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By jinalgajjar ·
I have windows 98 and win xp installed on system on two different drive . now when i start my pc i get a boot disk failure message. so can any one pls explain me what is the problem and give some solutions

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to boot disk failure

Well that is fairly obvious the C drive has either died or become corrupt so you are unable to load from the second HDD with the different OS on it.

If you go into BIOS and enable HDD SMART and you get a Drive Failure message you know you have a dead drive and if you don't you know that the HDD has been corrupted and you need to either repair the installation or reinstall.

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by p.j.hutchison In reply to boot disk failure

Did this occur after installing the 2nd hard drive or OS?
Check that the boot partition has all the system files need to boot either OS:
msdos.sys, io.sys, command.com
ntldr, ntdetect.com, boot.ini

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by dmiles In reply to boot disk failure

Issue:

Disk boot failure.

Cause:

This issue could be caused by any of the following possibilities.

Boot options are not set properly in CMOS
Non bootable CD or CD-R in computer
All boot devices set are not bootable
Solution:

BOOT OPTIONS ARE NOT SET PROPERLY IN CMOS

Verify that the boot options within CMOS are set properly. Below is an example of how we recommend the boot options be set.

Floppy drive
CD-ROM drive
Hard Drive
Other / Network
NON BOOTABLE CD OR CD-R IN COMPUTER

Verify that no CD or CD-R is in the computer possibly causing the computer to attempt to boot from that disc.

ALL BOOT DEVICES SET ARE NOT BOOTABLE

If all of the above recommendations have been attempted and you encounter the same issue it is likely that the computer is not detecting any devices in the computer that are bootable. Attempt to boot from a bootable floppy disk.

If you are unable to boot from a known bootable floppy diskette, ensure that the floppy drive is properly setup. Additional information and troubleshooting on the computer floppy drive can be found on document CH000277.

Once you are able to boot from a bootable floppy diskette, ensure that the hard disk drive is able to be read. Information about why you may not be able to see the hard drive when booting from a floppy diskette can be found on document CH000047.

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