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Question: boot from usb hard disk

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.

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Preferred Solution: boot from usb hard disk

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

patio.
 

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Windows XP sp2 wont boot from hard disk.

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

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

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

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

ty!
 

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

Is your Seagate the 7200.11 series?

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

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

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

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

plz help me..im so confused..

Answer:hard disk boot failure insert system disk press enter

Repair MBR:

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

Repairing the Master Boot Record:

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

bootrec /fixmbr

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

bootrec /fixboot

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

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

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




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


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

Answer:Hard Disk Boot Failure Insert System Disk

UPDATE:


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Answer:Disk boot failure and the missing hard disk

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Louis

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

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

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

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

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

cheers.

Answer:Hard disk don't boot up Help!

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

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

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

Answer:Cannot boot off Hard disk

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

more info please,
Quote:




things dun happen




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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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.

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

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

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



Frances
 

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

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

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I'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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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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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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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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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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Hi All:

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

Regards,
Venkat
 

Answer:Hard Disk is not recognised during boot

Hello and welcome to Techspot.

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

Hopefully this will sort it for you.

Regards Howard :wave: :wave:
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Answer:No boot sector on hard disk

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

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

Answer:No boot sector on Hard Disk

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

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

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

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

Answer:Dual Boot Win 98 Using USB Hard Disk

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

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Long OP Please bear with me!

A few weeks back my computer started having problems. The system was slow in starting up and failed a few minutes after. Light on base of mouse would die and monitor would switch to power saving. The light of the front switch on my Inspiron 560 remained steady. Switching the machine off was nigh impossible meaning I had to switch off at the mains wall switch.

To some extent things improved following a relative's intervention: he refreshed the BIOS, I believe.

After about a week problems returned as before and with a plethora of errors



Code:

Log Name: System
Source: Service Control Manager
Date: 14/11/2011 13:09:48
Event ID: 7001
Task Category: None
Level: Error
Keywords: Classic
User: N/A
Computer: Gordon-PC
Description:
The Network List Service service depends on the Network Location Awareness service which failed to start because of the following error:
The dependency service or group failed to start.
Event Xml:
<Event xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/win/2004/08/events/event">
<System>
<Provider Name="Service Control Manager" Guid="{555908d1-a6d7-4695-8e1e-26931d2012f4}" EventSourceName="Service Control Manager" />
<EventID Qualifiers="49152">7001</EventID>
<Version>0</Version>
<Level>2</Level>
<Task>0</Task>
<Opcode>0</Opcode>
<Keywords>0x8080000000000000</Keywords>
<TimeCreated Sys... Read more

Answer:Big probs with Boot, many errors,hard disk and so on!

All of this is looking like motherboard or power supply issues to me.
Sadly neither are very easy to test for without proper equipment.

Also could you follow these instructions on the machine in question?
http://www.sevenforums.com/crashes-d...tructions.html

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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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Good day to the recipients When i start up the laptop  a message appears on the screen (Boot device not found  ect)  HDD works perfect (tested in another unit) I can't detect HHD in BIOS (Version F.46) and i have no many options to change  During the installation via USB (DVD unit is out of order)  the program ask a disk to install the OS with the appropriate driver.Some additionalProcessor Type AMD A4 3305M APUSys Board ID 3566 Has anyone any idea thx 

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my o.s or driver got corrupted..itsnt booting..only one drive in my lap..since i need my date i couldnt format and reinstall os...i have one driver c.d..i tried to repair but invain..its not bootin thro safe mode too..i inserted xp cd and tried to repair os..i went to cmd prompt ..then in cmd i tried to copy data from c: to my pen drive..but its says no access ..pls any suggestion to copy my data ..can i boot xp thro any ex.hard disk and is t possible to copy data after that???
 

Answer:Is it possible to boot my Dell through external hard disk

There are a number of BootCDs you could use. A good favorite of many is The Ultimate BootCD

Yes backup to USB flash, then install Xp clean (removing the partition when asked in the initial setup process)

Note, you do not need to create a new partition or even format the drive, as Windows setup will automatically create an NTFS formatted file system, on a non-partitioned drive, during Windows install.
 

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I learned this the hard way: if you dual boot 7/10, turn off hybrid (fast) startup:

How to instruct Windows 8 NOT to perform a fast shutdown? - Super User

Otherwise it will corrupt your hard disks if you boot into the seven installation after shutting down from ten, as the fast shutdown wont properly flush hard disk caches.

Answer:Hard disk corruption with ten/seven dual boot

Good point -- but it's not just Win7 & Win10, it's also Win8/8.1 & Win10. The new FastStartup feature keeps the partitions mounted, even when the OS is not running, and this applies to shared data partitions, as well. I dual-boot between Win8.1 & Win10, and the first thing I do when I install a new Win10 build is disable FastStartup.

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My initial problem was that the notebook wouldn't charge when switched on. I downloaded HP Support Assistant to try and analyse the battery status but when restarting, the display shows Boot Device Not Found. Have tried performing a hard reset but it has had no effect.Error code is 60APTG-73588K-MFGH61-60EB03

Answer:Boot device not found Hard Disk 3F0

Hi, The 24 character error is not good, most likely hard drive failed but try the following BIOS setup for 3F0:      http://h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/Notebook-Hardware-and-Upgrade-Questions/Re-quot-Hard-Disk-3F0-BootDevic... Regards.

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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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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 up my laptop. Please please can some one help me? I am not familiar with this type of problem.

Thanks
 

Answer:URGENT HELP NEEDED cant boot from hard disk

What laptop have you got???
 

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I have a windows 8 computer that I plan to give away and I don't want my
data to be recoverable so I have considered DBAN, and decided to go
another direction, I have just been wondering if I format the hard drive
through another computer via a hard drive reader, will I be able to reinstall
windows through a disk because I promised that to my buyer?

Answer:Can I format my hard drive and boot from a disk after?

Yes

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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:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136073

Specs:

Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 2 (build 2600)

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

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

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

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

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

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I tried to install linux in my lap... Unfortunately i partitioned the hard disk so that my lap stuck in attempting errors....so i decided to change my os again and my hard disk files are formated...and now its telling me that no bootable device insert boot disk and press any key

Answer:I formated my hard disk...how to boot os back ??

Hi,Did you prep hard drive?You can follow HP expert erico's suggestion here for SSD from command prompt using another PC (applies to your HDD too): https://h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/Notebook-Hardware-and-Upgrade-Questions/How-do-I-upgrade-my-notebook-t...After preparing, clean install Windows 10 Home by creating UEFI bootable installation USB using Microsoft windows media creation tool, if you've already upgraded and successfully activated Windows 10 previously or if your laptop came with Windows 10 from factoryhttps://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/2376-usb-flash-drive-create-install-windows-10-a.htmlRegardsVisruth

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I've got a Time PC, originally running Windows ME, successfully updated to XP home. No problem there.Computer will suddenly no longer boot up, and doesn't recognise any heads or partitions.Can I boot from a boot disk, and if so , should it be an ME disc or an XP disc. Or has my hard drive died? I don't have boot discs for either ME or XP, (yes I know, serves me right). Where can I get them from if that is the answer. If it has got to be a new hard drive then I'll get a new PC, but can the old disc contents, photos etc, be copied to the new PC. Advice gratefully welcomed. Thanks

Answer:hard drive dead or will boot disk help?

Pretend you dont know what your computer is or what it should do........ Switch on and describe what happens next please?Any SOUNDS of life? Any lights-(which ones)? Anything showing on the Monitor(What shows)?It may not be what you think but these few details will help everyone to make educated guesses.

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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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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.
https://forums.techguy.org/threads/laptop-stuck-on-startup-repair-bad-hard-disk.1172379/
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
http://knowledge.seagate.com/articles/en_US/FAQ/201271en?language=en_US

http://www.tacktech.com/display.cfm?ttid=287

IDE/SATA to USB 2.0 Cable Adapter
http://www.maplin.co.uk/p/idesata-to-usb-20-a35fq

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

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Hi,

There is a continuous Hard disk activity [harddisk light is on] when I boot my computer and lasts for 5-10 minutes.
Launching any program also shows rigrous hard disk activity.
Even clicking start->programs shows disk activity and sometimes takes time to display menu items..

System Details
Windows XP Home
512 MB RAM, AMD Turion

Antivrius used - AVG, Norton

Steps Taken to correct the problem but failed
1. Checked startup programs - msconfig - stopped yahoo, msn messenger from autostart. no other [supicious to me ] program in autostart except antivirus
Current start up programs as shown through - msconfig atiptaxx, avgcc, eabservr, hp wireless assistant, Lsburnwatcher, SynTPEnh, MSASCui, ccapp, ctfmon, yahoo widget
2. Defragged disk

3. Complete antivirus check

4. disabled antivirus option to check exe files when launched

5. avgamsvr.exe showed 133,124 I/O reads in task manager!!!, killing it doesnt really help

6. Tried finding any program with ProcessExplorer

7. tried CCleaner, bootvis, spybot search & destroy, spyware guard, spyware blaster, windows defender

Please advice
Thanks
 

Answer:Continuous Hard Disk activity on boot

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Something happened to my brother's computer tonight and it is asking to "boot from CD." He has a Deskstar Hard Drive HDS721616PLA380. Unfortunately when he got his computer it only came with the op. system disk (Windows Vista) and NO boot disk. What can we do?? Is there anyway to download a boot disk to a CD from my computer to boot his back up?? Any suggestions are helpful at this point.

Thanks
 

Answer:Deskstar Hard drive Boot Disk

Make sure there is no disk in the CDROM. Usually, a "boot from CD" message is asking if you want to boot from the CD and if you do nothing it will boot from the HD within 30 seconds or so.

What is the brand and model of computer? (usually found on a white sticker on the back of the case)
 

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

Answer:Boot up with hard disk test error

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

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I wonder if anyone can help me, as I have tried to look for the answer to this problem in many places but the answer eludes me.

I have 2 physical hard disks on my PC (Pentium III - 550). I started off with Hard disk 1 (20 GB) where I installed Windows 98SE. Subsequently, I installed WinXP on a new hard disk I bought (60 GB). Now, whenever I boot up, the system startup gives me a choice to start up either WinXP Professional or Win98.

Now, the problem is, I found out that the boot information seemed to have been stored in my first hard disk (the one with Win98SE). I would rather have this on my 2nd hard disk (the one with WinXP), as I presume that if I eventually reformat my HDD1, then I may not be able to start up my WinXP anymore as the boot info for the whole PC is in HDD1. I have tried (using BIOS setting) to turn off the HDD1 and the result is that I cannot boot my PC at all.

Someone has told me I need to have a 3 files in my HDD2, namely:

- Boot.ini,
- Ntdetect.com
- NTLDR

I've done so, but still, I cannot find a way to move the boot instructions.

Can any of you experts give me a hand? Thanks in advance.
 

Answer:How to change boot info to another hard disk?

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

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

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

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

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

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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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My computer was working fine, until really recently, when had started having audio problems then freezing, someone pointed out to me in task manager that my disk was always at 100%, though I think that had always been the case since updating to Windows 10 a year ago. It continued having these issues until it got worse, and I noticed my CPU, ram and disk were all at 100%.Figuring I had a virus on my system at this point(I had ran a scan but notshing), and as I couldn't use any recovery options(disk was locked, restore point not working etc) I did a clean install of windows 10, everything seemed to run soomthly for a day or 2...Then I started getting BSOD(bad config info, registry, etc) and these hard disk errors, I could sometimes manage to get it to boot back into windows and use it, but the next day these errors would return.Quick, extended and a Linux disk check have cleared my hard, and yet I still cannot boot. Having clean installed 10, I figure d it was missing a driver or something, so today I decided to use my recovery Media for the computer.... Still nothing.I've ordered a new hard drive, but Im not sure that will solve my problem. Any suggestions?

Answer:Hard disk 1 3f1 and 301, won't boot or boots but BSOD and re...

Hi, 3xx errors normally indicate HDD is failing. Please try the following fix first:          http://h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/Notebook-Hardware-and-Upgrade-Questions/My-PC-is-saying-Boot-Device-not... Regards.

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I need to find out how to go back to a restore point on a non bootable drive in windows vista home premium. I can boot and read it with another drive that I am temporarily booting from. Here is a link to my post in the HJT thread and more details about the problem. TIA. http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/ind...st&p=987252I am in deep trouble after running Combofix as instructed by Billy O'Neal!!! I really appreciate your help. Apparently, I am the 1 in 100 and my computer will not boot. It gives me a message such as "A recent hardware change" damaged your computer. "1. Insert windows installation disk and restart your computer. 2. choose your language. 3. Repair computer. File:Windows\system 32\config\system. Status: OXC000014C Regestry file missing or corrupt." I do not have a windows vista home premium system disk as it came preinstalled with my month old Acer computer. Using their utility restores it to factory and deletes all my programs.I did replace the 250 GB hard disk with a 1 TB, which fortunately was cloned. However I have installed a lot of new programs after the clone.So I temprarilly removed my data/programs install disk 500MB and rebooted from the original Acer drive. I can access the 1TB drive, which will not boot.I need to find out how to restore the 1TB drive to the restore point that ComboFix set. Log follows.I did do a Malbytes Anti-Malware scan on the Acer drive and unfortunately it too was infected. I had all removed. Log followsCombofix.Txt: Co... Read more

Answer:Urgent - Please help hard disk won't boot after Combofix!

You are still working with your HJT member. you should NOT make further changes to your computer (install/uninstall programs, use special fix tools, delete files, edit the registry, etc) unless advised by a HJT Team member, nor should you continue to ask for help elsewhere. Doing so can result in system changes which may not show it the log you already posted. Further, any modifications you make on your own may cause confusion for the helper assisting you and could complicate the malware removal process which would extend the time it takes to clean your computer.From this point on the HJT Team should be the only members that you take advice from, until they have verified your log as clean.I am closing this topic.

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I needed to format my hard drive and write '0' on it but I don't have it anymore. The last time I formatted my HD was years ago and have lost track of my boot disks. Basically I need a CD or a single floppy disk that I can boot from and simply format the hard drive. Any help would be appreciated.

Answer:Boot disk to format hard drive

www.bootdisk.com

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Hard drive crashed, no boot disk provided when we bought this from Micro Center, figured they'd sell them, not. Do the boot disks sold on eBay really work? If not where can one be acquired from ACER as Micro Center was NOT helpfull at all?ACER E5-571 35LV is the model   

Answer:Hard Drive Crash - no boot disk

I'm pretty sure Acer recommends that you create your recovery media during the first week after your computer purchase.....using their pre-installed software to create the media. http://acer.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/29934/related/1/session/L2F2LzEvdGltZS8xNDY1MjM2Nzc... You can get free vanilla Windows 8.1...... http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/create-reset-refresh-media Or purchase orginal factory recovery media from Acer....... http://www.acer.com/worldwide/support/ Sometimes you can use ALT-F10 at boot.......to get the computer running again. http://acer.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/35232  Edit: I wouldn't buy a boot disk or recovery media off of E-bay.

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