Disk boot failure

By whitehaat ·
Hi..I'm facing a booting issue with one of the Windows XP system which has 700MB RAM,845GL Mercury motherborard. While starting It is giving a "Disk boot failure, please insert the disk". I checked BIOS configuration in which primary boot device is HDD moreover I checked all the cables and connections and everything is working fine. But I'm not able find out what is the problem exactly that I failed to log in....Please help me guys.....

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Your harddrive has gone (dead).

Get hold of another hdd and replace this inside your case, get hold of a hdd external case/caddy and put the old drive in this. Load up your Windows software and download all the updates etc then connect the external drive to your computer and (if you are lucky) transfer your files over to your new drive.

Please post back if you have any more problems or questions.

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Check the drive with a good utility

by jblack In reply to Disk boot failure

You ought to go download a drive check utility and scan the drive to make sure there isn't a problem with it. Seagate has a good utility at .

If the drive checks out fine, I'd check out the Master Boot Record corruption link above.

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JB, Seagate utility doesn't recognize SATA-II

by nepenthe0 In reply to Check the drive with a go ...

Intrigued with your suggestion, I downloaded the Seagate utility and ran the software. It doesn't recognize my WD SATA-II 320GB HD.

Do you have a Plan B?

Rick/Portland, OR

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Plan B

by IC-IT In reply to JB, Seagate utility doesn ...

Would be to use an XP CD to try and do a chkdsk /r repeat until no more errors are found.
Hard drive is still on the Boot options so it should not be totally gone.
If chkdsk can't repair it, then either UBCD or simply MHDD32. Set it to loop and repair, run it through at least three times unless no errors are found.
Should chkdsk help, then try to boot. Same message, Recovery console bootcfg /list, perhaps a bootcfg /rebuild, or fixboot, and/or fixmbr.
Still no go try a repair install.

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ditto with WD Data Lifeguard Tools

by nepenthe0 In reply to Check the drive with a go ...

Curiously, WD is aggressively promoting its new VelociRaptor 320GB 10,000rpm 16MB cache SATA-II HD, but the WD utility has not been updated for SATA-II.

I was curious about this post, because I plan to replace my current WD 320GB 7,200rpm 8MB cache HD with the new VelociRaptor drive when VelociRaptor becomes available later this month.

Alas, I'll be compelled to translate the technogeek packaged with the drive. At least you folks speak English...


Rick/Portland, OR

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