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#1 joebeaven

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Posted 23 February 2009 - 08:28 AM

Hi,

I'm using Windows XP Pro. When I switch my computer on, I get the following message: "Disk Boot Failure, Insert System Disk and Press Enter".

The problem happened after I replaced one of my secondary hard drives. Windows was working fine before that. The new hard drive I installed is identical to the last one I installed and I did it in exactly the same way. I've checked all the connections and they all appear to be fine. I noticed that the IDE cable for the primary hard drive had become disconnected and thought that might be the problem, but I reconnected it and tried again and it made no difference.

Please can someone suggest what I can do to get my computer working again?

Thanks,
Joe

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Posted 23 February 2009 - 08:39 AM

Did you format the hdd?

Is there another hdd with the operating system installed on it installed or are you going to install the OS on the new one?

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Posted 23 February 2009 - 01:38 PM

I'd check the boot options elected in the BIOS.

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Posted 23 February 2009 - 01:46 PM

I didn't do anything to the primary hard drive. The new one is a secondary hard drive that I was going to setup with Partition Magic.

The boot options look OK. The primary drive is the first boot option followed by the CD-ROM.

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Posted 23 February 2009 - 01:55 PM

Do you have a Windows XP Install CD?


The primary drive is the first boot option followed by the CD-ROM.


Your Floppy Drive should be first, CD-ROM second, and then your HDD.

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Posted 23 February 2009 - 02:16 PM

Your boot options are fine as is.

The next thing I would suspect...would be jumper settings. Are the two hard drives connected on the same cable?

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Posted 23 February 2009 - 02:21 PM

Just curious. What if he wants to boot from a CD? Wouldn't the BIOS just boot straight to the HDD and not even look at the CD?

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Posted 23 February 2009 - 02:33 PM

Did you see anything...indicating that such is what he is trying to do?

I didn't.

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Posted 24 February 2009 - 08:24 AM

I tried starting the computer with only the primary hard drive connected which worked. I then tried adding the secondary hard drives one by one, including the new one and everything works fine, even thought everything's connected in exactly the same way they were when it didn't work.

Thanks for your help,
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Posted 24 February 2009 - 08:28 AM

Some times it's all smoke and mirrors. Glad to hear you got it working.

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