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Changed hardware, now won't boot off hdd or disk.

Q: Changed hardware, now won't boot off hdd or disk.

I just installed a new motherboard, CPU, memory, and video card into my computer. I'm not looking to salvage my old OS install, and have all important data backed up, so I planned to just put the hardware in and boot off my windows disk to do a format and reload. However no matter what I do I can't get windows setup or an OS to load. When loading the installer it locks up at the windows splash screen. I've tried booting off the hdd and it does the same thing. I tried it in safe mode and it locks up before it finished loading all the files. I also tried booting mini XP off my Hirens 15 disk and that locks up at the splash screen too.

So at this point I ran memtest to see if it was my ram causing problems but it all tested ok. So anyone got any idea on how to boot off my disk so I can format and reload?

A: Changed hardware, now won't boot off hdd or disk.

What windows installation disk do you have - is it a retail disk or a disk burnt from your previous recovery partition.

Also, for a test try to install a Linux distro - maybe Ubuntu and see what happens. Even a live CD may give you some insight.

Provided your hardware funtions properly, I suspect there is a driver problem. But that is not certain at this level of info.

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I've been running Win7 x64 for months,and the only problem I get is that after a few months, it just goes belly up and i get a BSOD, just today it happened again, no hardware chages, no software changes, it was working fine when I turned it off lastnight.
The only way I fixed it today was i noticed in the bios my boot disk order was changed, i moved my drive 0 back to place 1 and it started up. I would like some one to please look at my dump file to see if it's something else please. Thanks in advance.

A:Common BSOD/changed boot disk

post here instead
read this

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I have an Acer Aspire 4736G laptop (6 yo ).

It was hit by ZeroAccess in 2013 but I managed to regain access using multiple tools from the WWW and reading other people postings who had the same predicaments like me.

All files and data recovered and backup to other media.

I used the system restore to restore to factory default with 90 percentile success with another 10 percentile using the factory backup restore DVD disc.

Started a fortnight ago, my laptop shutdown automatically even before booting into the password section.

A few days ago, I cannot boot into the password section where I typed my password to reach the Windows 7 area.The HDD ran on for 30 minutes in Starting Windows section until I pressed the radio button to switch it off.

Relaunched Win7 and boot into >F8> Startup Repair mode and the result was system config changed!>Finished>Shut down.

Next, I retried turning on and off the system to boot into Win7 using the radio button. Startup Repair reported disk errors.
Attempting repair and failed many times.
It even shutdown on its own when launching the Startup Repair Process.

The BIOS cannot save changes at all.Pressing F2 and F10 changed nothing.Cannot change
boot sequence from HDD to to DVD ROM.

I used Peppermint 3 Live disc to recover or backup my files, the system report SMART Disk Errors 52 bad sectors and now reallocating damaged data.

The folders where the files are kept cannot be accessed unlike in the past.

REATOGO XP had the same re... Read more

A:6 yo Acer Aspire laptop can't boot due to sysconfig changed & disk err

Easiest thing to start with is to check the HDD.

Run the DOS version of the LONG test of SeaTools, as described here:
SeaTools for DOS and Windows - How to Use

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Hi all,

Here's what's happened...

i have Windows 7 on a 500GB SATA hd running fine.

Yesterday I decided to install Windows XP Pro SP3 on a spare 160GB SATA HDD which I have, and I did this via the notebook upgrade bay (2nd HDD caddy) where the DVD drive would be. I left my 500GB internal (Windows 7) HDD in the computer and during the XP setup DVD specified for it to install on the 160GB HDD.

The problem is every time I boot my computer, it tries to boot XP.. even if i change the boot sequence or try to manually boot the internal HDD from the boot menu...

i tried to remove the 160GB XP hard drive hoping that this would leave the computer to boot the 500GB Windows 7 x64 OS... But instead i get this message on the screen..

"Windows could not start because of a computer disk hardware configuration problem.
Could not read from the selected boot disk. Check boot path and disk hardware.
Please check the documentation about hardware disk configuration and your hardware reference manuals for additional information."

Can anyone give me any advice on what I need to do to be able to boot properly into my Windows 7 HDD again?

I have Hirens BootCD at my disposal and have managed to boot into Windows 7 fine using the option presented on the first screen. After a reboot the message above returns...

Many thanks in advance,

A:Computer disk hardware configuration problem (Windows 7 boot)

UPDATE: I have also tried to run a startup repair from more than one Windows 7 installation DVDs and get the message: "This version of System Recovery Options is not compatible with the version of Windows you are trying to repair".

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Hi all-
Apologies in advance as I am not exactly technologically sound.
I tried plugging in my digital camera today, and though it did not come up, I hunted down the Removable Disk (E) drive, which I figured would open it. It told me that I had to choose a program to open it with, so I chose some kind of picture viewer. Then all the icons on my desktop turned into said picture viewer, and I cannot open anything but that program from the desktop. Also, when I go into Programs and try to open them, they don't work there either. Help!
I am using Windows 7. I have tried System Restore but it told me that it could not complete it and gave me some kind of error message with 0x80070005. It recommended that I turn off my protection or whatever to complete it, but I have Norton 360 and no idea how to turn it off!
Any help is greatly appreciated- we just bought this computer in November and now my husband is ticked off!

A:Solved: accidentally changed removable disk, now changed every program?

Welcome Tuckersmom !
When I connect my camera to either of our computers, the camera itself indicates on the viewer how to handle the pictures....
To replace the icons on the desk top, right click any empty place and select refresh, I think this should restore them for you.
My daughter uses Norton 360 and we have found that it disables the system restore. She does regular backups with Norton 360. If you have done that, you should be able to restore from one of those backups.
Let us know how it goes.

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I am facing problem of unable to shrink c drive in my windows 7 home premium.I have read everyone writing in about not to change the hard disk to dynamic type,but after partitioning one time using disk management now all my partitions are dynamic type & I still have 288gb left in c drive.
I need help.

A:hard disk changed to dynamic type after using disk management

Read this tutorial on how to covert back from Dynamic. Convert a Dynamic Disk to a Basic Disk

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I recently changed out my motherboard from a board that supported only a Socket 478 1.7 GHz and USB 1.1 for one that supported a Socket 478 2.6 GHz processor and USB 2.0. The system is running XP Home.

Well after this change I booted my system the first time it would go to the splash screen and then reboot. This was followed by it going to the screen showing the option to boot in Safe Mode, Safe Mode with Networking, Last Good Configuration or Normally. I tried all the options and was sent back to previously described screen every time.

My only option was to put my XP Setup disk in and do a repair to XP. This worked but my problem is that I had Office and Frontpage installed on my computer. Now when I try and access them I get the following screen: see attachment.

Is there a way to get my Office and Frontpage programs to work short of digging out the original install disks and reinstalling them again.

Thank you in advance.

A:Changed Hardware and had to Repair XP

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I had a stock system from Dell (an inspiron 530)

[Windows Vista]
Intel E4400
Foxconn G33M02 (OEM motherboard)
2GB DDR2 RAM (upgraded to 4GB)
160GB Seagate HDD for OS
640GB WD HDD (additional) for Storage
NVidia 8600GT

Today I recieved my new Asus P5N-D [NVidia 750i chipset, second hand came with no driver CD =S ] and installed it. It booted up and then came to an error saying that a vital system driver was corrupted (acpi.sys)
I tried many things, like repairing with CD, booting into safe mode etc. but nothing worked (I was unable to enter safemode due to more system files being damaged/corrupt)

I decided to disconnect the WD HDD and wipe the other hard drive using [email protected] killdisk.
Killdisk ran and deleted the existing Windows partition so I could install a fresh copy of Vista.
When installing Vista from the CD a status bar appears with "Windows is loading files..."
When it reaches the end it reboots into an cycle that leads nowhere.

My guess would be that it is hardware or driver related and that I may have to change some BIOS settings, but I have no idea what is wrong or how to fix it.

Thanks in advance,


A:[SOLVED] Changed hardware - OS won't install

Turns out one of my memory sticks was defective (must have got zapped when swithing between motherboards)

Oh well =]

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I recentlly had a problem with my PC where when i turned it on the HDD light would just stay on and nothing would start or come up on screen (no beeps but all fans started). I purchased a new CPU (same model and speeds) to see if that was the problem and it still did it so i got a new motherboard (same model) and again still nothing. I changed the power supply with another i have on a PC i KNOW works and its STILL the same. I even used the power switch out of the other PC as well as trying with no ram and different ram but STILL the same problem. I dont understand how that can be possible when EVER part is different from that of what is in the computer. No HDD or sata or IDE drives were connected, no cards or anything but still the thing wont start.

New/different motherboard
New/different CPU
Different Ram
Different case & power switch
NO other cards or devices

So WHY is there STILL the same problem ????????

The stats of the PC are as follows

AMD Sempron 3000+
Asus K8V-VM Motherboard
1GB DDR400 Ram

Any help would be VERY much appreciated because i am COMPLETELY stumped on what the problem is when ALL the parts are different and i cant afford to be spending any more money on the system.

Thank You

A:PC Wont Start Even when Hardware Changed !

Bump, can someone please help

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every time I restart my laptop, I get this annoying message:

" Your hardware settings have changed. Please reboot your computer for these changes to take effect !! "no matter how many times I reboot.

What's the cause, is there a fix or only a clean reinstallation of Windows ?


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I hadn`t connected my windows to an account , not that I remember doing that, but now i cant reactivate it cause it saying that its being used by a different device ,checked both of my emails that it could be linked to , but none of them worked.

A:I changed the hardware on my PC and now my Windows 10 is not genuine.

Hi ! Welcome to Windows Central! Your post makes no sense to me compared to your title. If you changed hardware then your W10 might not be genuine!
Here's link from Windows Central that might help. If you need more help, please join the forum! How to re-activate Windows 10 after a hardware change | Windows Central Join the Windows Central Community!

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The hardware has changed significantly, you must reactivate Windows XP. I've getting this message since I upgraded my motherboard, cpu, and ram. Also the message say's I must do it within three days, so does that mean I can't have windows after 3 days? I've used that copy of winodows for 5+ years, and never gotten that message. Also for some reason my mouse is not being recognized by computer. Help needed. Thank you

A:The hardware has changed significantly, you must reactivate Windows XP

Did it activate over the internet? It is a quick nd easy call to activate . . no reason not ot do it. . . and yes . .if you do not, Windows will quit working

You will need to load the motherboard specific drivers

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Such window appears now when system starts. "Hardware change has been made , reset your computer for applying hardware change" something like that , I translated this from my native language.

pls help, I dont have ant idea how remove this, I removed one of my hardware profile on Administrator account but it not helps.

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Ugh this is more annoying than a real problem. I was running vista on a 512 meg ram machine that was locking up. I took out the HDD and placed it in a 1.5ghz ram machine. Of course different hardware yadda yadda yadda. The funny thing is it installed like a dream which I was not expecting. The ONLY driver it did not find on its own was a the video card and I made that change manually. Of course after all this on the next reboot it says multiple components were changed this requires reactivation. I tried to reactivate it and it failed. Sure enough each reboot it says reactivate but it never does but I am able to continue using it.
I know a rebuild will clean it all up but is there any way around this reactivation loop I seem to be in?

A:Solved: CHanged hardware... tells me it needs to activate but won't?

This download may help.

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With Server 2003 and Windows XP, you could do an "Inplace Reinstall" to move a disk or disk image to different hardware (if it wouldn't start because of a different "Hardware Abstration Layer")

I just moved my Windows 7 drive from a Dell Precision 390 to a Dell Precision T3400 and it won't start.

The "inplace reinstall" was a no brainer with Server 2003 / XP. Just put in the CD, Boot, select "Upgrade" and walk away.

Is there a similar no brainer for Windows 7. There is no Upgrade option when you boot to the DVD.

A:Moving Windows 7 disk or disk image to different hardware

You can SysPrep to move HD to another computer and move an image afterwards.

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Tuesday 1-September (hello Football Season)

My Safely Remove Hardware Icon (in System Tray - Notification Area of Taskbar) has changed the way it was working.

For 5 years, when I clicked on the Safety Remove Hardware (SRH) Icon, I got a small skinny pop-up window immediately over the icon listing my USB devices by Drive Letter. I would click which device/drive letter I wanted to remove and it would unmount ! Simple & Quick (no Fuss - No Muss). See #1 jpeg.

Recently, clicking the Safely Remove Hardware icon has not produced the normal function shown in jpeg #1. Instead - the larger Safely Remove Hardware Dialog Box opens up - requiring a series of mouse clicks to select and unmount the USB device I want stopped. See jpeg(s) 2 & 3

How do I regain the way the Safely Remove Hardware icon worked as shown in jpeg #1 ?

Thanks for any help !

Joe B!

1 jpeg: Normal SRH Function I lost (want to regain)

2 & 3 jpegs: The way SRH's working now (want to revert to #1 jpeg functionality)

A:Solved: Safely Remove Hardware: Windows XP Changed the Way it was Working

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Got an HP Envy 17 3200 CTO loaded at the time. Quad core, Radeon HD 7850M, etc.Well the other day the thing blue screened but froze during that process and the graphics glitches during that screen. Corruption and blocks appeared and disappeared. I was forced to shut it down during the blue screen as something big wasn't working during the crash dump process, it stood at 0%.Upon restart the unit screen doesn't turn on and no noises are made like beeps indicating an issue. The Bluray makes its usual prep sounds it does at every start up. It sits with a blank screen that doesn't even appear to be powered on. The only other indicator is the caps lock key flashes a few times and goes off, then flashes a few times and goes off, repeating this sitting there..What part likely died on this sucker? CPU? Dram? Motherboard? Graphics card? How can I trouble shoot it if it doesn't power on ..While it sits there various LEDs on the keyboard are on as said .. Caps lock flashing.Power LED on. I think the wireless LED is on too.. The HP envy light on the hood is also on.. Coming here for tips because I do self repair. No warranty. I will purchase the required part and self install like I always do for my laptops.

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I just reformatted a dell dimension L866R and changed the windows to xp pro. Since changing the boot order in the BIOS this message will appear. When you press any key the message just keeps repeating itself in a loop.

When you put the windows cd and don't boot from the disk windows will come up. I cannot access the BIOS to try and change the boot order which I think that it might be.

Previously the computer had windows 98SE but the video drivers would be recognized. Decided to upgrade to newer windows version.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

A:Error message-->incorrect boot disk please insert boot disk into drive a:

Why can't you access BIOS?

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This sounds straight forward, but I can not figure this out I am new to this. I have a Etower 500 MHz with 192 mb's of memory and 4 gig hard drive. I used partition magic 3.5 to partition the drive inorder to try and install DOS and win98 and maybe linux. I am following the instructions from this web site here>> I am using the disks that I made from downloading from this site referring to REUEL Boot disk this disk took me through the entire process. It all went great until I rebooted and I keep getting Non-System disk or disk error I have no disk's in the drives. I even installed win98 and all it did was go straight to windows. With in windows I could see the drives I partitioned all of them except the one that windows was actually on. I have done this again and again trying to see if I did anything wrong. Anybody know what is wrong?
Also can anyone tell me how to get free dos I can not figure out what files to download. The one that I am trying to install now is suppose to be mini dos 6.22. I am really new to dos so I am doing a lot of guessing.

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I have a HP Pavilion m7750n. It came with Vista, but I formatted and put on XP.

I was having a lot of problems a few years after switching due to viruses, and what not, so I had a friend attach my HD to his computer to completely format it. We put it back into my comp, put XP back on it, and installed drivers. A couple months later, I went to HP to get a driver for the media part of the comp. When I tried to install it, it said that I had to free up memory on my C: Drive.

When we put the drive back into my comp and reinstalled everything, my HD set up a H: not C:

I went looking on how to change my drive letter back to C: and followed these instructions:

I followed them exactly. When I rebooted, it came up to a screen that looks like the user choice screen, with no users. I can not click anything, and my keyboard only beeps at me.

I cannot boot into safe mode, and I tried clearing the boot proticals by moving the jumper.

Any ideas on how to correct with out reformatting again?

Thank you
You can also reach me on IM. MSN:<Email removed>

A:Changed Boot Drive Letter, Now will not boot past MS Windows XP screen

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Ok, so last night I stupidly changed the drive letter on my Windows XP partition from F:\ to C:\ with Partition Magic 8.0 in attempt to get a program to install needed for my music class(the program automatically installs to C:\ w/o prompting for a install location). I didn't realize my Window's install referenced the the drive name, not just the partition itself.

So now when windows try to boot, it gets the point where it logs into the administrator account, but it will not log in fully, then it will log out, then tries to log in, then logs out, logs in, logs out, etc and never breaks out of the loop. I tried to change the drive letter back but the boot disc of Partition Magic would not allow me to do so. I ended up having to reinstall a second instance of Windows temporarilly.

Does anyone know of a way to modify the registry on the previous install to boot under the drive letter C:\ while under this temporary install of windows? I really dont want to go thru the trouble of reinstalling all my apps/drivers/etc on this new install if I can get the original install of windows to boot.

A:Boot drive letter changed, windows won't boot. Need advice.

did you try safe mode or last known working settings? take it you did not create the undo floppy disks to use with partition magic/
If your able to get into safe mode you might can restore the pc to an earlier date.

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i have only 1 disk drive where i put my cd in and thats drive D:. for some reason drive d: turned into a storage drive like my c: drive where i store things and when i double click on my d: drive it says corrupted. now my disk drive is drive E: and i've never had a drive E: before. how do i fix this drive d: corruption and change it back to my normal cd drive? and also get rid of E: drive?

i never tried to change my drives or anything. this just happened automatically and i dont know whats wrong. im a newb with computers.

A:disk drive changed?

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I have attempted to install the Win 10 upgrade, only to find that it has crashed my PC and will not now respond to any commands. Only advise from MS was to create a Bootable USB with relevant ISO files to address this. Unfortunately in the Boot section, option for Boot command from USB is not one of the choices. Any suggestions or will I simply need to find a way to burn a DVD with the files and try to boot from this? Thanks John

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Hey everyone,
Well I just finished building a new PC today, the specs are as follows.

Gigabyte P-35 DS3R motherboard
Intel Q6600
8800gts 320mb
WD 320gb internal hdd sata 3gb/s
2gb ram

my problem is when I attempt to start the computer and install Windows XP, I insert the disk, change the boot order to boot from the cd/dvd, and when it attempts to boot, I receive the message "Disk boot failure, insert system disk and press enter". I'm baffled on what to do, no matter which disk drive I put it in, what order the bios boot menu is, I get the same error. I would greatly appreciate any help anyone can give me! Thank you!

A:New System Build, Xp Won't Boot From Disk, "boot Disk Failure"

If you are using an IDE optical drive be sure that the cable is not reversed. Do you have the two drives set as master and slave? Is the BIOS set to auto detect for the hdd?

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A friend of mine has brought his PC (XP Pro) to me to sort out the mess that it has become over the years and well I have most of it sorted but am stuck on the one issue. Can someone help please?

Basically when you open up My Computer you see a set of icons and one of these is the C: disk icon. However in this PC the C: disk icon has been changed to something that looks like a box with a CD in front of it.

When you double click this icon (to open the C: disk) a programme is launched that tries to install some software. This programme runs for a while then pops up a box with a number GO and NO GO installed criteria icons displayed and well basically the install fails because of the OS version (XP).

When this install programme is running I started Task Manager and see that this install programme is HPZCHK01.EXE which I think is part of some HP software for scanner/printer package.

Or may it be related to some thing called All-In-One.

Can any one help please as I would like to uninstall this C: icon trap but try as I may I have had no luck.

Many thanks in advance IMK

A:C: Disk Icon Has Been Changed (HPZCHK01.EXE)

Hello IMK

Look for AUTORUN.INF in C:\
If you find one, delete it.

Is there an HP scanner installed?


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My removable disk icon has change it now has a Cassette on top of the icons. I install Alienwares Theme Manager and soon after uninstalling that the removable disks all now have this cassette thing on top of them. I have included a image below, could some please tell me what this is and how can i get rid of it.

Alienware Theme Manager:

Windows Vista

A:Removable Disk Icon has changed?

try this

right click on removable disc (G) choose properties.>. customize tab.>. restore default.

good luck

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HI guys...
I'm a new one on this forum ...
I got a problem with my local disk icon. Previously, I installed AllienGUI Theme to my windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit after i installed it some of my programs can not run (can't open my computer icon, ect) then i decided to uninstall this theme. after uninstall already finished i reboot my laptop and then i check my local disk,so weird , i then got my local disk icon already changed and also there is a red cross on it but i can still open my local disk like previously.
I want my local disk icon back to the original. Any idea to solve this....!!!
I really appreciate you guys want to solve this...

A:My Local Disk Icon Already Changed

Did you tried right click it, go to properties, customize, restore default?

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I have an old computer with a Gigabyte GA7ZX motherboard W/Duron 800 processor, 256 mgs of ram. I have two 20g hard drives with one as the master containing the OS and some programs and data. The other was partitioned into three drives and had data, a few programs and backups. I had some corrupted files so I reinstalled XP. Everything went well but when I had occasion to check the drives, I found that the reinstall had put the operating system on one of the partitions in the second drive and changed that partition to C and changed the former master disk to D. I would like to get the reinstalled operating system back on the master drive and its name changed back to C. What I want to do is have 2 primary partitions and one extended partition on the C drive with a different operating system in each primary partition. The second hard drive would be made an image of the first drive so that if one of the drives should go to pot (they are both two or three years old) I will be able to survive with no problems.

I bought PartitionMagic to help with the changeover but I am confused about what I should do first and how to proceed from there. Can someone help on old codger out?

A:XP Reinstall changed disk names

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my dell has win XP, when i connected pen drive to it, i think some virus changed the pic of local disk E, it is functioning normally but instead of hard disk image there is pen drive or USB internet pic. i wanted to know how to change it back to what it was. i am attaching a screen, shot please check.
thank you

A:picture of local disk changed in win XP

Hi first have your system checked for a virus or malware NEW INSTRUCTIONS - Read This Before Posting For Malware Removal Help - Tech Support Forum

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I reinstalled windows 7, 64 bit recently but post intallation, the secondary hard drive didn't show up out of my two hard disks. In disk management it showed DYNAMIC HARD DISK with an arrow sign.
I then followed a few forums and used hexeditor and changed the 0C1 sector from 42 to 07. On rebooting the drive showed up but only one partition (I had 2 partitions on that HD), on double clicking it showed an error "DISK STRUCTURE IS CURROPTED AND UNREADABLE". In disk management the partition is now "RAW, HEALTY PRIMARY PARTITION"
Data in the HD is very important, how can i recover it.
Any help would be really great.

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I've changed the system disk (from the original hard disk to a nex SSD by disk-cloning)
The windows update doesn't work. Do I have to re-activate windows ? If so how ?

Thanks a lot

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Hi There,

Well here is my situation.

I bought a computer for my wife and kids. Well months go by and my wife tries to install something and notices that the MAIN drive is H: not C:

I figured that it was weird but no big deal. Well I purchased a printer for her and while trying to install the software it was giving me a "Windows - No Disk in Drive" error.

I did some research and spoke to HP tech support and they suggested that I search the web for a way to change the drive letters from H: (current hard drive) to C: (supposed to be default drive)

Well I found these instructions:

So I followed them with no problems at all. Until I rebooted.

Now the system just hangs at the blue screen right before it lets me login.

I tried safe mode, with and without command prompt, networking etc..... Same screen.

My son has homework to do, my daughter needs her Disney website (she says) and my wife is just giving me the "Why the heck did you have to touch the computer" look.

Any help would be great!!!

A:Changed Boot Drive no boot at all...anyone?

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Last night my computer died. Bought it a few months ago and now it's not working.

The problem I got was Exiting PXE Boot ROM. I found these suggestions and followed these instructions: Message during startup: Exiting PXE Boot ROM. However, after changing from ACHI to IDE, my computer now won't start at all.

It doesn't even boot up to the boot screen. And I was wondering if there's anyway that I can still fix it.

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks all!

A:Exiting PXE Boot - changed ACHI to IDE and now won't boot

1) Set HDD to back to ACHI.

2) Set first boot device to Windows Boot Manager.

3) Set PXE to last boot device.

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Ok. I will list every detail of the problem and of my trials to solve it so that you could have as clear an idea as possible. Thanks in advance. I HAVE BEEN WORKING ON THIS PROBLEM FOR HOURS SO IT WOULD BE GREAAAAAAATLY APPRECIATED if anybody could help me out!

I was trying to install Ubuntu, so need to boot from CD ( i know i can do that directly in windows using wubi, but that's not what I want to do. I am just trying to boot from CD and install Ubuntu on an allocation of memory i had set free for it.). I set the boot sequence to be 1.CD-ROM 2.Hard-disk 3.Removable. However, even under this settings my computer still directly goes to Windows. *:I do notice the CD-drive working at the beginning of the start-up, but then Windows comes out eventually *
So I figured the problem might be the system did try to boot from CD but failed, so it then boots from harddisk and found Windows. Therefore I went into BIOS and set all 3 booting devices to be CD-ROM, then restarted. Now I have this error message : disk boot failure, insert system disk and press enter.

The CD is good, because i tried to boot my laptop from it and it works well.

I tried to upgrade my BIOS but couldn't because the system showed the same message when i tried to boot from the BIOS flash disk.

5. I built this desktop from scratch up, and when I first tried to install an OS to it, I used a CD and it booted well.. which is about 6 months ago. I never tried to boot it from CD since then. I ... Read more

A:cant boot from CD "disk boot failure insert system disk and press enter"

After reading through step 4 above, I don't need to go further.

Some optical drives fail in such a way as to work fine reading a disk in Windows but will not boot from a bootable disk. Replace the optical drive with a known-good one you may have access to and see what happens.

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The internal hard drive in my 4 year old Aspire Z5610 cooked itself this weekend. I could not match the drive exactly so I put in a new 1TB hard drive. Of course, the old recovery partition was cooked along with the user partition and this drive does not have the Acer recovery partition. I used the 3 recovery disks and these seemed to work to a point. But when the system configures the services for the first time, an error pops up saying the installation cannot be completed on this machine and to start again. Well, I started again and again and again. Same error. I found a hack to get me past that and although it leaves me with a Windows 7 I can log into, lots of things don't work. In particular, the Windows update service will not turn on; this is a major problem. I cannot turn on indexing. Also eRecovery doesn't recognise the DVD drive (the internal one stoped working a while ago so I use an external USB drive that in all other respect works perfectly). The Acer system information detects the machine perfectly with the serial number and SNID. I would be astonished if the Windows 7 OEM build has been designed to only work with one type of harddrive - which is the same manufacturer just a slightly larger capacity. So I can only think there is something else not quite right but I haven't spotted it yet. Any ideas?

A:Aspire z5610 disk changed and recovery disks do no...

Hello, For information, some Aspire Z5610 models are equipped with HDD 1Tb: KH.01K07.002HDD.25mm.1TB.7K2.SATA2.16MB (HLDS)KH.01K08.005HDD.25mm.1TB.5K4.SATA2.32MB (WD)

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Hi! My sister's PC went dead and technician said the motherboard had to be replaced. When she got back the PC, the hard disk had been modified -- she didnt have all of her applications and her documents and personal stuff were in a new folder with her name. I wonder if if is necessary to install a new HD when the MB is replaced. Wouldn't the previous hard drive work with a new board? Thank you for your help.

A:Solved: Replaced motherboard -- hard disk changed

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I have found the solution, it is standardly unmounted (but i made it mount with ''partition found and mount, but now im dependable on that program for the hard drive to be mounted, so how do i make it like a normal hard drive?? and how do i format it so that its like a normal hard drive)now so the pc sees only that black space, but how do i make it so that its standardly mounted again?

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The internal hard drive in my 4 year old Aspire Z5610 cooked itself this weekend. I could not match the drive exactly so I put in a new 1TB hard drive. Of course, the old recovery partition was cooked along with the user partition and this drive does not have the Acer recovery partition. I used the 3 recovery disks and these seemed to work to a point. But when the system configures the services for the first time, an error pops up saying the installation cannot be completed on this machine and to start again. Well, I started again and again and again. Same error. I found a hack to get me past that and although it leaves me with a Windows 7 I can log into, lots of things don't work. In particular, the Windows update service will not turn on; this is a major problem. I cannot turn on indexing. Also eRecovery doesn't recognise the DVD drive (the internal one stoped working a while ago so I use an external USB drive that in all other respect works perfectly). The Acer system information detects the machine perfectly with the serial number and SNID. I would be astonished if the Windows 7 OEM build has been designed to only work with one type of harddrive - which is the same manufacturer just a slightly larger capacity. So I can only think there is something else not quite right but I haven't spotted it yet. Any ideas?

A:Aspire z5610 disk changed and recovery disks do no...

Hello, For information, some Aspire Z5610 models are equipped with HDD 1Tb: KH.01K07.002HDD.25mm.1TB.7K2.SATA2.16MB (HLDS)KH.01K08.005HDD.25mm.1TB.5K4.SATA2.32MB (WD)

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My laptop wasn't running games as it should so instead of troubleshooting the problems we decided to do a clean install of windows 7. None of the drives would show up so we looked it up and used the driver cd that came with the laptop and they weren't on the disk. then we tried to boot from the OS to find the drives. We were able to find the drives but couldn't format them or delete any. We read through the options and it said files would be moved to windows old and we wouldnt be able to boot from it and we would be able to delete the partitions later. Windows wouldn't reboot after the installation and i had to choose which windows 7 to boot from so i restored the original to factory and tried again and it still didn't work. now there's a windows setup option and two windows 7 options during the boot screen. We did more research and we found out we had to change the sata settings in the bios to find the drives. I changed from the default intel settings to AHCI and booted from the cd. We were able to find the drives but couldnt delete any of the partitions. instead of formatting the disk and reinstalling they reinstalled again on the current copy of windows now theres three windows 7 options and one windows setup option and all of them go to blue screen. i tried to do it again but theres just an unallocated space disk that's about 100 gb. the 500 gb disk drive can't be found. while booting from the cd i ran diskpart and it says disk 0 is invalid. the computer had a RAID setup... Read more

A:Changed Sata settings in BIOS now disk is invalid

Unplug all other HD's and peripherals,

Boot into BIOS setup, reset to defaults, save changes. (If an EFI BIOS you'll need to decide if you want UEFI BIOS vs. Legacy BIOS. If UEFI follow these special steps for Install, otherwise enable Legacy BIOS or Compatibility Support Module to proceed with normal install.) Set DVD drive first to boot, HD second, set SATA controller to AHCI, Save changes and Exit.

Then boot into Windows 7 installer DVD or flash stick burned or written using tool and latest ISO for your licensed OS version here. The prompt for drivers normally means a bad installer, so try another if it repeats.

At first installer screen Press Shift + F10, or enter System Recovery Options to open a Command Box, type:

SELECT DISK 0 (after confirming Windows 7 target HD #)

Next click Install Now, then Custom install to Clean Install Windows 7 to the partition you created. If it fails then report back at which step and the verbatim error message.

In addition read over these steps to understand the tools and methods which work best to get and maintain a perfect Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7. The steps are the same for retail.

After install you can adjust partition size or Create new partitions for data, etc. in Disk Mgmt. You are creating the partition here for the purpose of wiping the HD and marking Active which overcomes certain install f... Read more

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My computer has been acting weirdly and I've noticed a software running on my system while checking the registry. I've found the subkey:

drive = ""

which is attributed to worm.knight. But , could not discover any other keys that may be caused by the worm. After some research, I've tried to find autorun.inf, knight.exe files both in my c drive (the only partition)and usb memory stick. The only suspicious file that I could identify was

autorun.inf in C:\Program Files\Nero\Nero 7\Core\SecurDisc. I don't know if this is malware or a legitimate file.

I've run flash disinfector and panda active scan. I've also done several other scans (kaspersky, ad-aware, spybot s&d) running in safe mode. They have not detected any threat either.I've then removed the offending key in the registry but it reappeared with the next boot.

My computer's general condition is that I constantly keep losing internet connection, it runs too slowly, the screen is frequently stalling. Some regular programs fail to launch at start-up and it takes quite a long time for my system to load. Altough no update is being performed, Kaspersky's proactive defense gives alerts about my system files (like svchost.exe, iexplore.exe, keyboardmanager.exe etc) being changed. The firewall also gives alerts about outbound udp connections attempted by svchost.exe or explorer.exe on different ports that they did not use to.

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A:[SOLVED] autorun.inf, disk knight, my .exe files being changed

I've found another virus signal:


mynetwatchman log:

IP flows: Type Service State Local IP Remote IP Remote IP Count
Listener TCP/139 LISTENING 0
Listener TCP/445 LISTENING 0

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Hi there, please can you help ???

Last night i (rather stupidly) downloaded and installed a facebook application which would notify me of facebook updates. It looked genuine, and i'm always the cautious type, but i believe this was the root cause to my problems, with hindsight.

Shortly after i ran this program i started getting pop-ups trying to tell me that i had windows viruses etc and to buy their software. Obviously i realised what was happening and uninstalled the facebook software and said no to all the prompts. Explorer would only open up to the site for buying their software.

ZoneAlarm kept popping up asking me if i wanted to run lots of random programs, which of course i said "no" to.

But i believed my PC was still under some kind of virus/malware threat.

I downloaded and ran Malware program "MalwareBytes Anit-Malware", as advised, and it found quite a number of suspicious files. I removed them all, then did a full tracks eraser (cleaning internet history, temp files etc)

The PC seemed to work okay after this, for a few hours anyway !.

I woke up this morning and had a message on the screen to the effect of "Windows files have been replaced by unknown versions, please insert Windows XP disc". But i only have an Advent recovery disk (i didn't get an original xp disc with the PC!!!). So i clicked the message off.

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A:Malware ?? - Windows files have changed, insert Win XP Disk

Well just got in and started the PC up. Apart from the "mouse properties" box opening up 5 times after i closed it, everything seemed okay.

Then after about half an hour most links i clicked on in google (using Explorer 7) seemed to take me to weird links !!!!. So i started using Mozilla Firefox, and clicking on those very same links worked fine in Firefox !.

Then after a few minutes Firefox started bringing up strange links, so i used Opera and it worked fine. Then Opera started bringing up strange links when clicked on in google search results !!!!!!

So now when i do a search in google (in any browser) most of the links it takes me to are strange unexpected links, as if all browsers have been hijacked.

HOWEVER !! - if i copy the link from google and paste it into any of the address bars in any browser it then works fine !!. It seems as if only the links in a search page are taking me to unexpected websites, it doesn't do this if i copy (or type) in the shortcut to the website i want to be at !

I've done a malware and windows defender test, no problems found !

I think something is stopping (or rerouting) my pages when i click on links in search pages.

What can i do now ?

Best Regards,

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My computer is a HP SFF 8300, running Windows 10 Pro upgraded from Windows 7 Pro with a 500GB boot disk and a second 2.5" 500GB disk recovered from my failed laptop, strictly to easily pull files when needed.
I have been bringing a SuperMicro SuperServer to life in the back room of the house.
I installed Windows Refurbished 7/SP1 from a Microsoft DVD and used the Windows 7 Pro license from the side of the HP SFF 8300 to install Windows 7 Pro. I used WSUS Offline to get all the updates into the SuperServer to get Microsoft Windows Update working, and yes, finally success. My intent was to get the SuperServer to a point where I could run the Microsoft Windows 10 compatibility tool on it as I would prefer to be running Windows 10 Pro to use the system as a workstation. Unfortunately, tere is no such thing so I used the Media Creation tool to download an ISO image and RUFUS to burn that to a 4GB flash Drive.
I went to the front of the house, and sent my youngster an email from Thunderbird email client on my HP SFF 8300, and I left Thunderbird running and probably Microsoft Edge and Firefox as well.
I went back the SuperServer and whiel waiting for RUFUS to finish was looking at the commands available with SLMGR.exe.
The Computer properties changed from stating 3 days until automatic activation of Windows to 2 days until automatic activation of Windows and I wanted to stop that from happening so I could finish working on the Windows 10 installation. I ran a co... Read more

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Hi all. So, I accidentally made C:/ the active partition and my computer wasn't able to boot. I used a Windows 7 disk to access the "repair my computer" option, which made it possible for my computer to boot again. When I went back to disk management after my computer booting successfully, I noticed that C:/ is now the active partition. Do I need to change this back again before restarting my computer or has Windows somehow made it so my computer boots from C:/ and not the System Reserved partition?


A:Accidently changed active partition in Disk Management

You should be fine with [C] as the active system partition.
The repair "built the boot code" on the [C] drive to fix the boot problem.

I don't use a System Reserved partition, so my boot code has always been on a "OS" partition.

I don't know what use your System Reserved partition is now, and maybe it could be deleted ?

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My neighbor changed icon in built in disk defragmenter and now it won't work. Could someone with XP please click on built in disk defragmenter icon, then on properties and tell me what it says "Target" is and what is says "Start in" is.

A:Solved: Changed iron now Disk Defragmenter won't work.


Try this link

There is a free better defragger called Auslogics Disk Defrag

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hello, im encountering a lot of problems with my pc since last month. my pc was always slow and hanging, i guess it was because of a virus that it also affected the system folder. and so i decided to format my hard disk and install new OS, but while installing i encountered lots of errors and so i always try to install it again, but still it cant finish the installation, i check my hard disk but it seems ok, i try to remove the memory, drives etc. and then put it back, when i opened my pc this "floppy disk error(40)" came out on the screen just as before it boot from else where. i tried to remove the floppy itself and the IDE cables thats connected to the floppy, but it still there. i removed the cmos battery and bring it back, but the problem is still the same. and now, its not only the floppy disk error but also this, "theres a change in CMOS.. blah blah blah! " i cant boot from anywhere since then even if its from CD, HARDDISK, i cant even go to the BIOS and anywhere else. its all stuck up there. i cant control anything, even if i press F8, F9, F10, DEL or even ESC.
i also tried to reset the BIOS and another problem just occured. now there are three problems that being showed when i open my pc. and nothing else. what will i do? i cant even fix my OS. i dont know where is really the problem. is it in the mother board already? power supply? please help me, this is the first time i encountered this kind of problems.
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A:Floppy disk error (40), CMOS has changed and there's a change in time, etc

Are you certain it is not just a failure of the floppy drive media... that stuff goes old and brittle, and will not hold data, or read right.
But you likely have a hard drive failing... five years on one drive is a very long time. The symptoms you describe could be exactly that.

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I periodically get notices from Win7 that I need to run the disk check utility. This is usually after a BSOD. These events have been occurring from the day I bought this laptop and I have posted them here in the past.

This time, the disk check utility changed names on at least 12 files. I don't know WHAT files, because the utility said the file names were corrupted.

After the reboot, I found that my Libraries were missing from the file manager. My Documents, Pictures, Videos and Music were gone. If I looked by clicking on C: and then navigating to them, I could find them, but the file manager could not.

Also, clicking on the Start button, then All Programs, gave me an empty screen. All the shortcuts were gone. Many of the shortcuts on my Task Bar are missing their Icons, but they work.

Many of my music files will not play because the file extension is now m4p. Changing the file extension to mp3 or mp4 does not work, the system sees them as an unknown file type.

I ran Microsoft Security Essentials, a FULL SCAN, and it scanned about 86,000 files. That was all it could find.

I have attached images that show the start menu and virus scan results as well as the usual dump files. The images show a black desktop, but I corrected that by re-choosing the custom theme I had made.

I tried to use Restore, but the restore points have dissapeared, and I cannot restore to before this event.


A:Disk check utility changed file names, now I got problems.

Try this first:
SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker

Then try this:
Icon Cache - Rebuild

Then try running Malwarebytes:
Malwarebytes : Free anti-malware, anti-virus and spyware removal download

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I have a lian li external storage with 3 sata disks. For some reason the drive letter and name changed on a reboot.

Two disks had the same name, and on one of them almost all data was lost. Running a recovery program now, but any idea what coulp have caused this?

A:disk letter\labels changed and lost data problem

The removable disks will always find the most convinient drive letter available. As for the lost data it could be either accidental deletion or formating...

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hi guys!

when i update my catalyst 15.7 to any new version of amd radeon i got this erorr after a while:

what's wrong . . and what do i have to fix this problem!

i can't tell you guys how much i've tried to fix it and i falled . . so please help me

this why i call it the hardest problem

g510 lenovo notebook
windows 10 64 bit
amd radeon r7 265 series
procsser: intel i7
intel hd 4600 graphics card

*my bois is uefi and it's updated".

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I've just finished an in-place upgrade of Windows 7 to 8.1u1 (with a intermediate step of upgrading W7 to W8).

The system was installed was on a SSD with MBR partitions and I wanted to convert to GPT disk and initialize secure EFI boot, but Windows setup and DiskPart only allow this operation on a clean unformatted disk, and a few threads in the forum advise that this is the only option:

Cannot boot UEFI install
EFI / UEFI partition Deleted
Anybody have luck imaging 8 with UEFI, GPT, Secure Boot?

Fortunately I have found Microsoft KB articles that detail the process of manually making/restoring an EFI boot partition.

There is a 3rd party disk partitioning utility that allows you to convert MBR disks to GPT disk and resize partitions to make room for EFI boot, WinRE and MSR partitions.
So I thought this would be useful if someone would review the process and maybe the admin will eventually make a full step-by-step tutorial out of this thread.

This guide can also be used to manually restore EFI system boot partition in case of failure.

A:Tutorial: Upgrade MBR boot disk to EFI boot disk

How to convert bootable MBR system disk to a UEFI bootable disk without losing your data in Windows 8/8.1
Repair UEFI system boot partition (only perform steps 1, 5.ii, 6-7).

You need to have a working Windows installation on a bootable MBR disk which has two partitions - a 100 MB system MBR partition (id=27) and a primary Windows partition with intact C:\Windows.
In order to boot Windows in UEFI mode, you will have to convert your disk to GUID Partition Table (GPT) format, create (or re-create) the necessary system partitions, copy EFI Windows Boot Manager code to the System partition and create BCD store. Your Windows partition will be left intact and all your programs, files and settings will remain.

0. Create a System Image Backup

Control Panel, File History, System Image Backup

Select a hard disk to store the backup. It should be a basic disk (NOT a dynamic disk) and should have enough free space to hold your entire C: partition.
The backup should only be required if something goes very wrong with partition resize in step 3 - for example, if you accidentally wipe your main partition, or if a power surge interferes with non-destructive resize operation, in which case you should boot Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE) and restore your partitions.
Note that if you decide to wipe the disk and run a clean install using Windows Setup media, this backup will NOT allow you to restore your files afterwards, since the size of the new partition will not match... Read more

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I am trying to wipe out a computer and install a new OS but I have no boot disk that will work right. Using windows 98SE because it will boot it from the CD but it will not let me format the hard drive in DOS mode. Can't use a floppy because my computers will not format them for some reason. How do I make a DOS boot disk on a CD? I want to be able to run Fdisk, format, scandisk, etc. so I have a clean hard drive to use.

A:Solved: Needing a boot disk/boot disk help

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Ok.. So my Girlfriend and I broke up. Before she left she changed the windows 7 password.. Well after many attempts, I installed the windows 7 disk that came with the laptop..At first i thought i had it...As i looked through my comp. now my drives are switched. C: drive is now labeled recovery which is now full and my D: drive is os..So I think my best move would be to uninstall everything and start over...My laptop is new only 3 wks old out of the box.... Any help I would love..

A:my x-girl changed password so i installed win disk..prob withj drives now

At this rate I would say the best way to get your file system back in order is to backup your files if you don't have them backed up already and do a complete wipe and reload.

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We are getting the above error randomly on some of the laptops we have deployed. The error comes right after you boot or when the windows 7 is left running. There are no special software running. The error in details is below.
"The boot configuration Data (BCD) settings for the following boot application have changed since Bitlocker was enabled
boot appplication: \windows\system32\winload.exe
change settings: 0x26000090
You must supply a bitlocker recovery key to start this system.
Confirm that the changes to the BCD settings are trusted.

If the changes are trusted then suspend and resume bitlocker. This will reset bitlocker to use the new BCD settings.
Otherwise restore the original BCD settings"
Can anyone please explain on how to correct this error. As before this is happening on few of the machines and we are seeing more as we go. Any tips would be nice...Thanks

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When i try to boot into windows this is the message i get.

Windows could not start because of a disk hardware configuration problem. could not read from selected boot disk check path and disk hardware. Check windows documentation about hardware disk conf. in hardware reference manuals. Which i have no idea what any of that means. thanks for any help

A:Disk hardware

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I changed the CD Rom for a friend. Everything booted except for a floppy error. power supply had come off. Replaced it and re-booted into Win 98. Now I got an error message that the Realtek NIC was not working properly. It appeared that I had not connected some cables correctly - this is outside the box - cables to the Video & sound boards to run some kind of TV program from a cable connection. I fixed that, and at that point the machine failed to boot. LED's on front panel light, and fans are running, but no boot. NO beep.

I checked power supply connections to MB & HD. The power button will no longer shut off the machine. The only way to turn it off is to pull the plug out of the wall!

I disconnected the new CD-Rom drive and it still will not boot. With the CD Rom drive connnected, I can get the LED on the front of the CD Rom to light and I can open/close the drawer.

I did go into the setup to see what the current settings are - but now I can't even get that far. I closed without saving changes - so I'm pretty sure I didn't change any of the settings.

Any thoughts would be most appreciated!

A:[SOLVED] Changed CD Rom, 1st boot, no boot

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hey guys,

i m having a hardware error,on my windows vista...recently due to battery problem.. i had to do alot of restarts during the windows was being loaded.... and after one point it stopped ... so what happens is the bar keeps on comming and .... after one point is kinda freezes.. and if i try to go via safe mode... it stops after one particular file...hangs
on trying to reinstall... it hangs ..when it says press any key to install from this disk"...

so i believe my hardisk might have been corupted..and also.. ido hear strange noises from hardisk at startup....(screeching noise.. 3 to 4 times )... otherwise... when i put the other computer is fine

for information: it is vista genuine. with 4 gb ram and 100gb hardisk.... intel centrino.

also i dont get any kind of error.that i can tell you about!!

A:hardware error!unable to start,boot, or do anything on boot up

Sounds like the Hard drive is having should not hear that type of noise from the Hard drive.

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Whe i try to start into windows i get this error message.

Windows could not start because of a disk hardware configuration problem. could not read from selected boot disk check path and disk hardware. Check windows documentation about hardware disk conf. in hardware refrence mauals. Which i have no idea what any of that means. thanks for any help

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I went to boot up my dell laptop and received this message:

Primary hard disk drive 0 not found.

No bootable devices-strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for setup utilities.

I hit F1 but nothing happens. I get the message over and over again.

I hit F2 and I am lost .

Is my laptop dead?

A:Primary Hardware disk 0

No not dead, but its not detecting the hard drive.

Occasionally the drive may come loose. You could try removing and re-seat the hard drive. It should be on a panel on the bottom of the laptop, if unsure go to the Dell website and take a look at the manuals specific to your laptop model.

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boot.ini changed but I did not do it
Boot.ini should be like the following to work right.
[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect /noguiboot
C:\CMDCONS\BOOTSECT.DAT="Microsoft Windows Recovery Console" /cmdcons
Some way it was changed today.
[boot loader]
[operating systems]
C:\CMDCONS\BOOTSECT.DAT="Microsoft Windows Recovery Console" /cmdcons
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect /noguiboot
Today I could only boot into "Microsoft Windows Recovery Console". It would only boot to the Recovery Console and not let me go anywhere else. It took me quite awhile to find what was wrong. I changed it back and now it boots as I want it. I ran Virus scan and Malware scan and found nothing. Later in the day I was able to start in Safe Mode. I then chose "Start Windows Normally". On the next screen I saw that "Microsoft Windows Recovery Console" was on top of the "Select Operating System". That was when I decided to look at the Boot.ini. There was the problem. I changed the Boot.ini and can boot to Windows XP home. I would like to know why it had changed and how it had changed. I did not do it.

A:Boot.ini changed but I did not do it

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boot.ini changed but I did not do it
Boot.ini should be like the following to work right.
[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect /noguiboot
C:\CMDCONS\BOOTSECT.DAT="Microsoft Windows Recovery Console" /cmdcons
Some way it was changed today.
[boot loader]
[operating systems]
C:\CMDCONS\BOOTSECT.DAT="Microsoft Windows Recovery Console" /cmdcons
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect /noguiboot
Today I could only boot into "Microsoft Windows Recovery Console". It would only boot to the Recovery Console and not let me go anywhere else. It took me quite awhile to find what was wrong. I changed it back and now it boots as I want it. I ran Virus scan and Malware scan and found nothing. Maybe someone has had this problem.

A:Boot.ini Changed But I Did Not Do It

From the /noguiboot option it appears that you are playing around with MSConfig. MSConfig is only for trapping system errors not for regular use. The way you appear to use it may very well alter boot.ini by itself. If your system is running fine, you should set Normal startup in MSConfig and remove all the extra boot options from boot.ini.

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I'm having a problem.
It started when I downloaded Windows xp(Home) onto a laptop (IBM ThinkPad) Well, I didnt realize at the time that I misplaced the product key, and when I got to that point in the downlkoad I could go no further. I found another windows xp version(Student and Teacher) that I did have a key for, but I couldnt stop the previous windows installation from restarting EVERY time it rebooted. It had windows xp (professional) on it when I began , but it was not working properly, hence the download. It is a used laptop and I dont have access to that original disk.
So I went searching on the web to find out how to stop it. Well, I am not too savy with the inner workings of a computer and took to trying anything to stop it, since nothing I was trying was working.
The last thing I tried was changing the boot.ini file and that has only made things worse!
Now, I am only getting the error message: "Windows could not start because of a computer disk hardware configuration problem..." I'm sure you know the rest. So it will reboot whenever I hit any button. I get the IBM screen with the F1 & F12 options then back to the error screen. NOTHING ELSE!
I've gone into BIOS and and tried every boot option, and none have worked. I'm completly lost at this point.
I cant get a command prompt, or any kind of access to the boot.ini file to change it back.
Any help would be greatly appreciated!


A:Disk hardware configuration problem

It is a used laptop and I dont have access to that original disk.Click to expand...

I found another windows xp version(Student and Teacher) that I did have a key for,Click to expand...

You'll have to get into the BIOS, change the startup drive to CD/DVD, and boot from your Student/Teacher CD. Once you boot from the CD, you may (slight chance) be able to use the recovery console, but you're better off at this point to do a fresh install. You'll jusst have to go through the hassle of knowing which drivers you need (unless you know all the computer specs):slurp:

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i'm really disappointed!!! i got blue screen & blue screen error!!! several time a day!! since 2 MONTHS!!!

I loaded WINDBG to read my 2 last BSOD!!! there were'nt same!!

i mean this is the 1:

* *
* Bugcheck Analysis *
* *

Use !analyze -v to get detailed debugging information.

BugCheck F4, {3, fffffa800984b060, fffffa800984b340, fffff80003dc52d0}

Probably caused by : hardware_disk

Followup: MachineOwner

0: kd> !analyze -v
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A:BSOD WITH SRV.SYS & hardware disk IN FAULT

Oh, you're not dead yet

Hello and welcome to TSF.

At a glance, it looks like you're having some problems with memory management. Please follow the instructions here:

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I have an IBM Thinkpad 770X running Windows 98 with all critical updates and with a single unpartitioned hard disk. On the system device list, I've got a resource conflict message against the PCI Bus Master IDE Controller (code 15).

On the Resources tab, it shows a series of conflicting device list entries for input/output ranges used by the Standard Bus Mastering IDE Hard Disk Controller as well as Interrupt Requests 14 and 15 used by the same device.

This latter device is shown twice in the device list, once with Interrupt 14 and once with 15 on the Resource List and with different input/output ranges.

Is this duplication my problem? If so, how do I get rid of one device entry and which do I select? A web page elsewhere suggests you can delete both devices and Windows will rebuild what it needs but I'm loathe to do this on the start up drive without knowing what I'm doing.

Any help - much appreciated.

A:Hardware conflicts - disk controllers

IBM had some IDE controller issues in some of their older units. Go to the IBM website and download any IDE/Chipset drivers(probably Intel drivers). There should also be some APM/ACPI patches or registry files to download and install.

If you type the Model-Type number it will give you your system and the appropriate downloads.

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my brother's pc wont start up. after the windows screen it just goes black. i started it up and hit f3 or something and it said something like this; windows could not be started because of a computer disk hardware configuration problem. could not read from the selected boot disk. check boot path and disk hardware. blah blah blah

A:cpu disk hardware config problem???

System manufacturer and model?

Did you follow any of the suggestions in the "blah blah blah" section of the error message?

FWIW: The CPU is not the same as the hardware disk. A problem with one has no direct impact on the other. The disk is where all the files are, the CPU is the system engine.


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My sister has a notebook from Dell. She has been trying to reformat her drive, but it will not except taking her CD that came from Dell for reinstalling software.

She is running Windows XP, and she continues to get an error as follows:

"Windows cannot start because of a computer disk hardware configuration problem" also says "Could not read from the boot disk check boot path and disk hardware.

If there is anyone out there that has experienced this problem before, can you please write and let me know how to handle it for her? Would very much appreciate it. Thanks!

A:Disk Hardware Configuration Problem....

Is it set to boot from that device first ?

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I keep getting an error box showing up with a red circle and an x in the middle. It says "Windows has detected a hardisk problem"

I heard this could be a phony and a virus. How can I tell if it's a virus or the real thing? An easy way because I did a chkdsk when I boot the pc and it didnt tell me anything after it booted up about anything so that was no help. Also if it is a hard disk problem is there any way to fix it without replacing it??? thanks

A:Hardware disk Problem virus????

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This is no big deal, just a curiosity. For some strange reason on the boot-up screen, the Windows XP Professional has changed to just Windows XP!

What has made the Professional vanish

A:Boot Screen has Changed

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Disk 1 normally contains the System Reserve Partition and the C: drive containing the bootable WIN 7 Pro 32 Bit Operating System.

Disk 2 normally contains my D: drive only

Last night I ghosted the whole of C: to D: as a form of backup using NG.

Now on Disk 1 I still have the System Reserve Partition but now D: drive containg the bootable operating system.

Disk 2 is now assigned as C:

Basically C: and D: letter idents seemed to have got swapped over. Everything is working fine but I want my bootable operating system to be assigned C:

Help appreciated.

A:Boot Drive changed to D:

Hello AjayK47.

Will you please post a snip/screen-shot of the entire disk management drive map so we can see what you have going on.

In the Windows start menu right click computer and click manage, in the left pane of the "Computer Management" window that opens click disk management and post a snip of that, it should look similar to this.

How to Post a Screenshot in Seven Forums

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Long story short, I used Powerquest Partition Magic 8.0 to forcibly change my C: partition (which had Windows XP installed on it) on my IDE HDD to something else (like D: or something) and changed a different partition on my SATA HDD (with Windows 7 installed on it) to the C: drive. I did this so I could boot from the SATA HDD, but I still can't do this so the problem hasn't been solved. But to make matters worse, now I can't even boot the Windows XP because it isn't the C: anymore! I just get the Windows XP startup screen but not my username or password prompt.

Since this hasn't solved my initial problem, and I would still like to have XP working, what can I do to solve this?

I did not create a Partition Magic boot floppy or CD. :/

A:Changed C: lettering, now won't boot OS

Did you create Partition Magic boot floppy or CD? If you did, you can change the letters back to what they were there.

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I couldn't find a problem like mine on the forum, so thought I'd post this. I have computer#1 that kept rebooting itself, so I took the drive out & put it as a secondary drive in computer#2 & works fine. But when I change the jumpers & try to make it Primary (and the only drive), it won't boot into windows. I just get the option screen & no safe modes work. The jumpers are the same as when it worded in C#1 as primary. I changed the CMOS battery & reset. Unplugged everything except drive at end of primary ribbon. Drive search all AUTO. AMD K7S5A Athlon XP 1800+ & IBM Deskstar 41.4GB 7200RPM MOD IC35L040AVVA07-0.
What am I missing?

A:Changed drives & now won't boot

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I was working on setting up a PC for network usage with the understanding that it hadn't been used much previously. Unfortunately I found that it had a PC name already existing on the network and went to change the PC name and IP address as needed for a static IP environment

However, after selecting to "restart" the system never rebooted up and I cannot seem to access the CD drive to place a restore CD or basically do anything with the PC.

Any ideas on what happened?

I've unplugged the computer and waited a few seconds to plug it in. Once replugged it returns to having the basic lights on it blink about once every few second and appears to be otherwise disabled.

Is it possible that there was a HardDrive failure of some sort?

Just found out that the P6 and P4 connectors are inserted into a drive but P5 is not. I'm not sure if that is helpful but I figured it significant enough to update this question post

A:Changed Win 7 Computer Name; now won't boot at all

Is the HD detected in BIOS setup?

Work through these steps for Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Start

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Forgive my lack of terminology. During boot up I was getting a new "Windows 7" screen, one with 3 colored balls moving toward you and then exploding. I don't get that screen anymore. I'm getting the "old" Vista running lights screen. Am I imagining this or did they change this in RC1?

A:Boot Screen Changed?

Quote: Originally Posted by LenBum

Forgive my lack of terminology. During boot up I was getting a new "Windows 7" screen, one with 3 colored balls moving toward you and then exploding. I don't get that screen anymore. I'm getting the "old" Vista running lights screen. Am I imagining this or did they change this in RC1?

Where did you download it from, as the boot screen hasn't changed.?

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Ok, yesterday I found out that the drive letter of my HD was not C: and this caused an error in one of my programs. So, and since it is the boot drive, it doesn't allow you to change the drive letter easily. So I went about the more complicated way and used the Registry. Here is the guide I used: 1. Go to the following registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\MountedDevices 2. Find the drive letter you want to change to (new). Look for "\DosDevices\C:". 3. Rename it to an unused drive letter "\DosDevices\Z:". This frees up drive letter C. 4. Find the drive letter you want changed. Look for "\DosDevices\D:". 5. Rename it to the appropriate (new) drive letter "\DosDevices\C:". 6. Click the value for \DosDevices\Z:, click Rename, and then name it back to "\DosDevices\D:". I realize exactly what I did. When I changed my drive letter I wanted to Z, and changed the drive I wanted (H to be C:, to C:, I made the mistake of not changing the Z drive back to H: Now, whenever I boot, it exactly loads the OS, but when it gets to the Windows Logon screen it freezes. The data on the computer needs to be intact, what would be the best way to go fixing this? Best case scenario for me would be, being able to get back into the Registry and changing the keys back. Appreciate any help.

A:Registry key changed, can't boot.

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Installed SSD to SATA port 5 2 weeks ago. SSD was set as boot drive, via F12 selection, on first boot after install. Computer worked fine. Today, changed bios IDE selection to AHCI, looking for boot speed increase. Now won't boot, or do anything. Fans run, DVD drives open & close. Monitor screen is completely black.Nothing else happens. Rescue disk use won't work in optical drives as boot hasn't started, at all.

I connected SSD to each of 6 SATA ports with no success.

I wonder if the SSD was really booting the machine. All boot files, etc are still on original boot drive. Again, SSD was selected as boot drive.

How do I get this beast back to working order?

A:Changed IDE to AHCI, now won't boot at all.

Change back to IDE, do this registry tweak, THEN change to ACHI:
Improve SATA hard disk performance (Convert from IDE to AHCI)

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Good day!

The computer was recently cleaned from spyware. During boot, the computer hanged when it was booting Windows XP. It stopped at the black screen with the logo and progress bar. The bar kept animating, but nothing happened after that.

I ran a system restore, which made the computer boot properly again, but when I ran a scan of AVG, a message appeared saying that the Boot Sector of Drive C: was changed. I decided to post a HiJackThis log since I'm not sure what caused this.

A Screencap of the AVG result is attached.

Thanks for reading.

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 1:45:00 PM, on 6/9/2007
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVG Free\avgamsvr.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVG Free\avgupsvc.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVG Free\avgemc.exe
c:\program files\\agent\mcdetect.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_01\bin\jusched.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVG Free\avgcc.exe
D:\Security Files\Zamaan's Software\Browser Hijack Retaliator 3\BHR3.exe
D:\Utility Files\Raxco\PerfectDisk\PDAg... Read more

A:Boot sector changed

Bump pls.

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Hi, I've recently tried to install a new HDD (WD Black 1 TB) and a new vid card ATI Radeon HD 3850. When I try to boot and install XP I'm getting the msg Disk Boot Failure, insert system disk and press enter.

Before I was getting "PXE-E53: No Boot Filename Received." However I went into BIOS and disabled the OnChip LAN Controller and I'm now getting "Disk Boot failure, insert system disk and press enter."

When I check in BIOS it seems the HD and my CD Rom are both being detected (They both come up). My initial feeling is that my CDRom is failing, but could it also be that I've gotten a dead HD? If anyone can help me with the Disk Boot Failure problem I'd greatly appreciate it. Thanks.

A:Solved: Disk Boot Failure, Insert system disk and press enter

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I have just moved house and my computer has been in storage for 6 months. I've just set up the PC and when I've come to turn the computer on it says "Disk Boot Failure, Insert System Disk and Press Enter". I have a Packard Bell computer with Windows Vista Home Premium installed but wasn't given a System Disk as this was pre-installed onto the computer. I suppose if I could log into the computer I would be able to run some kind of system restore but I can't get past the "Disk Boot Failure" screen.

I've made a recovery CD from the internet but when I've put this in the CD drive and even selected the BIOS setup to go to the CD drive first it doesn't boot the recovery disk.

When I click on F8 when booting it doesn't give me the option of booting from Safe Mode it just shows a list of bootable drives.


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Help. I just built a new computer and I don't know what's going on. I keep getting the error: disk boot failure, insert system disk and press enter

Here's my scoop:
-All new parts: IBM 30GB 7200rpm, P3 800EB, Aopen AX3S pro,128mb ram, 52x standard cd, standard floppy.
-Boot sequence = a,c
-I am trying to use a win98 boot disk (tried 2)
-followed my motherboard's instructions exactly
-CMOS and POST detect everything successfully

Everything checks out. What else is there? Could it be that my hard disk is dead???? A brand new Disk????

Thank you,


[email protected]

A:{SOLVED}disk boot failure, insert system disk and press enter

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Recently, after unplugging my system from its power source (removing power cable from the power supply) and then later reconnecting the power source, the machine will not boot unless a Vista system disc is in the drive upon boot, mind you, not booting from the disc, just having it in the tray and booting to the OS harddrive. If the disc is not present at startup the machine displays the following error message:


If I insert the disc after this is displayed, the machine hangs and does nothing. If I restart my system after inserting the disc, the machine boots as normal.

Attempted fixes:

bootrec.exe /rebuildbcd, /fixboot

Operations complete successfully but they do not fix the problem. These actions were attempted primarily as a shot in the dark. Typically I have encountered this issue when the molex connector or other cabling is loose on the OS HDD, but that is obviously not the issue, since I am posting this from the machine.

OS is currently installed on an IDE drive, set as master on the primary IDE channel.

Any suggestions would be appreciated to save my the extra step in order to boot.

A:Disk Boot Failure Insert System Disk and Press Enter to Continue

bootrec /FixMbr

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Ok, I built a PC a month ago and everything seemed find no problems of any sort. The other night I defragmented my hard drive and shut it down and turned it on today to a memory test and the message "Disk Boot Failure, Insert system Disk and press enter"

The computer has access to the XP pro w/ sp2 disk only as a boot device but it will not recognize it now.

I have set Cd-rom as 1st for boot sequence then hard drive I have no floppy drive and the bios has been configured to know that.

I am not sure if this means anything but in the bios the IDE Channel 0 Master says none and when I try to turn on auto detection it wont detect a hard drive.

The HDD is fully connected and has not been touched since I installed it a month ago.

I have this awful feeling that I fried the HDD when I defragmented it last night.

Any help would be very much appreciated. But please be simple this is my first build and my knowledge at this sort of thing is very very sketchy at best.

I have installed a new hard drive and used three different sata cables none of that worked. I have even taken out the battery and that did not work. I am about to give up and scape the whole thing.

A:Disk Boot Failure, Insert system Disk and press enter nothing seems to work

It sounds like a motherboard failure to me.

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Hi, I left my Pc on standby last night, there were no signs that the computer was broken in any way. I started it up by hitting one of the keyboard keys and it came up with a blue screen of death which I didn't take note of. After I restarted my pc and now it looks like it can't find the OS. I have tried to system restore but it won't let me. And I have also tried choosing a system image backup but it still won't let me. Any help will be highly appreciated.



A:Disk boot failure on startup, insert system disk and press enter

Hello Kyle!

What kind of boot drive do you have? What model is it? Is there another storage device in your PC?

Start your PC up and check if you see the boot drive in BIOS. If not, power down the PC, open it up change the cables and port, start up again.

Good luck!


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when starting my computer, and no boot disk is inserted, i get the error message:"HARD DISK BOOT FAILURE INSERT SYSTEM DISK PRESS ENTER" when a boot disk is inserted, windows xp starts up if no button is pressed after a boot disk is inserted. I cant work out how to boot from hard disk immediately, and it is set as primary boot device. ANY help would be greatly appreciated!!!

A:Hard Disk Boot Failure Insert System Disk Press Enter

Just go into the Bios and (For my motherbaord) in Advanced BIOS Features, set primary, seconday etc boot devices as you like.

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my hp dv6443 laptop harddrive was erased by killdisk to get rid of scripts or whatever was causing the sluggish performance. The windows version was Vista home. When trying to reboot from the original disk recovery cd to get the maching working again, the err2err3 displayed at start up. I have read about creating a bootable cd with partition recovery, but have been unable to figure out how to create one. I can drop the free partition builder programs onto a cd, but I don't know how to make it "bootable". But I may be going down the wrong path. Any ideas? Is this problem fixable, or should I just throw the computer away. Thanks!

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I just downloaded Windows XP(Service pack 3) and mounted it to a USB disc.

Problem is, it doesnt work. On the boot screen it gives me the message invalid system disk. replace disk and press any key to continue and then when i press any key, it boots into my hard drive/Windows 8.

Originally i thought something was wrong with the boot but now i think it may or may not be. All help is highly appreciated.

A:Unable to boot, invalid system disk. replace disk and press any key to continue

Few, if any, downloadable copies of WinXP are legal. The 'Invalid System Disk' error message is the tip off.

You'll need to buy a copy from an authorized source. There is no way to trick the system into recognizing an illegal copy of Windows.

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Hi everyone,
This is my first post on this site, and i want to thank you for your responses in advance.

OK so here is my problem. I know that there have been posts on this topic becfore, however mine is different than the rest of the posts. In the other posts,this has occured on a modified computer, but when it happened to me, it was my unmodded computer. So heres what happened. I boot up, and after the HP screen, instead of going to the windows loading screen, I get a message with alot of text, but the main point was that "a failure was imenent", F1 to continue, F2 to enter setup. So i hit F1 to continue, and after a minute of a blank screen and the blinking text dash, the DISK BOOT FAIlURE, INSERT SYSTEM DISK message. But I have never modified my coputer, and never used a setup disk before on this machine. What do you advise I should do?
BTW:I tried resetting BIOS, but to no avail.

Older Hp-Pavilion 760n

A:UNIQUE Disk Boot Faliure, Insert System Disk and press Enter

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Well, as some of you may jnow, this pc has caused me a lot of trouble. So, now its installed witha brand new Motherboard, RAM, AGP card, and hardDrive.

Installed Windows 2000 using the upgrade disk, popping in Win98 to confirm I had it. It all worked okay, but on a restart the error comes up:

Boot from CD: Disk Boot Failure, Insert System Disk and Press Enter

Now, in the BIOS, I've had the boot sequence as all sorts. First, was

CDROM, HDD-0, Floppy

No joy, so went to

HDD-0, CDRom, floppy


Floppy, HDD-0, CDROM

Then, for the sheer heck of it

HDD-0, HDD-1, Floppy

Still nothing.

I tried it with Quick Boot disabled, nothing. Seek Floppy is Enabled, was disabled by defalut. HDD S.M.A.R.T is enabled, was disabled by default.

As the pc at home is the only one there, I can only answer via the work's pc during the day. I have my motherboard booklet, and the BIOS is Phoenix AwardBIOS

Any help would be great, so close to marking the threads that I've started on this problem Solved

Thanks in advance


A:Solved: Disk Boot Failure, Insert System Disk and Press Enter

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This is my first build and only problem im having right now is this disk boot failure error..I have a legal copy of vista and trying to install it on a SATA drive and using a DVD/RW to load the CD..I've checked all the connections and everything is seated correctly..went into the BIOS and set my DVD drive to primary and the SATA drive secondary and still no luck..Very frustrated and running out of ideas...Can someone help

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Hello everyone,

We have tried many things to get our computer running, and no luck. We have an older Pentium II 400 MHz computer, and we installed a brand new 500 GB IDE hard drive ( which is recognized at start-up ) and we have Windows XP to install. The computer will not install Windows, and the boot disk the hard drive manufacturer provided will not boot the computer.

We have been working on it for three nights and nothing!

We set the boot in BIOS to boot from CD, and it will not boot with Windows XP, or the hard drive CD that came from Western Digital. We even reset the bios, and took out the battery for over 5 minutes and no luck ( except that it helped the computer to finally recognize the new hard drive - we only have one which is set as the Primary Master. We checked all the cables, and disconected the main cables from behind the hard drive, and the two CD roms and nothing!

Can anyone please help us?

A:Disk Boot Failure, Insert System Disk and Press Enter - Tried many tips and nothing!

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Sometimes, when I am on my computer it restarts and I get this message


If I turn my pc off and boot it back up, it works fine. I think the problem may be a virus, but using AVG free 8.0. I have found nothing (2 adware) which I think could cause the problem.

Currently I am running a Kaspersky Online scan. But does anyone know what my problem could be?

A:[SOLVED] Disk Boot Failure, Insert System Disk And Press Enter


Originally Posted by Greerere

Sometimes, when I am on my computer it restarts and I get this message


If I turn my pc off and boot it back up, it works fine. I think the problem may be a virus, but using AVG free 8.0. I have found nothing (2 adware) which I think could cause the problem.

Currently I am running a Kaspersky Online scan. But does anyone know what my problem could be?

the big possiblity is ur hardisk is in trouble.
please use disk utility to check it like deleted reference to illegal software.

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hello everybody here at B.C

As this topic mentions this is supposed to be a BIOS guide, not exactly tho....
I will write about what i have encountered and worked with when it comes to this motherboard in hope to expand this knowledge and hopefully finding a solution with a broader network.

As mentioned this is the ABIT AN8 Fatal1ty S939 Motherboard without the SLI = double PCI EXPRESS installed
Basically my old motherboard stopped functioning so i had to replace it with the Abit Fatal1ty, at first i was very pleased becouse i read alot of positive stuff about it, altho i dont really like too much advertising this motherboard looked promising.
A part of the horror that struck me was that i needed to install WinXp from start, there were reports of users who could simply do a repair of winxp so they wont loose any valuable data, but in my case i didnt have that option, my windows could not be saved. Since i had 3 HDD's i plugged in another one after backing it up from another pc, becouse i simply mistook it for the hdd that had winxo on it, anyway i thought to myself i could backup my winxp containing drive at a later state when i get winxp installed on the drive i just cleaned. I then instaled all the hardware where it belongs and booted up and put in the WinXp SP2 cd and ran thru the first part of the setup ( where the files get copied over to your hdd before the restart )
All went well and the pc gave me as usual a 15 second timline to restart or it would do it by its... Read more

A:Bios's ( Disk Boot Error Please Insert System Disk And Press Enter )

Simply put, the disk that you think that you are booting from, and the disk that you are booting from, are not the same. I did the same thing myself not too long ago. Pull out the other disks and install XP. Once it is working, then install the other hard drives. If you are sure that you are booting from the same drive on which XP is installed, then the disk is thrashed.
You said you took out a disk from another system and it booted fine. How about trying this? Take the disk out of your system that you think is the one with XP on it, and see if if it will boot the other machine?
This is no huge mystery. It can only be one of very few things.

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hi sir,im vijay..
im usin 2tb segate new hard disk my system i cant able to boot my os and also my hard disk ...its showin that hard disk boot failure insert system disk press enter ...i restarted many times its sayin the same my gigabite mobo bios my hard disk is not get detected sir....the problem is that wen im installin the new os for 2nd time its all went nice only sir but at the completion of the os it wil ask for the user name and password but in my system its frozen sir fully of black screen and i cant able to do anythin so i restarted my system from that im gettin this error as hard disk boot failure insert system disk press enter.....that my new hard disk and all of my data is in that hard disk only..this problem arises wen im installing the os for 2nd time sir...till now its showin the same error sir...

plz help so confused..

A:hard disk boot failure insert system disk press enter

Repair MBR:

Boot From the Windows Install Disc
The first thing you?ll need to do is boot off the install disc, and then click through until you see the ?Repair your computer? link in the lower left-hand corner.
You?ll need to choose the correct installation of Windows and then click the Next button.
And then you?ll get to the System Recovery Options screen, where you can get to the Command Prompt.

Repairing the Master Boot Record:

If you want to restore the master boot record, you can simply type in the following command:

bootrec /fixmbr

You can also write a new boot sector onto the system partition with this command (which is often more useful):

bootrec /fixboot

And of course, if you just use bootrec /? you?ll be able to see all the options.

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When I start my non-brand PC with an MSI mobo I receive the following message:
disk boot failure insert system disk and press enter

At first I thought it was the SATA hard drive but when hooked up to another machine I can see all the files. When I went into the Phoenix/Award Bios all the drives are IDE drives. Not an SATA drive option anywhere. The computer was working great for a number of years. I hooked a brand new SATA drive and the BIOS does not recognize the drive.

What might be the problem and how might I use my hard drive again? Thanks!

A:Solved: disk boot failure insert system disk and press enter

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