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

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

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


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

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

try another power supply in it

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

30 seconds or so later I also get this message

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

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

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

The computer with the problems is a Dell Inspiron 8500.

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

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

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

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I have a Western Digital Elements 500 Gb external Hard Drive. It has been giving me a hard time today. First it wasn't recognized as a working HD, just as a broken one which had to be formatted. In another port it was recognized like normal. Then it disconnected itself and came back as a unreadable disk. To try and salvage my files I tried a lot of recovery programs, with which only one program saw the files, but had to be purchased for recovery. After trying somethings else, which included reconnecting my HD. It stopped working as a HD.
Now the light starts flickering, the pc recognizes a external hard disk being connected, it installes WD software, but it never sees the disk itself, the HD itself doesn't even run (I can not hear he disk spinning). Is there anyway to solve it in a software-way, I can't really be spending a lot of cash on recovery agencies.

Kind regards,


Answer:Ext Hard Disk doesn't boot but is partially seen

Well if you can still get it to connect to the computer (whether it looks normal or says it needs to be formatted) download HD Tune ( HD Tune website ) they have a free trial and see what it looks like under the health tab for your portable hard drive. Do you see anything in yellow or red? Is/was the drive ever making any clicking sounds? If you can't get it to connect to the software then another option if you don't care/don't have a warranty anymore you can open the case and take the hard drive out, then hook it up inside your desktop to see if it will show up.

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I've been swapping out Windows 10 and Windows 7 on my desktop using Macrium Reflect (free version) image backups and restores to the same disk for more than a year without any problem. However, today I restored the last saved Windows 10 backup image to a newly acquired disk (same model and size as the old one - Samsung 1TB) using a hot swap rack. The restore ran normally and completed but hung during the boot up process. NO error message, just the spinning dots display. I tried earlier backup images and Media Rescue disks to no avail. I'm now suspecting that the disk might have a problem, but curious as to how the restore process appears to work ok - any ideas as to why the restore cannot boot ?

Answer:Image restore to different hard disk doesn't boot.

A possibility is that you modified some physical hardware on the computer that Windows is having a hard time being able to recognize, since it wasn't there before. Does this apply?

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I have installed a new hard drive in my laptop. I placed the old hard drive in a USB enclosure. I then booted the notebook with EaseUS Todo Backup 4 from CD-ROM and selected to clone the disk from the external to the internal hard drive and choose the option to resize the partitions. After over three hours, the cloning process was complete. However, after the re-start I get error 0xc000000e.

"Windows Boot Manager

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

1. Insert your installation disc and restart your computer.
2. Choose your language setting, and then click "Next."
3. Click "Repair your computer."

If you do not have the disc, contact your system administrator or computer manufacturer for assistance.

Status: 0xc000000e

Info: The boot selection failed because a required device is inaccessible.

ENTER=Continue ESC=Exit"

Obviously, the disc cloning was not successful. I am not sure what is the best way to proceed from here. I tried to boot from recovery CD-ROMs in the hope to be able to repair the MBR but it seems that booting from CD currently fails. Hitting ENTER and ESC both restarted the notebook. Shortly afterwards, the same screen message was visible.

Thank you for helping me with this problem.

Answer:New hard drive doesn't boot after disk cloning, error 0xc000000e

Have quite some experience with the aesus tools, never failed here, but have no idea about what went wrong in your case, can be anything, software or hardware. One thing:

and selected to clone the disk from the external to the internal hard drive

Your process should have worked, but I have mostly done it the other way around > copying from the pc to the external, and then do the switch. Maybe worth a try. First fit the original hd back into the laptop and check it's booting fine and programs etc work well, maybe do a chkdsk, defrag, ccleaner and sfc job, then do the cloning (will clone it without even leaving windows).

(btw, current Todo bu is 5.0. And posting this using a new hd, cloned 10 minutes ago happy when all goes well)

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Did a re install with boot disk, not when the computers boots, its asking for the boot disk. I tried changing the startup order in the Bios having the HDD with windows installed on it as the First, but it still will not load without the boot disk.

Answer:Windows Doesn't boot without boot disk. Changes the boot order no luck

Hi wjason777. Welcome to the TenForums @wjason777

Normally I don't comment in BSOD section of forum.

When you installed windows did you have other drives attached? I would re-do the clean installation with only your primary boot disk attached.

I would also get a fresh copy of windows using the media creation tool and just leave it on USB Key.

Here is the clean install tutorial.

Clean Install Windows 10

If you only have your windows and programs on boot disk I might be inclined to delete all partitions and let windows rebuild, think it is step 13 in tutorial. Ensure your data is backed up.

Have one of the mods move thread to Installation section.


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Did a re install with boot disk, not when the computers boots, its asking for the boot disk. I tried changing the startup order in the Bios having the HDD with windows installed on it as the First, but it still will not load without the boot disk.

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I believe this question best fits here rather than in the security section, so here it goes.

I have a Dell Inspiron 9300 laptop which was running Windows XP, service pack 3.

Two days ago, my laptop began running extremely slowly, which I believe to be the side effect of a virus (The slow running happened immediately after I approved a program - I don't know which one- for outbound internet access).

Also, I had not installed any software or hardware recently.

I had resolved to install some anti-virus software to correct the problem, as the software I had was out of date, but I found that my computer was running so slowly that I could not install or run programs anymore. I decided I would reformat the disk.

I restarted the computer one last time to see if I could get a few word documents off that I want to retain, and was given a blue screen which reads "UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME", then at the bottom of the screen reads "Technical Information:

I have tried starting windows on subsequent attempts using the following options:
-Safe Mode
-SafeMode with Networking
-Safe Mode with Command Prompt
-Last Known Good Configuration

Each time getting the same "UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME" error.

I figured I should try and boot the computer off a bootable CD, i.e. my Windows XP disk, however when I change the boot sequence and try to boot off the CD I get the err... Read more

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This one has me confused. I recently added a second hard drive to my system. Now Win7 won't start. I tried to boot from the installation disc. I get a screen that gives me the option to install windows, or repair the system. I selected repair and got a multiple choice menu including repair start up,which I chose. "attempting repairs" goes on for at least a half an hour without results.
Now, I know if I re-install windows it will format the drive and I'll lose my data. I'd like to repair the start up prcedure without losing my data. Can this be done or do I have to sacrifice my data and start from scratch?
Please assume I'm a newbie with your responses.
btw- both hard drives are SATA. it's possible that the cables to the motherboard got mixed up. In other words, if Drive C was connected to SATA port 1 and was moved to SATA port 3, would that make a difference?

Answer:Solved: Added hard drive, now win doesn't start

try switching the cables over

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I have a Satellite L500, when booting up it comes up with "booting from BBS Hard disk" and that's where it stays. I've tried changing the boot sequence as well as boot speed.

Would this be hardware related or will the recovery disk work?
Any ideas what else I can try?

Answer:Satellite L500 - "Boot from BBS Hard disk" shown at start-up

Set BIOS to default settings and try again.

By the way: since when you have noticed this message?
Have you made some changes that can be responsible for this?

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I'm trying to put an old hard drive into my PC as a slave but i can't find it in disk management. It is installed via IDE and BIOS recognises it as a hard drive but i can't find it when i login to my PC.

Any ideas?

Answer:Solved: hard drive recognised in BIOS but doesn't show in Disk Management

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hi all,

i have a problem: my windows 7600 Ultimate on notebook Acer Aspire 5735Z (250Gb HDD) doesn't see the whole hard disk.

here are two images on my Computer Management with right button click on each disk:

when i had Vista there were 2 disks: C and D with 111Gb each.

so, what's a problem? can i solve the problem? if i need i can reinstall windows 7

Answer:windows 7 doesn't read the whole hard disk

For some reason, Windows 7 is reading your other 111GB partition as a recovery partition. Not really sure why though? You can easily get the space back by right clicking on that 111GB partition and deleting the partition and then creating a new partition in the available space. Which will be the 111GB and the 9GB at the front of the disk. Then you can format and assign that the drive letter D:

Be aware that what I describe will present you with an Empty D: drive. If there is existing data on there which you need to preserve, my method is NOT what you want to do.

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Suspecting that my hard disk is about to fail I have bought a new one and installed it. The bios recognises it but Windows does not, neither does ztree. Is there something else I have to do? The bios is Award.Please help before the old drive packs up!

Answer:Bios recognises 2nd hard disk but Windows doesn't

It needs to be fdisked and partitioned.What OS are you using?

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Hello there. Recently I've bought a new computer. Since I had some valuable info on my old one, I've transferred the old hard disks to my new one. The problem is I can't see one of the drives in Windows Explorer. So I went to Disk Management and the hard disk is there but it doesn't have a drive letter... Naively I thought I'll just assign it one... and here's the real problem: all right click options except "Delete Volume" and "Help" are grayed out! What can I do?

Answer:Hard disk doesn't get a drive letter in Windows 7

Take a look at the drive using Partition Wizard. What does it look like in that program? (screenshot would be helpful)

I'm interested in if it shows only the one 149gb partition and the 80gb as unallocated. Also if the 149gb partition is seen as NTFS and whether or not when you right-click that partition and select Explore then you can see your files.

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in the start when i bought my computer my sata hard disk should easily installed windows xp ,but after sometime i wanna to increase the space in c drive tht's why i delete my hard disk and thn reallocate it ,and now windows xp does not installed in my computer,it shouldn't give me the blue help me to out that problem???///

Answer:windows xp doesn't installed in my sata hard disk

is it set to be seen as ide in the bios,it may need a driver loaded with f6
vista has the drivers,xp does'nt

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I have a hard disc on (B and when I got to my computer it does not show it but if I go to manage it shows it. On windows 7 it works fine it does not have windows 7 or 8 on it and is classic hdd not ssd. It will show anything that has a letter from c and above it shows my other 3 hard disks. Any ideas on how to fix this without changing the letter drive?

Answer:Windows 8 doesn't show hard disk on letter (B:)

Post your disk management pic

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I need to use a Windows 10 recovery disk on a Acer Travelmate 5740. I've got a working Windows 10 64-bit desktop PC which I've created two recovery disks onto CD-ROM. In both cases, the CD-ROM disks do not boot into a recovery environment on either the desktop or the Acer Travelmate 5740. Each time, the Windows 10 logo will display, but nothing else happens. I've been told I need to disable UEFI mode, but can't find this in the BIOS, and the system information displays too quickly during preboot to read properly.

Answer:windows 10 recovery disk on cd-rom doesn't boot

i strongly suggest you to have an USB flash drive to create a bootable windows 10 media (recovery too) Probably your Desktop is newer than your Travelmate, so your CD-roms were created using UEFI but your Travelmate is Legacy BIOS. i suggest you to download windows 10 from microsoft servers (iso format) and then use Rufus to create a bootable USB flash drive: it as Legacy BIOS on partition scheme and FAT32 as format 

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I have a Maxtor 500gb external hard drive, it works fine, but ever since I bought it, My Dell Dimension 9200 hasn't been booting up. I switch the power button on, and I just get the bios loading screen and it just stays there. I have to disconnect the hard drive before switching it back on...I think the bios is trying to boot from the external usb source and I know the boot order can be changed from the BIOS but I wanted to come here and see if anyone can point me in the right direction before I start messing with it.

Any help is appreciated..

Peace out.

Dell Dimension 9200/XPS 420
Intel Core 2 Duo E6600
500 GB Hard Drive
Nvidia 7900gs

Answer:Solved: PC doesn't boot up when External Hard Drive plugged in...

This is a fairly common problem without a common solution. On 2 of my machines, after trying it for the ump-teenth time, the machines suddenly started to boot with the externals plugged in.

I'd suggest trying to boot the machine and then letting it sit for as long as practicable. It takes some BIOS a long time to self-adjust to this new device for some reason. Also, try taking a look in the BIOS and try different USB settings, such as that for "legacy" or "DOS" USB compatibility. Try them all.

And definitely check the boot order. If USB is near the top, move it lower on the list or remove it altogether, if possible.

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i just installed a new motherboard because the usb ports on my last one died, for some reason my computer can't boot from the hard drive. if i put in a bootable disk and don't press any buttons to boot from the disk, then it will load windows and it works fine. any suggestions, i've already made my hard drive my second boot option in bios just below the cdrom.

Answer:Solved: Doesn't Read Hard Drive as Boot Option

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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.

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'm having a hard time with this computer, basically the mbr got messed up and apparently the windows drove locked and csnnot be accessed. I tried the dispatch command as you can see in the attachment and you'll see a ten gig drive I created as partition eight. Forgive me I'm new St this but this was the only drive I created so dell shipped it with so many partitions?
Anyways if you can assist I'll appreciate it, I tried the dispatch and no luck inget a error stating can't open bcd file which after giggling means the drive is still locked and cannot be opened
Also the mbr is just bad.

Answer:Windows 8.1 won't boot, startup disk doesn't work.

First of all,welcome to BC !
Now can you please post back with the answers to the following questions ?
You have said it is a Dell,but please supply the model.
Do you have any valuable data on this computer ?
Do you have a recovery partition ?
Chris Cosgrove

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Dear team, Please, when I try to install windows 10 the SSd is not recognized. I have downloaded the Intel RST for the model Yoga 900-13ISK2 but it doesn't works. Please, would you be so kind to tell me where I can find the .inf files in order to install the drivers to recognize the SSD during the windows 10 installation? Thanks in advance,

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So I purchased and built a new machine last week, and it's been working fine. However, I tried to turn it on this morning, and it was frozen on the windows xp screen for a good 10-15 minutes until I decided to retry it. This time, I get the "Windows failed to start up, please choose an option from below" screen. I first chose "Last known working configuration", same thing. Then I tried safe mode, and it quickly ran down a list of drivers, then stopped, and stayed on that screen until I restarted again. After doing some reading, I was told that I'd need to reinstall windows or format the hard drive, so I attempted to boot from the XP CD. But no matter what I do(setting cd to top boot priority in the bios), it doesn't recognize the disc. I tried putting in the cd that came with my motherboard, manually selecting the cd, and it just skips past and goes to the "Windows failed to start..." screen again. So what are my options here? Thanks in advance for any help.

Answer:Windows Xp Doesn't Start, Can't Boot From Cd

Just to clarify...

You put in the Windows XP CD, and you set the CD to the primary boot device in your computer's BIOS. No message came up saying "Press any key to boot from CD", and Windows just didn't work.

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I have two WD Caviar black 1TB drives and recently made a software RAID1 by adding mirror through disk management on Windows 7 Ultimate.

All was fine and dandy until I tried to restart my computer and found that Windows 7 won't boot (stuck at the black screen with the flickering underscore).

My computer is the HP m9340f with the IPIBL-LB (Benicia)mobo. I've since removed the 2nd HDD in the mirror which does not solve the problem.

Help is much appreciated, thanks!

Answer:Windows 7 - Doesn't boot after adding Mirroring in disk management

You can not mirror (make dynamic) the active boot partition within Disk Management. You have to do via bios or raid card level. To fix this, boot to your Windows 7 disc and choose the advanced tools or whatever it's called and click repair start up issues.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Hard drive doesn't stop spinning until the laptop is put into sleep mode or turned off. Can this be fixed?

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I got an update for windows internet explorer but it never started to download and i couldn't close the download window.
Then my laptop froze so I switched it off and tried to reboot.

It comes up with all kinds of options but non work they either freeze or at the end reboot the laptop and then it says windows could not boot and it does a check but this stil doesn't work.

Please help its only 20 days old.

Answer:Satellite A doesn't boot up - Windows cannot start


You can try to start your notebook in Safe mode (F8) and when notebook starts use systemrestore option and rollback operating system to the earlier time before you done this update.
Maybe this will help.

If not I recommend you to install OS again using recovery image. If you have brand new notebook you can do this using F8 option ? Repair my computer.

If you need more assistance how to do this please let us know.

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I am having an issue running Ubuntu + Windows 10 dual boot. When I enter the boot menu I choose Windows 10 and I get these almost horizontal colorful lines . I can't even enter the recovery mode inside win 10.

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I was trying to run a Windows 10 on my laptop. It started to scan the disk so I let it run. After that the notebook was restarted automatically. Now I am unable to boot into a Windows. When I choose the Windows 10 from the boot menu I get these almost horizontal colorful lines (See attached image). I've experienced the same problem on my sisters laptop, back then the lines were completely horizontal. Me and my sister we were/are having dual boot - Ubuntu + Windows. I can't even enter the repair mode on windows, because of this almost horizontal lines which come up right after I choose Windows 10 from the boot menu.
Any Ideas how to fix this?

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Hi, I really need some help here.

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

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

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

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

These are some things I observed:

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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When I search for programs on the search function when you hit the windows button it only searches for files found on the same harddrive I installed Windows on (C: SSD 120GB).
I have all my other files, pictures games movies etc on my E and F harddrive.
However when I search for the names on the search bar nothing pops up, can I fix this somehow?

Answer:Start > Windows doesn't search for files in other hard drives

Where are you searching from ?
If you search from ThisPC or file manager it will search everywhere. If you want a really fast and free search program "Search Everything" Everything Search Engine fits the bill perfectly.

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Hi, everybody. I am having a horrible problem with the disk drive! OK, let me explain... (By the way, my OS is Windows XP Professional SP2)

As my detailed explanation is very long, let me tell you the summary of my problem first:


I switched on my computer, but an error message appeared saying "Boot failure. Insert BOOT disk into A: Press any button when ready"
Used Windows CDROM and selected the repair Windows option. But the repair process failed because it said that there are no hard disks in my computer eventhough I have a primary disk and slave disk in my computer.
Used BOOT diskette. Following options appeared:

First harddisk, first partition
First harddisk, second partition
First harddisk, third partition
First harddisk, fourth partition
Second harddisk, first partition
Second harddisk, second partition
Second harddisk, third partition
Second harddisk, fourth partition
Previous Operating System on C:

Selected 'first harddisk. first partition'. Following error message appeared:

"Windows could not start because of a computer disk hardware configuration problem.
Could not read from the selected boot disk. Check boot path and disk hardware.
Please check the Windows documentation about hardware disk configuration and your hardware reference manuals for additional information"

Entered BIOS. Statistics showed that primary hard disk and slave hard disk 'not installed' although I have a primary hard disk and slave hard dis... Read more

Answer:Solved: Computer can't boot up and hard disk not detected!

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Hey is there anybody out there that could hellp me. When I boot my computer I get a 'primary master hard disk fail' error? message. Is this because the hard disk is not being recognized, if so Is my connection right. The CD-ROM is set @ master, IDE connected to the hard disk, the IDE from the hard disk connected to the mother board. Please help if you can? Sorry if this is not posted in the right place.

I'm new to the BBS, so please be gentle.

Answer:{SOLVED} Primary master hard disk fail on boot up

I think you want your IDE Hard drive set to Master and your CD set to Slave (if they are using the same cable). If you're setting the CD as Master because it's first in the chain (and you don't have another IDE cable), spend the money and buy a cable and use your primary (for the hard drive) and secondary (for the CD drive) ports on the motherboard.

Why is it that they don't automatically give cables with CD drives?? Makes me nuts - they're a cheap commodity.


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Can someone please tell me why if I remove my second HDD , the system won't POST???

Drive has nothing on it ( I've even reformatted it to make sure )

It's a Quantum 20GB connected as primary slave ( E: )
Primary master is WD 80GB with two partitions ( C: & D: )

Secondary master is CDRW
No secondary slave

System runs fine & everything works flawlessly , including the HDD I want to remove so I can use it in another PC.

I've set primary slave to NONE in the BIOS ( which is the latest version ) , but it still won't POST without the HDD connected.

Gets to DETECTING IDE DRIVES... thinks for a while ,
detects drives correctly
thinks for a while , VERIFYING DMI POOL DATA ,

BIOS boot sequence is HDD0 , FDD

Reconnect drive & reboot - everything back to normal again!
Maybe it just doesn't want to leave!
Running WinME , Epox 8k3a , XP1800 , 256MB DDR2100

Answer:[SOLVED] Second Hard disk removal causing boot failure

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I was replacing a secondary hard drive on a friend's aging desktop that has PATA drives, running Windows XP Home SP3. After I replaced the old secondary hard drive with a newer one that I've freshly formatted as NTFS (it came from my own desktop so I know it works and I did a quick read/write test on it after formatting), I left the primary hard drive with the Windows XP installation untouched. However, when I attempted to boot up with this new configuration I got a "DISK BOOT FAILURE" even though BIOS recognises the two hard drives.

I booted up with an Ubuntu live CD and both the drives were readable, writable and seemed all fine.

Disconnecting the second hard drive and leaving in just the primary hard drive, I was able to get to the Windows XP start up animation. After which I shut it down. I reconnected the second hard drive, put in a Windows XP recovery CD - it took way too long to start and when it did it gave me the message: "Setup either detected multiple disks in your machine that are indistinguishable or detedted raw disk(s). Setup had corrected the problem, but a reboot is required."

After this, any attempt to run the recovery CD with the two disks connected is extremely slow and then gives me a repeat of this "indistinguishable" nonsense. The single primary drive by itself gives me a "DISK BOOT FAILURE". And when running recovery console with the single hard drive connected, it starts up faster but it won't let me do... Read more

Answer:[SOLVED] Disk boot failure when replacing second hard drive

Did you check the jumpers? Sounds like you have them both set to master.

"I was able to get to the Windows XP start up animation. After which I shut it down"
Never do that. You "crash" the system and this will result in chkdsk errors

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Re: "Boot mgr missing press ctrl + alt + delete to continue". My friend recently plugged my 120gb hardrive into his external disk reader, right clicked on the drive when shown in "my computer" then clicked "Format" to clear the disk. I then plugged it back into my PC to reinstall Windows XP onto a clean disk only to find that an error message appeared reading "Boot mgr missing press ctrl + alt + delete to continue". I have pressed these keys yet nothing is happening. I have tried to boot from the windows disk but obviously it cant boot as "Boot mgr" is missing. Is their any way I can install windows or the Boot mgr file onto this disk or is it now a 120GB storage device. PLEASE HELP. Also if any one out there can help please use simple terms to explain as I am far from computer literate.

Many thanks

Answer:Solved: Boot mgr missing on hard disk - No Op system installed yet.

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I have been using a Satellite U840 - 110 laptop since Dec 2012 on a Windows 7 Home Premium operating system. Recently, the laptop was left on standby for a couple of days. When I tried to start the computer, it initially froze. So I forced reboot by pressing the on/off button. After repeating this for a couple of times, it first showed a blue screen. After which when the computer was restarted, it showed a black screen with the following message

'Windows Error Recovery
Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause.
Launch Startup Repair or
Start windows normally'

I have tried both these options a few times and everytime at the end of the process, it would come back to these same screen. I have also tried to press F8 and used Advanced Boot Options and tried 'last know good configuration'.

None of it seems to work and I have not been able to load Windows. I have not got any backup of my data and may end up losing a lot of vital information.

Is there anyway I can sort out the problem and get the computer to work again?

Is there any way to retrieve the data from the hard disk.

Thanks in advance for the help!

Answer:Satellite U840-110 - Windows 7 doesn't start - looped boot

Is there any way to retrieve the data from the hard disk.

You can remove the HDD from the notebook and could connect it to another computer using USB-to-SATA caddy.

After that you could insert the HDD into the notebook again and could try to perform the Toshiba HDD recovery.
(F8 – repair my computer – Toshiba HDD recovery)

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My notebook doesn't start up, "Windows failed to start. To fix the problem: restart with recovery CD".

I may do this, but first I do want to try to save data (and pics) from hard disk.
Is it possible, for example, to go to DOS during start up with recovery CD, and copy data to USB-stick?

By the way, all my data is on E:\ partition. Will this be overwritten when installing from recovery?

Please advise. Regards.

Answer:Satellite L300-19F doesn't boot up - Windows failed to start

> Is it possible, for example, to go to DOS during start up with recovery CD, and copy data to USB-stick?
No, this is not possible!
If you would boot up using recovery disk then the recover procedure would be started and the whole HDD would be formatted!

You can try to boot using an WinPE

This will allows you to boot up the unit and to get access to the data on the HDD?

You could also built own Windows live CD
Check this:

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Hello, I hope you guys can help me. I have A Dell Laptop with Windows 7.

Today my laptop stopped working. When I try to turn it on normally, it will go to request to either launch the start up repair or to try booting it up normally again. When I try to launch the start up repair it will state that it's loading, but then it will stick to the windows 7 blue screen and stay there, nothing will happen. I tried to see if I can launch the Recovery manager by pressing F8 while the dell logo appeared and selected the 'Recover your Computer' option but it gives the same windows 7 blue screen. It also wont work on Safe Mode.

I hope there is a solution for this, I do not have a recovery disk.

Thanks in advance.

Answer:Windows 7 will not boot, repair start up launch also doesn't work

Hi Welcome to the forum

i would try running the dell diagnostics. start computer start tapping F12 and run the tests on hard drive

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I'm new here and somewhat computer illiterate. I have an old Compaq Presario 7000 (7AP140) that I wanted to sell on ebay. It used to work just fine, but I purchased a new computer so it's just taking up space.
Now, if I turn it on, it just goes to a screen that says Compaq...nothing else. I thought maybe Windows needed to be reinstalled, so I put a Windows 2000 boot disk in the floppy, but still nothing. I mention that I used a Windows 2000 boot disk, because the computer currently has '98 on it. I don't have the windows 98 disk though. I have no idea what's going on as this computer never showed any signs of problems.
Any suggestions?
Thanks in advance,

Answer:Windows won't start-not even from boot disk

If the computer can take it see if you can get your hands on a winxp cd. If not then try a win2k cd. Any bootable cd. See if it will boot from CD. If all of that fails get a 98 boot disk.

If you try win2k disk it will proably switch it to NTFS. I recommend a 98 boot disk.

Go to and look for one - or a google search for win98 boot disk. There will be files you can download and put on a floppy, if this doesnt work post again.

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It appears I can't run my disk defragmenter anymore. Every time when I'm trying to analyze the disk, it shows 0% although it's been about 3 months since I last time defragmented it, so it must have some kind of fragmentation. Also, when I highlight for example "system" and click defragment nothing happens. Before when I highlighted system and clicked degragment, the % number would show up and start going from 1 to 2, etc........ Now it just acts like it is turned off. It doesn't work on any of the 4 category choices (OS, Recovery, system, and my external hard drive).

Answer:Solved: Windows 7 - disk defragmenter doesn't work

Unless you've changed it, Windows 7 will automatically defragment itself every so often (I think the default is Wednesday nights). It's therefore entirely possible that there's no problem after all.

If that doesn't seem likely, I suggest you pick up another defrag tool (such as Piriform's defraggler) and see what it makes of your drive. Bear in mind that it over-reports some things, such as including the page file in the analysis even though it can't do anything to it.

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Okay so I think I've foobared my PC. When I went to start it this morning all I get is Blue Screens saying STOP 0x7E. This happens when I try starting normal, last known good config and safe mode. I also installed the Windows XP Recovery console onto my primary hard drive and when I try it, it says there is a disk read error please reboot.

Now I can start the Windows XP recovery console from my Windows XP Pro Service Pack 3 CD. Currently I am running a chkdsk on my main hard drive to see if there are any errors.

Okay here's what I think happened and this is totally me not thinking when doing it.

1. Ran a spyware and adware and antivirus scan
2. Ran Perfect Disk 2010 to defrag
3. Scheduled boottime defrag of system files with Perfect Disk
4. Hibernated the computer (oops!)
5. Started computer from Hibernation fine used it for a bit and turned it off
6. Started computer normally and then Perfect Disk did its boot time defrag
7. Windows XP restarts and here we are BSOD with Stop 0x7E and no device drivers specfied in the BSOD.

Like I said I'm using another PC and on my PC I am in the Windows XP Recovery Console from my install CD. I'm thinking that the Master Boot Record is now corupt on my boot hard drive. I just don't have enough knowledge to try the FIXMBR or FIXBOOT commands of the recovery console. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.


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Answer:[SOLVED] Windows XP SP3 Doesn't Start

type in fixboot and press enter

if you type in help and press enter it will list all the commands avialable

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I'm having trouble getting my computer to boot. Sometimes it reaches "Verifying DMI Pool Data..." and then freezes. Other times it gets to the Windows loading screen but then goes no further. Sometimes I get the message "DISK BOOT FAILURE, INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER."In the Recovery Console, the command bootcfg results in the message "Error: Failed to successfully scan disks for Windows installations. This error may be caused by a corrupt file system, which would prevent Bootcfg from successfully scanning. Use chkdsk to detect any disk errors."chkdsk throws up the message "The volume appears to contain one or more unrecoverable problems."I've tried setting the options to fail-safe in the BIOS, and reordering the boot sequence, but that seems to have had little effect.Before the problems began the computer crashed with a blue screen and a message. Unfortunately I wasn't there at the time so I can't report exactly what it said, but I know that the BIOS was mentioned. At the time the computer was running a videogame (Empire: Total War) and uTorrent. Could a bug from the former or a virus from the latter cause this?Any help you could provide would be appreciated.

Answer:Disk boot failure - Windows won't start

I suggest you run a manufacturer's hard drive diagnostic, Hard Drive Installation and Diagnostic Tools - Louis

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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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When I turn on my device I get hard disk error. I try and run my windows install disk computer tells me to restart and put in disk again. Next error is boot device not found.

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Windows XP sp2 wont boot from hard disk.

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

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

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

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


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

Is your Seagate the 7200.11 series?

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

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

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

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Last year, my friend was given an old laptop by our local school who was replacing it. We opened it up to salvage for parts (there wasn't much useful in it) and he allowed me to keep the hard-drive to add some storage to the Linux machine I recently built (specs below). Before I wiped it, I wanted to see if there was actually anything on it, and I was pleasantly suppressed: the hard drive contained a copy of windows 7! There are some softwares that I could use that can only run on windows, so I decided not to wipe the hard drive. When I boot it up, though, it asks me to boot in recovery mode, runs through several dialogues, and invariably ends up at a "Windows cannot repair the computer automatically". Running windows normally simply reboots the computer, and (again) asks me if I want to run windows in recovery mode. (spoiler alert: again choosing to run windows normally again reboots the machine and so fourth...) The error message and my computer specs below:Specs:AMD Athlon X4 860K 3.7GHz Quad-Core ProcessorGigabyte GA-F2A78M-D3H Micro ATX FM2+ MotherboardAsus GeForce GTX 650 2GB Video Card EVGA 430W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3 1600 MHz (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory2x Seagate Barracuda 1500GB Hard Drives (both removed temporarily).Error Message:Code: [Select]Startup Repair diagnosis and repair log
Last successful boot time: 4/25/2015 2:56:06 PM (GMT)
Number of repair attempts: 7
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Answer:Windows 7 on transplanted hard drive from old laptop doesn't boot properly.

Windows does not like being moved to a different machine without reinstalling.  At any rate Windows licence is almost certainly tied to the original laptop and therefore can't legally be transferred to a new machine.

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Last year, my friend was given an old laptop by our local school who was replacing it. We opened it up to salvage for parts (there wasn't much useful in it) and he allowed me to keep the hard-drive to add some storage to the Linux machine I recently built (specs below). Before I wiped it, I wanted to see if there was actually anything on it, and I was pleasantly suppressed: the hard drive contained a copy of windows 7! There are some softwares that I could use that can only run on windows, so I decided not to wipe the hard drive. When I boot it up, though, it asks me to boot in recovery mode, runs through several dialogues, and invariably ends up at a "Windows cannot repair the computer automatically". Running windows normally simply reboots the computer, and (again) asks me if I want to run windows in recovery mode. (spoiler alert: again choosing to run windows normally again reboots the machine and so fourth...) The error message and my computer specs below:Specs:AMD Athlon X4 860K 3.7GHz Quad-Core ProcessorGigabyte GA-F2A78M-D3H Micro ATX FM2+ MotherboardAsus GeForce GTX 650 2GB Video Card EVGA 430W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3 1600 MHz (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory2x Seagate Barracuda 1500GB Hard Drives (both removed temporarily).Error Message:Code: [Select]Startup Repair diagnosis and repair log
Last successful boot time: 4/25/2015 2:56:06 PM (GMT)
Number of repair attempts: 7
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Answer:Windows 7 on transplanted hard drive from old laptop doesn't boot properly.

Windows does not like being moved to a different machine without reinstalling.  At any rate Windows licence is almost certainly tied to the original laptop and therefore can't legally be transferred to a new machine.

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Hey I have a

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

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

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

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

"Boot Disk Failure"

I cannot get past the loading windows screen.

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

over to Best buy

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

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

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

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

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

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

Answer:BOOT DISK ERROR! windows wont start

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

That will also show if its a harddrive or PC issue

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

Any ideas why this would happen?

The hard-drive I believe is causing the problem:


Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 2 (build 2600)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you

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

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

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

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

AMD Athlon 64 X2 4400+ Toledo 1GHz HT Socket 939
ASUS A8N5X Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 ATX AMD
Antec TRUEPOWERII TPII-550 ATX12V 550W Power Supply
CORSAIR ValueSelect 1GB (2 x 512MB) 184-Pin SDRAM
SAMSUNG SpinPoint 250GB Hard Drive
SEAGATE Barracuda 120GB Hard Drive
SAPPHIRE Radeon X1900XT 512MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16
LITE-ON 16X DVD±R DVD Burner Black IDE
COOLER MASTER Wave Master Case
ViewSonic VX924 LCD Monitor

Answer:Windows wont boot off hard disk

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

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I've recently downloaded a vista pack onto my computer, which converted xp real close to Vista. Now, I didn't really like it, and my pc neither(it ran slow) so I uninstalled the whole pack.

The problem that occured was, that my windows media player doesn't start anymore. I click the program several times, but nothing happens.
I tried to reinstall te program, install an older version (i have v.11) but nothing helps.
I can't play any music on my pc, which is really annoying.
Hope anyone can help?


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I just installed a second hard drive - a Hitachi 80 G - as a slave to my Maxtor 30 G. The BIOS sees the new drive, but Windows does not. It shows up as an IDE drive in Device Manager, and when I click on it, it says it's working properly. But it's not listed in My Computer.

Also, Device manager tells me I have a resource conflict with my system board extension for PnP BIOS. Does that have anything to do with it, and if so, how do I resolve it?

Answer:[SOLVED] Windows doesn't see second hard drive

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I just bought a Seagat 320GB ATA 7200/16MB/SATA-3G hard drive. I have a dell dimension e510 with a 80 GB hard drive already installed and an external 80GB western digital running off USB. I installed it yesterday, hooked up the power and connected it to the motherboard. But when I go to look for it in "my computer" i dont see it. I tried adding it through "add hardware," but i didnt have any luck there either. any help is appreciated!


Answer:Solved: Windows doesn't see my second hard drive

Hi Mate,
I take it this machine is running XP?
You need to right click "My Computer" and click on "Manage".
At the bottom there is a section called "Disk Management" click on there and find your new hard-drive.
You will need to make a partition (which can be the whole of the drive) and make it active before you can access it.

Hope this helps...

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BACK GROUND INFO: Operating Systems (OS) is a Dual Boot System using Windows 7 Dual boot option for OS's on seperate Hard Drives (HD) I have 4 HD . . . .
C:\ 500 GB Western Digital Win.7 Pro . . . with D:\ and E:\ being Samsung RW DVD/CD Drives
F:\ 1 TB Seagate Drive 16MB Cache-Backup G:\ Original HD Failed and I replaced with . . . . .
G:\ 500 GB Seagate Barracuda 16MG Cache-Backup H:\ 150 GB Raptor OS: XP Pro Gamer Drive
Note: Original G:\ HD stopped showing up also so I figured it had bit the dust and gone bad/ failed over 3 yrs old so possible.
Why doesn't Windows 7 Pro to see my new G:\ HD or why doesn't show up in COMPUTER under Drives with all the other drives?
It does appear is the boot start up list and under Drives in Device Manager.

I can't seem to figure out what to do, so I came here for some help/ suggestions. I thought I needed to right click on something to fix this, but what? If it was XP I could manage, But Win 7 is still being learned here. Anyone know how to get my G:\ drive to be seen in my COMPUTER Drives List?

Answer:Solved: Windows 7 Pro doesn't see my new hard drive

Have you created a partition and formatted the drive yet? Pretty much the same process as in XP.

Right click Computer, click Manage
Click Disk Management.

Or you can start Disk Management directly:
Click Start | Run (or press WinKey+R), type diskmgmt.msc, press Enter

A new drive will start the Initialize Disk wizard, Select MBR type (unless you know you need GPT) and click OK
Right click the Unallocated Space on the new drive, and click New Volume, then follow the prompts to create and format a volume, and assign a drive letter.

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Due to my "NTLDR is Compressed" error after a system restore (XP), I have finally decided to 'punt' and purchase Windows 7.  My question is whether a Windows 7 Upgrade will require my current XP OS be up and running to begin the install, or can it be initiated from boot-up?  That is, because of my current  NTLDR situation, getting XP up and running is impossible.  Ideally, I'd like to purchase the Windows 7 Upgrade, boot up with these disks, and have WIndows 7 recognize my prior XP OS, and finally load the new OS. Or ...  do I need to purchase the full version (non-upgrade)?

Answer:Windows 7 Upgrade -- Boot w/ setup disk or Start with OS already operating?

No direct upgrade path from XP to Win 7. That means back up your important files, and boot with upgrade disk.Win 7 sees the XP partition, and you can install.Format and use the XP space if it does not work right anyhow. I personally buy OEM full versions from Newegg. Your choice. And anything important on your HD, and you can't boot, pull the drive,put in an external enclosure, and see if you can find and save, Just a thought.

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Windows Vista32 bit got corrupted on the sector that does the boot up. There is no factory Boot disk. I tried one of the "fix All" disk that you can buy, to no avail. After it has fixed the problem I still get the start up software is corrupt. Please hit 'r"  on the repair disk to repair the missing softwareIs there anywhere I can get a Vista repair disk that will work with my COA? It is a Dell T3400 dual drive work computer.Thanks for any help.

Answer:Windows 32 is corrupt missing start up data-no boot disk

It can be ordered direct from Dell for a nominal shipping charge.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Answer:Unable to Boot into windows - Hard Disk error

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

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

Can you post a screen shot of Disk management?

Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums

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Well here is my tale of woe. I have Compaq SR1226, it has Win XP Home, Athlon 64 3200 (2.2Ghz), 1 Meg shared memory, 120 GB Hard drive.
Recently I noticed several windows features & software were not working, including M$ update, Defender, Restore. Also the computer would restart by itself without prompt. The system became very slow, and antivirus software would not run or install. I ran Panda dos scan from the CD, and it said I had killit.b virus but it couldn't remove it. After some research I found a suggestion to remove programs with a name starting with Viewpoint. Removed them no change. Try to boot in safe mode (F8) to install other antivirus software but found the system would not allow it. At another support website it was suggested to alter the MSCONFIG file to allow safeboot in the Boot.ini section which I did. Now the computer after asking for oem recovery, will only go to the F8 page, which all options only cause the computer to restart. Tried to acces the MSCONFIG file with a Bart PE boot cd without success.
Thats it, any suggestions on how to reset the msconfig file, and get to safe mode?

Answer:Solved: Help Windows XP doesn't boot

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Hello everyone

In the last past few days I've encounter a serious problem with my desktop, it all started with laggy performance when opening a window/folder with lots of downloaded files, then when I left the comp for a few hours and came back the screen was black with nothing showing. Then I turned off the PC and turned back on it won't boot past the windows logo screen, tried running in safe mode won't work either, neither does repair, restore from the windows 7 OS disc or installing windows work. Tried disconnecting the SATA cable between my OS SSD drive and the mobo but windows still won't install, freezing at the set up is starting page. Was wondering have any here experience a issue similar to this or would happen to know the culprit behind it all, currently I'm stump on how to fix my PC. Any advice, opinions or reply will be greatly appreciated and many thanks in advance.

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hi there!

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

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

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

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

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

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

could anybody suggest any error on my part?

thanks for reading and for any help in advance.

i am using windows xp with service pack 2.

i use a intel 915 gav motherboard.


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

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

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

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

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

Thank you.

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

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

Some PC, yes, Some No.

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

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My desktop pc has recently started to not load up / boot when I turn it on.

When it manages to turn itself on it all works ok. However oftentimes I have to turn it on and turn it off repeatedly until it finally starts to function.

After going through the same problem today, the pc finally turned on properly and I got into Windows. A few moments after that, the electricity was cut.

Now the pc manages to load up until the Windows XP logo and then crashes. At the loading screen the pc makes three grinding sounds (don't know how to call this... my pc is purring at me ). A blue screen appears for a split second and the pc reboots. No matter what option I select, be it to load in safe mode, last good configuration, and so on, the pc always resets at the XP loading process.

I believe it has something to do with hardware because of the issue with the pc intermittently not even booting up.

I am not too savvy when it comes to pc's, can someone suggest what may be wrong?

Answer:Solved: PC doesn't start up ; PC crashes at Windows XP logo / loading screen

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Hey all,

I switched to Windows 7 a couple of months ago and I haven't had any problems. However, today I tried to connect my Seagate Freeagent external hard drive, its a 320 GB eSATA drive with USB 2.0 and my laptop doesn't recognize it. It always worked before when I had Windows Vista. I tried to use Disk Management to see the if I could find the drive, but its not there, I've also used partition wizard home edition. Essentially I've run out of ideas and was wondering if anyone could help me out. Thanks in advance!

Answer:Solved: Windows 7 doesn't recognize external hard drive

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My 4g hard drive died, I purchased a 7.9g and installed it. the cmos shows it correctly but windows only shows 3+g.
I have a Quantex,purchased in 1997. 200mhz, 64mb ram. I have downloaded a bios upgrade on a floppy but would prefer not to upgrade the Bios unless that is the only way to see the whole drive. thanks for your help

Answer:{SOLVED} windows doesn't show the right size hard drive

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ultimately i'm trying to cleanup the Windows Installer and SxS folders, but i can't seem to get the cleanup utility to start.
Panasonic ToughPad G1
Windows 7 x86 (latest updates)
i have 3 of these toughpads and the disk cleanup only works on 1 of them. the other two, i've tried running it from the disk properties panel (on the general tab), i've tried searching "disk cleanup" and running it as admin, and then i just browsed
to the cleanmgr.exe in sys32 and ran that as admin.  in every case, i get a half-second of hourglass and then nothing.
on the computer that does work, i can just hit the button in disk properties (as a normal local user) and it starts scanning the disk.
i have no idea what i'm missing.  any thoughts??

~if this were /. this sig would be funny

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First off, appreciate what you guy do, if it weren't for the people that try and help, where would this world be???

My problem is as follows, I am not the most literate tech guy so be gentle, I'm typing on my laptop trying to fix my desktop.

Windows XP, was doing a "disk cleanup". Clicked on something that was supposed to regain some space... not sure exactly. When I returned, I see have of my desktop icons missing, no words on the desktop.... noting currently happening.

Attempted a reboot, received a screen that stated "windows couldn't start.....", missing or corrupt Hal.dll.

I searched all the forums, found some suggestions ,attempted all of them. Some seemed to work but not sure. My last attempt was following the path to the Recovery console, when I get to "which windows installation would you like to log onto...", I type 1 and hit enter. I was supposed to get a password request next. I don't. I got the C:\windows>.

I reboooted again, without attempting to boot from the CD. Received a new screen

Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:

<Windows root>\system32\ntoskrnl.exe

Please re-install a copy of the above file.

Reviewed following links, nothing work with these 3

Received some advise to try these Read more

Answer:[SOLVED] Windows XP won't start after disk cleanup.

This can be a sign of a severely fragmented ntfs drive. When was the last time you defragged the drive?

Do you have access to another pc?

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I wish to reformat the hard disk on my Windows 98 computer. I have two start up disks but neither of them will work with this computer and it will not let me make one with the Windows 98 CD.How can I format the hard drive?


You can download a bootdisk from here:click here

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This sounds straight forward, but I can not figure this out I am new to this. I have a Etower 500 MHz with 192 mb's of memory and 4 gig hard drive. I used partition magic 3.5 to partition the drive inorder to try and install DOS and win98 and maybe linux. I am following the instructions from this web site here>> I am using the disks that I made from downloading from this site referring to REUEL Boot disk this disk took me through the entire process. It all went great until I rebooted and I keep getting Non-System disk or disk error I have no disk's in the drives. I even installed win98 and all it did was go straight to windows. With in windows I could see the drives I partitioned all of them except the one that windows was actually on. I have done this again and again trying to see if I did anything wrong. Anybody know what is wrong?
Also can anyone tell me how to get free dos I can not figure out what files to download. The one that I am trying to install now is suppose to be mini dos 6.22. I am really new to dos so I am doing a lot of guessing.

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I am using a Windows 8.1 64 bit machine and I am trying to install the old Sims game, the very first game.

I have successfully installed it once on my old Windows XP 32 bit more than once, but when I click on the disk, it would ask me if I want to run it but the loading mouse stops and nothing comes up.
I have made a you tube clip of what happens when I try to open it: (it looks like Yosemite Apple but that is just a theme covering the OS to make it look like a different OS, lol)

I have tried to setup a virtual Windows XP machine but nothing seemed to work. There is no compatibility setting either.

Here is the properties of my PC:

Windows 8.1 64 bit
NVIDIA Geforce Graphics card
250 GIG master hard drive
1TB secondary hard drive
Solid state drive

I hope there would be a solution for this. Don't worry about giving me simple instructions, I have lots of experience with computers.


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I had a hard drive die last week, got a new drive and did a clean install, everything is running well. I have a second drive and want to clone the first drive now that it's nice and clean. I used Macrum reflect free version for the clone, it went well, except the clone won't boot. I get "computer could not start because of a computer disk hardware configuration problem"
How do I fix it so that this drive can boot? I'm using xp on an emaciine. The new drive is a Maxtor 325 gig, the second drive that i cloned to is a seagate 100 gig.- I just realized I've posted this in the wrong forum

Answer:Solved: cloned disk- windows could not start message

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Hi all,
I have a Seagate Barracuda 300GB HDD. Here's what happened...I removed my other drive to replace with this one. The CPU was on when doing so. While connecting the power connector (i guess its called molex) I inserted it the wrong way...not actually insert it, cause it cant be inserted the wrong way, but I think it just touched the HDD pins. The CPU turned off, and doesnt start again with the HDD connected. Just the power light comes and goes for a second. But my system is working fine with other drives. What could be the problem? Is only the fuse or something on the PCB? On doing some research on the net, I found that replacing the PCB will do, but if its just a small fuse on the PCB, should I be able to pluck it off? I am not ready to shell out money for data recovery centers even though I have important data in the HDD. Is it covered under warranty?

Answer:PC doesn't turn on with Hard Disk

Why on earth did you connect the hdd whilst the pc was on??? I take it you've now learned that lesson now?!

Ok, i'd suggest putting the barracuda into an external caddy and try mounting it once the pc is on (after booting from your old hdd).
Or connect it as a secondary drive and see if:
a) the pc boots from another master disk , and
b) it mounts the barracuda.
if so, get your data off it, format it and use Seatools to test it for damage etc.

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Hi everyone,
recently I bought a new laptop, MSI GP70 which came with Windows 8... I tried it for few weeks and than I decided to downgrade it to Windows 7. So, I did it, everything went well, I was using Windows 7 for couple of weeks, but now I have a problem...
Last night I didn't turn it off, and in the morning i got black screen saying:

"Reboot and select proper Boot device
or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device and press any key..."

So, here's the problem. I have hybrid hard drive (24GB SSD + 1TB HDD), which is divided to C:\, D:\ and E:\. My laptop can recognize hard disk so it's not dead. I can't start up, because it can't boot it, and I can't reinstall/repair Windows because it says:

"Windows cannot be installed to this disk. This computer's hardware may not support booting to this disk. Ensure that the disk's controller is enabled in the computer's BIOS menu."

I'll also provide pictures of my BIOS in attachments. You can see the settings and all boot devices.

I did a bit of research, and I came across that if you have 2 hard drives it may confuse Windows 7 (and Vista), so disconnecting one of them will solve the problem, that could be my case due to hybrid hard drive, I'm not sure. And the problem is that I can't open my laptop, because I will lose the warranty.

So, does anyone know what should I do to make it work again? I have some files on my e:\ drive which I would like to keep I've tried everything and I couldn't s... Read more

Answer:Fail to start up - Can't boot hard drive - Windows cannot be installed

I don't see where either Legacy BIOS or CSM are enabled, just Legacy Boot - is there a panel not shown? But that may be enough to Bypass UEFI to Install WIn7 if that's what worked for install.

That makes it easier to repair. Confirm the 100mb System Reserved (preferred if you have it) or C is Partition Marked Active then run Startup Repair - Run up to 3 Separate Times to see if it will start.

Different hybrid hard drives require different install procedures. If it's Intel Rapid Storage Technology it normally requires being turned off in BIOS for install, then enabled to activate the 24gb caching drive. But since IRST can also be problematic many leave it disabled. We've even helped users install to the SSD their OS and programs with the data folders linked from HDD, it worked and they wanted to keep it.

Read your Manual on the PC's Support Downloads webpage to see exactly how yours works. It would also help if you could post back a camera snap of Partition Wizard CD
drive map and listings. That tool can also mark Active and add another step which helps start Win7 by running Partition Wizard Rebuild MBR - Video Help.

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

plz help so confused..

Answer:hard disk boot failure insert system disk press enter

Repair MBR:

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

Repairing the Master Boot Record:

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

bootrec /fixmbr

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

bootrec /fixboot

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

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

Answer:Hard Disk Boot Failure Insert System Disk Press Enter

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

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

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

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

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I have a strange problem that I can work around, and have done since installing Windows 7, but its starting to annoy me so I'd like to find the solution.

If I try to boot my computer without the Windows 7 disc in the dvd drive, I get a "DISK BOOT FAILURE, INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER" message.

If I try to boot it WITH the Windows 7 disc in the dvd drive, I get the "PRESS ANY KEY TO BOOT FROM CD OR DVD" message. At this point, I don't press anything and after a couple of seconds Windows 7 starts as normal. I imagine if I did press a button, I would be taken to the installation process.

So as long as the disc is in, then Windows 7 will boot, but there are times when I use the dvd drive for games/films etc, and its just a hassle to make sure I put the Windows 7 disc back in the drive every time I want to boot.

Any ideas?

Answer:[SOLVED] Windows 7 doesn't boot without Windows 7 disc.

Hi -

Did Windows 7 come pre-installed on your system or did you upgrade from Vista?

What is the origin of the Windows 7 DVD?

Run chkdsk /r - then reboot.

Run hard drive diagnostics -->

Regards. . .



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

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

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

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

Answer:Hard Disk Boot Failure Insert System Disk


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

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

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

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

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After using the recover CD on my Tecra M5 the computer can't even start!

What to do in this situation?

Answer:Tecra M5 - Doesn't start after using Toshiba recovery disk

Hi jbdoktor,

What does this mean exactly?
What happens now if you start the computer?

Sorry but without this information it?s hard to help you. Maybe you should try the recovery disk again?

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My windows 98 will not start and is asking for a boot diskette but I haven't got one what should be done? is there anywhere I can download one?

Answer:Solved: Windows 98 boot disk

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OS : XP Pro SP2
Disks : SATA
Disk_1 - System & Programs
Disk_2 - New, replacing similar but smaller disk

I replaced Disk_2 with a new disk with a very similar specification except that it has a larger capacity.

I had assumed that when I restarted, Windows would detect the new disk and would install it with the New Hardware Wizard.

However, when I restart the system Windows refuses to boot up. The Windows logo appears very faintly on the monitor and after a few seconds the screen comes up with the various boot options. Surprisingly, Windows won't even boot into Safe Mode. When I select Safe Mode the boot process starts again and ends up again at the boot options screen.

During the boot process the normal messages come up. When it gets to the disks the message correctly identifies the system disk and displays "No Device" for the new disk. Not sure if that is correct. I have checked the cables and connectors with the old disk and all of that is OK. If I put the old disk back in then everything is back to normal.

If I disconnect the new disk Windows starts normally without any problems.

Any ideas?

Answer:Solved: Windows won't boot with new #2 disk

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In an earlier post; Dell refuses to start after battery replacement. I removed one of the dell's hard disks and put it in my siemens/hitachi.starts up fine but doesn't show that there's another hard disk. Should i remove/move those whiter plastic 'bridges' to different pins to make it slave /master?

Answer:Computer doesn't recognize new hard disk

It should be jumpered as slave if it is a secondary drive...Cabling:MB===================================Master=========Slave.Also...double check your primary drive...some need to be jumpered master/w slave when a 2nd drive is added...PS. You shouldn't try to boot to the 2nd drive since it came from another machine if you have a version of Windows newer than WinME.

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I am trying to put a new hard drive in a:
HP Pavilion ze5170 laptop
the new hard drive is:
Hitachi Travelstar 80GB 4200RPM

It will not recognize this new hard drive. When I pulled the old one out i noticed that the connectors look a bit different (new drive is ata 6, laptop is ultra DMA 100). Is this hard drive just not compatible or am I missing something? When I go into setup it is on auto detect and says none. No jumper. This is the only hard drive.
Hope this is enough info. Please help!

Answer:Notebook doesn't recognize new hard disk

ATA 6 = UDMA 100
You trying to put it in upside down?
It should fit without any problems!

This is the jumpersetting I think (if needed)

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I recently went to play one of my computer games, and it came back with an error saying it couldn't find the CD/DVD drive.  I thought it could be the game that wasnt functioning, however, when I went into windows explorer, my CD and DVD hard drivers weren't listed!!  Does anyone know how I can get the computer to... remember it has them?  Thanks for your help, as you can see I'm not the best with computer problems...  

Answer:PC doesn't recognize two hard disk drives

maybe you need a reg patch<cdgone>

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