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Can't boot without Win XP Disk

By MyMail ·
Getting "Disk Boot Failure, Insert System Disk" attempting to boot up a new computer. The hardware is a P4 with an Abit AA8XE motherboard. The computer boots from the HDD only if the Windows XP disk in the CD drive, even though I'm not booting from the CD. Any suggestions to correct this would be appreicated. I have already reformatted the disk and done a complete install, but still get the same problem.

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by AmberHaze In reply to Can't boot without Win XP ...

Check in bios to make sure your HD is a primary on the first channel rather than a secondary or on the second channel... if it is wrong, you will need to open the box and rectify this. The most likely is on the wrong channel rather than secondary, but either error would cause the behavior you are experiencing.

If the above checks out, I would make sure the partition is set to active in Fdisk, and as a last resort, play with the bios settings for boot order.

Good Luck

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by ctrservices In reply to Can't boot without Win XP ...

Insert Windows XP CD and restart?at the first R=Repair option, press the R key?press the number that corresponds to the correct location for the installation of Windows you want to repair?(probably #1)?type ?bootcfg /list? (not the quotes) to show the current entries in the BOOT.INI file (sometimes this will show blank)?type ?bootcfg /rebuild? to repair it?exit CD and reboot

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by G... In reply to Can't boot without Win XP ...

It also may be possible that your BIOS is not configure to boot from the HD at all. Check if it comes in the list to boot from.

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Can't boot without Win XP ...

The one item that you didn't mention here is the type of HDD. If it's a SATA one you'll need to do a clean install and this time make sure that you install the SATA drivers provided by ABit.

It also helps a lot if you have the SATA Drive connected to the first Drive port and not one of the others.

I tend to think that the problem here is that you need the Default Windows Drivers for the SATA controller and that is why you need the Windows CD in the drive.

Col

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by MyMail In reply to Can't boot without Win XP ...

Thank you all for your input. I should have given you more information to start.
I have two ATA133 Seagate disks. C: ST3802110A, ST3120022A (with 3 partitions) both connected to the IDE connector. Disk C is master and has only 1 partition. I did an FDISK and format, using a Win 98 boot floppy and marked the C: partition as active. I then did a clean full windows install booting form the WIN XP Pro. (I have been through this process twice, getting the same results both times. I finally gave up and now just keep the Install CD in the drive to have handy whenever I need to re-boot; but not a good long term solution. The message press any key to boot from CD comes up, and I just wait until it then boots from the HDD.)

The second disk is connected as Slave. I also have a DVD drive connected via an SATA adapter to one of the SATA connectors on the motherboard. I have tried disconnecting all devices (the floppy, and the DVD drive) and it will still not boot from the HDD directly.

My current boot order is Floppy, CD, HDD. If I put HDD first, then I get the "Disk boot failure message".

Here are the contents of the boot.ini file:
[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS [operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect /NoExecute=OptIn

It looks like the boot.ini file is ok. But if you think trying the ?bootcfg /rebuild? will make a difference, I will give it a try.
Thanks for any new suggestions that might help.

Harry Sterling

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by MyMail In reply to Can't boot without Win XP ...

Thank you all for your input. I should have given you more information to start.
I have two ATA133 Seagate disks. C: ST3802110A, ST3120022A (with 3 partitions) both connected to the IDE connector. Disk C is master and has only 1 partition. I did an FDISK and format, using a Win 98 boot floppy and marked the C: partition as active. I then did a clean full windows install booting form the WIN XP Pro. (I have been through this process twice, getting the same results both times. I finally gave up and now just keep the Install CD in the drive to have handy whenever I need to re-boot; but not a good long term solution. The message press any key to boot from CD comes up, and I just wait until it then boots from the HDD.)

The second disk is connected as Slave. I also have a DVD drive connected via an SATA adapter to one of the SATA connectors on the motherboard. I have tried disconnecting all devices (the floppy, and the DVD drive) and it will still not boot from the HDD directly.

My current boot order is Floppy, CD, HDD. If I put HDD first, then I get the "Disk boot failure message".

Here are the contents of the boot.ini file:
[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS [operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect /NoExecute=OptIn

It looks like the boot.ini file is ok. But if you think trying the ?bootcfg /rebuild? will make a difference, I will give it a try.
Thanks for any new suggestions that might help.

Harry Sterling

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by MyMail In reply to Can't boot without Win XP ...

Tried the bootcfg /rebuild and it did not make a difference. Still having to keep the Windows Cd in the drive in order to boot windows from the hard drive. I would appreciate any other suggestions.
Thanks
Harry

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by ctmoore1998 In reply to Can't boot without Win XP ...

Boot from the CD, choose the first repair option. open the console and then do a help you want to repair your boot partition

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by Gerry Kerr In reply to Can't boot without Win XP ...

Sorry to cut across this one - I'm having the exact same problem as the original poster. I tried a fresh install on a new disk (All the disks are Ultra ATA 133). I wonder did the original poster get the problem resolved?

Gerry

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by MyMail In reply to Can't boot without Win XP ...

To answer the question posed in answer 8, NO I did not get the problem resolved. I tried all the suggestions and am still having to boot with the Windows XP install disk in the DVD drive in order to boot. I am open to more suggestions.
Harry

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