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Can't boot into anything from HDD

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#1 o_rly


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Posted 02 May 2009 - 09:08 PM

I've got a huge problem on my hands. I forgot what I installed, but my Vista computer wont boot. At all. Neither will 7 (dual boot). I've tried just formatting my drive, but it wont work.

XP disk: BSOD'D
7 disk: Cant find any drives
DBAN: Non-fatal error
Spinrite 6: Cant access C drive

And I dont have any vista disks.
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Posted 03 May 2009 - 12:46 AM

Open the computer
Check the drive connections at the drive & the motherboard
Start the computer & go in to the BIOS & see if the drive is showing
If it isn't check that the Primary IDE controller is enabled
If you have SATA make sure it is set to use the sata drives as IDE.

Of in doubt simply load the defaults, exit saving the changes

If the drive still isn't recognized I'd highly suspect it has simply failed.

It failing at the same time as installing something could simply be a coincendence.
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Posted 03 May 2009 - 07:22 AM

I second fairjoeblue's suggestions. If all connections correct and the controller operation can be verified (eg another drive is recognized normally), then this:

Spinrite 6: Cant access C drive

pretty much indicates a failed drive.
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