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By nhoek ·
I recently had a hard drive crash on one of my systems. I replaced it with a hard drive that has Windows 98 on and does work (I tried in in another system). I placed it in the system I need it in and I get an error when booting the system up. Right after the system says Verrifying DMI Pool Data I get the following Error "Disk I/O Error Replace the disk, and then press any key"

This hard drive is good, it does work in another system. I am leaning towards a bad mother board. How ever this system was ok before the hard drive went.

Any ideas. I have tried switching the IDE around and a new IDE cable all together.

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by paidhima In reply to Can Not Boot

Does the new drive with Windows 98 on it have anything else of importance? You may want to try reformatting the hard drive, then placing it in the system.

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by McKayTech In reply to Can Not Boot

It is certainly possible that when the drive failed, it took out the hard drive controller. That's not real common but it does happen (or it could have been that the controller failed first and then took out the hard drive).

Since you've tried swapping the cables, the only other thing I could suggest would be to check and make sure the CMOS is correctly recognizing the drive geometry.

paul

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by Baziite In reply to Can Not Boot

One place I have seen a similar error is when the system is infected with the Chernobyl ( I don't remember the spelling )VIRUS . It resets some parameters in the BIOS and leaves your harddisk unusable . You need to re program your bios and follow guidelines to recover your harddisk . Any way if you have made sure that it is not the VIRUS then you are probably not setting up the harddisk properly in the BIOS . If your harddisk is of standard type you can setup AUTO and if it is not standard thenyou need to set it up manually . Also Can you start the system with the Startup disk . Make sure it is write protected and boot with it , Format the drive and reinstall windows from scratch . Do this only if you are sure that it is not the VIRUS I talked about . If your system supports CD ROM boots then you can use the Bootable win98 CD to boot the system , then format the disk and reinstall .

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by vue In reply to Can Not Boot

If you gave more info about your old computer, it makes alot easier to know what is going on. Info like 486/586/OS/RAM/HD size/etc...
My guess is the new hard drive and controller are compatible with your old system. More info and good luck.

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by wizkid0109 In reply to Can Not Boot

try to enter into the bios by either holding delete at start up or whatever key it might say when starting press( ) to enter setup go a head and press that key. It will take you into the bios try to auto detect hardrive if that doesn't work go backinto bios and reset defaults one of those two should make the hard drive useable. If it works once then your bios battery might be going dead replace it. Found on iside of casing on the motherboard, usually a watch type battery

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