Boot Drive Failure (no hardware problems, everything works fine)

By elf ·
Boot Drive Failure, insert system disk.
P4 3.2
2Gigs DDr2 RAM
Windows XPpro on SATA Western Digital Drive (F)
Windows 2000 Pro on old drive not used (C)
Seagate 160 Gig drive (E)
numerous usb drives (Optical and media storage)

I tried to set the SATA Western Digital as my primary drive, C drive is still the old ATA drive set as master on the IDE channel with the CD drive as slave.
Computer will not boot unless WinXP Pro cd is in that drive. No change to the Bios seems to help, cutting power to all drives but the SATA didn't work, the only configuration that works is the disc in drive. Once computer is running I can take the CD out, but I have to have it in to reboot.

Bios? CMos (if so, how do I fix)
Tempted to do a repair install of Windows Xp to see if that works

Help? Anyone?


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Just for old time sake....

by NaughtyMonkey In reply to Boot Drive Failure (no ha ...

make sure there isn't a floppy in the floppy drive.

Which drive contains your boot sector?

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Remove the Old PATA Drive

by OH Smeg In reply to Boot Drive Failure (no ha ...

And perform a reinstall or In Place Install of XP. You will most likely need the SATA Drivers copied to the Root of a floppy as well as XP has no Native Support for SATA Drives.

If the install fails to find any HDD's or you are unable to install to the SATA Drive reboot and on the first Blue Screen press the F6 Key as soon as the screen appears and when prompted insert the Floppy with the SATA Drivers on it.


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back to the BIOS

by Absolutely In reply to Boot Drive Failure (no ha ...

elf: "No change to the Bios seems to help..."

The only BIOS setting that should be involved is the boot order. Have you found that?

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to add to absolutely's suggestion

by CG IT In reply to back to the BIOS

SATA also needs to be set in the BIOS. New motherboard SATA chipsets allows JBOD [just a bunch of disks] or creating a RAID Array with SATA. So you need to choose what the SATA drive will be. JBOD or SATA. once you do that, you can then specify in the BIOS the boot order. JBOD SATA drive, RAID Array, or the IDE drives...

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