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Hard Disk is not recognised during boot

Question: Hard Disk is not recognised during boot

Hi All:

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

Regards,
Venkat

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Answer: Hard Disk is not recognised during boot

Hello and welcome to Techspot.

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

Hopefully this will sort it for you.

Regards Howard :wave: :wave:

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I have recently purchased a Seagate Barracuda 7200.7NCQ Serial ATA .160GB hard drive
my problem is I can't get my computer to recognise it.
I also fitted an Adaptec Serial ATA 120SA card.
i have tried booting it up with my Windows xp professional system disk but that doesn't work.

my system is
processor = Athlon XP 1255 MGz
motherboard = MSI K7N2 DELTA-ILSR
Ram = 1.12gb
Hard drive = Seagate Barracuda SATA 160GB
Operating System = Windows XP Professional

I have downloaded LIVE UPDATE from MSI
and updated the drivers
flashed the bios

the Adaptec cd that came with the Card is supposed to create a bootable disk but i can't get it to do this.
i have tried seagate sea tools also but still no luck

if i put the old hard drive back the computer recognises that.

any help would be appreciated as i am nowhere near as knowledgable as you guys.

Answer:Hard Disk not recognised.

You need to get a floppy disk and put the sata driver on it or find the ones that came with your motherboard/harddrive.

edit: here are the drivers: http://www.msi.com.tw/program/suppor...=4&CHIP=4&ID=6

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i just formatted my harddisk and now i am unable to install windows xp professional. Each attempt ends in failure: harddisk not detected. meanwhile i succeed to install vista which i don't like because of so many complications. how may I install XP professional? Thank you.
 

Answer:hard disk not recognised

If Vista is detecting the hard drive and XP is not then it is likely due to the the Windows installation needing you to provide the required SATA/ACHI/RAID drivers at teh F6 prompt of the Windows installation. You'd have to make a floppy disk with the required drivers on it to provide for the installation.

OR

You can try turning of RAID or ACHI in the BIOS and set the SATA controller to IDE mode.

If you want to go the F6 route then you'll need to provide us with the details of the system that you are trying to install XP on.
 

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Answer:200 GB hard disk recognised as 130 GB. Bios or XP?

Do you have XP SP1 Version or later? You will need this to recognise the disk.

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Answer:Hard Disk not recognised by BIOS

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Answer:Hard Disk not recognised - pls pls help - novice

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Answer:vostro hard disk not recognised

Check the first hint that it gave you first. Use Memtest to test your memory (RAM) since you can get all sorts of misleading errors IF your memory is bad. You first download a copy (either installer to create a bootable floppy, OR an ISO image to burn a bootable CD), create the disk, set the drive as first on boot order, and boot to Memtest. Run Memtest through ALL tests (8 I believe - until you get errors), if there are errors, or it freezes, rerun with only one stick of memory at a time to see which stick is bad (assuming you have more than one) and replace as needed. Exit, remove disk, and allow it to reboot.If there are no errors, or this does not help, download hard drive test utility from your hard drive manufacturer's website (ISO image) and burn a bootable CD. Boot to the utility and run the tests (do not format unless you are sure you need or want to reload windows). Post back results.You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.If all else fails, read instructions.

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Answer:A part of hard disk not recognised

Did you solve this?
 

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1) Specs for the PC?2) Did it ever work properly? (if not, is it still under warantee?)3) Is there anything essential on there (i.e. important documents or files)?4) Any other details?

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Answer:External Hard Disk not recognised.

I have not received any offers of help in response to this post. Are there no suggestions at all? Allan
 

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I would appreciate any help as to how I can resolve!!

Answer:Old Hard Disk now fitted into a caddy but it is not being recognised

Click start, right click computer, select manage, choose disk management in the left column and see if your hard drive is recognized. If it is, it will probably not have a drive letter, right click it, choose 'change drive letter or path' on the next screen click add then select a letter from the drop down menu. If it wants to initialize it, select no. It will format it and anything on it will be gone.

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When i rightclick on my My Computer and go to Manage > Disk Management and it shows me my Drive as F: 111.78 GB Healthy (Active).
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I have an internet connection with unlimited download, so please let me know if i need to download some software or install anything to repair it. I will do it, but please help me with this issue.
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Answer:My Buffalo 120 GB External Hard Disk recognised, but not responding!

The drive could have failed. Try to plug it into another pc if you have another one.
 

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

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

patio.
 

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Love you all.

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Answer:Secondary Hard Drive Dissapeared: Not Recognised in BIOS or Disk Management.

Sorted!!!
 

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Answer:Boot files corrupted and hard disks not recognised

click here This is a very long thread from another forum but it might give you a few pointers. If this has only happened once then it might well be coincidental that it happened on both machines.If it happens again on either of them, then you need to do some further investigation.

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

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

ty!
 

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

Is your Seagate the 7200.11 series?

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

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

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

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Answer:500GB SATA II Hard Drive not Recognised at Boot Anymore

is it detected in the bios?
if not then try pluging the data lead into another port on the motherboard
 

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Answer:Hard disk not recognised and becomes "dynamic"?

What exactly did you install that had you to take out the mobo?
 

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Answer:Hard Disk Boot Failure Insert System Disk Press Enter

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

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hi sir,im vijay..
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plz help me..im so confused..

Answer:hard disk boot failure insert system disk press enter

Repair MBR:

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

Repairing the Master Boot Record:

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

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




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


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

Answer:Hard Disk Boot Failure Insert System Disk

UPDATE:


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

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

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

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

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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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Please help
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Starting......
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failure to access code page font file
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A:\>
I can enter to C:\ or D:\ etc also can use dir like commands..please help me to solve this problem
 

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

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

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

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Hi, I really need some help here.

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

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

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

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

These are some things I observed:

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


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

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

Questions:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

30 seconds or so later I also get this message

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

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

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

The computer with the problems is a Dell Inspiron 8500.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Louis

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks!

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

Answer:Hard Disk won't boot on its own

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

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

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

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

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

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

Answer:boot from usb hard disk

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

patio.
 

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

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

cheers.

Answer:Hard disk don't boot up Help!

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

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

Answer:Cannot Boot from Hard Disk

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

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

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

Answer:Cannot boot off Hard disk

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

more info please,
Quote:




things dun happen




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

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

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

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

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

Thanks

Keith Lingenfelter
 

Answer:XP boot hard disk limits

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

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

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

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Hello.

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

Can you help me please?

Thanks a lot.

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

Hi Demilego,

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

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

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

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

Answer:Dual Boot Win 98 Using USB Hard Disk

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

or if the mother board needs somthing to run it?

i would be greatful for any help i can get.
 

Answer:No boot sector on hard disk

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

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

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

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After powering up my computer a heavy clicking noise is present and it sounds like the CDROM drives are trying to pop open. It does a memory test (OK) Detects IDE primary master (none) verifies pool, Initializing MBA..... Then it Shows a client Mac address and tries to PXE boot (it detects DHCP, no boot filename recieved NONE) The error messege that I am recieving is "Disk boot failer, Insert System Disk and Press Enter". Could this be caused by something wrong with my hard disk, or did just my system boot files get corrupted or deleted. Is their a way to provide the bood files. I tried putting a XP media edition disc in the CDROM and i press enter nothing happens. Any information would be greatly appreciated. THANKYOU!!!
 

Answer:Boot/Hard Disk Error

Hi goldfinger, welcome to Major Geeks.

The clicking noise is almost certainly your hard drive. That is the noise they make when they fail.

Sorry. Also don't post your email on MG for security reasons, perhaps a moderator will remove it if you can't now edit.

Studio T
 

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

Answer:Hard disk boot failure

Hi and welcome to TSF

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

Need to reload the operating system.

BG

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Hi everyone,

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

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

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

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

Cheers!!
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Answer:Hard Disk Not Recognized at Boot

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

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

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

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

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hello.
i have a problem with one of my hard disks and windows. actually, my windows got corrupted and i decided to reinstall it. i formatted my second 40 GB hard drive and installed windows in it, thinking of later formatting the drive with the corrupted windows which was on the other 80 GB drive. but now when i try to run the computer with both the drives connected and with the new windows drive as my 1st boot device, the computer gives "error 115" and directs me to BIOS setup. i get the same messege when i try to run with only the 80 GB drive connected.
so i thought of formatting the drive partition with the old windows using the windows CD, but when i run the windows CD, it gets stuck whenever it tries to read or examine the 80 Gb hard drive. also, the 80 GB hard disk has data which i really want to save on a seperate partition.
hope you understand my problem. Please help with it and give some possible solution. please.
thanks
 

Answer:Hard disk boot problem

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hey all,

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

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

many thanks
 

Answer:Hard disk boot faliure

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

Answer:Hard disk noise during boot up

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

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

Answer:Hard Disk Boot Failure

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

Answer:Boot from Portable USB Hard Disk ?How?

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

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

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

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

Thank you and sorry for the bad english

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Hi,

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

My system specs:

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

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Hi all

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

Thanks
 

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

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

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

Answer:No boot sector on Hard Disk

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

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

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

Answer:boot missing. hard disk (3F0)

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

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

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

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



Frances
 

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

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

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

Answer:Need help with my boot disk-hard drive

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mike

Answer:How To Reset Boot From Hard Disk

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

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

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

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

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

Answer:No Boot device & no hard disk

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

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

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

Answer:hard disk not allowing to boot

Is the the 500 GB drive SATA or IDE?

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

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

Answer:Hard Disk Boot Failure

Have you checked the other connections for that hard drive.

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

Answer:hard disk boot problem

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

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

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

Energy, normally when you get this type of message:
"Windows detected a hard disk problem. Back up your files immediately to prevent information loss, and then contact your computer manufacturer to determine if you need to repair or replace the disk."
.....it means that Windows has detected bad hard disk sectors. If that's really the case then the drive can never be trusted and should be replaced ASAP.
There are various tools available that can show you the health of a hard drive and PassMark's free "DiskCheckup" is one of them - click here. Install the program, launch it, click on the icon for your disk at the top, click the "SMART Info" tab and look down the "Status" column for any errors.
Let me know what you discover.
"why the hard disk would suddenly have a problem when the computer wasn't even touched. "
Because bad sectors are caused by physical deterioration of the drive's surface which can get worse over time even if the PC's not being used.
PS: Make sure you've got current backups of all your valuable data as there's a chance that the drive could fail catastrophically at any time.
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My Little Asus Terminator died in december after years of good service - needless to say the hard disk is full of important data.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Can anyone help - please!

Answer:Hard disk will not boot in new computer

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

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

Answer:Hard Disk Boot failure

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

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

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

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

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

Please help...
 

Answer:How to boot a new hard disk from network

Need more details.

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

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Hello everybody.

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

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

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

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

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

Answer:Cannot boot on any other device than hard disk

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Technical Information:

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

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

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

Answer:Issue with Hard Disk Boot.

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

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

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

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

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

Can you get into safe mode?

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

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

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

Answer:No boot sector on hard disk

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

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ideacentre k330A Hard drive crashed, bought a new hard drive, and I have my windows 7 product key from the case.  Now I need a boot disk (usb preferred) with windows 7 to set up the new hard drive.  Can I download this or do I need to have it mailed?

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Hard Drive crash 2nd time. Installed new hard drive, will not boot from recovery disc.I had trouble with-in 6 months, would not boot. Retried weeks later, seams ok(over a year ago).Then 2 months later, hard drive crash, installed new hard drive, no problem. Now, hard drive crashed a couple days ago, installed new one, will not take recovery disc. Toshiba, said replace hard drive again, so I did. Still will not take the recovery disc. I tried F2 to boot from disc, will not work??? Dvd player is running, hard drive is running, and on the F2 screen see's hard drive(WD). Screen reads: Yukon PXE V5.16.1.3 (20060811) (C) copyright........... Pre-Boot execution Environment (PXE) V2.1 (C) Copyright Intel Corp PXE-E61: Media Test Failure, check cable PXE-Mof: Exiting PXE Rom Operating system not found Did a virus get ahold of the bios, (Reasigned???) Can I get into Dos to exacute? Please help, Peteedited by moderator: to make more clear

Answer:Recovery disk won't boot from new hard drive

Think your computer is trying to boot from the network card (PXE)try to disable network boot from the bios menu (f2 on bootup)

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