Disk Boot Failure, Please Insert Boot Disk..Need Some Help

By cbenincasa ·
This message keeps coming up after installing XP onto my new hard drive. The new drive is a 320 GB Seagate Barracuda. This happens when I try to boot with out the XP installation disk in. When trying to boot with the disk in, it either goes directly into the installation screen or boot off the CD into Windows. I have no idea how to fix this issue.

Things I've tried:

-Changing the jumpers on the CD Drive from master to slave.
-Checked my BIOS for the boot configuration.
a. Tried Hard Drive as first priority.
b. Tried disabling CD boot.
-I have deleted the existing partition and reinstalled XP twice.
-Disconnected my internal backup drive.

I'm running out of ideas and am in dire need of some assistance. Help would be greatly appreciated.

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This worked for me

by Shane T. In reply to Disk Boot Failure, Please ...

I had to set the hard drive jumper on cable select (cs), try that, hope this helps.

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I would've tried but..

by cbenincasa In reply to This worked for me
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Here is some info...

by Shane T. In reply to I would've tried but..

Here is some info I picked up from seagate, there is a link at the end to there website troubleshooter.

Hope this is helpful.

"Copied from Seagate's Website."
Configuring the BIOS
Close your computer case and restart your computer. Your computer may automatically detect your new drive. If your computer does not automatically detect your new drive, follow the steps below.

Restart your computer. While the computer restarts, run the system setup program (sometimes called BIOS or CMOS setup). This is usually done by pressing a special key, such as DELETE, ESC, or F1 during the startup process.
Within the system setup program, instruct the system to auto detect your new drive.
Save the settings and exit the setup program. When your computer restarts, it should recognize your new drive. If your system still doesn't recognize your new drive, see the troubleshooting section on the back of this sheet.
Note: Serial ATA is a new interface type. Some older systems may see the drive and classify it as a SCSI device if you are using a Serial ATA host adapter. This is normal even though this is not a SCSI disc drive. Many systems? BIOS will not identify a Serial ATA drive connected to a PCI SATA host adapter. This is because a PCI SATA Host Adapter has its own BIOS which is used to identify hard drives connected to it which is separate from the BIOS of the computer. To determine whether or not the SATA Host Adapter is detecting the Serial ATA hard drive, please consult the documentation provided by the Serial ATA Host Adapter?s manufacturer. This does not affect drive performance or capacity.

Microsoft Operating System Installation Instructions
For detailed information about installing a Microsoft operating system on your new Seagate? drive, refer to the Microsoft Knowledgebase Article references below. To locate an article, go to and enter the article number in any search box on the Microsoft web site.

Operating System Microsoft Knowledgebase Article Numbers
Windows XP

Windows 2000/NT 308209
See also: 175761

Windows Me/98/95 255867
See also: 166172

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by cbenincasa In reply to Here is some info...

The drive is recognized in the BIOS as a Master. Everything is recognized like it was before this problem.

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That is a SATA Drive and generally speaking are not seen in BIOS

by OH Smeg In reply to Recognized

So what M'Board are you using and have you installed the SATA Drivers?


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