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All boot disks fail on booting.

Question: All boot disks fail on booting.

So, i wasn't sure where to post this since it kind of all around problem but it ends with boot disks not working so this is where it ended up : ) sorry if it is in wrong part of forum.Ok, so the problem started when i turned my computer off one day, then when i went to turn it back on it would turn on then off, and do that 3 times then stay on and start to load up windows normally. But would freeze right before the windows loading bar would start moving. So i tried safe mode , safe mode with command prompt and both freeze at disk.sys. Then someone told me might be power supply since the whole turn off turn on thing. So i got a PSU tester from a friend and that came back without a fault. So i went on to try 1 ram stick at a time with no help there then i did a SMART extended self-test on the harddrive (which took 2+ hours) through bios which came back without error. From there i said screw it maybe a windows file is corrupt. So first i tried a window 7 install disk which freezes after loading files and where the windows starting screen is. Then i tried a windows xp home disk and it goes bosd after loading files. Then i tried windows vista recovery disk which freezes at windows loading screen as well. Then i said what the heck i'll try Redhat 8.0 that loads up to the install proccess then says there are no harddrives on the computer. Now the fact that i can start loading windows from the hard drive and the fact that i came back without errors tells me that it is connected and working fine but is just crashing when loading windows. All my fans are running so don't think it is a overheating issue and i was running cpuid hardware monitor before this all happened and my cpu would max at 62C on a full load and evething else was running a cooler temp. i've tried all reseting all the connection in the computer and that didn't fix the problem. So at this point i'm out of ideas and looking for any input that might help other then buy a new computer which seems to the most popular idea these days.Not really worried about anything on the computer and willing to do a format on the drive but i can't seem to get to that point by boot disk. Any options i'm over looking would be great help. Oh, also ran HP cpu test, memory test, and hard drive test all without errors.

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Preferred Solution: All boot disks fail on booting.

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Answer: All boot disks fail on booting.

Its nice being only person on every forum i try without a response lol ANY help would be great

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I had my sys drive crash and put in a new one so I could run a ghost file and everything be ok. I used pqmagic to partition the primary drive and logical dr and formatted it.went to boot up and it reads both HD and both cd drives then sticks on the msg above. I have unpluged the pwoer cableand the ribbon cable so it shouldnt even be present. I arranged the boot sequence to go cdrom then hard disk. still I get this message about the floppy.any ideas I can use to get this booted up. I even put in another flopy drive but got the same thing.thanks in advance

Answer:cant boot--says floppy disks fail(40)

Try selecting boot from hard drive first, disable the other options in the bios.

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I have an ASUS K53S brilliant machine except for the original Recovery disks Dont work. In attempting to reset after a virus scare, I found it would run through to disk 3 freeze for an hour the give me some message about an error. SO much for disk checking while they were made.

I have tried to Factory Reset but I have found that all that is doing is overlaying windows, resulting in shabby performance, inability to save some passwords and loss of the Blueray player/burner in both modes, Windows Fixit can manage to temporarily read a dvd, but no go on burning cds or reading them.

This machine is fully updated with all bios etc but just needs a strip back.
Any ideas?

I have also got the new G75V with 3D One word AWESOME gamers machine
 

Answer:Recovery Disks, What happens when they fail

I would go ahead and try to reburn disc 3. That would at least tell you if the information needed for that disc is still available. Windows installations can be picky about reading discs probably due to tight compression of files.

Imgburn's "Create Image file from Disc" option will write an ISO file to your HD of disc 3, copying it exactly if possible. Then use imgburn's "Write Image File to Disc" option to burn the ISO file which you just created to a new blank disc.

Then try the recovery again. I the information was there but the disc was difficult to read this might solve the problem.
 

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I get this error everytime i start my PC. Please help me how to get rid of it.
It gives me 2 options F1 to continue or DEL for entering setup.
Is there some way through which i can disable my floppy drive by entering BIOS Setup so that is stops prompting me at the startup.
 

Answer:Floppy Disks fail(40)

Best thing to do is to take the cables off the floppy so the motherboard doesn't see it and that it is failing. Or just check the connections and most likely the cable is just loose. reseat it cables and it should then give no error.
 

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A few days ago, after waking my computer from sleep mode, I got a black screen and could not shut down or restart. Powering down from the power button also took a few attempts. When it finally did, I turned the computer back on and got this message:

Phoenix Award Bios V6.00p6
Floppy Disks(s) Fail (40)
Audio Cable Not Connected

It gives me the option to press F1 and skip right past this, everything seems to work fine after doing so, but the same thing will happen on start up each and every time. Not sure whats going or how this happened but I'm noticing that strange stuff happens anytime Windows updates itself, which it did not to long ago.

Anyone else having this problem? Any info would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

Answer:Floppy Disks(s) Fail (40)

  
Quote: Originally Posted by thatoneguy


A few days ago, after waking my computer from sleep mode, I got a black screen and could not shut down or restart. Powering down from the power button also took a few attempts. When it finally did, I turned the computer back on and got this message:

Phoenix Award Bios V6.00p6
Floppy Disks(s) Fail (40)
Audio Cable Not Connected

It gives me the option to press F1 and skip right past this, everything seems to work fine after doing so, but the same thing will happen on start up each and every time. Not sure whats going or how this happened but I'm noticing that strange stuff happens anytime Windows updates itself, which it did not to long ago.

Anyone else having this problem? Any info would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.


Check your C-MOS battery. If your BIOS settings are changing all by themselves, that's your most likely culpruit.

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After uninstalling a program and rebooting there is no system, not even BIOS, nor safe mode.I tried recovering C:\ partition (with two recovery programs) but there is nothing to recover.  C:\ partition is absolutely empty I have Recovery disks for e540, but it is faulty.Fortunately I do have a copy of ...Product Name, Product ID, Installed Key, OEM key  ... and ...OEM Edition:  Win 8.1 RTM Professional OEMM  . . . . I have not a clue what Win 8.1 RTM Professional OEMM ... represents,the PC came (new) with Win-7 PRO x64   pre-installedGave the e540 to local PC tech who installed a non Lenovo OEM Win-7 PRO x64 (which is same edition as original Lenovo setup.).  But the install is laggy and unstable.  The HDD (near new but out of warranty) is faulty, maybe the cause of my problems. can I use a Windows 7 PRO x64 OEM to reinstall onto the Lenovo ?I have a new internal HDD (ready) and hope I can use the product keys (above) or whatever I need to get the e540 going again I would appreciate any help, thank you  ----------------.Original factory OS: Win-7 PRO x64----------------.  

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Dell Inspiron 8200 (IDE interface) notebook
82gb Hitachi Travelstar d/d-XP loaded Primary disk drive failure O(yet BIOS reads disk)... I can sometimes load using F12 choosing internal disk drive load, works perfect. I have over the past week re-installed XP and run a Hitachi dft diagnosisprogramme no problem found.
6gb Hitachi (as above)... BUT loads most times runs a little slow and has been known to Windows serious error found and closed down on me. Other times runs perfectly

20gb Hitachi travelstar loaded with Win 98 loads and runs perfectly every time.

I am of course swapping out the drives from the one IDE slot.
Is this a Windows failure, have I 2 drives failing at the same time or is my 8200 (6 years old after no trouble at all) giving up on me.?
 

Answer:2x disks XP fail /1x disk Win 98 perfect

It's not a Windows problem. Contrary to popular belief, Windows can't cause physical hard drive damage. You're dealing with very old hard drives.
 

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Hi everyone, Just got my new W520 a month ago, now im trying to make the recovery disks from the dedicated partition. First i only have 2 .wim files: cdrivebackup.wim sdrivebackup.wim i think qdrivebackup.wim is missing. Now when i try to burn the cds it wont let me choose the "boot media" - a missing file. And when i select only the "data media" it let me burn. So what's missing? why it won't let me burn the boot media? BTW there's a support mail for lenovo, or just by phone? Thanks!





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Answer:Fail to create Recovery Disks

You need to call up the support and tell them that the OS won't let you create the recovery media.

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Lenovo'ers I just got my ThinkPad a week ago. It could not complete its Windows Updates, seems there was corruption in the Windows Update registry (google 'windows update error 643', seems to be common). I tried a few Microsoft support tools to correct it, but in the end I was wasting too much time so decided to restore my laptop to factory state. I went to the ThinkPad tools from the Start Menu, where there was a tool to create system restore disks. I went through that process, and created "Boot" and "Data" recovery disks. I rebooted my laptop with the boot DVD, and it started the recovery. I opted to do a full factory reset. It started going through the process, but then stopped and asked  for the "Application and Drivers Disk 1". What? The disk creation process only produced a "Boot" and "Data" disk. I tried using the Data disk for Disk #1, and was relieved when that worked. Sadly, the process continued until it stopped again and asks for Application and Driver disk #2. Sadly, the 'Data' disk  does not work for this, and the restore process refuses to continue. I am stuck. My machine is now in a completely unusable state. The original parition has been wiped out, and the OS is not installed. Two questions: 1) what is wrong with the recovery process? Seems like a major problem with the tool producing 'Boot' and 'Data' disks, while the reinstaler expects different disks. How can this be?2) how can I restore my machine to factory s... Read more

Answer:T530 Recovery Process Broken, I have Boot and Data disks not Application and Drivers disks 1 and 2

Hello and welcome,
 
Sorry to hear about this
 
Your recovery partition is probably already wiped out by the aborted restore, but what happens if you press the "Think" button during boot?  (or whatever it's called these days)  That might have given you a factory restore option _before_ you tried the DVDs.
 
Failing that, give support a call and explain the situation.  They can send you a DVD set.  They normally charge for these, but in a situation like yours they are often provided free.  I can't speak for Lenovo - that's just my personal experience.
 

United States
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1-800-426-7378
24 hours/day7 days/week

 
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My Sat Pro A10 operated happily running a dual boot system (XP and Mandriva) before failing to start one day.
I successfully used the Toshiba recovery disks and all was OK for a year or so before the same fault recurred.

Now recovery disk Nr.1does not restores the system and the laptop switches off after appearing to function normally for about 20 seconds.

Restoring the MBR and reformatting using a Win 98 recovery floppy failed to solve the problem.

Does anyone have any ideas please?

Answer:Satellite Pro A10 recovery disks fail to reinstall Win XP

What exactly happens when Disc 1 fails? Read error?

Is the Disc scratched or dirty? You may need to order a replacement disc from Toshiba

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

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

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

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Ok, so first thing I do when I get a new PC...1.  Charge Battery2.  Start initially, go through any wizards to get into Windows for the first time3.  Reboot once4.  Log in to Windows5.  CREATE RECOVERY DISKS I mean I don't know how long ago but the trend has been vendors put either a recovery partition or provide imaging software to image the HD as is and this be your recovery disks... no problem... So I start the creating recovery disks process, and naturally it fails on the 3rd Disk... but it says to put in another blank disk and goes on... Now after I create a recovery disk I always put them to use and make sure they work... naturally it doesn't... results in a Blue Screen of Death.  No problem because I already knew I could reinstall from the Recovery Partition provided (I didn't do a complete HD recovery wiping out the recovery partition) I managed to recover just fine and tried to make a new set of Recovery Disks.......... now here's the kicker: I get a message saying "You can have only one copy of the Microsoft Windows operating system.  The Product Recovery Media Creator will exit now."  LOL Wouldn't be too much of an issue if they would have provided Windows 7 recovery disks w/ purchase instead of XP Pro only.  That I don't understand at all. So anyone know of how to reset the Recovery Media so I can created a NEW set of recovery disks? 











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Answer:Lenovo's Creating Factory Recovery Disks = FAIL

This is a licensing issue; why is it a fail?Just delete Q:\FactoryRecovery\service_done.ini if you want to create another set...

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I discovered was that there is a requirement for a disk space area for recovery partition and operating system partition. The total amount the drive has available is 30GB. When I left the default size I noticed that there was no disk space available. I then rectified this issue by making recovery partition and operating system disk partition 15GB each and there was no error performing the install. It was able to install the last disk language disks and then prompted the second phase would initiate after the restart.What happens is the recovery dialogue appears and the copying interface starts at this point the error exception is thrown.I am installing windows 8/8.1 if I select 8.1 in the drop down for OS's there is a default of 12GB for the recovery partition and the operating system has a default of 50%. I change the operating system to 100% which is 15GB and then change the recovery partition to 15GB. This step ensures that there is enough hard disk space to be able to install all the CDs without disk space error. then when I finish the second phase after bootup appears:error: "Fail to apply image, error code is: -1" With the recovery disks that I ordered is a guide that states I must for 8.1 change the drive from 13GB to 30GB that is the recovery partition because below that is a formula that calculates % of disk space allocated to the operating system which is default 50%. It is really confusing because if I change the recovery partition to 30GB there is no disk spac... Read more

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Friend of mine gave me her Acer Aspire 5742z-4813 because it fails to boot and eventually asks to repair, which it doesn't. Can't enter safe-mode, either.

Only thing she's said is that her daughter installed Norton 360 a few days before it crashed.

Things I've tried:

At command prompt, ran the following with no effect: bootrec.exe /FixMbr, bootrec.exe /FixBoot, bootrec.exe /RebuildBcd, chkdsk /f E:, and finally chkskd /f /r /x.

I also entered BIOS and changed HDD mode to IDE from ACHI. No joy.

Thanks in advance, guys.

Answer:[SOLVED] Win7 Fail to Boot, Fail to Repair

Test the HDD, download the ISO image for Seatools in my signature, burn the image to CD using IMGBurn also in my signature, boot off of the newly created CD and run the Short and Long tests on the drive. If either test fails, the HDD needs to be replaced.

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Ideapad Z585 AMD A8-4500 1.9GhzAMD Radeon HD7640  Hi, My 11 month old Ideapad failed to boot last night with error 'BL Initialize Library Error 0xc0000029'. Eventually a blue screen appeared saying that multiple start attempts had failed and the system needed repair. As suggested I tried to use One key recovery but choosing restore to factory settings leads to self same failure. Sadly I have misplaced the recovery disc I created during a house revamp so cannot try that route.  Is this a warrany return issue? Thanks,Dave













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Answer:Z585 Boot fail / One key Recovery Fail

are you able to boot in to safety mode?1.Remove all floppy disks, CDs, and DVDs from your computer, and then restart your computer.Click the Start button Picture of Start button, click the arrow next to the Shut Down button Picture of Shut Down button, and then click Restart.Do one of the following:If your computer has a single operating system installed, press and hold the F8 key as your computer restarts. You need to press F8 before the Windows logo appears. If the Windows logo appears, you'll need to try again by waiting until the Windows logon prompt appears, and then shutting down and restarting your computer.If your computer has more than one operating system, use the arrow keys to highlight the operating system you want to start in safe mode, and then press F8.On the Advanced Boot Options screen, use the arrow keys to highlight the safe mode option you want, and then press Enter. For more information about options, see Advanced startup options (including safe mode).Log on to your computer with a user account that has administrator rights.When your computer is in safe mode, you'll see the words Safe Mode in the corners of your monitor. To exit safe mode, restart your computer and let Windows start normally.

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Following Mark's suggestion in the shipping thread I thought I'd get this started here.  I noticed a couple of people talking about making recovery disks, and then someone else jumped in and said that a bootable disk and maybe a few others should have come with the machine.  Can someone clarify?  Were we supposed to get (for example) an XP boot/install CD with the machine, or not?  I got nothing with mine, but I have a whole bunch of extra stuff on the hard drive.Damien

Answer:Recovery disks, boot disks etc

Generally no recovery cds/dvds are included in the box. It would appear that sometimes there have been XP recovery sets included with some Vista TPs, but this is not the "rule". Sets can be ordered from Lenovo and may be liable to cost something.It is up to the user to create his/her own recovery set using the tool provided in -Start - Programs - Think Vantage - Create Recovery Media. Be sure to create a set, lower part of the window, and not just a boot cd, upper part of the window.

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Can any kind person explain the difference between a

Boot disk and Restore disk?

The reason I am asking is my Hard disk appears to be on its last legs and when it finally goes I will have to buy and install a new one.

I have a Restore CD (actually 2 that came with my computer) and I have read a little about Boot disks.

so .... When I start my computer with the new Hard disk what do I use? (as it will be blank)

a Boot disk?
or a Restore disk?
or both?


many thanks
 

Answer:Boot disks and Restore disks?

A boot disk is a disk that your computer can use to boot. A restore disk is a disk that contains some sort of restore information.

A boot disk may contain restore information and a recovery disk may be bootable.

In your case, you should just boot from the restore CD and follow the pretty on-screen instructions.
 

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Answer:Booting Up Using Restore Disks

Can anyone help? Everytime I switch on I have to use the restore disks to boot up and this normally takes several attempts. Is their anybody out there who is having similar problems?

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My AMD Athlon based computer died, but my drives are ok. I would like to get an intel (E6700 core duo) based system and just stick my drives in and boot from my WIN2K installation.

Can I do this? If not, why?
 

Answer:Solved: Booting from old disks

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I have a true image 2017 and just created a bootable DVD from within the program.

I changed my PC to boot from DVDRW first and it works perfectly....however my laptop refuses to boot from the same disk(s) I have set the bios to boot from CD/DVD drive first and also pressing F9 to get the boot menu and choosing DVDRW still results it booting into Windows....

Just tried a couple more DVDs which should boot, but same issue...

It's an HP pavilion DV6700, wondered if anyone has any ideas

PS the only thing Imhave done recently is replace the HDD with an SSD
Thanks
update just noticed that DVD driver looks OK in device manager, but in Windows just days cd ROM and not opening recognising any disks

Answer:DVD writer laptop not booting from disks

Any ideas please....need to resolve this asap

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I'm trying to erase the HDD's of several laptops so that they can be donated to various programs. Doing so requires that I:


Change the boot order in the BIOS
pop in floppy and restart computer.
perform the wipe to DOD standards
verify that the drive was completly wiped
Well on several of the machines, when I restart, I get:

Remove disks or other media.
Press any key to restart​
which I do only to have the computer try to run Windows like it would normally. I then start over by restarting, entering the BIOS to verify that the first boot device is the FDD (which it is) as well as verifying that the HDD is being recognized (in these instances it has been, but I'll get to my other problem later). I exit BIOS, let it boot and get (you guessed it!)

Remove disks or other media.
Press any key to restart​each time this happens I am booting a PC DOS floppy to run Norton GDisk to wipe the drives. If I use another utility (Autoclave v0.3) it boots directly from the floppy and I can wipe the drive. The only problem with using Autoclave is that I can't verify the drive has been completly wiped (using Norton Diskedit) because when I restart the computer it doesn't detect a HDD, and my job requires that EACH drive be checked and if necessary, re-wiped or degaussed/destroyed.

If anyone can give me some insight as to exactly what is happening, and what I can do/try to get past these problems, I would be appreciative. If more info is n... Read more

Answer:When Booting from FDD: Remove Disks or Other Media

You could also create a bootable CD instead of using a floppy. All you need is the bootable floppy and a CD burning program that knows how to make bootable CDs.
 

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I have a true image 2017 and just created a bootable DVD from within the program.

I changed my PC to boot from DVDRW first and it works perfectly....however my laptop refuses to boot from the same disk(s) I have set the bios to boot from CD/DVD drive first and also pressing F9 to get the boot menu and choosing DVDRW still results it booting into Windows....

Just tried a couple more DVDs which should boot, but same issue...

It's an HP pavilion DV6700, wondered if anyone has any ideas

PS the only thing Imhave done recently is replace the HDD with an SSD
Thanks
update just noticed that DVD driver looks OK in device manager, but in Windows just days cd drive and not opening disks

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My nice new SDD arrived, I installed it into the PC and disconnected the other SATA drives bar the DVD, spun up my W10 DVD and fairly quickly had a new activated install of W10.

Great!

So I plugged in the old SDD (it has the old C: on it) and the HDDs and it booted off the old SDD.

Unplugged the old SDD, plugged in the new one plus the HDDs, it wouldn't boot.

Went back to just the new SDD installed, boots fine, hot-plugged the HDDs and it wouldn't see them.

Argh! So right now I'm back where I was with the old SDD and the two HDDs which are mirrored.

Answer:Existing disks not recognised / booting of old SDD

Have you checked in bios to make sure the new SSD is the primary/first boot device? And you probably need to do that with all the HDDs and SSDs you are planning on having connected actually connected when you enter bios setup.

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Hello!

Currently I have this configuration:


Code:
Disk 0 (basic): WinXP (10GB), Unallocated (110GB)
Disk 1 (basic): Unallocated (400GB)
Disk 2 (basic): Win7 (500GB - raid0)
I would like to create one spanned volume from both unallocated partitions using the dynamic disk feature in windows 7. This way I can add space later if needed without having multiple volumes to think about. Also I hope that I will be able to quickly remove winxp when I don't need it anymore (waiting for updated software).

I currently boot into both xp and 7 with 7's boot menu.

To do what I plan I'd have to make both disk 0 and 1 dynamic and that would include the partition with windows xp. When I try to do this I get a warning that I will not be able to boot any installed operating systems on that volume after the conversion.

Is that the case? I really don't want to reinstall everything again...

Btw, xp put it's boot files (ntdlr, boot.ini) on the windows 7 partition onto which I installed 7 after xp without formatting it and that partition is set as the booting one in the bios.

Also, I found this here and it might help me but I'm not sure...

Thanks!

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My nice new SDD arrived, I installed it into the PC and disconnected the other SATA drives bar the DVD, spun up my W10 DVD and fairly quickly had a new activated install of W10.

Great!

So I plugged in the old SDD (it has the old C: on it) and the HDDs and it booted off the old SDD.

Unplugged the old SDD, plugged in the new one plus the HDDs, it wouldn't boot.

Went back to just the new SDD installed, boots fine, hot-plugged the HDDs and it wouldn't see them.

Argh! So right now I'm back where I was with the old SDD and the two HDDs which are mirrored.

Answer:Existing disks not recognised / booting of old SDD

Have you checked in bios to make sure the new SSD is the primary/first boot device? And you probably need to do that with all the HDDs and SSDs you are planning on having connected actually connected when you enter bios setup.

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.4
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 10 Home, 32 bit
Processor: AMD A8-5600K APU with Radeon(tm) HD Graphics, x64 Family 21 Model 16 Stepping 1
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 3041 Mb
Graphics Card: AMD Radeon HD 7560D, 768 Mb
Hard Drives: C: 73 GB (40 GB Free); E: 74 GB (74 GB Free); F: 74 GB (64 GB Free); G: 74 GB (74 GB Free); H: 74 GB (73 GB Free); I: 931 GB (903 GB Free);
Motherboard: MSI, FM2-A55M-E33 (MS-7721)
Antivirus: Windows Defender, Enabled and Updated
 

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i have recently perchaced a 2nd hard disk for my gaming rig - (1st one in sig) and intalled vista ultimate on it. i also have XP on another hard disk in the same rig and both are connected via Sata II to the ports on my mobo however when i switch my PC on it just boots streaght to vista.

is there a way to get my Bios to as me witch disk to boot from during start up so i have the option of choosing witch OS i want to use? (like when you have 2 OS's on 1 hard disk split with a partition)
 

Answer:Dual booting from 2 hard disks question?

You can use something like VistaBootPro to set up the options. You won't get the standard ones, because you didn't install XP first, but the software above will do so. You also may have an option to bring up a boot menu at the POST screen, and choose the device to boot from.

On a side note, if you perchace something....is it any cheaper than if you purchased it?
 

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So...
I think it's my graphics card.
I can't even start with the PCI-e video so the only option for me was to go to the BIOS and select [onboard] so it can at least display properly.
I see these green dots and other abnormal video problems at startup.
gaming gets so crappy :S
I am currently running onboard and it's somewhat doing the same thing when it's in PCI-e
what does this mean?
Here are some screen shots:
I have NVIDIA 9800GT, but it says something else.

When it starts this happens

or this

and finally this pops up

then the blue physical dump thing comes up...
ugh I've been trying to fix this all day, im so illiterate right now i can hardly explain the situation...
 

Answer:Solved: Ouch. Booting fail.

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Answer:when booting the system error remove disks or other media

The message indicates you have a floppy disk or a CD in a drive that is stopping the boot process.

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Hi,

My recently purchased Dell XPS 14 laptop has started  throwing weird error  'Checking Media [Fail]'  at booting time and fails to boot.I ran diagnostics but no errors found.I did few trails like enabling Legacy boot ,changing boot device order..etc but nothing has worked out.Could some body shed some light on it please.
My system make : Dell XPS 14
Bios Version : A13

Answer:Booting error 'Checking Media [Fail]'

I managed to see third option i.e Windows Boot Manager under UEFI Boot menu. What I did was 

1) I changed SATA option to AHCI from Rapid Store technology
2)Then Windows Boot Manager  appreared in UEFI menu ,moved Windows Boot Manager to first position in the list
3)Then reverted SATA to Rapid Store technology
4)Exit & save settings
5)Reboot

Worked like a charm :)

Thank you very much once again

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Ok, my first question is, has my hard drive crashed.

When I start up, the device info is supposed to say something like:
"Maxtor 2B020H1" but instead I get
"Maxtor eph7 hgnk78l"
note: the odd device name isnt exact, but I could write it down and post it if it helps.

This all happened when I unplugged the ribbon cable from my m/b. -dont ask- lol
When I plugged it back in I got that message.
I have confirmed it is the hard drive itself, by trying it in a different computer.

My second problem is, that was my primary master hard drive. I did not have the operating system on that hard drive but, that hard drive contained the xp boot record or ntldr ..something, i dont know much

so Is there a way to restore that boot program/record onto a different hard drive and gain access to my operating system.
Also if it helps I can get into vista too (different hard drive and bootloader so wasnt affected)
The reason I'm so frustrated is because xp was my main os (
 

Answer:Booting problems - hard drive fail and more

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Hiya, My Y400 is currently installed with Win7 on the 2.5" space and I've installed Ubuntu on the 16GB mSATA. I install Ubuntu from USB and all works fine but when booting the system to Ubuntu drive (mSATA), it doesn't seem to find the Linux Bootloader (in this case GRUB2). The strange thing is that when I unplug the 2.5", it works fine and BIOS finds GRUB that finds Ubuntu. When the 2.5" with Win7 is plugged in, I get the typical blank screen when no bootloader is found, the fan goes into highest mode and nothing happens.  Has Lenovo somehow disabled booting from mSATA if there's a Windows bootloader present? Can anyone confirm that running separate OS on separate disks works? Other info:-I'm pointing the BIOS to the correct disks (tried both changing boot order and selecting boot drive with F12).-System boots fine if I plug a 2.5" storage drive instead of the Win7 disk, having mSATA unix and SATA storage (i.e. no Win7 bootloader present) Thanks

Answer:Y400 trouble booting from mSATA, dual OS on separate disks

clarenc3 wrote:Hiya, My Y400 is currently installed with Win7 on the 2.5" space and I've installed Ubuntu on the 16GB mSATA. I install Ubuntu from USB and all works fine but when booting the system to Ubuntu drive (mSATA), it doesn't seem to find the Linux Bootloader (in this case GRUB2). The strange thing is that when I unplug the 2.5", it works fine and BIOS finds GRUB that finds Ubuntu. When the 2.5" with Win7 is plugged in, I get the typical blank screen when no bootloader is found, the fan goes into highest mode and nothing happens.  Has Lenovo somehow disabled booting from mSATA if there's a Windows bootloader present? Can anyone confirm that running separate OS on separate disks works? Other info:-I'm pointing the BIOS to the correct disks (tried both changing boot order and selecting boot drive with F12).-System boots fine if I plug a 2.5" storage drive instead of the Win7 disk, having mSATA unix and SATA storage (i.e. no Win7 bootloader present) ThanksHiThe problem you are facing is common one. This is mainly because the bios sees the hdd as the primary disk and the msata as a secondary disk and hence whenever it is attached, the bios irrespective of your choice looks in to the primary hdd sata port first.The further complication in your case is that there are two different bootloaders, which might be the main problem since installing a same kind of os(i mean unix with unix and linux with linux) generally creates a boot entry in the main... Read more

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My laptop doesn't start. Power light and charging are on, HDD LED also, but has black display.
If I hold F12 key during the start with my recovery disk in, I can hear CD running/searching but display stays black.
Seems to me as the boot (bios) is corrupted. Anyone can advice???

Answer:Booting the laptop fail - display stays black

Hi Lexab,


First try turning on the system without the battery on it.

You can start isolating the problem by connecting an external monitor on the PC, once cable is connected to the laptop Press FN+F5, if it transfered the image to the external monitor then its being caused by an LCD problem. But if it still does the samething after doing that, then it means that the system is not Posting at all and there is a big possibility that it can be a Motherboard related issue. Hope that this will somehow shed light to your problem. :)

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Heyas, I recently moved and when I assembled my computer at my new place I got this error message when it booted up..."System is running in Fail-Safe state. Please recheck -BIOS CMOS SETUP." I reassembled my computer the same way I always have, so to bypass this screen I just press F1 and my computer continues booting. I'm a noob to PCs and I have no idea what this means but, it definitely runs slower while in this mode. Can anyone give me any suggestions as to what might be causing this?
 

Answer:Solved: System booting in Fail-Safe State?

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I have an IBM ThinkPad R51-1828DRG and am attempting to create a set of recovery disks using Access IBM > Create Recovery Discs the program fails with the error message "An internal error has caused the process to fail". The Create Rescue Media program CD option also fails with the same message. Can anyone offer any assistance. Thank you in anticipation. RobC

Answer:R51-1829DRG Create Recovery Disks error "An internal error has caused the process to fail"

I also have this same problem trying to create recoverey disks for a ThinkCentre S50 8086-21u. Used RnR to return disk to factory state and the error message still shows up. No listing of this particular error on Lenovos site. This machine is totally back to factory state now, would upgrading RnR do anything?

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Hi
My sister laptop since yesterday is Now Req Phoenix Fail Safe Key on booting up Samsung N130 Laptop.

She said the laptop crashed while she was browsing the net and when she turn it on and off over night she was display with a Black Screen asking her for a "Phoenix Fail Safe Key"

She has no idea what the key is and does not remember taking the service out.
So we decided to try and get some support from Phoenix but on there website the service in now closed down
Failsafe

So im not sure how to get rid of this i cant enter bios or boor up and reinstall windows etc is there any way to get rid of this?

What if i take the CMOS Battery out will this restart the system? and get rid of the key request?

Answer:Windows Crashes & Now Req Phoenix Fail Safe Key on booting up Laptop

I purchased a laptop from a computer shop and it was refurbished and return to factory settings. it worked fine for over 2 months and this morning it was asking for a failsafe key.

I contacted the shop and he has no idea nor does he have the details of the owner as it was a few months ago.

I can't do anything, not even get into BIOS

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Hello all,

AVAST rendered my windows useless by causing it to immediately restart after booting (so I see the 4 color orbs of the windows loading up, then see the blue background where you choose which account to log into then it restarts).

So, after messing around with it for a while I managed to fix the booting process via safemode by messing around with msconfig. It looks like something went right because now the PC boots into the windows login perfectly fine, however, I lost all functionality with my keyboard and mouse. Hence, not allowing me to do anything but stare at the screen or a forced power restart/shutdown. The KB and mouse work perfectly fine during the BIOS phase prior to booting to windows. I bought a PS/2 keyboard today thinking that it might solve the issue (my original KB and mouse are USB) but it did not. I spent a night and morning googling methods but I can't seem to find anything related to my issue and my migraine finally kicked it from frustration.

What can I do to fix this without reinstalling windows? Is there a method to reset what drivers load up? Or maybe reset msconfig startup parameters to default? Another issue I'm having is that I do not have the "repair install" option when I boot with the Windows DVD. This had me stumped all last night but I finally realized that it's because you need to activate the DVD from within the Windows Environment then reboot. That, as I stated, is not possible.

Thank you for your help!
Grav

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Answer:Broke booting driver order; Mouse & Keyboard fail to function.

  
Quote: Originally Posted by Gravitytr1


Hello all,
So, after messing around with it for a while I managed to fix the booting process via safemode by messing around with msconfig. It looks like something went right because now the PC boots into the windows login perfectly fine, however, I lost all functionality with my keyboard and mouse.


So you booted in safe mode and changed some things in msconfig. "normal boot" works as well as I read correctly. Did you use keyboard/mouse to logon? Do you see clock in bottom right of screen? Does it increase a minute each minute?

What did you "mess around" with msconfig?

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I have two Windows 7 64 bit systems that worked perfectly until approx two weeks ago. They started becoming unresponsive to various websites, such as b1015.com (unable to listen live). Both computers then started having problems opening sites through google searches.
 
Following this, most updates on both computers fail. Downloads from the internet fail. Updating flash on one - failed. downloading .net framework update - failed.
 
One computer has MSE - updated and ran scan - no threats found
One computer has AVast - updated and ran scan - no threats found
 
Tried to download malwarebytes on the computer with avast - failed
went to XP station - downloaded to thumb drive and installed from thumb drive and ran  - no threats found
 
from cmd prompt -  ran sfc /scannow on both computers  -  no problems found
 
Can anyone give me any ideas of where to go from here to get both of these computers working properly again
 
VR-
 
Bec

Answer:Updates Fail/Downloads Fail/Flash Sites Fail x2 computers

The first place to start is are you getting any error messages when the updates fail? What do the messages state -- for example, do you get any error codes? Please post that information here.

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HI,

Got a really annoying problem. I am having a dual boot machine with Win7 and Kubuntu 10.04 x64. For some reason every time I have been in Kubuntu and try to reboot into Windows, either a lot drivers fail to load at startup and I have to reboot (which normally leads to everything being okay) or Windows crashes doing startup. I have tried to run Chkdsk, which says everything is okay and sfc /scannow which also says everything is okay. After one crash I tried to start up in 'recovery mode' but Windows were unable to repair what ever the problem was. There does not seems to be any problem with Kubuntu!
Anyone having similar problems?
Any help would be really appriciated
Thanks

Answer:Dual booting Kubuntu/Windows7 fail to load drivers or crash at startup

  
Quote: Originally Posted by klausindc


HI,

Got a really annoying problem. I am having a dual boot machine with Win7 and Kubuntu 10.04 x64. For some reason every time I have been in Kubuntu and try to reboot into Windows, either a lot drivers fail to load at startup and I have to reboot (which normally leads to everything being okay) or Windows crashes doing startup. I have tried to run Chkdsk, which says everything is okay and sfc /scannow which also says everything is okay. After one crash I tried to start up in 'recovery mode' but Windows were unable to repair what ever the problem was. There does not seems to be any problem with Kubuntu!
Anyone having similar problems?
Any help would be really appriciated
Thanks



Since window (SFC, and chkdsk) seem to indicate Win 7 is ok, and Kubuntu also seems ok, I suspect it is in the boot loader. What/how are you picking the active OS?

Ken

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Laptop is not booting up. It is restarting again and again. Problem started in following manner.
-First while using laptop my keyboards stop functioning.
-Second When I restarted It starts normal but stopped accepting inputs from keyboard and even Window Virtual Keyboard.
-Third I tried reinstalling windows, When I tried to install it from pen-drive(bootable pendrive). It is not booting. It is restarting again and again.
Can any one help me on this?

Answer:Laptop is not booting. It starts booting but restarts before it gets boot properly.

First thing to do is run an extended (NOT just 10 minute) diagnostic on the hard drive.  If you need further assistance, post the results of that (numeric error codes) along with the full model information - i.e., Inspiron N5110, XPS L501x, etc.).

Press F12 a few times immediately after powering on to get into the diagnostics.

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Well, I really should have left well enough alone. But I'd been running 1.15 on my P70 (with no problems) and decided enough time had gone by that the latest 1.21 update was probably stable and usable, and should be problem-free.
 
Unfortunately, now that I've updated the BIOS (successfully) I can no longer boot. The process just hangs at the "press ENTER to interrupt the normal boot process".  ENTER doesn't work, nor does F12.  Nothing works.
 
Of course the original 500GB HDD spinner boot drive on my P70 has long ago been replaced with two 512GB Samsung 950 Pro NVMe drives in the M.2 bay (with NVMe0 set as the boot drive in the BIOS STARTUP list), and a 512GB 850 Pro SSD in the primary 2.5" bay.  950 Pro NVMe1 and 850 Pro SSD are both for "data".
 
Now the last time I did a BIOS update from the original 1.11 which arrived in the machine to 1.15, I had the same hang at boot time.  And ENTER didn't work.  But F12 did work, and I was finally able to get into the "choose boot drive" dialog of the BIOS and specify NVMe0, and it took off and I was back operating again.  I then re-entered the BIOS to specify that NVMe0 was the boot drive, and from that point on everything worked properly and normally again.  Didn't need to use ENTER or F12, it just booted properly again from NVMe0.
 
Well, this doesn't work now that I've updated from 1.15 to 1.21.  BIOS does not boot (it's probably reset the STARTUP boot order to default,... Read more

Answer:P70 (950 Pro NVMe0 boot) BIOS update to 1.21: can no longer boot, and ENTER/F12 both fail to work

For reference, the following screenshot shows what was my previous boot sequence in the Startup tab:
 

 
And here is what the Startup tab was, before the 1.21 update:
 

 
 

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Hi there,

I've recently built a new rig and I've had continuous problems trying to boot. I have two HDDs and one SDD. It seems when the two HDDs are plugged in, i can sometimes boot ok, and most times i get:






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

Status: 0xc000000e

Boot selection failed because a required device is inaccessible


Or

Please select a boot device, or something to the affect.

I've updated to the latest bios on my new mobo ( Gigabyte z97x SOC Force ) and ive done a fresh install of windows several times on the SDD. I also ran crystal disk to check health on the SDD and it came back healthy.

It seems mostly my boot problems are linked to plugging in the two other HDDs, though I've no idea why this would be, and how to fix it? Is it a motherboard problem or a HDD problem?

Any help greatly appreciated.

Answer:Windows boot fail: Boot selection failed because a required device is

Hi

Please post a screenshot of "Disk Management" as per this guide - Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

( Make sure all disks are plugged ).

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Hi i want to duel boot windows 7 and windows 8.1...i have a 240gb ssd with windows 7 already installed on it....i also have a 2tb storage hardrive and i use this for storage..btw this hardrive did have my windows 7 on it untill i bought the ssd then i ported windows 7 on to the ssd using Paragon Migrate OS to SSD...then i formatted the 2tb drive and have it as a storage drive now.

Ok so my problem is when i split my 2tb storage drive into 2 partitions using AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard Edition ("i intend to use the one partition of about 750gb for windows 8.1") ..however my computer will not boot anymore? i get a Status Oxc0000225 The boot selection failed....i belive this is because the storage drive still has the mbr on it from when it had windows 7 on it...in fact i know it is still on there but i dont know how to delete the mbr from the storage drive???

If i split the storage drive into 2 partitions the computer will not boot....if i disconnect the storage drive and boot with only the ssd it will boot again my pc boots again....also if i rejoin the storage drive back to one partition and reconnect it..it boot fine with it connected again....so there for some reason windows on C drive does not like my storage drive having a different size or being 2 partitions and it appears it needs some information from the storage drive if conceted to be able to have successful boot??... could this have something with the old MBR on my storage drive from when windows 7... Read more

Answer:Oxc0000225 boot fail after resizing storage drive want to duel boot

Quote:
Can i delete the mbr from the storage drive


no






Quote:
does my storage drive need an mbr?


yes





Quote:
and can i ever restore that drive back to a primary drive?


yes make sure none of the volumes on it are marked active

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System T61 I was able to boot from my USB memory stick before.  However, recently I no longer can do this. Boot from ATAPI CD is fine.When I go into BIOS Setup, I notice there is a "-" minus sign in front of USB HDD.  What is this?  This is the only entry that has "-" sign in front of it.   Does this mean anything to booting off the USB stick?

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This has been widely reported in the BSD/Linux community for a few years, but unfortuately there is still no fix available with the latest BIOS update.  Are there plans to fix this? Thanks, Joseph

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Hi,
I just got a ASUS G75V series and updated it to windows 7 professional with Intel core i7.
I was able to work with it and everything was fine until I had to install XP because some softwares are not compatible with Win 7 x64.
I have Win 7 on drive C: and windows xp on drive E: which in windows XP environment it is shown as drive C: again(I have two HDDs, 500GB each).

So as you can predict I tried using the dual booting and followed the tutorial for that on the website, I wasn't able to get it to work exactly and each time I had to change the bios settings to boot either win 7 or win XP,

I downloaded easyBCD and was trying to get it to work but my silly mistake was I Reset BCD configuration under BCD backup/repair tab and ever since I haven't been able to load windows 7 and the laptop directly loads windows xp.

I ran easyBCD in windows xp and tried to fix the problem by adding the bootloader for windows 7 there but nothing seems to work.

I am really stuck and I can not reinstall windows 7 because it is set up with all the softwares for my work

Answer:Issue booting Win 7, booting directly into XP & no boot manager

It sounds like you have the OS's installed on two separate HD's, and were booting them correctly via the BIOS - setting preferred one first to boot in BIOS setup, then booting the other one using the one-time BIOS Boot menu key.

To restart Win7 unplug all other HD's, Mark the 100mb System Reserved (preferred) or Win7 Partition Active then run Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times.

Once Win7 starts, plug back in the XP HD and boot it using the Asus F8 one-time BIOS Boot Menu key, or install EasyBCD to Win7 to add XP on its Add OS entry tab.

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My story:  The hard drive failed in my Y510P a few weeks ago, so I installed a 512 GB M.2 NGFF ZTC SSD.  (I bought the SSD a few months ago when hard drive first had symptoms, but then held off installing it due to lack of time and because HD passed diagnostic tests with no apparent problems).  Anyway, after the HD finally failed, I found I could boot it to BIOS and see the hard drive information, even though I couldn't boot the HD.  I originally had Windows 8.1, but had upgraded to Windows 10.  Prior to upgrading to Windows 10, I had backed up the recovery partition to a USB drive.  After physically installing the SSD, I tried using this recovery USB to clean install Windows 8.1 to the SSD (thinking Windows would then prompt me to upgrade to Windows 10 again), but the recovery software was unable to do that (so what good is the recovery software if it cannot deal with a catastrophic HD failure?).  Not that I wanted to go back to Windows 8.1 again, but I am really surprised it was basically useless under circumstances it might really be needed.  I was just trying to use it as a stepping stone in the recovery process. So next, with a little searching, I found I could download a Windows 10 installer directly from Microsoft.  I did that and it installed Windows 10 without any trouble. Yesterday morning, I found that my Y510P would not boot the new drive.  It would d... Read more

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I'm trying to install Windows 2000 Professional on a laptop that doesn't have a floppy drive. I have 4 Windows 2000 startup disks on floppy, and the CD. How do I convert the 4 floppies into one bootable CD? I know this may seem like a simple question, but I'm wasting CD-Rs trying to figure it out. I've tried using Nero to do it, but when I try to put all 4 disks on one CD, and then boot up the laptop, Setup aska for the 2nd disk. My Google search results are over my head.

So I tried doing it using 4 separate CDs, (a waste, I know), but when I tried to load the 2nd CD, I got the message: "File \halacpi.dll could not be loaded. The error code is 4. Setup cannot continue. Press any key to exit."

Then I thought that maybe the boot disk files were corrupted, so I went to bootdisk.com and downloaded new ones, and the same error message pops up.

Again, all I'm trying to do is put 4 boot disk files on one bootable CD, then install the Windows CD after that. I also have a USB thumb drive to try it with, and the laptop's BIOS supports USB booting. Any help would be appreciated.
 

Answer:Windows 2000: 4 boot disks to 1 boot CD?

Setup disks aren't necessary, just boot from the Windows 2000 Install CD. If you can't, it's probably because your disc is messed up.
 

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I have Norton Corp V8. Made the 2 disk boot disks and when I try to boot up using these disks the computer reads disk 1, asks me to insert disk 2 and press any key and nothing happens. Disk 2 has the ghost.exe file and it is not being read and executed.
I have a Dell XPS 600 system running XP Pro. Any ideas why this is happening and how do I correct it so I can reimage from these files.
 

Answer:Norton Ghost boot disks don't boot

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Now I've got an Inspiron 3646, I've had it for about.... 3 months maybe? Started running Win 10 about a week into its life. Now a couple of weeks ago, it started not being able to warm boot. I get the Dell emblem, I get two of the dots in the circle, then the LED for HDD access goes off. And it sits there.
Its been happening for a while now. Cold boot is fine. I talked to a buddy of mine in IT to see if he knew anything. Back when I talked to him, I got a postcode that said "fail at boot postcode 0xA5". I can't find anything on it, and neither could he. We tried doing a drive wipe and a clean install of Win 10. I had to shut off and cold boot this poor machine at least three times for it to complete. He suggested it might be the motherboard. Now, I did run ePSA and the online Dell diagnostics in hoping it could tell me something. Well, I got nothing. He says that it could be a very serious problem as it is a postcode.
What worries me is now it says "fail at boot postcode 0xA4". So whatever this is, it seems to be "moving". I'm wondering if the postcode has anything to do with the warm boot failure. I haven't called Dell yet, and its still under warranty. But, I'm hoping that someone or something can help me out with this... before calling Dell and sending it in.

Answer:Fail at boot postcode, can't warm boot

My 3646 desktop with 8.1 displayed the same 0xA4 fail code, so I called support. The code means a motherboard problem so they had my motherboard replaced. My desktop still displays the same fail code but the computer still boots up fine. I think it is a software problem, not a hardware problem. I did upgrade the BIOS to the latest but no joy. The MB was replaced last year. Got my finger crossed. The failed code occasionaly appears after a cold start but not waking up from sleep.

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hello Every one

Over last week i had problem in my Windows7 to boot
I get Over than 20minute to boot (Repair/Formate Or normal boot or in CD)
despite my config :
Os : Windows Xp
CPU : Core2Duo e4600
Gpu : Nvidia Ge Force 9500GT
Ram : 2go


sorry for my bad language
and thanks you for your help

Answer:Fail boot in Windows7 (repaire or any boot)

So, you have a Windows 7 disk and when you place it in the disk drive it takes a while. It's relatively normal for disks.
Once it's installed the boot times will be much much much less.

What are you trying to do? You want to install it over the current Windows XP?

How much time does it take to get you to the screen where you choose the language? Can you proceed?

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Hi,
firstly thanks for your time.

Model: Satellite A660 (PSAW3A-07U00R)

The problem started yesterday, the computer was going slow as an application closed, so I held the off button untill the pc turned off. When I restarded the laptop it went to a screen saying: Start windows normally or repair Windows (recomended)

When started normally it just hangs at a blank screen, the repair Windows recommends a system restore to earlier point which didnt work. As it just hangs again. I tried pressing F8 and starting in safe mode but again it just hangs. Then after a few times trying safe mode and another system restore the computer then hangs when I press F8. After this the computer goes past the Toshiba logo screen with F2 and F12 options (which both still work), and then it comes up boot failed then goes blank and comes with boot failed bootfailed with some numbers and letters, then it goes to a small box titled boot menu with 4 options.These are
HDD/SSD Toshiba MK6465GSX
CD/DVD MAT****ABD-CMB UJ141ES
FDD
LAN

If I press ESC it goes through the bootfailed loop and ends up at same screen, if I press enter on "HDD/SSD Toshiba MK6465GSX" then it quickly comes back to screen and at the bottom it says [HDD/SSD Toshiba MK6465GSX] is failed.

I dont understand why it got worse over time. Can anyone think of why this has happend and more importantly how can I get my pc working again? Note: holding 0 then starting does nothing for me atm

regards, Matthew

Answer:Satellite A660 - Will not boot up and HDD boot fail

Sounds like the HDD is failing. The notebook may be under warranty so I recommend you send it to a Toshiba Service Center for repair.

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I did something I knew I shouldnt do. But I installed a 2nd drive with Linux on it as a slave drive, to format the Linux drive. My XP pro machine now wont get past the Windows XP loading screen. I tried to use the Last know good config., and then tried to do recovery console. I installed the 6 loadup disks and it wont get past disk 6, it just hangs up. Any suggestions.

Thanks in Advance
 

Answer:XP Pro wont boot with boot disks

Hi csstereo,

I'm assuming you added another distinct drive ?
(not a partition)

Since the Linux is not a Microsoft product, it
will not create a boot sequence for you.

You would need something like "System
Commander" to successfully add Linux to
your system. Your problem at this point is
to remove Linux from the 2nd disk. In fact,
I would remove that HDD and TRY to format
it by itself, as the only drive in the machine.

THEN, with the XP HDD in the system (alone),
see if it will boot up. You may have to re-install
XP, however I think your files would be pretty
much intact.

THEN, with the 2nd HDD back in the machine
(formatted by a DOS type format) Install the
latest version of "System Commander".

You can then add Linux THROUGH that program,
and it should work OK.
 

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Hi,I have a system with four internal hard disks. two of those hard disks have their own operating system (one is a clone of the other so that if a catastrophe occurs, I can immediately boot from the clone.the question is which boot.ini is run by the ntldr. Don't say "C:\" This is WHY:if i set the default operating system to be located on r(0)p(1), then the partitions are labeledc:\ g:\ h:\ etc....on the default operating system diskIf i select the other disk (r(1)p(1) as the operating system I wish to run, then the partitions are labeled c:\ g: g:\ etc on this second disk and the original default operating disk is now labeled with different letters (ie: d:\ m:\ etc)so it is clear that the bios determines which physical disk is the starting point. So I want to know which disk is selected and why. I am guessing that the bios selects the disk which has an MBR and is selected as "active"But the problem with that is when I clone, both disks seem to have an MBR and both appear to be active.Perhaps the bios always chooses Sata 0 as the first disk to find an MBR and an active flagand if it does not find it, then the bios may go to Sata 1?Any insight would be appreciated.oh by the way, am i right in thinking that if my default physical disk crashes, then i must ensure that the clone application clones the boot.ini and the MBR data on the cloned diskso that the bios will, indeed, find a boot.ini and MBR to load.Bil ..

Answer:dual disks, two boot.ini, which boot.ini

The BIOS goes to each bootable device in the boot order until it find a device that is bootable. If it is booting windows it will use the boot.ini that is in the root folder of the first primary partition of the disk it is booting from. This may or may not be drive C: - it depends on the configuration at the time of the installation of the OS. From Windows XP onwards there is no absolute requirement for the boot and system files to be on drive C:. The only absolute requirement is that the System and Boot files be on a primary partition. At this stage of the boot process drive letter do not exist as it is not until the NTloader finds the Operating System that the OS starts allocating drive letters. The boot and system drives will get the same drive letters every time but they could be anything.Every hard dsik that is partitioned has an MBR. It is different for a bootable hard disk and a non-bootable hard disk as a bootable one contains the boot loader which a non-bootable disk does not. The boot loader is put there during the OS installation process. and is the very first thing the BIOS reads of the hard disk during the boot process. Once the boot loader is loaded into memory control is handed over to it and it then continues with boot process looking for the System files, NTDetect,com, NTLDR and Boot.ini .Stuart

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Question: Boot Disks

There seems to me to be a steady stream of users looking for boot disks.

I usually have to refer posters elsewhere for this.

I suggest this would be a useful category in the downloads section.

:major
 

Answer:Boot Disks

Hi StudioT

Great suggestion and I have linked MA to this thread.
 

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Question: BOOT DISKS

I CANNOT MAKE A BOOT DISK ON MY COMPUTER. I DOWNLOADED THE FILE FROM MICROSOFT FOR THE BOOT DISKS FOR WINDOWS XP BUT WHEN I TRY TO OPEN IT I GET THE MESSAGE "C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\AUTOEXEC.NT. THE SYSTEM FILE IS NOT SUITABLE FOR RUNNING MS-DOS AND MICROSOFT WINDOWS APPLICATIONS." WHAT DOES THIS MEAN OTHER THAN I AM IGNORANT?

Answer:BOOT DISKS

UKFAN8......When you say you want a boot disk for Win XP ....exactly what is it your trying to do ? If you have formatted your hard drive and you wish a boot disk to allow you to reload Windows ......Go to bootdisks.com and download a win98 boot disk ......It will have the necessary drivers , MS dos files to get you going......As I mentioned the d/l will contain the Format , Fdisk , and several cd drivers  and it will fit on a 3.25 floppy disk.let us know dl65  

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Hi ... Everytime i try to download the startup bootdisks for xp pro from microsoft or from other third party .. i get a error from microsoft site which say Error: An extended memory manager is already installed ... XMS driver not installed ... file not found .... I try to post this in microsoft question section without cause ... I have an ibm computer P3 256 ram16 gb... any help would be appreciated thanks
 

Answer:Boot disks for xp pro

hi and welcome to TSG.

ive looked in Google and the XMS drivers are something to do with DOS!!! here is a link to themXMSdrivers. also lookHERE. and i dont know if this will helpYOU, from looking at Googles its something to do with DOS, memory or both.
 

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Question: Boot Disks help

I am running Win XP PRO. and just maid my own Boot Disk.I hand Copyed these Files from my Hard Drive to my Floppy Disk.NTL.DRBoot.iniNTDETECT.comNow I shut my whole computer off and turned it back on and left the Floppy Disk in. And I can here it accessing the Folppy Disk and I can here it Reading the Files from the Floppy Disk and it takes a MIN. and then it goes right to Desktop.My gess is it looks on the Floppy Drive for the Operating System and System Files before moving to the Hard Drive or what ever Drive is in the Boot List.And it finds the NTL.DR File on the Floppy and Loads that into Memory and then Loads Boot.ini and the NTDETECT.comAnd my gess is that the Boot.ini File on the Floppy Disk tells the Computer to look on the Hard Drive for the Operating System and ware.And this is how it gets to Desktop and that this Disk will Boot me to the Desktop and only work if my Core System Files are Cerrupt on the Hard Drive   am I right???And should I have placed NTOSKRNL.EXE File on my Floppy Disk and what is this File For??

Answer:Boot Disks help

QuoteI hand Copyed these Files from my Hard Drive to my Floppy Disk.NTL.DRBoot.iniNTDETECT.comQuoteAnd it finds the NTL.DR File on the Floppy and Loads that into Memory and then Loads Boot.ini and the NTDETECT.comIf you are getting into the boot sequence you best start by being precise.  AFAIK there is no such file as NTL.DR, the NT loader is named NTLDR.  If the file on your floppy is named NTL.DR then you are not booting from the floppy.Otherwise your assumptions are correct, if all is in order the three files on your floppy will be used to load the operating system on your hard-drive.  You can really test this by renaming NTLDR on your hard drive then booting from the hard drive.  You should get an error message that "NTLDR missing" and the system will not boot.   Then insert your floppy and boot from it, when the system is loaded reinstate NTLDR in C:QuoteAnd this is how it gets to Desktop and that this Disk will Boot me to the Desktop and only work if my Core System Files are Cerrupt on the Hard Drive   am I right?No.  The three files on your floppy disk will allow you to load the operating system from your hard drive at any time provided you are booting from the floppy drive.  These are boot files.  If your core system files on the hard drive are corrupt the system will not load.The boot process is shown here..NTOSKRNL.EXE is described here..   There is no point in adding this to your floppy disk as t... Read more

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Question: XP boot disks.

I am helping my friend reformat her hdd because her computer has tons of viruses and basically crashes on startup. We are going to re-install Windows XP Home Edition. I need to make a boot disk, but I am on XP pro. Will it still work? Also I went to bootdisk.com and tried to make an xp home bootdisk but it asked for 6 disks. Is that right?

Answer:XP boot disks.

is your friends comp so old that you cant just boot to a cd-rom? as for the boot disks that could be right i know NT4.0 took 3 disks so 6 for xp doesnt sound to far off

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Hello all,

Really struggling to restore a computer which was suffering from BSOD issues. Windows 10 64bit CPU is i5 6600K OC to 4.4Ghz Graphics is GTX960

So background to the story. Computer was prebuilt from a uk computer called Yoyotech and been fine since January this year.

Few days ago, getting various BSOD with different error messages. Before i could troubleshoot they went away and the computer was fine for a week. I did memtest and sfc scannow and nothing.

Today playing a computer game, the computer kept coming up with a Windows error reporting error, after googling, it said the drivers were the problem.

I tried to update the graphics card drivers through the Geforce Experience, but it kept failing, so i downloaded it from NVIDIA website and updated via task manager. This solved the game crashing.

Later in the day, i got more BSOD to the point that it would not boot anymore with BSOD. I disabled the OC in BIOS and it seems to work, but then after login it would start BSOD again, quickly tried to view the BSOD tech info and it said ntoskrnl.exe was causing it. At work, thats usually been the graphics card drivers, which was strange because i had just updared them.

So then i do more googling and enable Windows 10 Driver verifier to try and troubleshoot, the help link suggested only loading drivers not by Microsoft. I rebooted and now all i get is BSOD stating the verifier has detected an error but does not list what. I presume its ntoskrnl.exe because this driver ... Read more

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Question: Boot Disks

I want to update the firmware on my SSD's. I have the FW updates in zipfiles on my desktop. I have active iso in my computer. How do I make boot capable cd's to flash the drives? I'm an amateur here, so take it easy, please.

Answer:Boot Disks

Unzip download to a folder,open folder, see if there is file called makedisk.

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i need some help...i wanna take a boot disk pack i d/l off of microsoft and instead of using 6 floppies which i dont have...use cd-roms...if any1 can help me i will be sooo thankful. i think my XP got screwed up by a hacker..
 

Answer:Need Help With Boot Disks For Xp!!!

all i have is cd-roms and no floppies and are desperate to fix it tonight
 

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Ok so i have an alienware area 51 m7700 laptop.It boots through bios and everything, and i also just replaced the mothoboard.It will boot linux disks to the menuUbuntu-Options of starting and installing windows, run mem text, check cd for errors.Opensuse-is installed to HDD and boots fine and works fine.Windows- is what i'm trying to install, and it gets as far as saying it is inspecting my computers configuration. then screen will just stay black and i believe it just looks at the cd every few minutes, but doesn't bring up any blue screen saying it is loading drivers.

Answer:won't boot os disks?????

Sounds like a different MBoard...Linux isn't as sensitive to hardware changes as Windows is...Do you have a Windows CD that matches your version and Service Pack #'s installed ? ?Your OEM Restore CD will not work for this...Repair Install of XPYou will also need the updated MBoard and chipset drivers for that new board.

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whats the difference between a millenium oem boot disk and a millenium custom boot disk

Answer:different boot disks

if its from click here the ME custom version has no ramdrive the oem version has.

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Question: Boot Disks

I have misplaced my XP Pro boot disks does someone know where I can download them again?

Answer:Boot Disks

click here

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Question: Boot Disks

What is the difference between booting with boot disks to install windows and just booting with CDROM? Is one better than the other?
 

Answer:Boot Disks

cdrom quicker
 

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Alright,
I know that there is a way to get the boot disks from my Windows XP home edition disk. It says to:

Copy all the files from \VIA\VIASATA\DriverDisk to floppy diskette

I load in the OS disk and browse it, but I can't find that file anywhere. So I decided to download the boot disks off of the Microsoft site. It says that I need 6 boot disks, but when I begin the download it fills up the first disk and refuses to give me instructions to put in the next disk.

I use the Adobe Download Manager, but I also tried the standard download manager from Internet Explorer.

Please help.
 

Answer:Help with OS boot disks

Hi,

Try this page

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;Q310994

You should end up downloading a file which create the six disk set.

If this fails try http://www.bootdisk.com

hth

Ceri
 

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Question: OS Boot Disks

Good morning everyone,

I am doing some repair work for a family member's PC and they lost the disc that came with their PC. I haven't finished my complete repair kit and need to get a boot disc`` for Vista for this particular PC but I would also like to have disks available for multiple OS's.

Can someone recommend a site or service that offers boot discs? Thanks in advance!

Answer:OS Boot Disks

What? Just WinPE? Or the entire OS?

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I got a Gateway computer which used to have Windows 98 on it. It was wiped with dban and now when you turn it on it displays the gateway logo then goes to a black screen that says it needs a boot disk in the a: drive. It currently has no operating system. The computer's specs meet that needed of Windows XP Pro and I have the setup and installation disc on hand. I just need help creating a boot disk that will allow the cd/dvd drive to work so I can install XP.

Answer:Need help with boot disks

http://www.bootdisk.com/

Any floppy boot disk with CD-ROM driver support ought to get you into your disc drive and on with the show.

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Question: XP Boot Disks

Aright so I got the 6 disks for WinXP setup and all that for my dads laptop which has just basically gone off the deep end as far as functionality goes. His CD-Rom barely works so it won't load the WinXP CD. Now I made the boot disk and put in the first one and I get this error:

"File /biosinfo.inf could no be loaded. The error code is 4107"


And then press any key to exit.

Searching yielded little results on this. Anyone else come across this in their experience because I'd sure like to know so I can get his dang machine formatted already =/

Thanks in advance

Answer:XP Boot Disks

I've never seen that problem, but if you're just trying to get to a command prompt to reformat, you could grab a win98 bootdisk from www.bootdisk.com and use that to boot the machine.

Then you could re-format (given it has fdisk.exe on the disk) or use it to run a floppy based WinXP install (is there even such a thing?)

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Question: Boot Disks help

I whento Bootdisks.com web site and on the main page is a list of links for what disks you want.When I click on the link that says   DOS/WIN95/98/me/2000/xp it takes me to another page.And I gess that if I want a win98 boot disk  I just click on the link for  win98  but what is the diferance from  win98 OEM  and win98??And I don't see and programs alone like just  FDisk and Format 

Answer:Boot Disks help

they are almost the same....one is for the OEM version of 98 and the other is for the store bought version. In most cases you will need the store bought version. Look at your CD and see if it says OEM on it.Fdisk and format are on the floppies.

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Question: boot disks

how do i make or get DOS 7.01 boot disk?
 

Answer:boot disks

http://www.bootdisk.com/
 

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Hello,
I am having problems with direct booting into Windows 8 installed into a VHDX file.
This is a four-partition UEFI boot on a GPT drive. EFI files are residing on a second partition of disk 0 (the ESP partition) in the EFI folder. The boot virtual disk is residing on the fourth partition of that disk 0.
When I turn on the PC, it shows black screen after the BIOS POST screen. No Windows 8 boot menu, no other information is displayed. However, if I press Shift+F12 (or F12) to start Dell BIOS Boot Menu and choose Windows Boot Manager from the UEFI part of
the boot menu, Windows 8 starts to boot without difficulties.
How do I make Windows to boot automatically without having to select Windows Boot Manager in DELL BIOS boot menu?
I believe I messed up with boot sector somehow... What needs to be fixed provided that Windows 8 will boot into VHDX file?
Thank you.

Well this is the world we live in And these are the hands we're given...

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Hi All Would Someone Be Kind Enough To Give Me The Link To The 6 Floppy Set Of Book Disks For Windows Xp Home I CANT SEEM TO GET THE COMPUTER TO BOOK AT ALL AND NOT SURE WHAT HAPPENED AS ITS MY BROTHERS COMPUTER

Thank You
Phil
 

Answer:Please Help Xp Home Boot Disks

www.bootdisk.com
 

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Hey guys, this is a n00bie querstion BUT...

How do I create Windows XP floppy boot disks?

-Dan The Man

Answer:Windows XP Boot Disks

www.bootdisk.com/ download files to a floppy Or...
system properties / startup and recovery ????

Not sure... but try these 2.

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Question: Y510 Boot disks

Yet to know what happened as there is a couple reasons why but right now i can't boot some programs on my Y510 and been told that is a sign of harddrive problems. I'm still under warranty but looking at the service providers i would have to have it sent to Asia and currently i cannot do that due to school and i need the laptop for that. My warranty will expire before i finsih with school so i'm stuck needed to update the harddrive. My question is, Is there a way to get the disks from lenovo to install the OS? If not, do you need to buy an OS disk or can i borrow one and use the microsoft serial number on the bottom to install it? If its already been answered, my bad. If you could provide a link to the answer however that would be helpful Thanks 

Answer:Y510 Boot disks

yes you can call lenovo Tech Support, and they can send you the recoveyr Disks for the installation.they will ship the disks right to you just call 1-877-453-6686 and ask for the OS disks

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Question: win2k Boot Disks

My intention is to clean install win2k pro on a machine previously set up with win98se.The boot disks [set of 4] from bootdisk.com and other sources are too big to fit on a floppy!How do I get out of this problem?Thanks.

Answer:win2k Boot Disks

Can you boot with the Win2k CD? Check the options in the BIOS for booting from the CD.

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Ive noticed that MSE seems to do a hidden scan after you boot up and get to the desktop. Doesnt always do it but sometimes. Is there a way to prevent it from doing this?

There is no option in the MSE interface and I cant see any option in task scheduler.

Answer:MSE thrashing disks after boot.

Nick

Yep, it does and you cant even kill the process. Its a little bit annoying

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I have been given an old desktop computer that somebody was throwing out as i want to use it for the odd sods that i dont want on my laptop.

Problem is i dont have the windows xp disk or boot disks. The computer has a sticker on with the product key - which i believe might mean that it is an OEM version?

Is there any way of restoring this computer so it is a fresh slate without the disks / too much expense??
cheers
 

Answer:os / boot disks missing

Welcome to TSG....

Call the manufacturer of the computer and ask for the recovery disk set they might just send it to you for some shipping and handling.
 

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I have a Satellite Pro A10 which currently won't boot up Windows (XP) as it says

The following file is corrupt or damaged:
C:\Windows\System32\Config\System

The Tools & Utilities CD-Rom which came with my laptop has unfortunately been scratched and won't boot.
I have the two System Recovery Disks, which are fine.

My questions:

1. Is it possible to purchase a replacement Tools & Utilities CD-Rom?
2. If so, where from?
3. Is there a way of restoring my laptop without having to completely reinstall everything and lose all my files?

Thanks

Message was edited by: Stuart_2007

Answer:Satellite Pro A10 won't boot up - Where to get the disks

Regarding the point;

a) Usually it should be possible to order the Tools & Utilities CD-Rom but I ask why?
b) You can purchase the CD from the ASP in your country
c) The older recovery CD supports an expert mode. You can use this mode to choose the partition where the OS should be installed. In such case only this partition will be formatted.

But listen dude. You don?t need to order the Tools & Utilities CD because on this CD you will find only the Toshiba drivers which can be downloaded from the Toshiba page too.

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I have a Toshiba 3480CT with a NEC OP-260-72501 PCMCIA CD-Rom drive and I'm trying to install Windows NT 4.0. The boot disks for Windows NT don't work to jump the PCMCIA CD-ROM. It doesn't even ask me for the 3rd boot disk. With the Windows 2000 Pro boot disks and Windows XP disks I can actually get to run and install which I checked just to try it out. But I have Windows NT for this machine and need to get it to go. When trying to install with the NT Disks wile reading the 2nd disk I get a crash dump STOP: 0x0000007B INACCESSIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE. Any one know a way to get this to work?
 

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Question: win2k boot disks

I know that you can put win2k boot onto 4 floppys. How can I merge the four floppys onto one cd.
thanks
 

Answer:win2k boot disks

Why? They are the install boot floppies. The install CD is bootable.
 

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Iím trying to install WXP on a partition for a dual OS, Iíve downloaded the 6 boot disks from MS, but in loading the fourth disk I get ďfile corrupted DMIO. SYSĒ and it stops the loading.

Does anybody have an idea on how could be done a little bit easier.
 

Answer:WXP Problem w/Boot disks

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I get this error


 

Answer:Help creating boot disks

Have you tried doing a full format on the floppy first?
 

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I cloned my Vista drive to another hard disk in my computer as a bootable backup to cover myself when I upgrade to Windows 7 shortly.However, it's been a while since I messed with multiple boots, so I can't remember if there's a problem having two identical disks in the system, and both being boot disks.  (Actually, the new one on the SATA secondary connection.)There doesn't seem to be a problem after cloning and rebooting to my original drive C, but I haven't switched and tried to boot the new disk yet.   I'm thinking it's not a problem, but would like to know the general guidelines, rather than running into a new problem firsthand.   

Answer:Multiple Boot Disks...

More info on what these drives are...SATA/IDE and how you installed the OS's.Generally you can have up to 4 bootable HDD's without any conflict...in some cases more...Let us know.

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OK, I was/am having problems getting windows to start up on my desktop PC.

I am currently using a friends laptop..I made the 6 FLOPPY bootdisks from the microsoft download site..cuz i have no CD drive (working anyway) on my PC,
but in the text about the bootdisks it says something about "You will need the Windows CD" to complete setup....

ARRGH! I have no working CD drive..thats why i needed floppies in the first place!!
So, Im wary of beginning the boot process now, as i cannot use the CD..
will it damage or change my files//windows XP that i had previously working on there??
Is there a way i can get a downloadable version of whatever is on the CD that is needed to complete setup?

what should i do..just try it without being able to use the CD??
will it screw up my computer more????

HELLP PLEASE??!!
 

Answer:WinXP Pro Boot disks

The boot disks will only get the Windows process installation started. If your objective is to repair your Windows installation, you will need the CD.

If you can use another computer to copy the files to a network you can access, you can run the installation from there.

Alternately, you might want to post more details on the problem you're having with getting Windows to start. Often it is just a corrupted driver that you can replace with a floppy disk.

James
 

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OK, I was/am having problems getting windows to start up on my desktop PC.

I am currently using a friends laptop..I made the 6 FLOPPY bootdisks from the microsoft download site..cuz i have no CD drive (working anyway) on my PC,
but in the text about the bootdisks it says something about "You will need the Windows CD" to complete setup....

ARRGH! I have no working CD drive..thats why i needed floppies in the first place!!
So, Im wary of beginning the boot process now, as i cannot use the CD..
will it damage or change my files//windows XP that i had previously working on there??
Is there a way i can get a downloadable version of whatever is on the CD that is needed to complete setup?

what should i do..just try it without being able to use the CD??
will it screw up my computer more????

HELLP PLEASE??!!
 

Answer:WinXP Pro Boot disks

The boot disks will only get the Windows process installation started. If your objective is to repair your Windows installation, you will need the CD.

If you can use another computer to copy the files to a network you can access, you can run the installation from there.

Alternately, you might want to post more details on the problem you're having with getting Windows to start. Often it is just a corrupted driver that you can replace with a floppy disk.

James
 

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My PC had one hard disk with Windows XP installed. Everything ran fine.
I then fitted a second hard disk into the PC and installed Windows 7 on it, and it allowed me to dual boot into either OS.
I have since removed the Windows XP installation and wiped the XP disk. I then could not boot and used the Windows 7 disk to do a boot repair. It recreated the Boot folder on the old XP drive and still gave a choice of booting into Windows 7 or Windows 7 (recovered).

I used EasyBCD to remove the unwanted one. The PC boots and runs fine, BUT
I now have:-
Disk 1 (MBR) D: NTFS marked as System Primary (This disk has the Boot folder on it)
Disk 2 (MBR) C: NTFS marked as Boot Primary (This disk has the Windows folder on it)

In reality the Windows 7 folder is located on disk C: but the Boot Folder sits on disk D:

How can I get the Boot folder on to drive C: so I can completely erase drive D: and remove it?

Any help appreciated as I am tearing my hair out with this.

Answer:Boot and System on two different disks - how do I fix this?

Hi Anton Magus welcome to SevenForums

Take a look at the link below

Bootmgr - Move to C:\ with EasyBCD

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Hi everyone, I don't want to be creating a repeat discussion but I have checked out the links including bootdisk.com and the disks you create there are only for floppy disks. I just would like to know, does anyone know how you can create emergency boot disks for free in xp, vista and windows 7? Thanks. Andrew

Answer:Emergency Boot Disks

Windows XP Emergency Boot CD: AnswersThatWork's Free Bootdisk, Boot CD, ISO, XP Boot Disk, Win98 Boot Disk, Win98SE, XP Boot CD Image, Startup, Files, Downloads

Windows Vista Emergency Boot CD: Windows Vista Recovery Disc Download — The NeoSmart Files

Windows 7: No download required as a bootable System Repair Disc can be created from within Windows 7 (Control Panel >> Backup and Restore >> Create System Repair Disc)

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