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Need help with my boot disk-hard drive

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by TMNTae05, Mar 22, 2004.

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  1. TMNTae05

    TMNTae05 Thread Starter

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    ok well myhard drive failed in one of my computers so i tried to do a hard drive transfer from one computer to another. well after i transfered it, a error screen comes up saying "non system disk or disk error, replace and strike any key when ready" so i put in a boot disk and i can get to DOS and everything, but how would i boot up my hard drive from a boot disk? i tried changing the boot sequence and i tried typing C:\ and every other letter trying to get to that drive through DOS, with no luck, so any help is appreciated here, thank you...


    PS - the hard drive did work in the previous computer it was in, and all of the connections seem to be correct, in fact i am 99.9% sure the connections are fine, and the hard drive does make noise when the computer is turned on..
     
  2. Elvandil

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    What OS? You can't boot into a Windows NT based system from a DOS floppy. NTFS hard drives are invisible to DOS.

    What do you mean you did a transfer? Did you put that drive in another computer, or clone it to a new hard drive?

    Please explain exactly what you did.
     
  3. mobo

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    Sounds like te master boot record need s replacing. Again what operating system is it were dealing with ?
     
  4. Jtoast

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    As Elvandil said, DOS cannot see an NTFS partition. If you were running either Windows XP or Windows 2K that is most likely your problem.
     
  5. TMNTae05

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    the hard drive had windows ME on it if im not mistaken, and what i did was i took a hard drive out of one computer(it was the primary in that computer), and i am trying to put it in my current computer, where it would also be a primary hard drive..
     
  6. mobo

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    Check the bios boot order in that system then would be something to check as well as the ide cabel being on correctly.
     
  7. TMNTae05

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    yea i am fairly positive that the cables are connected prorperly and i have tried every boot order possible...can a hard drive erase everything by being disconnected? or are there any other explanations...
     
  8. mobo

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    Is the bios detecting the drive ?
     
  9. TMNTae05

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    i dont know, when i put c:/ or any other letter than a and b it says invalid drive and i dont know what b is but its not the hard drive...
     
  10. TMNTae05

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    Yea i think i figured half of it out...i made a windows ME boot disk and now my cd drives are responding along with my hard drive, but what commands woulf i put in to see if my hard drive is still usable without having to get a windows disk?
     
  11. mobo

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    Are you booting up with the bootdisk ?
     
  12. TMNTae05

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    yessir, if i boot without it it just goes to an error screen saying "non system disk, replace and stirke any key when ready" and i dont have any disks in the computer...do you have aol or anything, it would be alot easier and fast if we could talk like that...
     
  13. TMNTae05

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    nevermind i just now looked at your profile, too bad you're not on...
     
  14. mobo

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    Boot with the bootdisk again and when it finishes at the A> prompt
    try typing sys c:
    Wait a second to see if you get a message that the files have been copied to the hard drive..If so then remove the bootdisk and try rebooting.
     
  15. TMNTae05

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    ok gotcha, ill go try that right quick,,,
     
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