sata HDD disks exist configured as raid (called disk-b and disk-c).
I cloned the ssd 128 Gb disk-a to a bigger one (SSD 500 GB, disk-d).
Then I detached disk-a from the power cable and data cable and attached disk-d instead to the same cables.
Unfortunately now the system refuses to boot.
When changing back to disk-a it boots as before normally again.
As long as disk-d, disk-b, disk-c only are attached the error message states that a necessary device is not available and recommends to start the windows repair console from CD/DVD.
If both SSDs and HDDs are attached then boot is normal (OS loaded obviously from from disk-a).
I have seen in computer management that a 100MB system partition exists on SATA disk-b.
On disk-a and on cloned replacement disk-d no system partition or MBR exist.
What can I do to simply replace disk-a with the cloned disk-d ? Thanks in advance!

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Hi

I have just moved house and my computer has been in storage for 6 months. I've just set up the PC and when I've come to turn the computer on it says "Disk Boot Failure, Insert System Disk and Press Enter". I have a Packard Bell computer with Windows Vista Home Premium installed but wasn't given a System Disk as this was pre-installed onto the computer. I suppose if I could log into the computer I would be able to run some kind of system restore but I can't get past the "Disk Boot Failure" screen. I've tried pressing F8, F2, F3 as the system loads up but it doesn't allow me to go into any other screens.

Help!!

Answer:Disk Boot Failure, Insert System Disk problem

Go into the BIOS and see if the hard drive is being detected.

If not (as is most likely the case judging by that error message) open the case up and check that all cables are firmly connected. Clean out some of the dust in there while you have it open too.

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Hey there guys, about six months ago I started receiving an error every few days on my computer on boot, and it was something along the lines of: 'pxe-rom: Check cable connection!'. To fix it I just used my Windows 7 install CD and it was fine, until whenever it'd happen again. Now, just about three days ago an error popped up that said 'Windows has detected a hard disk problem'. The hard drive is a 640 GB Toshiba MK6465GSXN. Anyway, after getting that message I quickly backed up all of my important documents and stuff onto an external HDD. It was also very slow, slower than my computer had ever been. So, I decided to do a clean install since scans with Malwarebytes and AVG detected nothing. And then, once it finished, it popped up the error message again?! I have noticed that the slowness has gone, but I'm not installing any programs in case it does fail. I am wondering that maybe the 'check cable connection' error was telling me something, but I didn't think anything of it. So, does it sound like I need to get a new hard drive?
EDIT: I bought a new hard drive, fixed!

Answer:Windows has detected a hard disk problem. Hard drive failing?

In many cases, that is Windows way of saying your hard drive is in imminent danger of failing. Of course there could be other problems, but windows will usually detect it first. A tutorial that may help is simple to use, but may take a while. Disk Check I would also get the Manufacturer's hard drive diagnostic program to check the drive. You were wise to back up all of your personal information.

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Hello, my notebook has suddenly experienced a problem with it's hard drive, and I'm at a loss as to what to do.

It's a "Compaq Presario CQ56" running "Windows 7". As far as I know all drivers and system software is up-to-date.

Well I was running a couple programs and the notebook froze a few times, but only for a minute or so. Then it froze for about 5 minutes. Not completely, but I couldn't access the programs to close them, so I long-pushed the power button and turned it off. I immediately tried to turn it back on several times, and was met with a black screen. After running some system checks and looking at the BIOS and all that, I understood that the problem was with my hard drive.

The system tests were as follows:
Memory Test: PASSED
Battery Test: PASSED
Run-in Test: Stalled at 35%
Start-up Test: Stalled at 35%
Hard Disk Test: Stalled at 2%

So the computer recognizes that the hard disk is there, but still gives me the "Hard Disk Not Exist" error messages at several points. I have no idea how to proceed from this point. My main concern is the integrity of my files; pics, videos, music (especially music).

Does anyone have any idea what I can do? Thank you very much.
 

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

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

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

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

Answer:boot from usb hard disk

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

patio.
 

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

Answer:Hard Disk won't boot on its own

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

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

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

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

cheers.

Answer:Hard disk don't boot up Help!

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

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

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

Answer:Cannot boot off Hard disk

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

more info please,
Quote:




things dun happen




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

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

Answer:Cannot Boot from Hard Disk

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

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

Answer:boot missing. hard disk (3F0)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Answer:No boot sector on hard disk

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

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

Answer:Pc wont boot from hard disk

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Hi All:

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

Regards,
Venkat
 

Answer:Hard Disk is not recognised during boot

Hello and welcome to Techspot.

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

Hopefully this will sort it for you.

Regards Howard :wave: :wave:
 

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

Answer:No boot sector on Hard Disk

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

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

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

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

Answer:Dual Boot Win 98 Using USB Hard Disk

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you and sorry for the bad english

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

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

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

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Hi everyone,

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

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

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

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

Cheers!!
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

or if the mother board needs somthing to run it?

i would be greatful for any help i can get.
 

Answer:No boot sector on hard disk

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

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

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

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

Answer:Need help with my boot disk-hard drive

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

Answer:Hard Disk Boot failure

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

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

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

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

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

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

Answer:Hard Disk Not Recognized at Boot

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hey all,

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

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

many thanks
 

Answer:Hard disk boot faliure

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

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

Answer:hard disk not allowing to boot

Is the the 500 GB drive SATA or IDE?

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

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

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

Thanks

Keith Lingenfelter
 

Answer:XP boot hard disk limits

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Hi,

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

My system specs:

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

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

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

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



Frances
 

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

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

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

Please help...
 

Answer:How to boot a new hard disk from network

Need more details.

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

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

Answer:Hard Disk Boot Failure

Have you checked the other connections for that hard drive.

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

Answer:Boot from Portable USB Hard Disk ?How?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Can anyone help - please!

Answer:Hard disk will not boot in new computer

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

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

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

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

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

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

Answer:Hard Disk Boot Failure

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

Answer:Hard disk boot failure

Hi and welcome to TSF

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

Need to reload the operating system.

BG

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Hello.

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

Can you help me please?

Thanks a lot.

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

Hi Demilego,

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

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

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

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

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

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

Answer:No Boot device & no hard disk

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

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Hello everybody.

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

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

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

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

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

Answer:Cannot boot on any other device than hard disk

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

Answer:Hard disk noise during boot up

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Hi all

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

Thanks
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Technical Information:

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

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

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

Answer:Issue with Hard Disk Boot.

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

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

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

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

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

Can you get into safe mode?

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

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

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

Mike

Answer:How To Reset Boot From Hard Disk

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

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Compaq presario with Vista. Trying to do a clean install of windows 7 on comapq presario f500. Problem is the machine will only boot from hard drive. Cd drive works fine just can't boot from it.
Windows 7 install disk won't boot. Windows xp install cd won't boot. In bios setup I've move the dvd/cdrom drive to top of boot list still no luck. So I got tricky booted from vista and starting windows 7 install cd from windows explorer. Install hung part way through and I had to turn off the computer. No I can't boot vista and have an incomplete install of windows 7 which won't boot. Not even safe mode. When you boot hit Esc the boot menus only shows notebook hard drive as an option.

I've also tried unpluging the battery to clear out cmos no help.

Help I've trying to upgrade for a relative. Now the machine is uselss.

Answer:Compaq presario can only boot from hard disk

Download and write the latest Win7 official installer for your licensed version to flash stick from Steps 1 and 2 here which will also show you how to get a perfect install.

If you have files to rescue from Vista you can Copy & Paste - in Windows Recovery Console.

Otherwise boot the flash stick, choose Custom install, delete all partitions and create new partition(s) as desired, format and install.

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