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ASUS A7N8X-E Deluxe & SATA boot problem

By Kaishu ·
Hi.
I am haviong trouble booting my SATA hard drive connected to my ASUS A7N8X-E Deluxe mobo.

I have followed other instructions found on the web with regards to changing the boot order to boot from SCSI [not HDD as this tries to boot an IDE HD] and also for loading the SATA RAid drivers.

My situation is as follws.

My PC was runnign fone for a few months before the mobo packed in. I got a replacement and then found out that my PSU also needed replacing.
I now have a replacement mobo and new 550watt PSU.

The old mobo managed to corrupt the OS [win xp pro] so I now need to reinstall. I can boot from the CD drive, load the sata drivers, set up the partition and copy files ready for installation. However, after copying the files and rebooting the PC [as required by the windows installer] the Pc fails to boot from the hard drive to proceed with the install. It just sits there with a blank screen.

I am pulling out my hair trying to think of what is causing this problem. I dont think that the mobo is broken as the windows installer manages to detect the drive and copy the neccesary files ready for install, but then it refuses to boot from the SATA drive to continue the OS install.

Ive checked the BIOS and everything seems to be in order there.

HELP PLEASE!!

You help will be greatly appreciated :)

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by willcomp In reply to ASUS A7N8X-E Deluxe & SAT ...

Try resetting hard disk (zero fill, "low level format") using hard disk manufacturer's diagnostics. If you need help locating correct files, post a comment to you question.

Not infrequently, vestigages of prior XP installation get left behind causing problems installing XP or booting from hard disk. Deleting partition with XP setup is not sufficient. A disk reset will do the trick.

I looked at mobo manual and BIOS does not have option for selecting SATA or IDE for boot drive like many do. So SCSI is probably correct.

Dalton

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by Kaishu In reply to

Hi all,

A quick note to say I used the Western Digital diagnostic tools to scan the HD.. this crashed!

I then plugged the drive into a friends computer and backed-up my data.. luckily it was only 33Gb. A low level format on the drive then allowed me to boot and install windows as normal.

Long winded, but I got there in the end.

Thanks for all your help

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to ASUS A7N8X-E Deluxe & SAT ...

A better option would be to wipe the SATA drive but to do that you'll need another working computer. You actually need a program that writes 0's to every sector to totally remove any traces of a previous install. Remember even with the Full Format option in the XP installer it only writes to every third sector so at least 2/3 of the hard Drive remain untouched.

Do as Dalton suggested and Test the Drive as that is the most likely cause of the problem as both the M'Board and Power Supply have gone south for the winter it is likely that some more damage has been done and the HDD is the next obvious thing to look at. The makers web site should have a utility that boots from a floppy and installs the SATA driver and then is capable of running the Disk Testing Utility. You may need to fit a Floppy drive temporally or maybe even you may need to create a Boot CD to do this but you have to test the Drive first. The drive maker should also have a utility to wipe the drive as well and you can load this onto the Boot CD or just make a Floppy and change Floppies once you have the SATA drivers installed.

Col

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by Kaishu In reply to

Hi all,

A quick note to say I used the Western Digital diagnostic tools to scan the HD.. this crashed!

I then plugged the drive into a friends computer and backed-up my data.. luckily it was only 33Gb. A low level format on the drive then allowed me to boot and install windows as normal.

Long winded, but I got there in the end.

Thanks for all your help

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by antuck In reply to ASUS A7N8X-E Deluxe & SAT ...

The answers above are very good. I have used Maxtors disganostic tool and it does a great job with all drives including SATA. It does sound like your hard drive may have failed. I have done the same as you describe thinking the drive is ok since it copied files but the drive failed. Check out the Mator hard drive disagnostic tool.

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by Kaishu In reply to

Hi all,

A quick note to say I used the Western Digital diagnostic tools to scan the HD.. this crashed!

I then plugged the drive into a friends computer and backed-up my data.. luckily it was only 33Gb. A low level format on the drive then allowed me to boot and install windows as normal.

Long winded, but I got there in the end.

Thanks for all your help

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by Kaishu In reply to ASUS A7N8X-E Deluxe & SAT ...

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