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Disk boot failure

By valerieleger
Nov 29, 2011
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  1. Hi Everyone,
    I have searched this forum for a few days now and read anything I could on my problem but I am still stumped.
    Here is my problem.
    I get the message when I boot the computer: "DISK BOOT FAILURE, INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER"
    My Computer Information:
    HP Pavilion 061
    Windows XP Pro Version 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3 Build 2600
    Boot Device \Device\HarddiskVolume1
    DRIVE IS IDE

    Here's what I tried so far:
    I checked to make sure all plugs were inserted correctly and firmly.
    I changed the boot sequence so it goes HDD, CD/DVD, then REMOVABLE... but it didn't seem to solve anything.
    I did a chkdsk and it said everything was fine.
    I scanned for viruses and none was found.
    I did a system Recovery with the Recovery Tools CD.
    I've also been having problems with my cd/dvd, I have to open and close it a few times for it to finally read the content. This problem has been happening for about 6 months though.
    Right now it's a 50/50 chance of whether it will boot or not. Sometimes it boots fine, other times it will only boot from the Recovery Tools CD to load Windows.
    Once in Windows my computer works great.

    If I missed anything I apologize.
     
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    XP is up to service pack 3 and beyond... Update it ASAP! Disconnect the problem CD/DVD drive's data cable and see if the computer boots normally. Any problem drive connected to the IDE bus can cause a good C drive not to boot
     
  3. valerieleger

    valerieleger TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Hi Tmagic650,
    I just finished updating to service pack 3
    I will continue in the morning for the rest as I have to go for the evening. Thanks for your suggestions! :)
     
  4. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    Good work valerieleger, let us know how things go with the battery
     
  5. valerieleger

    valerieleger TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Hi again, Tmagic650

    I just rebooted after installing the Service Pack 3 and a black window popped up C:\windows\system32\cmd.exe then another one popped up and a few of these lines appeared "error: the parameter is incorrect"
    I'm assuming this is a an error because of the Service Pack 3 and that it can be fixed by going to Microsoft. But I thought I would mention it in case it's not.

    I also wanted to mention that booting takes a long time when it does boot, and my loading screen looks different than it used to before I had done a recovery.

    I also noticed that after the recovery, all my old files can be found here:
    C:\Documents and Settings\HP_Administrator\My Documents

    I thought I had formatted it and that it would clean everything and give me a clean install. What does this mean and is this normal?
     
  6. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    You should try a clean install of Windows, by deleting the present install that you see, and then formatting in a quick NTFS mode. Then you can proceed with the new clean install
     
  7. valerieleger

    valerieleger TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Can you explain the steps? Because I thought that's what I had done but apparently not. I had put in the Recovery Tools CD and followed the steps on the recovery.
    Do I have more than one partition, is this why it did that?
     
  8. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    What options do you have starting a recovery? Is one a Destructive recovery? If so, that's what you need to do
     
  9. valerieleger

    valerieleger TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Ok Thanks. I don't remember the exact way it was called. I thought it was one that would reinstall the way I had it when I bought the pc. I will look for the destructive one in the morning and work on doing that and hopefully that will fix the DISK BOOT FAILURE problem for good. I've already made a backup of my files yesterday.
    Thanks again Tmagic650 :)
     
  10. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    Okay valerieleger, have a good night :)
     
  11. valerieleger

    valerieleger TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I just finished reformatting the hard drive. What I had done wrong the last time was not clicking on the Advanced option where the destructive recovery was hidden.
    Now let's hope I don't have the DISK BOOT FAILURE message again. If so I will have to bring it to the technician since I assume it will mean a hardware problem that I can't fix by myself.
    Thanks for your lead, Tmagic650
    :)
     
  12. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    Good going valerieleger,
    if you get past a format without errors, your odds are good that the hard drive is okay...
     
  13. valerieleger

    valerieleger TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I had the DISK BOOT FAILURE message again! I felt like screaming, lol.
    It seems to boot fine only when the DVD-CD Rom works so I am assuming I have to have that drive replaced. Hopefully it will be fine afterwards.
     
  14. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    Okay I guess that replacing the hard drive is the thing to do now. Good luck, at least you have your important stuff backed up :)
     
  15. valerieleger

    valerieleger TS Rookie Topic Starter

    The tech confirmed that it was my Hard Drive. I brought the computer back home because they charge almost as much as the Hard Drive itself just to install it. So this weekend I am going to buy a new Hard Drive and install it myself. And yes, I have my important stuff backed up. Phewwf!!
     
  16. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    Okay just install Windows like you did using the old drive
     
  17. valerieleger

    valerieleger TS Rookie Topic Starter

    What do you mean 'using the old drive'?
    I had used the restore cd to format and re-install Windows, will that cd work for the new empty hard drive?
     
  18. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    "will that cd work for the new empty hard drive?"...

    In a single word... YES!
     
  19. valerieleger

    valerieleger TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I'm so relieved... thanks!!!!
     
  20. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    You're welcome,
    let us know how the new drive works :wave:
     
  21. valerieleger

    valerieleger TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I am about to leave in a couple of hours to go buy a new hard drive, does it matter the size I get? It's a HP Pavilion a143On
    I have looked online and can't find the system information.
     
  22. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    Take the old drive with you. Something around 450 to 500GB will work fine
     
  23. valerieleger

    valerieleger TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I just installed a new hard drive. When I power up the computer it gives me the BOOT DISK FAILURE again....
    I've also replaced the original SATA cable, and checked my BIOS to see that the HDD is in fact being recognized.
    what now?? :(
     
  24. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    You need to install Windows on it by booting from the install disk CD
     
  25. valerieleger

    valerieleger TS Rookie Topic Starter

    "DISK BOOT FAILURE, INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER" was the message I kept having with the old Hard Drive, though. Doesn't it mean there is a problem?
     

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