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Hard Drive Boot Error

By Ertay
Jul 1, 2004
  1. I have a problem with my hard drive.If I install something the computer will reboot and a message will apear:

    DISK BOOT FAILURE.INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER.

    When this message apears I have to shut down my comp and than back on.Then it works fine.I have a broken hard disk but when that one did this thing there where sounds coming out (KRRRRRRR ).I tried HDD Regenerator to search for Bad Sectors but there weren't any of them.

    Now last night I tried to defragment the disk with Norton's Speed Disk.But when the defragmenting started the Computer rebooted and the message above apeard.Now today the speed disk works fine.

    Sorry for my English.Thanks in advance
     
  2. Masque

    Masque TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,212

    I would seriously look at getting any data that you may want off of that drive and replacing it....especially if it's making noises as you describe. You CAN try a reformat and reload if you'd like but I don't think that's going to help you at all.

    Just my $.02
     
  3. Ertay

    Ertay TS Rookie Topic Starter

    My other broken hard disk was making noises but the new one is not making noises.
     
  4. StormBringer

    StormBringer TS Rookie Posts: 2,871

    Reseat the power and ribbon cables to the drive. If HDD regen doesn't find a problem then its likely there isn't a physical problem(though it doesn't completely rule out the possibility)
    I'd suggest using recovery console if using XP or 2K and use FIXBOOT and FIXMBR

    Another possibility is that you have a corrupted Windows install, sometimes this can cause a boot error like that. Bootsector viruses can also cause this(a bootsector virus is quite rare these days)
     
  5. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,305   +52 Staff Member

    That error message typically means the drive is not recognizable or there is no formatted partition.

    If you are missing a boot sector but your drive still has data on it, typically it will give you an "OS Not Found" error or something a little softer than "DISK FAILURE!!!!!!!!". :D

    Now, if you took this drive and put it in another computer as a slave drive, it would probably show up as unreadable since it sounds ilke there is no file system structure.

    I am thinking that fixmbr might make a difference for you. Fixboot will not solve your problem though.. At least not until you can get your missing partition solved. See Storm's suggestion above this one.

    If you can run HDD Regenerator on it, then that means your drive is reading/writing okay and you should be able to get your data off. I would recommend Active@Partition Recovery to attempt to restore your partition information. They have a trial version that will show you the files on your drive (if it IS possible to recover it). You can't actually restore them unless you buy the program... But it is fairly cheap and is probably worth your time and loss of data.

    This is much better than most programs which attempt to scan file by file. The success rate of fixing the partition vs restore files individually is much higher and much easier.

    And all of this assumes that your drive is still good. If it is making noise though, that usually isn't the case.

    Good luck.
     
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