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Another "disk boot failure insert system disk and press enter" thread

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by jetlag16, Jan 1, 2010.

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  1. jetlag16

    jetlag16 Thread Starter

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    Hello everyone, been lurking for a while, but first time posting because I could use some help. I tried looking through other threads, but nothing seemed to help. I was downloading a game off of Steam, and my family computer just crashed. It apparently restarted itself, and presented that disk boot error message. Tried restarting again using ctrl+alt+del, and same situation occurs. I go into the BIOS screen, and try to use the auto detect to identify the drive, but it is not identified. All of the cables are working correctly, as I plugged a different drive into them and that drive booted fine. Btw, the hard drive is a western digital 5000AAKS.

    I'm running an AMD Athlon 64 Processor 3800+, 2412 MHz, 2 gb of ram, Windows Vista Home Basic. Its a Compaq SR5110NX. I'm not overclocking it or anything, just downloading a game, and then this happened. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. Hughv

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    How did you get a second drive to boot? Did you reinstall?
    Is this drive making any noises? Can you see it in My Computer or disk Management when you boot from the other drive?
    These drives fail from time to time.
     
  3. jetlag16

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    Thanks Hughv,

    As far as the first, I removed the defective drive, and inserted another functioning drive into the computer, which booted up fine. I tried to reinstall the hard drive with the reinstallation disk, and the computer did not recognized the hard drive.

    No, the drive isn't making any noises at all. I tried booting it several times in the computer, and also tried adapting it into an external hard drive adapter. Again, the problem hard drive didn't boot, but a different one booted just fine. Any way I can fix this?
     
  4. Hughv

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    This certainly sounds like a dead drive. Is it spinning up?
     
  5. jetlag16

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    No, not at all. So no fix then?
     
  6. Hughv

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    No fix that's not way expensive.
    A valuable lesson about backup?
     
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