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Disk Boot Failure, Instert System Disk and Press Enter

By JohnVace
Oct 7, 2008
  1. JohnVace

    JohnVace TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 43

    Had I known about Raid 10 beforehand I would have set that up, but at the time all I understood was raid0 and raid1, and my friend was helping me set it up. Also, I was told by numerous people that using a raid was more reliable and faster even though losing one sometimes meant losing both.

    I'll get that disk this weekend, see if that works... if not I'll try to salvage data. How will I know if it's corrupt or has failed?
     
  2. pcaceit

    pcaceit TS Rookie Posts: 405

    When you boot up the tool will automatically detect the Hdd's and offer you some options, If the disk is just corrupt it will suggest you set it up. If you can browse the partitions and it shows how much free space etc: then you will know that disk are ok.

    Seatools or Maxblast will tell you straight away that the disk is inaccessable and if it can be fixed it will ask if you want to do that otherwise it will let you know that its shot.

    If i can remember correctly! I think Raid5 (disk striping with parity) but three or more hdds required, is a good setup because if any one fails your data is still safe.
     
  3. JohnVace

    JohnVace TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 43

    Ok I'm having some trouble locating the disk because I don't know what it looks like. Is it's the Windows Vista installer disk? What would it had come with?
     
  4. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

  5. JohnVace

    JohnVace TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 43

    Ok I'm a bit confused now... I don't remember ever getting a cd with the hard drive after I opened up the box. I see you can download it though? In that case, can I download it and burn it onto a cd and just use that?
     
  6. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    It may have been on your Driver's disc, being the bootable part of it.
    But never mind, because they update all the time, and it's easier just to download it, burn to disc, and boot your computer from it
     
  7. TumbleDumpling

    TumbleDumpling TS Rookie

    I just recently developed this problem (Disk Boot Failure) for winxp pro on my computer. This occurred about 1 month after installing service pack 3. I have been running xp for almost a year now on this computer and all of a sudden I got the Disk Boot Failure notice on start up.

    I fixed it today by going into my BIOS (Phoenix AwardBIOS). I found that my Boot settings had been slightly modified. They were not modified by a person, I could only attribute it to a windows update that is erroneous, or some weird virus.

    This fix will only apply to a computer that has more than one HD and only has windows on one HD.

    Enter your BIOS (Press Del key on start up)
    Click on the "Boot" tab (What ever your system calls it)
    Scroll down and select "Hard Disk Drives" (Area that sets what HD Boot up looks for)

    If the hard drive containing windows is not at that top of the list, your computer will not boot up. Follow the instructions that pop-up to set the windows hard drive to the top of the list. For my BIOS it was the "-" and "+" in the number pad.

    Save and exit the BIOS, you may get a Safe Mode request screen, just Start Windows Normally. Restart computer and see if you have it.
     
  8. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    I see you are saying that the CD Drive is incompatible with WindowsSP3 or something. But if you unplug the HardDrive all together and leave the boot sequence as CD first, then this will eliminate if it's SP3 causing it

    Sounds like you might be having issues with the Configuration
    (CS or Master jumper) or cabling (IDE or Sata) or the CD\DVD Drive itself. Nothing to do with SP3
     
  9. pcaceit

    pcaceit TS Rookie Posts: 405

    Hi!

    Have you notice how this thread hav diverted?

    I agree his bios boot order was not changed by win update.

    glitch in bios maybe, or power glitch momenteraily causing bios to fail to see the drive and switch the boot order to next available device..
     
  10. JohnVace

    JohnVace TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 43

    Ok, so I got the repair program to start up and it seems like one of my hard disk has failed. The root cause displayed is 'Hard Disk not found, if a hard disk is installed it is not responding'.

    Looks like I'm buying a new hard drive, eh? Any idea how this could have happened?
     
  11. pcaceit

    pcaceit TS Rookie Posts: 405

    Hello johnvace!

    Just General hard disk failure, Could be overheated, just developed a fault, Virus atack and the list goes on.

    I have had HDD still working after 15yrs and some can go in days.

    at least its only one eh.
     
     
  12. JohnVace

    JohnVace TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 43

    Well they are both ruined because it was in raid0.
     
  13. JohnVace

    JohnVace TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 43

    Ok... I have a third hard drive, not connected to either of the 2 I've been using. I put it in and hook it up to the motherboard and the power supply and it goes straight to 'Disk Failure, Insert System disk and press enter'.

    What the hell is going on? Someone please help me i think im about to lose my freaking mind.
     
  14. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Replace the HardDrive data cable (Sata or IDE)
    Also try with CD\DVD Drive (and data cable) disconnected/unplugged (to test)
     
  15. JohnVace

    JohnVace TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 43

    Replaced the cables and it didnt do anything.
     
  16. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Hang on, that 3rd HardDrive it does have an operating system on it, doesn't it ?

    ie A formatted \or non formatted HardDRive with nothing on it, wil say Boot fail of course
     
  17. JohnVace

    JohnVace TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 43

    Thats another problem. I have tried to install window and when I put in the disk it gets to the install screen but never loads any options. I am pretty much just stuck at a black windows screen...
     
  18. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Usually is a sign of faulty HardDrive !!! (or configuration)

    Mind you, I have seen a faulty CPU cause these issues
    Hmm. You need to test with a known working HardDrive

    Actually BenchTest would be the best thing for you
    It's all in here:Tutorial: No POST (Power On System Test)
     
  19. JohnVace

    JohnVace TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 43

    But this is a brand spanking new hard drive. I just bought it. How could it possible be faulty?
     
  20. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Thanks for letting me know!

    By the way, how's that reseating CPU going? (it's all in the guide)
     
  21. JohnVace

    JohnVace TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 43

    I'm going to start in a moment... it's going to be a pain in the *** it looks like and I'm very afraid I'm going to ruin components by shocking them. Small place, so the only workable location is carpeted.
     
  22. JohnVace

    JohnVace TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 43

    **** it, at this point I think I just need to take it into a shop and let people that know what they are doing work on it. I have by far exceeded the point where I still understand what I'm doing and I'm going to end up ruining it worse than I already have.
     
  23. JohnVace

    JohnVace TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 43

    I appreciate your help a lot, but tomorrow I think I'm going to take it up to Best Buy and see if they can give me some personal help. I'm really afraid my frustration and lack of experience is going to create a bigger problem.
     
  24. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    They'll probably find a data cable faulty or bios config fault (you know the 2 second job)
     
  25. JohnVace

    JohnVace TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 43

    I already took everything out and re-plugged it... now I can't get the monitor working. You really think it's something that small that I'm just missing? I can start taking things out and re-assembling again if it's too costly to get personal help.
     
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