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#1 MalcolmL

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Posted 22 March 2009 - 12:53 PM

Suddenly I can't boot up windows XP-when I turn on power I get "disk error" press Ctrl+Alt+Delete to Restart. When I do that the message just repeats itself. I did wipe the hard drive clean 3 days ago-and reinstalled XP and it was fine-then yesterday I began receiving the "disk error" message. Any ideas about this problem?

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Posted 22 March 2009 - 01:50 PM

Does the hard drive(s) show in the BIOS?
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Posted 22 March 2009 - 02:18 PM

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The hard drive and the CD drive both show-the CD drive is on top of the hard drive. I tried it the other way round but it did no good

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Posted 22 March 2009 - 03:35 PM

I did wipe the hard drive clean 3 days ago-and reinstalled XP


Did you install all of the drivers, including the SATA driver?
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Posted 22 March 2009 - 04:30 PM

I did wipe the hard drive clean 3 days ago-and reinstalled XP


Did you install all of the drivers, including the SATA driver?



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Posted 22 March 2009 - 04:33 PM

I'm not sure about the Sata-don't those things install themselves.

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Posted 22 March 2009 - 04:46 PM

Sometimes they do, sometimes they don't.

Depends entirely on the motherboard/BIOS.

If your motherboard supports SATA drives and the BIOS allows for what as known as IDE-emulation, you don't necessarily have to install the SATA drivers.

If your motherboard supports SATA drives and the BIOS has no provision for IDE-emulation, then you have to install the SATA drivers into XP as you install it.

You also need to be aware that if your motherboard also supports RAID...that could be another factor to consider when you look at the BIOS. There are users who have systems set up in RAID mode because...they didn't know any better and didn't realize that the RAID has a BIOS where the drive might be reflected...while the system BIOS may not reflect said drive.

System manufacturer and model...or motherboard manufacturer and model, if custom-built?

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