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Failure To Boot From Hard Drive


I have two hard drives. I tried installing windows vista business on the first one to use in a dual-boot configuration with windows xp which was on the second hard drive. Well, the vista installation worked fine, but when i went to boot into xp, i found vista's boot loader hadn't recognized windows xp. Clearly frustrated, i tried several different things until i finally decided to format the first hard drive. It was horrible i lost my entire data from the hard drive. Vista made my data vanish. I hate it. I tried using repair tool and many recovery software, but it did not work.

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Floppy Drive Disk Boot Failure

Just built my own computer, and i cant install an os because the computer doesnt seem to find the floppy drive. I have connected the floppy drive to the motherboard with a 34-pin connecter, and i have the twisted end plugged to the floppy drive, and the long end to the mb. I noticed that one pin on the floppy drive (the second from the side) is missing.could that be the problem or should it be like that?

When i start the computer it says after counting the memory and all that, "verifying dmi pool data. Disk boot failure, insert system disk and press enter".


Posted On: February 19th, 2005, 03:58 PM . View Related Posts . . View 7 Replies .

Hard Drive Failure When Booting

I have been having trouble with my desktop when i boot up. I am getting a "hard drive failure" when i boot and it asks for me to insert a system disk (which i can't find at the moment). So far i have been lucky enough that after a few tries it will finally boot up and run just fine. I try not to shut it down but from time to time i forget and shut it down only to be reminded why i shouldn't do that the next time i try to boot it up. But, i am afraid that it will someday no longer do this. I have purchased an external hard drive so i can copy the contents of the bad drive to it before i replace the drive, but am not sure what to do or how to do it. I would apprieciate any help you can give me. I have seen in another post on this site a program mentioned by the name of hdclone. I have found a free version of this and am interested in knowing if this is something i need to transfer the contents of the old drive to the external one? Also, the old drive is an ide but when i look online for a new drive they are sata or pata drives. What are they and will they work with my current setup?

If i recall correctly, the external hdd is about 120gb and the old hdd is 60gb. I am running windows xp pro. Since i am unable to locate my xp program disk at the moment i want to do everything possible to not lose this on the hard drive. If you need any further information, i will do my best to supply it.


Posted On: January 15th, 2007, 11:42 AM . View Related Posts . . View 8 Replies .

Hard Drive With Potential Failure

I have 2 of the seagate 1. 5 tb models which i bought before i was informed of the failure rate and i figured that it would be wise to ask here if i should be alarmed because if i dont check now i never will. Basically my problem is that the drive tends to "stall" after a period of idle time. It is usually only an issue in windows but it happens too often now. For instance, i go to my computer in the morning and click on the folder on the drive (which is the secondary non os drive for storage) and it will stall and about 3 seconds later there is a small click sound as is if it were trying to find its place. It is very annoying so i really want to resolve it. The thing is other seagate drives that i have had have done the same thing to me without failure for years, and instead just leaves me annoyed. I for one am pretty mad about the epidemic with these drives but if anyone has suggestions i am open to them.

Posted On: 05-10-2009, 10:46 AM . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

How To Prepare For Hard Drive Failure On Laptop ?

I am about to order a new laptop, i have an option between 2 120gb (7200rpm) hard drives, or 1 250gb (5400rpm) hard drive. Right now i'm planning to go for the single hard drive. One thing that i am concerned about before hitting the final buy button, is hard drive failure. I've replaced my desktop hard drives (2 of them) on a few occasions (i go ahead and change em when i think their making noise). I usually just plug in the hard drive i want to swap out, and the new one i buy, then run a program that boots off a cd to clone the hard drive. With a laptop, i don't know how simple this might be. I'm thinking if i buy just a single hard drive, there won't be a 2nd sata cable for me to clone the hard drive with. And even if there is a 2nd cable, i don't know if i can run my laptop while the hard drives are out etc. (Assuming i purchase the single hard drive, perhaps there isn't physical room to put in a temporary 2nd hard drive)

I'm not really wanting to purchase the dual hard drive option for the laptop because its just extra money wasted, and higher battery consumption as i see it. Being mostly a desktop user and only a very rare occasions opening up the bottom panels of a laptop, i'm not sure what to expect. I just dont want to get stuck in a situation where i have to buy a replacement hard drive and lose everything and do a base install etc.


Posted On: March 27th, 2008, 09:18 PM . View Related Posts . . View 8 Replies .

Hard Drive Failure - Unknown Error

When vista loads, it gives me a message telling me one of my hard drives need to be checked for consistency. If i let it run, it either freezes, or aborts with some kind of unknown error at some point (happens at different points in the process, randomly). When i finish booting into vista, the hard drive is there, but it needs to be formatted before it can be used. If i keep letting chkdsk run is there a chance it may be able to repair whatever the issue is? It seems to get progressively further, but how far away from completing chkdsk it is, i have no idea. Edit: actually, i'm going download wd lifeguard tools, and see if i can scan the drive first, and see what it tell me. Will update when done.

Posted On: 09-06-2009, 04:06 PM . View Related Posts . . View 1 Replies .

Hard Drive Problem Caused By Electricity Failure

My hard drive partition was in the middle of being resized, when the electricity went out. Needless to say, i could not log back on to the windows installation on that hard drive. I logged on to another windows installation on another hard drive to try to access the data on the corrupted hard drive. The drive gets detected, but i can't access the data, with a prompt requiring the drive to be formatted. The hard drive is physically intact btw. Now the question is. Will i be able to access the data if i purchase an external hdd enclosure? Or just a sata to usb adapter? I really need to access this hard drive with 320gb of valuable data.

Posted On: 08-01-2009, 03:53 AM . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

Intermittent Boot Failure

The problem is intermittently the system powers up but fails to even attempt to boot - no bios beeps, and bios and vid. Bios screens not displayed. Drives spin up ok. Have tried different case and psu (in fact system is currently in borrowed case). The system only ever fails to boot if the system is cold-started - the system warm-reboots ok. Tried different ram, had m/b replaced once, new m/b been returned to dealer where they (supposedly) found no problems when tested with other kit and with my psu, but system not been professionaly tested as a whole. Have also tried different graphics card, removing modem and sound card, running system from hdd only, but still having problems. All connectors are firmly seated. There are no config options in bios or jumpers for ram and the cpu is set up correctly and automatically. Have used 375 and 300w psus with system (300w seemed better then system started playing up again)
Nvidia geforce4 mx440 agp8x graphics card (8x is supported by m/b), and have also tried geforce2 4x. The os may be irrelevant, but i've tried winxppro, win2000, winnt4, mandrake linux 9 and a linux distro that boots from cd (knoppix). All drivers installed ok. Won't even bother with win9x/me because i hate it.


Posted On: November 12th, 2003, 01:47 PM . View Related Posts . . View 14 Replies .

Computer Says Boot Failure Insert Disk

I switch computer and is says boot failure insert disk so i do that but nothing. I tried to get in safe mode but i cant even do that. If u need the spec then ask but i know it a 259 ghz ram 1. 6 amd process and 40 ghz hard drive.

Posted On: November 17th 2005 . View Related Posts . . View 12 Replies .

Can I Make A Usb Hard Drive A Boot Drive ?

I want to make my usb hard drive a boot drive for my laptop. Is this at all possible?

Posted On: Sep 08, 03 at 6:16pm . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .

Cannot Boot From Hard Drive

If i put a windows xp disk in the cd drive and both the hard drive and optical drive are connected, it will boot past post and then stop with a flashing cursor. If i disconnect the hard drive, it will boot past post, read the cd and run setup. No matter what, if a hard drive is present, it will just stop after ide detection and flash the cursor. I've check the bios and the hard drive is recognized and it's setup to boot from cd first. I've tried another known good hard drive, tried changing cables and ide slots. Even cleared cmos. I've pretty much tried every configuration that i can think of. Nothing seems to work. Has anyone ever encountered this issue? I'm thinking mobo but am confused as the optical drive works on both the primary and secondary ide channels.

Posted On: 18-03-2008, 08:19 PM . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Cant Boot From My Xp Hard Drive

I have two hard drives, one with vista and one with xp. For some strange reason, all of a sudden i cant boot from my xp hard drive. All i get is a blank screen after post with a blinking cursor like in command prompt (though i cant input any commands). In bios, i cant select that drive as a bootable one. The drive shows up in vista's device manager, but i cant access the drive (it doesnt turn up in "my computer". Its like the drive exists, and it spins up, but its not there. File recovery programs cant work because they dont pick up the drive. Im not so much worried about recovering the windows install etc than i am getting some of my crucial files off it. Anyone experienced this before or have any suggestions?

Posted On: 06-25-2007, 07:51 AM . View Related Posts . . View 24 Replies .

Hard Drive Causes Xp To Freeze On Boot Up

I have an older dell system (by older i mean over 3 yrs) and i installed a wd 160 gb hard drive in it about a year ago using the supplied controller card, with an ntfs format to the drive. The drive (which has been my main data storage drive since i installed it) worked fine for that year. Resently i was installing a program off of a cd that was scratched up pretty bad on to that drive. After multiple cleanings of the disk, and crashing of the installer the computer totally locked up. I couldn't even get the num lock lights to function. So i hit the reset button. When the computer tried to come back up it froze at the blank (black) screen after the windows xp booting screen. After some intenstive trouble shooting of the attached hardware i discovered that if i removed the 160 gb drive from the system (either physically, or by disabling the controller card) the system booted fine. I also tried the drive connected directly to the eide controller on the motherboard with only the boot drive as the only other device and it was connected to the other controller, this also caused the system to freeze in the same spot. Trying the drive on another xp machine, and a windows 2000 machine resulted in simular issues (the windows 2000 machine stoped at the windows splash with the scrooling blue bar. )

I even moved all of the data off of one of the other drives, reformated it, and reinstalled windows xp, and service pack 1 on that drive. When i connect the 160 gb drive up it does the same thing. Also trying to reinstall windows with the drive attached causes windows to freeze at the point that it tries to check that drive. Now here is the real puzzling part, running the western digital diagonstics (it's called life gaurd or something like that) it doesn't show any bad sectors or anything on the drive (i did the extensive test that also does a phsyical scan of the drive, looking for damage to the platters i assume), and running ntfs-reader allows me to read, and copy the files off of the drive, unfortunitly i don't have enough combined space on the two good drives (a 20gb. And a 9gb) to copy off the mission critical stuff i have stored on the drive (about a years worth of video editing of old vhs tapes that i was transfering to dvd for my inlaws. ) Any suggestions other then reformat, and re-edit the vhses?


Posted On: April 22nd, 2004, 10:35 AM . View Related Posts . . View 6 Replies .

Hard Drive Causes Computer Not To Boot

I bought a new pc and was swapping out hard drives when i put in an sata hard drive i use for backup and my new computer wouldnt boot. After a long time of trial and error i figured it was that particular drive and removed it. I sort of put it out of my mind for a few months but now i want to get my data off there. I have my older pc which it was originally in so i figured i could do some testing. The problem seems to be a short in the hard drive. The hard drive is a seagate baracude (sata). I need to use one of those sata power adapters to be able to hook up to my current power supply. Both computers i tested on boot up fine but as soon as i plug in the power cord to the hard drive and hit the power on butt the cpu fan spins like half a turn then stops. After this if i remove the power from the hard drive and hit the power button the computer still won't boot. I must then unplugg the pc from the wall and then the pc will boot. Is there any chance i accidently screwed somethign up during the move or maybe its the power adapter? I used the same adapter before so i'm hoping during the move maybe the adapter got screwed up. Anyone ever hear of this? Any ideas?

Posted On: March 25th, 2008, 01:13 AM . View Related Posts . . View 6 Replies .

Hard Drive Fails To Boot

I have a diamondmax plus 9 which i store in an external case and it connects to my computer through usb port. It currently has 2 partitions on it. Ever since i made a third partition on it: ntfs 32k cluster size, it has seemed to have screwed up and fails to boot each time. How do i stop the 3rd partition from booting up or get rid of the 3rd partition without affecting the other 2 because of valuable data?

Posted On: October 22nd, 2004, 08:10 PM . View Related Posts . . View 8 Replies .

Can Not Boot Into Windows When External Hard Drive Is On

Ever since i installed my sata hard drive when ever i reboot the computer and have my external hard drive connect and powered on the system hangs and does not complete the boot up. What is the cause of this? Can you disable and options in the bios this way if i have any usb device it will not interfer with the boot up process?

Posted On: 11-30-2005, 09:45 PM . View Related Posts . . View 0 Replies .

Hard Drive Encryption Upon Boot From Usb

I am getting a few new external 500gb hard drives (try 3), and i am going to be needing some kind of encryption program. All 3 drives will be encrypted, but one of them is going to have a few backups on it - acronis trueimage ones. I know trueimage can encrypt, but i want to get the best possible encryption, if only so i can point and laugh as i describe how long it'd take to crack it. I've considered truecrypt, however, it requires encryption software on both ends. I want something that, upon boot from usb, asks me what the password is, and then becomes availiable to the system. Is there anything like that availiable? Truecrypt is probably going to be used on the other two 500g's (unless you guys have better suggestions), but i do think it'd be a good idea to keep the data encrypted on the backup 500g.

Posted On: July 26th, 2006, 11:47 PM . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Hard Drive Chkdsk Problem On Every Boot Up

What i mean by my drive "acting up" is that every time i reboot, it asks me do a chkdsk for this specific drive, there are always "corrupt" files that need to be deleted or realigned or w/e and it happens on every bootup. Recently, i've had some of my game folders disappear but when i click the shortcuts on my desktop, the games still work fine. It seems to me like the drive is dying (raptor 74gb - out of warranty), but it passes the smart test and has 0 errors in a wd diagnostics extended test. Error scan in hd tune 4. 01 shows nothing as well, but when i got to 'health', it says:

(05) reallocated sector count 199(current)/199(worst)/140(threshold)/3(data) - warning
(C4) reallocated event count 199/199/0/1 - warning
(C7) ultra dma crc error count 200/253/0/308 - warning

What does this mean? Is the drive dying or what?


Posted On: 02-25-2010, 09:57 PM . View Related Posts . . View 18 Replies .

Hard Drive Not Recognized After Power Off During Boot

Ok a few months ago i was dual booting linux and windows with two hard drives. Then one day my friend turned off the power to the computer when linux was booting. Well basically linux ate both hard drives. I used my emachine reboot disk and all was well, until i realized that the other hard drive wasn't being recognized. So i put it as master rather than slave and it was like error. So i put in my emachine boot disk for that drive and it was all good and ran windows ok. So i put it back on slave and it would still not recognize. Is there anyway that i can have windows re recognize my second hard drive or be able to completely erase everything on it. Oh yeah 1 more thing. I tried using eraser a hard rive erasing program and it found the lost drive and erased on it but windows wouldn't see the drive after i did it.

Posted On: June 21st 2005 . View Related Posts . . View 14 Replies .

Dual Hard Drive Selection On Boot

I have two hard drives, one wd 80 gig hard drive and one wd 40 gig hard drive. I set the 80 gig one as my main hard drive, the master, and the 40 gig one as the slave. The 80 gig one is for windows xp so i can use it as my main system and the 40 gig one is to set up a ftp server and the operating system is windows server 2003. I want it so that when i boot my computer, it will give me the selection, the choices in other words, to select which hard drive i want to use. Like when you partition a hard drive, it gives you a choice of which partition you want to go in when you boot it, right? Is it possible to do the same with two hard drives? If so, how can i set it up so it will be like that?

Posted On: January 7th 2005 . View Related Posts . . View 8 Replies .

Boot From Ubuntu External Hard Drive

I like to use ubuntu linux, as it makes a change from windows, and well. I like it, my question is, is it possible to boot from an external hard drive? I currently have an acer 1672lmi laptop, and my hard drive is getting full, so i have decided not to partition and install ubuntu. So is it possible to install ubuntu to an external hard drive, and have a grub boot loader on that drive, so when i plug it in and load it up, i can use default windows (c drive) or ubuntu on the external. If not how can i get a new laptop hard drive (about 80gb) and then copy all my files from this hard drive - ie a duplicate, so i would have 2 partitions - the 60gb (identical to this one - an exact duplicate, including windows. ) And a 20gb partition, for linux.

Posted On: May 9th 2005 . View Related Posts . . View 6 Replies .

Installed Second Hard Drive, Now Pc Won't Boot

I put in a second hard drive as a slave on my pc. When i turned it on, the bios completes and then all i get is a blinking cursor. No windows start up, nothing. So i took the harddrive out and get the same thing. I ran a scan disk, a memory test and upgraded the bios (just because i was getting desprate), and got no errors, but still can't boot up. The bios recognizes the orginal hard drive (and the second one when i had it hooked up). I can't figure it out. The drive is a western digital 160 gb.

Posted On: 27-05-2006, 10:49 PM . View Related Posts . . View 1 Replies .

Usb 2.0 Issues - Hard Drive Boot Up Problem

When i connected a usb2 hard drive the external hard drive wouldn't boot up - in fact the light would not even light up! I tried again with 2 smaller and completely different usb2 memory sticks and both of those would not work and would also not light up!

These were all in perfect order and had worked on another machine only hours before so i knew the external hdd's were good. However when i took the sticks and the external hdd back to another machine they would not boot up either! All of the usb2 devices have been fried!

I've tried changing the cables etc for the external hdd but it makes no difference! The weird thing is every single usb1. 1 device that i plug into the new machine works perfectly - even the wireless keyboard and mouse that i was using with it! It only seems to damage usb2 devices!

The 500w psu that i was using is a raidmax one and works perfectly because the computer works fine and i can load windows and wireless and everything. Another weird thing was that when i used a crossover cable to connect it to my other machine to transfer files across - it locked up my other machine.computer specifications:

Q6600 g0 edition
Asus p5n-e sli 650i motherboard
Ocz ddr2 800mhz/pc2-6400 cl 4-4-4-15 platinum xtc (2gb)
Raidmax sagitta black/silver gaming case with side window - with 500w psu
Western digital wd5000aaks 500gb sata ii 7200rpm 16mb cache - oem

Complete with a pci gfx card (7300se - spare one i had lying round) and all the other extras. I built it and it ran fine - installed windows xp etc etc.


Posted On: 21-01-2008, 01:29 AM . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

Keyboard Freeze On Boot Up After Installed New Hard Drive

I installed a new hard drive and when i try to boot up my computer then my keyboard is stopped working.

Posted On: February 19th, 2004, 08:22 PM . View Related Posts . . View 10 Replies .

Hard Drive Won't Boot - Cables

Got the computer up and runng no problem and then i had to tinker with things. Here's what happened. While moving cables around to add a second hdd i accidentally connected my hdd to the secondary ide controller and cdrw to the primary ide controller and tried to boot.computer wouldn't boot.could this have damaged the hdd?

Then i moved hdd back to the primary ide controller and the cdrw to the secondary ide controller, as it was orignally setup. Tried to boot and the computer didn't boot. Won't even boot from the windows xp cd. I am not sure what to try next, clear the cmos? Boot from a 3. 5 floppy (which i don't have and would have to make)? Is my hard drive fried? (It shouldn't be because during post i see that the hard drive is recognized correctly. ) Also i have set a point for the system restore in windows xp and am hoping that i can somehow use this. Any and all help is greatly appreciated. Well i did a little research and found someone that had a problem with a wd hard that sounded like my problem. (Mine is also a wd. ) During post it takes a long time to find the ide devices and when it does it won't boot from the hdd. Also it won't boot from the cd. I am wondering if the hdd is fried. Has anyone else had this problem where a western digital hdd goes bad just out of the blue?


Posted On: January 15th, 2003, 08:49 AM . View Related Posts . . View 6 Replies .

Hard Drive Is Not Detected On Boot Up Half The Time

So i bought one of those new 2tb wd hard drives, and when i start my computer the drive is generally not recognized in the bios the first time. The bios hangs at the sata port the drive is in for ~20 seconds then says none. Once i reset my pc once or twice the drive shows up like normal, with no issues. Other than this the drive works perfectly. I'm a bit skeptical of these drives since my first two attempts were doa; is this the sign of a faulty drive or does anyone have ideas as to the cause? I have of course checked the cables.

Posted On: 05-30-2009, 11:08 PM . View Related Posts . . View 1 Replies .

Boot Problems - Primary Hard Drive Fail

Basically my old motherboard was shorted out by a bent usb pin. The back panal with ps/2 and usb ports didn't work but i could run the pc with a usb mouse from the front usb slots. I then decided to get a new motherboard asap to get the pc running again - i brought a msi km4m with a 2600 athlon processor for cheap until i save money for a new dual core system. Stupidly i didn't even think to check that my hdd (maxtor 6y160m0) was sata 1. 0 and this motherboard has only ide drives. So i got a sata to ide converter connected it up, and the hdd is recognized. When the power is turned on the screen gets to "detecting ide drives" then lists the drive. (The only one i have connected) after about 2 minutes the message "primary hard drive fail". I have searched and seen other posts about similar problems but it seems that they generally get stopped before the list of drives comes up. With my problem its one step past the "detecting ide drives" when they are listed. I have swapped the sata cable to no avail. I have also tryed to insert the windows xp cd to attempt a repair but the cd doesn't even attempt to run, the same situation as before happens. Any ideas - the hdd isn't dead as its running fine on this pc where i am backing up my files at the moment.

Posted On: November 15th 2007 . View Related Posts . . View 9 Replies .

Laptop Hard Drive Formatting Through Cd-rom On Boot

So i just sold a my laptop but i wanna wipe it clean before i ship it out. Problem is. Nothing i do will wipe it for me! When i try to start boot into windows, i'll see my wallpaper but nothing else and when i control+alt+delete to try and start explorer, it doesn't work and it tells me something about how it can't start because it there's no link to another application or something. To make matters worse, i can't boot into dos and run programs from there because the laptop is newer and doesn't have a floppy drive so programs like killdisk won't work. I tried sticking in my windows xp disk but it locks up while preparing for the setup and i also tried booting into knoppix and trying to delete the files from there, but it won't let me do that either. Somebody please help! I'd be extremely grateful if someone could show me a program that boots from a cd-rom that formats your hard drive or some other utility that will help me solve my problem.

Posted On: July 31st 2005 . View Related Posts . . View 5 Replies .

Disk Boot Failure. Insert System Disk And Press Enter

Just built my first pc and configured the bios etc and get the following message:

Boot from atapi cd-rom
Disk boot failure. Insert system disk and press enter. I think this means that i have to insert a boot disk for the cd-rom drive into the floppy disk drive, to install the drivers for it. Can someone confirm this? Also my cd drive is a philips 52x32x52 cd-rw which came with no floppy disks for installation at all, so i am not sure how i can setup the cd drive without an operating system etc.


Posted On: July 9th, 2004, 03:57 PM . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

Disk Boot Failure, Insert System Disk And Press Enter

I'm just usng my computer as a normal computer user would use one's computer. Surfing the web, instant messaging programs and the like, then my main harddrive makes a low click sound, then a slightly higher click sound after about half a second, then windows stops responding, then less than a second after my system achieves full lockup. So i'm like, ok, that's weird, and i reboot. I boot into bios and make sure it's not set to turn off the harddrives for any reason, and when i see that it isn't and there are no other wonky settings, i boot windows (xp pro sp2 .net) into safemode and just to make sure, start a virus scan, while that's working i look and make sure drive indexing is turned off (it isnf't on the main drive, so i turn it off) and that power save things are set to always on, and that's all ok, so while i'm waiting for the virus scan to finish, it does the click thing again, locks up, so i'm like *** and i reboot again, this time it gets to the ascii loading bar before the animated startup screen before the login prompt, and it does the click thing and stops, so i reboot again, and this time it gets to "verifying dmi pool data. " After detecting the drives and whatnot, does the click thing and stops right there, then after a minute or so i see "disk boot failure, insert system disk and press enter". So i sit there getting madder by the second and press enter, then it gives me a blank screen and that message again, and that's where it sits right now as i type this (but once i post i'll turn it off)

So i was running a virus scan, avg free edition, and it scanned the registry and the mbr for viruses and didn't find any, so i dunno, this either is a virus that i don't have a definition for, or some random progressive hardware failure, or my computer decided to crap out on me randomly.


Posted On: 12-05-2005, 01:23 AM . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .