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Disk Boot Failure, Insert System Disk and Press Enter

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Dianaf, Nov 11, 2007.

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  1. Dianaf

    Dianaf Thread Starter

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    When I turn on my PC I get the following error message:
    "Disk Boot Failure, Insert System Disk and Press Enter"
    I have a Maxtor 4d080h4 hard drive.
    When I tried to run my Windows XP setup CD I'd get the following error message:
    "Setup cannot access this disk"

    Yesterday I browsed the web for this error message and it was recommended to download Active KillDisk and format the drive, so I did so. The hard drive was recognized and it started the formatting process. It got stuck at 96%, and now my hard drive is making clicking noises.

    Now when I turn on my computer I still get the error, "Disk Boot Failure, Insert System Disk and Press Enter." Now when I run my Windows XP setup CD I get the blue screen error, "A problem has been detected and Windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer."

    I downloaded the Maxtor PowerMax utility. I cannot perform any diagnostics because it tells me that "No device was found."

    Can anyone help?

    Thanks.
     
  2. peterh40

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    Sounds like the hard disk has failed (the clicking noise is a good indicator). This happens sometimes. Get a replacement.
     
  3. Elvandil

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    Make/model of machine?

    Check all your connections, too.
     
  4. Dianaf

    Dianaf Thread Starter

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    It is an HP 751n
     
  5. Waldo_II

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    Your hard drive most likely failed. Maxtor hard drives are made with very low standards of quality (I literally have a un-bootable Maxtor drive sitting two feet from my keyboard). You will need to get a new hard drive. I recommend one from Seagate.
     
  6. Dianaf

    Dianaf Thread Starter

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    Ok thanks everyone. I just went out and bought a new HD. Windows XP Professional is now installing so we'll see how it goes.
     
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