Hard drive boot problem
Posted 16 August 2005 - 07:12 PM
Posted 16 August 2005 - 07:45 PM
correct me if I am wrong but the way I see it you tried to load windows on 2 different hard drives and you can not boot from either.
So the first thing I would try is another ide cable and I would also set the jumpers on the drives to master and slave instead of CS (cable select)
You could also try taking out the original primary drive in case it failed and is the problem and try install windows on the secondary drive, in this case make sure the jumper on the drive is set to master.
I would like you to try these before we say that the HDD controller on the board is bad.
Could you also explain what happens when you do try and boot from either drive in the configuration you now have
Posted 25 August 2005 - 01:01 PM
Thanks for the suggestions. I replaced the cables and disconnected the older drive, setting the new drive at single drive jumper. When I booted, I got the infamous "DISK BOOT FAILURE, INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER".
I then booted from Symantech's Recovery Disk and ren checks on the drive- found no problems. I booted from the XP Professional disk, reformated the drive completetely with NSFS and installed XP. All went smoothly including the boots during installation. But when I then shut down and booted again, I got the same message.
Rick, I just checked the BIOS and the order of booting was Floppy, CD, HDD-1 which seemed correct. However, on impulse, I enabled a fourth boot: "another device". This caused the HD to boot and it acts OK now. I do not know why but it works. ?????
Thanks for your help.
Edited by leeelliottsr, 25 August 2005 - 02:54 PM.
Posted 25 August 2005 - 01:38 PM
Posted 25 August 2005 - 06:21 PM
When i first looked at the BIOS, it was set so the third boot was HDD-2. I changed it to HDD-1 but it still woiuld not boot. Later, I added the "Other Device" choice which works.
Edited by leeelliottsr, 25 August 2005 - 06:26 PM.
Posted 26 August 2005 - 03:46 PM
At least in my BIOS it works this way:
HDD-0 = Primary Master
HDD-1 = Primary Slave
HDD-2 = Secondary Master
HDD-3 = Secondary Slave
Hope this helps.
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