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Solved: disk boot failure insert system disk and press enter

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by brainwave89, Jun 17, 2010.

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  1. brainwave89

    brainwave89 Thread Starter

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    When I start my non-brand PC with an MSI mobo I receive the following message:
    disk boot failure insert system disk and press enter

    At first I thought it was the SATA hard drive but when hooked up to another machine I can see all the files. When I went into the Phoenix/Award Bios all the drives are IDE drives. Not an SATA drive option anywhere. The computer was working great for a number of years. I hooked a brand new SATA drive and the BIOS does not recognize the drive.

    What might be the problem and how might I use my hard drive again? Thanks!
     
  2. Tanis

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    Was the drive you are replacing IDE or SATA?
    How old is the motherboard, it may need a BIOS update?
     
  3. brainwave89

    brainwave89 Thread Starter

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    Thank you Tanis.

    SATA.
    It is over five years old.

    Last week the computer was working great. So the version of the BIOS shouldn't make a difference.

    The SATA ports passed without failure using PC-Check 6.21 software.
     
  4. TheOutcaste

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    It's possible that an older MB with a 1st generation SATA controller (1.5Gb) won't be able to recognize a new 2nd Generation DATA drive (3.0Gb). Does the old SATA drive appear as an IDE drive? Some older boards list SATA drives as IDE.

    What other IDE drives do you have? It's quite possible that you have the OS files on the SATA drive, but the actual System files that boot the system are on one of the IDE drives, and that's the one that has a problem.
     
  5. brainwave89

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    Thank TheOutcaste.
    That might be possible but why can't my drive be recognized that is working great and that other computers can see?

    I no other IDE drives. I do have a CD/DVD player that is connected via a IDE cable.
     
  6. TheOutcaste

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    Have you tried a different Data cable?
    Also try a different port, but make sure it's enabled in the BIOS, and not set to NONE.
     
  7. brainwave89

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    Thank you againTheOutcaste.

    I have tried different cables with the same result. The SATA ports are enabled in the BIOS which I recently updated to the most recent version after the initial error message.
     
  8. brainwave89

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    After replacing the CMOS battery and updating date, time and verifying the SATA controllers were enabled I received the sam error.
    I then switched the cable to another SATA controller (I had already done this previously) and it now works!

    Thank you all for your help!
     
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