Solved: Drive 0 not found

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Thread Starter
Dec 23, 2009
During boot, I have been sometimes getting the following

Drive 0 not found ATA SATA - 0
Drive 1 not found ATA SATA -2

Pressing F1 I get

NTLDR is missing

If I do a Ctrl-Alt-Del, sometime it will successfully boot and other times it won't

When I am up and running, the system will freeze up,i.e nothing works. Have to use On\Off button to get computer to reboot. The behavior is erratic, and computer will run fine for extended period of time and then all at once freeze up again. I have ran mssecurity scan, malwarbyte scan, and SuperAntiSpyware scan and nothing was found. I am pasting Hijack This log.

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4
Scan saved at 6:03:42 AM, on 1/29/2013
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.18702)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Security Client\MsMpEng.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Security Client\msseces.exe
C:\Program Files\Roxio\Drag-to-Disc\DrgToDsc.exe
C:\Program Files\Gadwin Systems\PrintScreen\PrintScreen.exe
C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe
C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\plugin-container.exe
C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\plugin-container.exe
C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\HijackThis\HiJackThis.exe

R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL =
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Search_URL =
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page =
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page =
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchURL,(Default) =*
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Window Title = Internet Explorer, optimized for Bing and MSN
O2 - BHO: AcroIEHelperStub - {18DF081C-E8AD-4283-A596-FA578C2EBDC3} - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Acrobat\ActiveX\AcroIEHelperShim.dll
O2 - BHO: Java(tm) Plug-In SSV Helper - {761497BB-D6F0-462C-B6EB-D4DAF1D92D43} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre7\bin\ssv.dll
O2 - BHO: Google Toolbar Helper - {AA58ED58-01DD-4d91-8333-CF10577473F7} - C:\Program Files\Google\Google Toolbar\GoogleToolbar_32.dll
O2 - BHO: Google Toolbar Notifier BHO - {AF69DE43-7D58-4638-B6FA-CE66B5AD205D} - C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbarNotifier\5.7.8313.1002\swg.dll
O2 - BHO: Java(tm) Plug-In 2 SSV Helper - {DBC80044-A445-435b-BC74-9C25C1C588A9} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre7\bin\jp2ssv.dll
O3 - Toolbar: Google Toolbar - {2318C2B1-4965-11d4-9B18-009027A5CD4F} - C:\Program Files\Google\Google Toolbar\GoogleToolbar_32.dll
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [MSC] "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Security Client\msseces.exe" -hide -runkey
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [RoxioDragToDisc] C:\Program Files\Roxio\Drag-to-Disc\DrgToDsc.exe
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [Gadwin PrintScreen] "C:\Program Files\Gadwin Systems\PrintScreen\PrintScreen.exe" /nosplash
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [Cookienator] "C:\Program Files\Cookienator\cookienator.exe" /auto
O4 - Global Startup: Shortcut to FMRMD32.lnk = D:\Createacard\FMRMD32.EXE
O8 - Extra context menu item: Add to Google Photos Screensa&ver - res://C:\WINDOWS\system32\GPhotos.scr/200
O9 - Extra button: (no name) - {e2e2dd38-d088-4134-82b7-f2ba38496583} - C:\WINDOWS\Network Diagnostic\xpnetdiag.exe
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: @xpsp3res.dll,-20001 - {e2e2dd38-d088-4134-82b7-f2ba38496583} - C:\WINDOWS\Network Diagnostic\xpnetdiag.exe
O9 - Extra button: Messenger - {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe (file missing)
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Windows Messenger - {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe (file missing)
O16 - DPF: {6E32070A-766D-4EE6-879C-DC1FA91D2FC3} (MUWebControl Class) -
O16 - DPF: {D27CDB6E-AE6D-11CF-96B8-444553540000} (Shockwave Flash Object) -
O18 - Protocol: intu-help-qb1 - {9B0F96C7-2E4B-433E-ABF3-043BA1B54AE3} - (no file)
O18 - Protocol: intu-help-qb2 - {84D77A00-41B5-4B8B-8ADF-86486D72E749} - (no file)
O22 - SharedTaskScheduler: Browseui preloader - {438755C2-A8BA-11D1-B96B-00A0C90312E1} - C:\WINDOWS\system32\browseui.dll
O22 - SharedTaskScheduler: Component Categories cache daemon - {8C7461EF-2B13-11d2-BE35-3078302C2030} - C:\WINDOWS\system32\browseui.dll
O23 - Service: GEARSecurity - GEAR Software - C:\WINDOWS\System32\GEARSec.exe
O23 - Service: Google Update Service (gupdate1ca833a9bea4bcb) (gupdate1ca833a9bea4bcb) - Google Inc. - C:\Program Files\Google\Update\GoogleUpdate.exe
O23 - Service: Google Update Service (gupdatem) (gupdatem) - Google Inc. - C:\Program Files\Google\Update\GoogleUpdate.exe

End of file - 4980 bytes

I had this problem about 2 months ago, and I replaced the strap from the motherboard to the hard drive and the problem went away, but is now back.

TSG SysInfo log

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Service Pack 3, 32 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.80GHz, x86 Family 15 Model 4 Stepping 9
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 2038 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) 82915G/GV/910GL Express Chipset Family, 128 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 49999 MB, Free - 33617 MB; D: Total - 21493 MB, Free - 18661 MB; L: Total - 476937 MB, Free - 335072 MB;
Motherboard: Dell Inc., 0JC474
Antivirus: PC Cleaner Pro, Updated: Yes, On-Demand Scanner: Disabled

Note: I had downloaded PC Cleaner Pro and ran the analysis, but did NOT do any fixes. I uninstalled it, so I don't know why it is cited above. Maybe it will disappear after I reboot.
Aug 30, 2012
Check connections. Run chkdsk or other proprietary HDD manufacture tools to check your HDD health. May have to connect to other PC to do that.
Aug 30, 2012
That's right, only connect to another PC when there "is a need", like when Windows freezes and you can not use any software/tools and "Have to use On\Off button to get computer to reboot." Yeah.., probably that be the time to connect it to other PC and run tests on that HDD.
Aug 1, 2003
Windows freezing, if it is a software problem, will have no affect on the machine's bootability. And the RAM test can be booted even if RAM is defective since it can load to working RAM. An OS can be booted even with a faulty hard drive, or none at all.


Oct 20, 2012
The thing that I think of is wondering if you have backed up the drives, if you haven't already.
Do that before running chkdsk.


Thread Starter
Dec 23, 2009
Now have a serious problem. Since my initial post, I did the following:

Removed and reattached the two leads to the HD
Booted and everything was OK
Downloaded Western Digital program to analyze HD
Ran Quik Scan OK
Ran Extended Scan OK Took 7 hours, but results were positive.
Went to My Comuter> Drive C> Properties> Tools> and elected to run disk check at next boot
When I rebooted all I get is a blank screen. Absolutely nothing appears on the screen.
My Bios is set to boot from the hard drive 1st and the CD second
I tried putting in boot disks I have made, but all I keep getting is a blank screen
I am sending this from another computer as it appears mine just died.



Thread Starter
Dec 23, 2009

Noticed that when I tried to start computer that the 2 and 4 trouble lights on the front of the computer stayed on. According to my Dell manual, this is possibly due to a graphis failure????

I jiggled the 120 power lines at both the computer and the wall recepticle and although they did not seem to be loose, I was able on my next try to start the computer. It is presently running CHKDSK and is taking forever to run part 4 of 5.

If it ever completes running, I plan on restarting and changing my BIOS to swith the boot sequence so that the floppy is first, the cd is second, and the HD is third. I have a program WINDIAG on a floppy which is run at boot and I think it for diagosing the memory.
I have a hard time believing that the 120 power source was the problem since power was being supplied to the computer as the cd trays were opening and closing and other items which require power were working.

I will update as I proceed.
Aug 30, 2012
Windows freezing, if it is a software problem
Usually, but not always. Faulty HDD with OS can freeze your system too.

An OS can be booted even with a faulty hard drive, or none at all.
That's an interesting idea. Are we talking about thin clients right now?

But all arguing aside, maybe NOW you will kindly consider stop torturing that poor thing and try to isolate the problem. So I guess if you can't boot from anything, it is barely a software problem. If after those tests you pretty sure that HDD is OK, then you can leave it alone for now, if not, then maybe try to test it using other box, just saying though.
You can also try to: unplug power cord, hold power button for 30 sec and try to boot again; do the same with the cord and button, but also disconnect HHDs, add-on video card (if any) etc. and RAM, except for one stick, try to boot again; keep switching ram sticks and ram ports on MB. If you still cant even get to BIOS, then it maybe a motherboard.

Consider the following. Since it's not that new of a computer and it's been giving you problems before, maybe it's time to retire it. Compare the time, effort and (probably) money it will take to revive that thing to getting a new one. PC should serve you, not make your experience with it miserable. But of course everyone has his own point of view.

P.S. Didn't see your previous post, so I guess you can disregard some of my suggestions for now.


Thread Starter
Dec 23, 2009

Was able to reboot and set boot seqence in BIOS. Ran WINDIAG and all six tests [MATS+ INVC LRAND WMATS+ WINVC ]were successful Also downloaded and ran Roadkill program. No errors. Everything seems to be running OK at this point, but I'm not real confident that I'm completely out of the woods. Thus I am going to leave this thread open for now and will update if the problem reoccurs.
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