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Boot Disk Failure

By phinds ·
After post, the computer displays a message that basically says, "Boot disk failure, insert system disk and press enter." The funny thing is it has a Harddrive being detected by bios that has a fresh installation of Win XP. To make matters more perplexing, if you insert a windows xp disk in the cd drive, and let it time out on the boot from cd, it will default to the harddrive and boot without a hitch. I have not found anything to fix this for XP. I have seen solutions for win98. It involves copying fresh versions of the system files for booting to the harddrive. Does anyone know how to this with the winXP recovery console? I have already tried reformatting, resetting and flashing bios, cpu, memory, and hd. It is a brand new mother board and CPU. This may have happened when someone shut power to the the computer without shutting windows down. Any help would be appreciated. (this is the second computer i've seen this happen on and another motherboard isn't a viable solution at the moment.) Thanks again in advance.


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Try the Technical Q&A forum.

by deepsand In reply to Boot Disk Failure

This is a tech. problem, in search of a solution.

It properly belongs in "Technical Q&A," not in "Discussions." Please re-post there.

Not only will you be more likely to attract the attention of those seeking to provide answers, but you will also make it easier for those seeking discussions to find such.

Thank you.

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dis boot failure

by marckylenz In reply to Try the Technical Q&A for ...

how can i solve this.? i want a help. please help me

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Sounds like boot sector virus to me..the ntldr.sys file is trashed

by Why Me Worry? In reply to Boot Disk Failure

Get yourself a copy of FDISK.EXE from DOS 6.22 or Windows 9x/ME and make a boot disk and copy the FDISK.EXE file onto it. Write protect the floppy to make sure it does not get infected if you do have a virus. After booting, run FDISK /MBR to kill the master boot record of your hard drive. Then, FDISK the hard drive again and kill any NTFS partition you may have on it. Reinstall Windows XP and see if all is better. If not, you may have zapped your motherboard or BIOS.

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Or a HD going bad

by Garion11 In reply to Boot Disk Failure

Like the above poster said...a boot sector virus, a corrupt boot file, or the beginning of the end of the HD. If it helps I have seen this for XP but only on IBM computers...after you replace a HD. The se things were quirky so what we had to do in addition to replacing a HD is to flash the BIOS and that fixed the problem.

Another solution to this is to run Fixboot and FixMBR from the recovery console if you haven't already done that.

What I suggest you do is take the HD out and go to anther known good PC and see if the problem follows it. If it does you know where the issue is..if it doesn't then you know something is wrong with that PC (Cable, IDE controllor, etc). Keep me posted.

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by phinds In reply to Or a HD going bad

Thank you for your replies, though a little late. I determined it was the HD going bad. It was running way too hot and would cause systems to hang while trying to detect it. I appologize for posting in the wrong area. I would like to get feedback from others on Western Digital's W2500. We RMA'd three of them in the same week. As a service and retail store, would any of you suggest changing to a different manufacturer? We primarily carry western digital, but if anyone knows that one is better than the rest. Let me know. (I run Maxtor HD's in my own system)

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Same issue on win 2k

by geoff.mason In reply to Boot Disk Failure

I am having this exact same issue on W2k. I have fixed the MBR with Ghost but not yet attempted reinstall. Drive was working on a different motherboard. Transferred it to this box but it does not see the drive unless there is a windows NT/2000/XP Disk in the CDROM, boots perfectly after that. Original MB was replaced due to power issue that SOYO refused to help diagnose. No reason to believe drive is bad. Bios does act weird, doesn't detect drives until booted twice after device or cable change. MB is a gigabyte 2004RZ. Tried to reinstall but won't even recognize the drive during the 1st boot after install. Ideas.

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Help Me Pls!

by twinklestar007 In reply to Boot Disk Failure

I faced with the same error msg
"Boot Disk Failure, insert...."
I inserted the Windows XP Pro CD.
is it right?
after i made this, i can only see the black screen and cursor is twinkling.
what should i do?

I don't have much knowledge about Hardware.

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by johnlairson In reply to Boot Disk Failure

Go into the BIOS and make sure that the HDD is the only device is the boot priority/sequence. Disable all the rest

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Possible that your MBR is currupted

by prasad.dange In reply to Boot Disk Failure

Its quite possible that Master Boot Record is currupted. I suggest you to Try this, boot with option 'Command Prompt using safe mode' (press F8 immediatly after boot using your winxp cd) then insert a floppy with win98 startup files or a dos bootable. go to the appropriate floppy drive. type 'fdisk/mbr', hit enter. This will flush the MBR and detect the primary partition and the problem should be resolve. Hope it works


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Same problem here

by FETTKA In reply to Boot Disk Failure

I have tried 2 brand new hard drives, and am having the same problem, keep getting boot disk failure message. After a couple of tries, it will boot up, but will run very slow, and the only programs on the hard drive are Windows XP, MS Office 2003, and Norton Systemworks 2006. Have re-installed Windows 3 times on the new drives, to no avail. No peripherals are hooked up at the moment, but that doesn't seem to help.

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