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Disk Boot Failure please insert system disk

By gmacalex
Sep 16, 2007
  1. Good Evening All,
    I had a really stupid idea today of using the hard drive from my trusty PC to see if it could kick my previously posted server into life, this was unsuccessful, but my day was to get worse, or reattaching my hard drive to my pc I got the above error message, which probably would be fine but I don't have a xp disc.

    I have checked the bios and everything seems to be okay, it sees both hard drives one for XP the other for storage, I did not change the master or slave settings, i simply unplugged and then replugged.

    I have tried booting with one or other of the hard disks but I get the same message.
    The motherboard is an Asus A7-8vx Amd 2200 2x hd 1x80 1x40 running windows xp pro.

    Any suggestion would be great

    Thanks
     
  2. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 3,814

    Did you check the boot order and device priority settings in the bios?

    If so, what do both say?
     
  3. gmacalex

    gmacalex TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Hi,
    The Award Bios Setup Screen reads

    1.Removable device legacy floppy
    2 ide hard drive excelstor tech
    3 atapi cd rom sony dvd etc
    4 other boot device int18 device network.

    Don't know if this is what you were looking for.

    On boot up primary master is correct
    primary slave is correct.

    Any further help much appreciated.

    Cheers
     
  4. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +9

    If the hardware has changed (other than the memory), since the Windows XP installation, that change may have been detected by Windows, thus causing the error message. If you moved the WXP installed hard drive to another case, that is likely the cause.
     
  5. gmacalex

    gmacalex TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Hi raybay, does that mean I am up the creek without a paddle?.
     
  6. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 3,814

    Does the pc actually have a floppy drive in it?

    Are you sure that "ide hard drive excelstor tech" is the master and not the slave hard drive?
     
  7. gmacalex

    gmacalex TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Hi Rik,
    No floppy in drive, on the main screen of the bios it states the excel stor as pri master and the pri slave as the samsung hd the secondary master is at auto and secondary salve is sony dvd drive.

    Thanks
     
  8. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 3,814

    Is windows on the excel stor or the samsung?
     
  9. gmacalex

    gmacalex TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Rik,
    Would'nt want to swear in court over it but I am sure it is on the excelstor hd.
    Thanks
     
  10. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +9

    I am supposing a few things here, since I don't know the full extent of the equipment and the Windows installs.

    "...does that mean I am up the creek without a paddle?...

    No, it just means you may have some work to do, depending on the install(s) you have.
    Your problem may only be that you do not have the WXP disc handy... but if you can borrow a full version, it just requires a repair install so you can call Microsoft with the product ID change.
    There is plenty of info online about this problem, and at the www.microsoft.com knowledge base. Microsoft is trying to control piracy, not make your life and install more difficult. Microsoft will ask you if the Windows disc (you may need the product ID) is installed on more than one machine, then give you the code. This is so routine that you may not even get a live person.
    But, normally, to initiate this change, you need the Windows Disc or a full version of Windows that is not and OEM, Academic, or Upgrade. Those versions will want to do a complete install in order to re-register Windows XP.
     
  11. gmacalex

    gmacalex TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks Raybay,
    My system came pre-installed so no disc I will keep trying and if all else fails see if i can borrow a full version from somewhere.
    Thanks
     
  12. gmacalex

    gmacalex TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Rik,
    Managed to get some more info, during posting, when pressing f8 it says that that the primary master failed, is this any help?
     
  13. gmacalex

    gmacalex TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Scrap previous post i read the screen incorrectly.
     
  14. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 3,814

    The thing to do would be to disconnect 1 drive and see if it boots, then do the same with the other one.

    Just disconnecting the data cable will do it.
     
  15. gmacalex

    gmacalex TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Hi Rik tried disconnecting but no change, I cannot believe i have caused myself this much hassle.
     
  16. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 3,814

    Sounds like your master boot record is screwed, without an xp disk, i really dont think there is anything you can do unless you can make a bootable floppy on another pc.
     
  17. gmacalex

    gmacalex TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Hi Rik,
    Yeah it looks like i am stuffed. I don't have anything with a floppy drive anymore.
    Thanks for all your help.

    Cheers
     
  18. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 3,814

    How about something that can burn a bootable cd?
     
  19. gmacalex

    gmacalex TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Rik I can burn on this laptop
     
  20. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 3,814

    Google for "boot cd" and see if you can make a cd that will boot to command line, if you can, then type fixmbr. Its worth a try.
     
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