Disk Boot Failure - Please help

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jaimidog

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Two days ago Microsoft started the automatic updates. A box came up saying that the computer would restart in 8 minutes and gave me the option to Restart Now or Restart Later. I chose Restart Later. I went to bed & when I got up the next morning the computer was froze on the Windows is shutting down screen. I had to turn off with the switch. When I turned back on, the computer won't start and gives the error "Disk Boot Failure, insert system disk and press enter. At the top of the screen it states:

Diskette Drive B: None
Pri. Master Disk: None
Pri. Slave Disk: None
Sec. Master Disk: CD-ROM, UDMA 2
Sec. Slave Disk: CD-ROM, UDMA 2

In BIOS at the Main Screen it shows:

Primary Master [AUTO] (My only other option is NONE)
Primary Slave: [AUTO] (My only other option is NONE)
Secondary Master: [MAT****ADVD-ROM SR-8588]
Secondary Slave: [_NEC CD-RW NR-9100A]

On the BOOT Screen it shows:

1. IDE Hard Drive [None}
2. ATAPI CD-ROM [MAT****ADVD-ROM SR-8588]
3. Removable Device [Legacy Floppy]
4. Other Bootable Device [Disabled]
Silent Boot [Enabled]

I don’t know why the above sees my floppy drive as “B”. It was “A” prior to this problem. Or at least showed “A” in Windows Exployer.

I have a second hard drive in this computer and they are connected with the same cable. I thought maybe the cable went bad so I changed it out but didn't help. The master and slave/cable select switches have not been changed since the second drive was put in over 5 years ago. It appears that the computer cannot find either hard drive so would it be logical to think that it’s not a bad hard drive but something else, right?

I have a Sony Vaio PCV-RX850 and do have the Recovery CD's that came with the computer. I'm afraid to use them without trying something else first. I have some important files that I really need to try and keep if at all possible. I have done a lot of reading on the internet where there have been several suggestions but I don’t know what to try first since none of the problems were exactly like mine.

Can anyone help?
 
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Try taking the Cmos battery out for 10min and then put it back in......
 

jaimidog

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Thanks for replying Megabite!

Before taking the battery out i went into BIOS and wrote all info down. After taking the battery out and reconnecting the computer booted right up to the BIOS setup Utility. I noticed that there were several more options listed than before. The only one I changed from No to Yes was where it asked if this was a Plug & Play OS. After saving and exiting the computer started to boot but came back to the screen I posted above. Would it help if I posted all the info in my BIOS?

What would be my next step???

Thanks!
 
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Could be the MB as unusual for both HDD to go at the same time......can you test the HDD on another PC
 
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