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Windows 8.1 suddenly missing


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#1 MariGoddy

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Posted 17 June 2014 - 01:11 PM

So this seems to have started from another issue I'd been working on  and today my computer suddenly cannot see the main hard drive housing my operating system. The errors I got ranged from MBR failure/broken...to Disk Boot Failure...to failed attempts with two different Windows Repair CDs - one made for XP, Vista, and Windows 7 and the other CD created through System Image Backup on Windows 8.1 64-bit.

 

The Win 8.1 CD constantly failed to load, only showing a 1. FD 1.44MB System Type-(00) error even though the floppy drive is disabled and disconnected.

 

The Win XP/Vista/ Win 7 CD loaded however it showed that my machine can't even see the drive containing my operating system despite the fact it shows as being connected in BIOS just fine.

 

So I have no means to boot and I'm honestly not sure how to fix this much less how it happened...

 

 



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Posted 17 June 2014 - 01:37 PM

What is the make and model of this computer?

 

Did this computer come with Windows 8 installed?

 

What version of Windows 8 do you have installed?  Home permium, Pro, etc.  32-bit or 64-bit?


Edited by dc3, 17 June 2014 - 02:14 PM.

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Posted 17 June 2014 - 06:48 PM

The computer was built by me a few years ago and most of the original parts have been upgraded a few times. I recently upgraded from XP to Windows 8.1 pro 32-bit, which the computer was running smoothly for a few months now. The strange thing is that the drive Win 8 is on is not even being detected except in the BIOS.



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Posted 18 June 2014 - 11:07 AM

Have you checked the connections (data/power)?

 

What is the make of this hdd?


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Posted 20 June 2014 - 11:56 AM

Have you checked the connections (data/power)?

 

What is the make of this hdd?

I managed to fix this with the help of some new wires, so thanks for the suggestion to check them!

 

As it turned out, the connectors linking my main hard drive to the motherboard were faulty, so when I restarted the computer, it seems the machine confused itself into thinking a secondary hard drive was in fact the main hard drive to boot from [because only those connectors were working correctly]...which naturally failed since that drive had no OS on it. I was able to remove the other drives and leave only the main one connected, and that was able to boot with no issues whatsoever.



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Posted 20 June 2014 - 12:23 PM

Glad it turned out to be an easy fix. :thumbup2:


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