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Disk Boot Error, Please Insert System Disk and Press Enter

By Brooks2
Nov 22, 2007
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  1. I recently swapped out my Maxtor 80GB Master and 60GB Slave harddrive for a Western Digital 250GB harddrive. When I boot I get the Disk Boot Error. My boot order is CD-ROM -> HDD 0 -> HDD 1. I have a CD-ROM/RW and DVD-ROM/RW and they are cabled and mastered/slaved properly.

    I'm trying to install Windows XP on this new HDD, but I can't get to anything in windows, such as partioning, etc. I believe it is a hardware issue but I'm not sure.

    I tried resetting the battery on my Mobo, switching in and out different peripherals but nothing is working.

    I know the CD-ROM and DVD-ROM are working as the CD is still spinning when I open them.

    I took out the slave drive just so I can see if I can get by all this to install windows to the big drive and just add the other one later, but I'm still having the problem.

    The only problems I can see happening are:

    1.) Bad cables
    2.) Bad Mobo
    3.) Bad CDROM
    4.) Bad Disk

    Any help would be much appreciated.
  2. Brooks2

    Brooks2 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Help me, please!
  3. Brooks2

    Brooks2 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Anyone have any help?
  4. Stick'o ram

    Stick'o ram TS Rookie Posts: 233

    I'm confused, what hard drives do you have in your computer right now?
  5. Brooks2

    Brooks2 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Right now, as of 15 minutes ago, I just have the Western Digital 250gb HDD. It is set as my Primary Master, with no slave right now. Still doesn't work though.
  6. Stick'o ram

    Stick'o ram TS Rookie Posts: 233

    hmmm... I don't think its a hard drive problem. Have you tried to install windows from both your cd-rom and dvd drive.
  7. Brooks2

    Brooks2 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    yep, and I know the jumpers were set right
  8. Stick'o ram

    Stick'o ram TS Rookie Posts: 233

    Just out wondering, can you get into windows set-up with your old hard drives installed (w/ out your new one).
  9. Brooks2

    Brooks2 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    no it says some file is corrupt, it happened after i reformatted and i couldn't get through the windows cd initializing the install
  10. Stick'o ram

    Stick'o ram TS Rookie Posts: 233

    So it sounds like your XP install CD is toast.
  11. Brooks2

    Brooks2 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I have multiple cds and none work in any drive, but they work in different computers. Also, is there any way to repair or reinstall BIOS without a floppy?
     
  12. Stick'o ram

    Stick'o ram TS Rookie Posts: 233

    I'm out of ideas, double check your bios are set up correctly (boot order, make sure it sees your cd-rom) and you can also try setting your new hard drive to slave, without any other drives being in their, I know it sounds retarted but it has worked for me in the past.
  13. Brooks2

    Brooks2 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    in the boot order it just has a bunch of presets, but bios recognizes any drive i throw in there, whether it be a cd-rom, dvd-rom or any hdd (also notices the size of them). i tried setting it to slave but the same things happen.
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