Posted 07 November 2007 - 09:00 AM
My experience when getting that first message...is that the option to go to Setup/BIOS occurs because Windows wants the user to check that the drive is properly recognized in the BIOS. So the first thing to check is all connections to/from the drive.
If the drive is recognized in the BIOS properly...and the boot options in the BIOS are correct...and it still won't boot, then the first suspect for me is the MBR.
If possible, I then run chkdsk /r on the drive from the Recovery Console. Just a prelim step, but one that I never fail to do.
If the disk still won't boot after chkdsk /r, I then go back to the RC and run the fixboot or fixmbr command. I'm partial to fixboot, since it includes fixmbr.
If the drive still cannot boot then I run a manufacturer's diagnostic on it and mentally prepare for a repair install or a clean install.
If the file system (NTFS or FAT32) happens to be screwed up, a clean install is the solution for me.