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#1 bio_hazard

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Posted 02 January 2006 - 04:14 PM

On the screen where it checks what devices are bootable this error appears after the checks:

Boot Failure
Insert BOOT diskette in A:
Press any key when ready

My hard drive had been making some clicking noises before this happened. I have a master and a slave, i've replaced the master (there isn't an OS installed on it yet) and i still get the error.

Could it be the IDE cable?
Maybe the not having an OS is a problem?
Could it be the motherboard?

Update: I took out the master and it still gives the above error.

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Posted 08 January 2006 - 01:30 AM

I would say first thing is run a hard drive test, since you had clicking noises your hard drive may have failed. If it passes then i may be corrupt files in your OS.

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Posted 08 January 2006 - 07:48 PM

Yep, most likely the hard drive (the clicking and the failure to boot are the key here). Other things are possible, but are much less likely. A lot depends on what's been done to the machine lately. If you haven't touched the IDE cable since before the problem - then it's unlikely that a cable will go bad on it's own. But, a motherboard is more likely to suffer from spontaneous failure than a cable - but they usually don't do it for no reason at all.

It's usually a good idea to have your boot drive as the primary master on your system. Where is your OS now? On the primary slave?

The master drive isn't your problem, since it doesn't boot from it. Have you tried making the other drive your master and seeing if it gives the same error?

Can you access the boot drive after booting with a DOS floppy?
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