Windows Xp: Disk boot failure :Urgent Help Required

By Calexico
Nov 25, 2005
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  1. Hello Everyone

    I am having a problem booting off my hard drive. During startup it goes through the whole process until this message appears.

    DISK BOOT FAILURE, INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER

    When I insert the XP disc the system boots. However I do not want to have to keep inserting the system disc anytime I want to boot the system.

    This is what I have done so far.

    Wiped the drives
    Re-partitioned them
    Installed Xp

    When I restart the machine it will not boot from the hard drive .

    I have checked the following

    The device is working properly
    In the BIOS it is the primary boot device.


    I have no more ideas ...

    Usefull Suggestions .... Anybody


    Calexico
  2. peterdiva

    peterdiva TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 1,202

    Are you saving when exiting the bios,seems to be a common problem.
  3. Calexico

    Calexico Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    thanks for responding

    I have definitely saved when exiting the bios .... i thought this may have been the problem myself but no ..... any other ideas
  4. iss

    iss TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,896

    Do you have a floppy drive in your machine? and if so is there a floppy in it? you will also get that message if there is a floppy disk in the floppy drive during boot if it isnt a bootable floppy.
  5. Calexico

    Calexico Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    There is no floppy drive. I have re-prartioned themdisk and re - installed the OS. still no joy ...... really frustrating ....
  6. iss

    iss TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,896

    how many drives do you have installed? what I would do is disconnect all but the one I want to install windows on. you can connect the others once you have windows installed.
  7. peterdiva

    peterdiva TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 1,202

    Have you installed windows on the right partition on drive C.
  8. Calexico

    Calexico Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    yes. The OS is definitely on C:
  9. Calexico

    Calexico Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    I have two drives installed. Iam going to take the advice of ISS and physically remove one of the disks. After I have re-installed the OS I will re-install the extra hard drive. I will let you know how I get on.
  10. Calexico

    Calexico Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Thanks

    Problem solved. I removed both hard drives. I then re-installed only one. Re-partioned this drive and re-installed XP. I then restarted the computer and hey presto XP launched from the hard drive. After I was sure everything was working OK I then re-installed the second drive. So everything now works. Thanks for taking the time to reply to my problem.
  11. iss

    iss TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,896

    Glad we could help. and Welcome to TechSpot!
     
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