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Windows wont boot off hard disk

Question: Windows wont boot off hard disk

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

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Preferred Solution: Windows wont boot off hard disk

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Answer: Windows wont boot off hard disk

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

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

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So my co worker asked me to look at her laptop its a toshiba tecra m2. The boot keeps hanging up on the system32 file agp440.sys . I went on the internet and found a windows xp pro disk to try and replace the system32 file using recovery. After a learning how to add SATA drivers to the windows xp boot I was able to detect the hard drive and just before windows setup screen comes up the computer blue screens with a 0x0000007B stop error... I read that the battery could cause this so i carefully took apart the computer and replaced it with no change. I put a windows 7 disk in to see if i could use the recovery console in it and suprisingly it booted no problem, i was able to use command prompt but with no idea what the problem is i have no idea what to do with it. If anyone has any ideas it would be appreciated. Thanks for reading the problem hope someone has an idea. any more info needed just ask


Answer:Windows wont boot hangs up on agp440.sys and wont complete boot off the disk :/

Info on 7B STOP errors..., scroll down to 7B in left column.

IMO, you have compounded the situation by using a "downloaded" version of Windows, since I suspect that such may contain embedded malware as part of the package.

Any number of things may have caused the initial hang, as you can see by reading the data at the Aumha website.


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

Answer:Pc wont boot from hard disk

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

Answer:laptop wont boot ( bad hard disk )

Hi, you had a reply here.
Checking that the hard drive is bad - is your next best move and as suggested, trying to save needed data/files, etc.
Hard drive test.
SeaTools for DOS tutorial - ISO to CD

IDE/SATA to USB 2.0 Cable Adapter

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

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I have come across a bit of a problem. This morning I replaced 2 of my case fans as they were getting old and noisy. I booted the pc and It would not boot after stating the processor present. I tried mutiple times cleaned my cpufan etc and tried again. Still failed. After removing everything I booted fine and it turns out my pc wont boot into bios or past the processor information if my external hardisk is turned on. This hardisk is just used for backup/storage so there is not boot info on it. It worked fine before I changed the fans. Once the pc is in windows I can turn the external disk on and it works fine. But the pc wont boot with it on. any ideas or suggestions ?

Answer:Pc Wont Boot with external Hard disk on

BIOS boot sequence?

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

Answer:PC wont boot from SATA Hard disk

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

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Bluetooth stopped working on my Fujitsu Esprimo U9210 The bluetooth hardware is was visible in device manager anymore, but unrecognized device appeared. Driver reinstall did not help. Driver installation setup says there is no bluetooth hardware.
PC Suite is installed , worked fine before.

Eventually laptop stopped booting from hard disk and win 7or Vista install DVD (displaying only starting windows).
I could access BIOS setup and I can boot only some DOS emergency boot CD allowing me to copy or erase whole disc, but I couldn't reinstall OS.
Laptop was sent to service and had motherboard and bluetooth replaced.
Came back yesterday had win 7 installed. Everything was fine till I installed Nokia Ovi and tried to use Bluetooth. Then the same hapenned - first USB unknown device than no boot at all. I am desperate - I dont believe this is hardware (2 mobos?) but I can't access the machine at all. If this was software it should boot from Win 7 DVD - but it hangs displaying 'starting windows'. And again I can access BIOS setup and I can boot only DOS emergency boot CD I dont't know how to reinstall OS. Please help!

Answer:laptop wont boot from hard disk or win install dvd

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hi, window will not boot goes to blue screen that says process 1 initizaltion failed and starts dumping, then reboots to reapir, wont repair, tried booting to reapir disc and used bitdefender rescue which showed no virus, then tried booting to my winodws 7 upgrade disc, it says loading files then goes to a windows screen and nothing, tried recovery and it only shows one date may 6th, recovered to that date and does the same boots then goes to blue screen, in advanced i went to promt screen and tried chkdsk c:/f/r and it said failed to transfer logged messages to the event log with status 50, so now dont know what to do if i need a new hard drive or what bios looks the same as always please help mike

Answer:windows 7 wont boot, wont go to safe mode or start on windows 7 disk

Have you followed these steps - Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Boot

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I wanted to transfer data to another hard drive and i hooked it up as a slave drive to my main drive and the first time i booted it up it did nothing and then i restarted and and wouldnt boot and gave me the message

NTLRD is missing
Please press any key to restart

then i unhooked the second hard drive and rebooted and got the same message, i hooked the second drive up to its original machine and got the same message on it too. what is goin on hear now nothing will boot. please need help, i cant lose all that data on both hardrives!

I sacraficed the first hard drive and format it and then when i go to install windows xp on it at says

Fatal Error:
One of the components that Windows needs to continue setup could not be installed.

The parameter is incorrect.

Please Help!

Answer:Help my hard drive wont boot up and windows wont install!

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I wanted to transfer data to another hard drive and i hooked it up as a slave drive to my main drive and the first time i booted it up it did nothing and then i restarted and and wouldnt boot and gave me the message

NTLRD is missing
Please press any key to restart

then i unhooked the second hard drive and rebooted and got the same message, i hooked the second drive up to its original machine and got the same message on it too. what is goin on hear now nothing will boot. please need help, i cant lose all that data on both hardrives!

I sacraficed the first hard drive and format it and then when i go to install windows xp on it at says

Fatal Error:
One of the components that Windows needs to continue setup could not be installed.

The parameter is incorrect.

Please Help!

Answer:Help my hard drive wont boot up and windows wont install!

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Hi a couple of months ago my system crashed, windows 7 wouldnt boot, and I misplaced my installation disk. I had the problems several times since obtaining the computer several years ago. (Lenovo IDeaPad y450). I attributed the problem to what I believed was a bad hard disk, so I replaced it with a refurbished model.
I installed Ubungu 13.10, and it worked well ever since. I later located my win 7 disk and created a dual boot. Windows worked very well for several months until it stopped starting up last week. It would get to the black windows screen, where it says starting, and usually get stuck there. I would get fed up and turn it off after half an hour. Once it was as the screen and it later started the checkdisk program and found no errors. Another time it finally got into windows after a very long loading time, and it seemed to work fine, until the next time I restarted windows. It just went back to the loading windows screen.
I formatted the windows partition through GParted in Ubuntu, and tried the installation disk, and it would get stuck at 0% in the "expanding files" sequence. After an hour of hoping something would happen I got fed up and forced it off again.
Not sure what to do from this point. I have read other posts and it has led me to think that the issue could possibly be bad RAM or an issue with BIOS. But, Ubuntu has been working fine, while Windows has simply been freezing at any attempt of a startup.

Answer:Win 7 , Ubuntu dual boot, windows wont boot, startup disk doesnt help

It could be that the HDD has a bad sector in the Windows partition, or that the drive is actually failing. If there is a utility in Linux that tests memory, I would run it.

You could also use Memtest86+. It runs from a CD/DVD. Let it run for several passes to rule out bad RAM.

Memtest86+ - Advanced Memory Diagnostic Tool

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I am a new player here, so excuse me if i make a mess of this. I have a Sony Vaiol laptop and am  running vista.  I haven't used it for a lot other than internet, so data limited and space is problem started suddenly when i turned on pc and a black screen with the error message,"disk read error, press cntrl+alt+del to continuie."didnt do it! Wouldnt do anyuthing.Finally, I acquired legal sony recovery disks. And when the screen to choose operating system comes up, there is none so it says apply drivers and im lost, I have no familiarity with hard disk drivers so....but did bring up command prompt in recovery and through luck and lil else, i happened on chkdsk and found it to all check out but it does say NTFS not fat 32, but found no problems. Now Im dumb completely!!! Help if you can.

Answer:hard disk`??? wont reboot even with recovery disk yet all disk checks say fine.

Sony Vaiol laptop.Has problems of its own. It is not piratical to give you guidelines on this laptop. There have been many issues about how to repair and maintain it. The recovery discs should have everything you need.Here is a bit of advice, not really my own, try to sell the unit to somebody that thinks they know how to fix it. Then go buy a new or used laptop that will suit hour needs.The cost of ownership of any laptop is higher that many new users expect. Some more than others.This  may sound like a rant to put down Sony. It is not. Sony has made their own bed of nails. Look at this article from last year:Sony Vaio Laptop Recall: Everything You Need To KnowRead the article. You decide.

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

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

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

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I am trying to install Windows XP Pro.
I am currently running Windows Vista Ultimate SP2
But i also have a Windows 7 RC Partition.
I want to install XP over the windows 7, and at some point perhaps over the vista too (i just have too much stuff on there i dont want to loose at the minute)

So anyway, i already know i cant install XP through windows vista as you cant "downgrade".

But i put the disk in and restart my computer, i have set it to boot from CD but it doesn't even give me the option to press any key to boot from CD, its just goes straight ahead and carries on with booting Vista / Windows 7.

But when i put my Ubuntu Disk In It Boots From CD, so im doing that bit correct.

Can anyone help??

My Computer Spec Is:

Motherboard: Gigabyte M61SME-s2, which can be seen here:

Processor: AMD Athlon 64 x2 Dual Core Processor 4400+ 2.30 Ghz
RAM: 2GB Kingston DDR2
Graphics Card: nVidia Geforce 8400 GS

If there is anything else you need to know, please ask.

Thanks to all that help :)

Answer:Windows XP Pro Wont Boot From Disk

and welcome to the Forum

Is the install CD you are using an original or a copy?

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Okay My Prob Started Yesterday When I Restarted My Windows 7.. It Wouldn't Boot And Said Boot-mgr Is Missing. In Tennessee I Have An Instillation Disk To Fix This But I'm In Atlanta (Which Is Really Irrelevant Because My CD Drive Is A Useless Piece Of Crap And Doesn't Work) . All I Have Is My 4GB Usb. So I Was Wondering How Can I Install Win 7 Recovery, Or Anything To My Usb To Fix Boot-mgr While Using Sabayon (KDE) ..

Extra Stuff That Might Help.. I've Used This Usb To Install Both Win 7 and Sabayon, I Am Dual Booting My Sabayon And Win 7 (Using Grub), I've Already Tried To Download A Boot-mgr File For Win 7 But Cant Find One, I've Already Tried To Directly Boot The Win 7 Partition In Grub Using - root (hd0,1), makeactive, chainloader +1, boot - But It Gives Me The Same Boot-mgr Missing Error..

Anything At This Point Will Help Me Because I'm A Total Linux Newbie And Dont Know Pretty Much About Using It So I Dont Know How To Use It To Fix My Win 7!

Answer:Windows 7 Wont Boot-No Installation Disk..

Sure, try this tutorial: System Repair Disc - Create

At the bottom of the tutorial, it shows how to burn it to a USB drive.

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i am trying to reinstall windows in a laptop and it loads up to the login screen but the password got changed from a virus and now i cant install windows when i insert the disk it does nothing please help its a newer hp compaq nc6320

Answer:reeinstalling windows disk wont boot

To reinstall, you need to boot from the XP Installation disc . . to do that, enter BIOS ( Setup ) and set the first boot device as CD/ROM.

Put your XP Disc in the drive and disconnect all external peripherals

Once you set your BIOS to boot first from cd . . when it restarts you will see a black screen with a prompt "Press any key to boot from CD" . . do that and you will be able to delete any or all partitions and recreate one or more, then proceed to formating and installing XP.

That message can pass quickly, so have a finger on the keyboard when you boot. This will delete all data on the drive so be sure you have your important data backed up. The prompt will appear after every reboot, but do not press any key on subsequent reboots. The setup process will continue with no action required from you.

If you are installing on SATA drive, there is an additional step:

For help entering BIOS:

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just built a new computer, and cannot get windows to install. I keep getting disk boot error, insert system disk and press enter. With windows xp disk in drive I press enter then a blank screen appears, except for a cursor in top left corner, and stays that way. My copy of windows is 2 yrs old at least, dont know if lack of service packs make a difference. Boot order in bios is correct, cd rom drive works, have tried with other drive. So basically cant boot from cd.

Answer:can't install windows xp (wont boot from disk)

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I have a emachine and the monitor would show (no signal input) and shut down. after removeing some files it now show windows will not start because windows\system\vgaoem.fon is corrupt or missing. I put the disk in and it still wont boot up. what am i doing wrong?

Answer:I have Bootsuite disk and windows wont boot u

vgaoem.fon missing or corrupt

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Hi, I really need some help here.

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

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

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

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

These are some things I observed:

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

30 seconds or so later I also get this message

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

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

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

The computer with the problems is a Dell Inspiron 8500.

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

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

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

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So my computer as shown in my Sig is setup a little funky. In the first sata slot on the mobo technically is the 80 gig, and the second slot is the 640. However the 640 is the C: drive, and has windows installed on it. The 80 gig was just a cheap HDD to have extra space for.

Now however i am trying to swap out my empty 80gig HDD for my new 1TB HDD. I am having a problem though. So i pulled out the 80 gig hard drive (which i made sure was empty BTW) and put in the 1TB drive. When i restarted my computer, it said "Hard disk error, wont boot". I went into the bios, and put in the boot list my 640gb in first place (hard disk boot priority) so it should see the 640gb first when trying to boot a Hard drive. Same error, wouldnt boot.

I used Ubuntu Live USB to boot into ubuntu and i looked at the Hard drives, it shows the 1TB , and it shows the 640gb, which when i open has everything in it like it should, including windows.

Whats going on? How do i fix this? Is it bad to correct my original mistake and pull out both Hard drives, and plug in the 640gb into the first SATA slot so its seen as the first HDD? Or thats not good to do once you have a established computer?

Just to be clear, what i want it to be working as: 640gb C: drive with windows on it so it boots into windows. E: drive will be a 1TB hard drive.

Answer:disk boot error..wont load into windows HELP!

First off, pull the 1tb drive - leaving only the 640. Will the computer boot off of that one by itself? If you put the 80 back in, does it work again?

My guess is that the 80gb drive actually had the boot manager on it - and just pointed to your 640 to boot windows. If this is the case, you just need to get that onto your 640...

I'll go digging for instructions - I haven't had to repair something like this in awhile. I think the "recovery" built into windows can repair it (if you boot off of the dvd).... don't quote me on it yet though....

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Hey I have a

Notebook Model : HP Pavilion dv4 Notebook PC
Product Number: FS086UA#ABA
System board iD: 30fb
Processor: AMD TURION X2 Ultra Dual Core Mobile ZM-82
Bios Version: F.22
with Factory Installed OS: Vista

A couple Days ago while browsing and chatting my computer froze up and just shut down.

My computer has done this before so i do frequent virus checks, but don't seem to have ever had anything too serious.

When I tried to start my computer up again I recieve this message

"Boot Disk Failure"

I cannot get past the loading windows screen.

I am actually out of the country for the next week or so, so i Can't head right

over to Best buy

This is a used computer and i don't have the system DISC anymore,

I have alot of music (work) and files that I need on this computer.

I already tried checking to see if there is anything in the disc or floppy drive,

Pressing ESC as my computer starts up leads me to a menu, system info, diagnostics, bios system, boot disk options, and system restore, and from there i can press f8 for even more controls... I'm hoping Ill be able to use these options to save my computer

The system restore options does nothing at all, begins loading up windows, then just brings me to a black screen

I'm willing to try and listen to anything...

Answer:BOOT DISK ERROR! windows wont start

i would find a working PC with Internet, cd writer and a spare CD-R or RW
and download the ISO
create a bootable CD from the ISO
Now put that onto the HP Machine and boot it up (DO NOT INSTALL) run from the CD
see if you can see the harddrive - if so - you should be able to copy all your music and files off onto a USB harddrive

That will also show if its a harddrive or PC issue

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I'm trying to fix a PC for a relative. The problem is that it wont reboot at all after it got the blue screen at start up. The computer would continuously reboot until you turned it off. It's not possible to boot into safe mode either.

I have tried booting from a Windows XP disc. The CD drive recognises the disc and begins to boot. It will get so far and then get the error message "File sbp2port.sys is corrupted. Press any key to continue"

Doing this only results in the computer rebooting again and being stuck in a loop.

Any help or advice is much appreciated.


Answer:Solved: Windows XP wont boot at all and recovery disk fails

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Hey Bleeping Computer, How is everyone tonight? So I am working on a Samsung Laptop ( MOdel Number=Series 3 NP300E5C - A0AUS) My friend in my Math class just bought it literally 3 days ago from Best Buy and they told her they would install any software she needed when she paid for it, but when she picked it up they wouldnt without charging her extra (so they flat out lied to make a sale) Anyways thats besides the point, so it has Windows 8 installed and she absolutely hates Windows 8!!! So I told her I could install Windows 7 for her and all the software she needs, (thats easy) But here is my problem.... PROBLEM: The Samsung Laptop WILL NOT boot from disk, it will not boot from any disk, I have tried Windows 7 (obviously) but I have also tried Puppy Linux, Parted Magic, Mem Soft (various other bootable disks that Bleeping Computer has given me over the years... I have gone into BIOS and changed the boot priority to CD drive, I have messed around with the BIOS trying to get it to boot from a disk and it wont. Windows 8 boots up so damn quick, I can enter Bios by hitting F2 at the Samsung splash screen and I can enter BIOS but I can not find a boot menu like hitting F8, F6, F12, F11 other ones I have used in the past on other machines, none of them seem to work. I can not get it to boot from disk, It looks like I can install windows 7 from the desktop but if it will not boot from Disk then when it restarts during install I am worried about. She Hates Windows 8 She ... Read more

Answer:Windows 8 Installed LAPTOP WONT BOOT off windows 7 disk

Hey just to let you guys know the BIOS is Phoenix SecureCore Tiano. There is a setting called Secure Boot (not sure what it does exactly) but I have not changed it, the only thing I have changed is the Boot Priority menu. If this Laptop wont boot from disk I am going to tell her to return it, and then in the future boycott samsung or any laptop maker that does not give you the option to boot from disk, This does make me angry with the future of computers I am hoping for an easy fix. My poor friend, she is totally computer illiterate(does not know how to install software at all) so I am trying to be a good friend and help her out!!

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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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pc running on windows xp professional wont boot after disk drive conversion from logical to primary using a partition program. Please help.

Answer:Solved: pc running on windows xp professional wont boot after disk drive conversion..

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Windows XP sp2 wont boot from hard disk.

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

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

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

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


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

Is your Seagate the 7200.11 series?

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

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

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

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Hello all, I went to turn my pc on yesterday and it wont boot, it gets to the screen titled Hardware Monitor and has the following message displayedReboot and select proper boot deviceor insert boot media in selected boot device and press any keyI have tried repairing and a full install with the windows 7 disc however I get a message stating no hard drive can be found.Any help would be appreciated.Gary

Answer:PC wont boot, windows 7 and can't find hard drive?

Don't know a lot about the inside of computers but if it is running using the W/7 disc maybe you have the boot up order wrong in the Bios.

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Asus cm5570-ap006 originally running vista premium and owner wanted an upgrade to seven. Bought a new hard drive b/c old one died. Mobo had trouble finding new drive but, after setting bios back to default(F5) it installed and finally got working.
Owner gets pc and starts getting blue screening and saying theres an f1 drive error and wont wake up after suspending without reboot.
So I get it running fine by removing avg(which is causing blue screen for some reason) and the it is now waking up after auto hibernation. But if you put into hibernation manually it wont wake. I update windows and it goes back to not recognising hard drive.
Flash bios remove cmos baterry reset bios to default and set hard drive to ahcpi and it reinstalls fine update windows and it stops working. Use restore point to get it back and running and this time dont update windows and its running ok again. Shut it down for the night and the next day go to boot it up and there is no bootable media and now I am trying to reinstall win7 and after it does it gets a no bootable media error even though it is installed and passes all the startup tests when using the disk to do a any suggestions welcome.... Thanks

Answer:Installed Windows 7 and now hard drive wont boot....

Quote: Originally Posted by andrew10

Asus cm5570-ap006 originally running vista premium and owner wanted an upgrade to seven. Bought a new hard drive b/c old one died. Mobo had trouble finding new drive but, after setting bios back to default(F5) it installed and finally got working.
Owner gets pc and starts getting blue screening and saying theres an f1 drive error and wont wake up after suspending without reboot.
So I get it running fine by removing avg(which is causing blue screen for some reason) and the it is now waking up after auto hibernation. But if you put into hibernation manually it wont wake. I update windows and it goes back to not recognising hard drive.
Flash bios remove cmos baterry reset bios to default and set hard drive to ahcpi and it reinstalls fine update windows and it stops working. Use restore point to get it back and running and this time dont update windows and its running ok again. Shut it down for the night and the next day go to boot it up and there is no bootable media and now I am trying to reinstall win7 and after it does it gets a no bootable media error even though it is installed and passes all the startup tests when using the disk to do a any suggestions welcome.... Thanks

The motherboard may be at fault. Have you tried hooking up the hard drive to another system to see if you can acess the data. There may be a chance that the hard drive is failing. Be sure to back up the owner'... Read more

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

Any ideas why this would happen?

The hard-drive I believe is causing the problem:


Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 2 (build 2600)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you

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

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

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

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I just restarted my PC and i kept getting erros regarding hardware, at first it would just hold at updating dmi pool , after i reset the bios to fail safe defaults it would then give me the I/O error. I noticed my external drive was turned off and I turned it on and windows booted fine. Is there a connection here i can disable?

Windows is installed on my SSD drive not my external.


Answer:Windows 7 wont boot without external hard drive turned on?

Try starting your PC with external HD unpluged.

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

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

Can you post a screen shot of Disk management?

Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Answer:Unable to Boot into windows - Hard Disk error

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Hello, I hope this isn't too hard to read or understand;

So I have this K7S5A mobo system ive had for almost 5 years now, it worked fine until a year ago, the caps went bad, so this summer I got ahold of another K7S5A mobo from ebay. I thought switching over all the hardware would be plug and play since all the hardware specs were identical.... but no it wasn't, I wasn't really suprised. The problem I had then(and still do) is that the hard drive wont find the boot record even thought it is there. When it boots I get something like Searching for boot record from IDE-0... Not Found. If I put in any bootable floppy or cd(like the win xp home ed. setup cd) it will boot from those. I had some data on the original HD I really wanted to save so I went into the recovery console and tried everything related to the boot record like the fixmbr command, no luck. Seeing how the data in the HD was somewhat important but something I could live without, I just went ahead and ran the win xp setup to format the hard disk and install Win XP home edition all over from scratch, after the win xp setup finishes copying all the files it restarted and finds no boot record on the hard drive, and proceeds to boot the win xp setup CD, when I ask it to install win xp it warns theres an OS already and I have to format it and install again, and the cycle went on 3 times. Next time I tried was using a utility from Maxtor(Powerblast, powermax) whatever its called. I burned it onto a cd from ... Read more

Answer:Real Frustrating Problem(Hard Disks Wont Boot Windows)

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

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

Thank you.

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

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

Some PC, yes, Some No.

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

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hi there!

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

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

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

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

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

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

could anybody suggest any error on my part?

thanks for reading and for any help in advance.

i am using windows xp with service pack 2.

i use a intel 915 gav motherboard.


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

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

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

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


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

try another power supply in it

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I just had to chime in here.  I just spent the last 5 days fighting this with a Lenovo U530 Ultrabook Ideapad. I could not even get the machine to boot to a bootable Windows 10 USB stick or a bootable Windows PE USB that had some drive recovery software on it.  Although it would boot to the Lenovo Diagnostics that I downloaded from Lenovo on a USB stick and it would also boot to Tails (Linux distro) on a USB stick. I know the machine was crashing because when it would get stuck, I would try to push the Caps Lock on and off and the light didn't change.  During boot kept pushing the Caps Lock it would toggle then freeze after a few seconds. I took the hard drive out and put it in another Lenovo U530 I had at my disposal and it worked fine so I know that the hard drive was working.  The hard drive seemed to be in  some state of a patial update to Windows 10 so that probably caused the initial problem. I was trying to figure out how to flash the BIOS since I though maybe it had been corrupted somehow but wasn't figuring out how to get that done without being in Windows.  The BIOS flash from Lenovo seemed to be dependent on some .NET framework.  Anyway I ran across a video where a guy explained that he had a Lenovo that was acting similar so he opened it up and unplugged the battery and plugged it back in and it fixed it. I was skeptical but figured I hadn't anything to lose and voila it worked.... unbeivable... Here... Read more

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

Answer:Hard Disk Boot Failure Insert System Disk Press Enter

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

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

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

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

plz help so confused..

Answer:hard disk boot failure insert system disk press enter

Repair MBR:

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

Repairing the Master Boot Record:

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

bootrec /fixmbr

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

bootrec /fixboot

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

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

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I tried to modify my boot.ini file recently to get rid of my loading screen. I thought i had typed everything in as it should be but i guess i didnt. I know the normal procedure to get around this which is to change my CDROM to primary boot device and use my xp CD, but for some reason, my CDROM will not even try to load the CD. im just really not sure why this is, it has never had any problems... it is listed as the master divice on my PCI list, the primary boot device, it is connected properly... the only thing i can think of is maybe the jumpers might need to be changed? but i dont have my manual anymore. someone heeelp!

Answer:boot.ini messed up and CDROM wont run boot disk

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

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

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

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

Answer:Hard Disk Boot Failure Insert System Disk


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Replaced hard disk in my laptop, had been formatted NTFS as shown by fdisk. Deleted partition and fdisk'ed it again, now shows 1 partition 37Mb FAT32 - it did take quite a while to verify during the fdisk. Tried ' format C:' and it starts off OK but then permanent message of 'trying to recover allocation units' with a number which very slowly increases. Left it all night and this morning was same, had got up to 327,564 or so. Any ideas why it will not format?Want to re-format to load Win ME (dont ask why!)Have 128 Mb of memory on laptop.Slot in usual hard disk which has XP on it, OK but very slow because of low memory.

Answer:Hard disk wont format

If this is a Old Laptop, it may have a BIOS limitation on size. PS My Laptop is slow it's nothing to do with Memory, I fitted another 256mb it does not affect the speed unless you are doing Photo Editing etc. The problem is the speed of your Hard drive, Only 4200rpm on the old one. That's what mine is but going to get this. Hitachi 7200rpm high speed Laptop Hard Drives Hitachi E7K60 and 7K100 2.5" hard drive series are the first two 7200rpm high speed laptop hard drive in the market. 60GB Hitachi HTS721060G9AT00 96.98 (inc VAT) in stock From click here

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I was working on my computer last night and therwe was power failure..Since then it's dead...I tried turning it onthe pc starts (gives display) and shows that it can detect Hard Disk and CD Rom and then shows a cursor and after that the screen goes BLACK !I see that the key board still works(numberic lock) but it shows nothing... I have some very , very important data on my PC?(F DRIVE) that I can't afford losing.I tried installing picks up the cd and then ask em to press a key to boot(when I press it says checking hardware configuration and then goes black for good again)I removed the hard disk and tried to boot from cd room and it worked...that mean something is wrong with HDAny help? Plza

Answer:Hard Disk Wont Start

QuoteI removed the hard disk and tried to boot from cd room and it worked...that mean something is wrong with HDThat doesn't necessarily mean that the hard drive is bad.  Your power supply might be failing.  Removing a device reserves power for other components..What's the make/model of your hard drive ?  You could download hard drive diagnostics software and burn it to a bootable CD, and test the drive..If you have access to another power supply of equal or greater wattage, you should install it and try it out... Another way to go would be to install the drive into another computer, as a secondary drive.  This would tell you almost immediately if the drive is bad.  If the computer doesn't recognize it either way you try it, chances are it's gone bad.  Depending on how bad you need your data, you might have to pay an data recovery expert, if you haven't backed up anything...

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a few months ago i went on a 1-2 week long vacation, and i left my laptop at home, and i mightve forgotten to turn it off. before i left it was working great, everything ran smoothlybut when i came back the disc in task manager is constantly at 100%, everything is laggy, and it constantly crashes. ive done everything i can but nothing works, now its on a black screen that says "SMART Hard Disk ErrorThe Smart hard disk check has detected a imminent failure." and when i press enter for startup it says "Recovery Your PC couldn't turn off properly"??? please help what do i do

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

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

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

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Yesterday I put win7 32 bit on my old dell xps m1730 laptop. This process was way easier than the last time when I re-installed xp, where I had to install EVERY driver known to man! The end result is flawless with one exception...When I start the machine up the bootable ISO disc must be in in order for it to start up.

Answer:wont boot without disk

Check you BIOS settings. It may not have the HD in the boot order. As a quick test there should be a key that temporarily changes the boot order. On my Laptop it is F12. Keep tapping on boot. You should get a menu allowing you to put the HD first or add it. If it boots from HD there then go into BIOS Boot settings and set it permanently.

It may say on startup which key opens your settings. If not try doing a restart. That should do an actual shutdown and restart which may give you time to read the startup message with the key press info.

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hi there
i need some help i am runing windows vist home edition and it will not boot of the hard drive i always have to have the os disk in please help

computer info
motherboard p5n32 sli premium
intel q6600 quad core
2 gb ram
xfx 8800gts 320mb
1 x sata hard drive (main drive)
1 x sata dvd writer
1 x ide hard drive

Answer:wont boot without os disk inn

Dou you get a message "Error loading OS" Do you have 2 hard drives??? If so... Is the operating sysytem loaded on the master or slave drive. if the OS is loaded on the slave drive the sysytem cannot find the master bood record, because it is located on the master drive. FIX Open case and switch the slave drive to master and master drive to slave. Hope this helps.

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Question: Wont Boot To Disk

Got an HP laptop running Windows Ultimate, i want to restore it with Windows Professional, but im getting the 0Xc0000001 error, an error with winload.exe file

I only have a Professional Disk, will i need the Ultimate disk to repair the OS first? then reinstall Professional?

Cheers in advance

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I am at a loss as to what to do next with this problem.I have replaced my motherboard and it will not boot to the hard disk. Bios shows the disk is there and it is set as 'Master' and connected to IDE1. If I connect the hard disk to my other main computer, it boots to Win XP ok. If I put an older smaller disk to the new board, it boots up ok. If I put the disk from my main computer to the new motherboard, it also fails to boot. I have moved the jumpers to change the fsb settings on the motherboard, all with differing results but none that let the hard disk boot.Any ideas please........ John

Answer:New motherboard wont read the hard disk

Have you formatted the disk that doesn't work?What actually happens when you boot up??

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I have an HP Pavillion N3410 Notebook, Amd K6-2 550mhz processor
192mb Ram and IBM Travelstar 5.0gb HDD, and WinMe. This all began
when i installed WinXP in the notebook and then tried to reinstall the original OS. It became a huge hassle so i purchased a Seagate ATA/100 60gb
5400rpm HDD. Now that i have the drive installed, the notebook comes on and
an "Auto Detecting IDE Device" message comes up but then the thing hangs.
Could someone please lead me to a solution? Thank-you for your help.


Answer:Notebook wont recognize new hard disk

Oh..i forgot to mention, i have heard that older notebooks(mine is 7 years old)
wont recognize big hard drives. I dont know if it makes a difference but the notebook i heard of having the problem is a Dell, but maybe older HP's do it too). I hope this helps somehow. Thanks again for any help

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I am running win98. Recently I copied a hard drive with drive copy. The I got essentially a partition on the new drive the size of the old drive. This worked ok. So I partitioned the hard drive to be able to use the rest of the space on the new drive. I did this in fdisk. Then I formatted this new D: drive. It appeared on "my computer" correctly and would read and write new material.
But when I rebooted again the D: partition disappeared (Twilight Zone music please). I have reproduced the problem several times but cant fix it. Help please

Answer:hard disk partition wont stay put.

Not sure how you did it, but what you should do:

1) FDISK from DOS (not Windows)
2) Create Extended Partition
3) Create Logical Drive in Partition
4) Exit and Reboot
5) Format new drive

Is that what you did?

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alrighty heres how it went, i was just playing unreal tournament blah blah blah then mad lag realized it was my ping, sat there for a lil bit coudnt figure out why, so i decided ill just restart. well computer starts to boot then RAWR explorer.exe cant b found, i was like what?? cant find windows?? reluctantly i resatart again , i get this black menu f1 to skip f2 for bios ... in the bios nothing seemed outa place so i just exited went back onto restart then after this litte i got like diskette 0 cant b read strike f1 or f2 again... after going back over the the bios again i get a blue screen on death. it reads off: a problem with your comp has been detected windows is shutting down for safty. if this is the 1st time just restart if not foll the steps....check for viruses(how am i to do that i cant get in) remove newly installed hard drives or controlers and make sure hard drive is configured correctly

tech info:
stop: 0x0000007B (0xf7c7b524,0xc00000034,0x00000000,0x00000000)

is anyone can help me on this it will b a great help, and when you do help go slow i know very little about the hardware of computers.
ty this is really concerning me im on msn messenger ryt now [email protected]

Answer:disk 0, hard drive wont load

in the black screen it also reads off, diskette drive 0 "seek failure" idk what any of this means..

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HiJust fitted a second hard drive to my PC ,its a 80gb IBM deskstar,but XP only shows it as 30GB,any ideas why?,I thought XP would pick this up no problem.Any help wpuld be welcomeZaneP4 2.66 512ram XP Home edition

Answer:XP wont regonise hard disk size

XP needs SP1 to recognise a HDD that is over 137Gb but your experience with an 80Gb drive seems a bit odd. Have you got the bios set to LBA? Have you installed SP1?

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I recently installed an 80Gb hard disk (74.5Gb formatted) and partitioned it into a 60Gb and a 14.5 Gb.I ran Microsoft Flight Simulator 2002 and chose the install path to the new 60Gb partiton. I came up with a message saying the path or folder was invalid. So did microsoft train simulator. I changed the drive letters and moved the 14.5 Gb partiton to the fornt of the drive, all to no avail. Both games will happily install on the 14.5 Gb partition and the other two partitons of my old 40 Gb hard disk. Have I wasted all my money? The only reason I bought the hard disk in the first place was to install games and now it seems i cant.

Answer:80Gb Hard Disk Wont Install Anything

Hi ThisNameIsMineIs your mbo capable of recognising a drive this size? Some old ones only goto 34mb.Can you try 2 x 30mb instead of a single 60mb?Hope this helps, Toxin.

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

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I am running a Gateway Solo 5300 and I decided a little while (about a week) ago to switch to Ubuntu. BIG MISTAKE . Anyway, I was able to install it through a boot disk and the install went just fine. Now its freezing and whatnot, so I decided it was a good idea to switch back. Anyway, I have a WinXP professional edition disk and I put it in the Atapi CD-ROM drive restart ect ect ect. I made sure that the boot order menu is running the optical drive first, hard drive last in the boot order and I let it run and I can hear the optical drive turn on and run but it doesn't boot from the CD, it goes right to GRUB and boots from the hard drive. What do I need to do?

Answer:Gateway wont boot from disk?

Remove Grub?

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ever since i installed a dvd rw drive, I cant boot from xp cd to reformat my pc. at this time the dvd is master and the cd rw is slave. i`ve tried the disk in both drives as well. i`ve changed the bios settings all to cd and still wont boot. i`ve tried start up floppy also set up in bios and still no luck.
thx 4 any help

Answer:xp wont boot from disk anymore

List all hardware specs. Why do you want to format? Does the machine
give you any beeps when you turn it on? If and when the pc worked did
it ever give you post beeps?

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i cloned a drive with 4 partitions or 4 volumes. vol 1 partition contains the xp operating system,the other three vols 2 thru 4 are storage partitions . I took out the original 160 gig western digital drive with 4 partitions and put in the cloned 300 gig maxtor with 4 partitions. now the system will not boot to that drive . the bios see  the new drive and is listed as a boot divise but when i try to boot it tells me to insert boot media please any help would be greatfull.

Answer:cloned xp disk wont boot

Welcome to the CH forums.Which cloning program did you use?

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have a gateway lx6810-01 pc,running vista home premium. my son changed admin password and has forgotten it so im trying to reinstall from recovery disk. i put optical drive as first boot but cumputer wont book from it,anyone have any thoughts to how i can do get it to work. installed a nvidia geforce 9500gt awhile ago(shutting down as with alot of complaints about this pc, there was a sticker causing the problem.)so need instructions as to do this repair if anyone has any ideas. thank you k

Answer:recovery disk wont boot from cd

Create any other bootable CD, like UBCD4Win: and see, if it'll boot.
That will tell you, if you have CD drive problem, or your recovery CD problem.

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I bought a new motherboard and processor. First i had to, do a repair install so that i could even get to windows, then after that without the cd in the cd rom it would ask me to specify a device to load from, basically saying it did not detect a boot loading device. I had changed all my bios settings to boot from ide1 which is where my hd is and detected. Then I put the cd back into the cdrom and when it detects it as a boot able cd it ask if you want to start the setup process press any key. If I dont press any key it boots right up to windows. I was thinking maybe its my ntldr file but highly unlikely. please help I do not want to boot with cd for the rest of my computers life.


Answer:[SOLVED] wont boot to xp without xp disk

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windows xp wont recognize disks after boot ... like if i put it in b4 my pc boots it will recognize the disk, but if i take it out and put it back in, or put a different disk in, it wont work.. itz rilly annoying b cuz im tryin 2 install a bunch of programs at 1nce.. plz help me sry this is da 2nd time i posted this...

Answer:xp wont recognize disk after boot... PLZ HELP!

you mean it wont recognize any cd you put on your cdrom drive ? im not clear as to what you mean

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Hi , First of all I am really happy to see so Many Helpful and COMPUters TECHS out here .

I have a Compaq presario Desktop . Windows XP Professional SP2
version 2002

Intel pentium 4

cpu 1.50Ghz

The problem is , whenevr I turn off my computer and Try to reboot or Start it again ,The screen comes up which says Compaq in red and Then The F10 and F12 option to boot preference . So that Means "Windows is not Loading" . It just sits at this screen and then nothing happens even if I wait for a while , which means XP isnt loading Until unless "I disconnect the Hard disk Cable +hard disk Power cable ". Then when I plug it back in in few seconds and Try to turn on the computer "IT WORKS" . Now this is the problem , Is it a Hard Disk issue or something else ?? .

Once the computer starts Everything seems Normal and works Fine. It wont reboot on its own or there is no spyware or malware on it .

Recently the comps CPU fan wasnt working due to which the comp was running way to slow caz of heating of the CPU . but now its fixed and running fine and comps speed is also fine .

In my area there is lot of power cut prob and recently ( thrice) my pc got improperly shut due to lack of electricity . When I restarted those 3 times , it did start up on its own but Did the disk check utility due to improper shutdown .

Now I want to know what exactly is the prob , which gets rectified when i disconnect ... Read more

Answer:XP wont reboot until Hard disk isnt diconnected

Hi, cductivickey. Welcome to TSF!

I'm not a hardware expert, but I think you got it overheated. Try ceiling fans, and air conditioners, keep the room that your computers in a lot cooler.

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Hi , First of all I am really happy to see so Many Helpful and COMPUters TECHS out here .

I have a Compaq presario Desktop . Windows XP Professional SP2
version 2002

Intel pentium 4

cpu 1.50Ghz

The problem is , whenevr I turn off my computer and Try to reboot or Start it again ,The screen comes up which says Compaq in red and Then The F10 and F12 option to boot preference . So that Means "Windows is not Loading" . It just sits at this screen and then nothing happens even if I wait for a while , which means XP isnt loading Until unless "I disconnect the Hard disk Cable +hard disk Power cable ". Then when I plug it back in in few seconds and Try to turn on the computer "IT WORKS" . Now this is the problem , Is it a Hard Disk issue or something else ?? .

Once the computer starts Everything seems Normal and works Fine. It wont reboot on its own or there is no spyware or malware on it .

Recently the comps CPU fan wasnt working due to which the comp was running way to slow caz of heating of the CPU . but now its fixed and running fine and comps speed is also fine .

In my area there is lot of power cut prob and recently ( thrice) my pc got improperly shut due to lack of electricity . When I restarted those 3 times , it did start up on its own but Did the disk check utility due to improper shutdown .

Now I want to know what exactly is the prob , which gets rectified when i disconnect the power cable and the ide cable of my hard d... Read more

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

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

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

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

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I expect I'm missing something foolish.

running WIN 8 PRO 64-bit

After I had Win 8 set up with my basic programs, I created a custom-image using the CMD and the recimg.exe included with Win 8. [My laptop came with a C: OS partition and a D: partition].

I have since done two things. I created reduced the size of my C: partition and created an E: partition.

When I run the recimg.exe in the CMD(as admin) window, it starts to run and then I get the error message that the drive I instructed it to write to is not a "fixed drive". I've tried both the c: and D: drives.

What am I missing? Thanks for your help

Answer:RecImg wont recognise my hard drive as a fixed disk

did you format it and make the e:/ active after the format in disk management

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I Have just bought a philips external hard disk drive. it has 75gb of space but wont let me transfer files of 4.5gb. i have sucessfully transfered a file of 1.3 gb but it says 4.5gb is to large to fit on the drive. can anyone tell me what is going on, or what setting i have to change to solve this problem.

Answer:External hard disk wont accept large files

Sounds like it is formatted as FAT32. You could convert it to NTFS click here

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I have an hp omnibook 2100 / originaly running win95 /currently winNT / it has 2.1 gig HD , pentium 200 mmx , 64 mb ram ,change out cd rom & floppy when i got the laptop the HD was blank and all i had to put on it was winNT it installed fine .. now i want to install win98 I also want to switch to a larger HD which i did a 4.? gig with win2000 on it but it wont run on my lap top because it was configed to a diff. laptop it will not even let me go to dos mode i have tried to erase the HD w/ kill disk neither hard drive will let me change to win 98 any help will be greatly appreciated thank..

Answer:hp omnibook 2100 wont boot from disk

Was the hard drive swapped from an identical laptop? If not, then the drive probably isnt compatible. Even if it is the same, you will not be able to boot windows. You'll need to reformat, or do a repair install of Win98/win2k at least, by booting from the Windows isntallation CD.

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hiya can anyone offer me any advice on this one, it would be greatly appreciated.the boot disk for my pc wont work because the motherboard has been changed some time ago by a third party, and so i cant reload the operating system.Packard bell pc with millenium edition (COA). came with 3 x sytem recovery cd's and a bootable floppy to be used to load the 3 x restore cd's.However the Pac Bell bootdisk is sayinhg that the system is not a packard bell machine (as the motherboard has been changed)and so will not prompt me to insert the first of the restore cd's - which are not themselves bootable.Is there any way round this, because i need the floopy to work to get the OS off of the restore cd's.any input would be usefull.T.

Answer:Boot disk problem, wont work


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Ok here is my dilemma. I have just made the switch to a new intel machine. The first problem is i cant get it to install with 4gb (had to remove one module) but i have found a patch that i will try and report back.

The main drama at the moment is after the fresh install i take out the vista installation cd and restart after doin afew things and I cant load into windows.
I get the

I tried restarting many a times, then i put the installation disk in and restarted and it works as per normal except I can see the os selection prompt and it has Windows Vista listed three times (this is a fresh install, so there is definately no dual booting goin on here)

So for some unknown reason my pc need the installation disk inserted to load the os from my hard disk.

My PC specs are as follows.
C2D E6850
2gb (have 4gb but cant use the extra 2 just yet)
2x WD Raptor 150s in Raid 0 config

Please someone explain how i fix this issue cause its very annoying.


Answer:Boot disk failure and 4gb wont work.

Ok i fixed the issue of the two extra failed instances of vista by going into msconfig and removing them and making changes permanent.

But still need the installation disk to boot

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I replaced hdd with ssd. One screw was missing. First I got linux sysadmin prompt to boot with no usb detected. Notebook recognized my empty ssd disk. I reinstalled kubuntu lts from desktop computer to usb. Then I noticed that the screw which I had to throw away and was before fixing hdd to computer nearest the seat was ( the hole I mean the part that carried the ssd on notebook) 5mm away. I replaced the screw from another hole and tried to boot again from usb unsuccessfully. Before I came to boot menu now the screen is blank. Caps lockblinks 3 times. I ve reseated the memory... Factory reset... Factory reset withot battery, memory and wireless. Nothing new. I did not find the Cmosbattery. Please help me, thanks, Grega Leskov?ekfrom Slovenia

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Hi I have a older VAIO? Desktop Computer PCV-RS720G originally win XP. I have reinstalled win 7 a couple of times in the last 5 or 6 years with no

problems. Recently my sys was corrupted. So I decided to do a clean install. Prior to doing a "clean all" on the hd. I did many tests

chkdsk/f/r,sfc/scannow,startup repair in safe mode,boot.exe/fixboot,boot.exe/fixmbr etc.. So now I have a hd that I did a "clean all" on and win 7 install

disc. Boot in bios is set to 1. pioneer dvd-rw 2. floppy 3. hd. The pioneer dvd-rw worked Prior to clean all. Win 7 install disc tested on older acer win 7

laptop comes up to black screen with "Press any key to boot disk". When I put Win 7 install disc in the dvd-rw in the VAIO Desktop it shows the VAIO

logo then intel logo then black screen with the following "boot and select boot device. Insert media in selected device and press any key". Boot order in

bios should be good. I try it again the dvd makes a clicking noise 5 or 6 times (wont spin up) then floppy light goes on then computer just runs? In the

black screen "boot and select boot device. Insert media in selected device and press any key" there is no way to enter a command. Not sure what to do

from here. Any advise would be much appreciated THX frog88

Answer:install win 7 wont boot from disk with clean hd

You're probably going to need to boot something externally that will let you see the partitions on the hard-drive and mark Active the partition that Windows 7 uses to boot. It's either going to be System Reserved [or something very close to that name] or it's going to be what many call "C drive" which is really C partition.

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recently my computer contracted the blue screen of death.  it won't boot from anything. i've tried creating a new disk, but that didn't work. i'm running windows xp, on a dell xps400. I've run all the tests everything comes back good. the error message is; stop 0x00000024, 0x00190203, 0x8719bae0, 0xc0000102, 0x00000000 I've got service pack 2.

Answer:bsod 0x00000024 wont boot from disk

Did you set the CD drive as the first boot device?Are you using a real windows CD or a copy?

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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?

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

Sounds like your hard not your first boot should be.


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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'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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This happen after when i ignored a AVG update as im working in middle of spreadsheet which need to be done in this week and when i tried to copy and paste and the laptop were freeze and wont let me able do anything so i press "off" button to shut thing quick rather as i set my off button to hibernation mode.

When i turn on, The acer logo show then blank page. Tried pressig F8 to go Last Known Good Config and still the blank page. Also with Safe Mode. Blank page!!!

I perfer if you can change your method if i need to insert CD as it's netbook and it dont have CD drive and also i have blank USB ready to add for booting.

Thanks for any help in advance

Answer:Windows XP wont boot, Also wont boot in Safe Mode

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