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"Verifying DMI pool data...disk failure"

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by hateful160, Nov 8, 2007.

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  1. hateful160

    hateful160 Thread Starter

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    My computer started giving me this message out of no where. "Verifying DMI Pool Data ... Disk Boot Failure, Insert System Disk and Press Enter". It is or was running on Windows XP. It was fine one day and the next it just gave me this message.:confused: Restarting it did nothing. When I press enter it just tells me "Disk boot Failure, Insert Disk and Press Enter". Aside from that it doesn't let me do anything. I can't run it in safe mode or do anything at all. I'm not sure if it might be a virus or if something else is affecting it. Any help is greatly appreciated.:D
     
  2. johnhe

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    Normally this error means that the ROMBIOS in your computer either encountered an error trying to read the first sector from your hard drive or did not find a valid boot signature on the first sector of the hard drive. The could be the result of any number of things such as the hard drive power or data cable coming loose, the ROMBIOS settings being incorrect and not recognizing your hard drive or the hard drive itself going bad.

    I would first make sure that you hear the hard drive spin up when you start the computer and see the drive access light blink a few times and then try going into the ROMBIOS setup and checking to see if your hard drive is being recognized and then take a look at the hard drive cables to make sure that are securely connected. Although not quite as likely it could also be caused by a boot sector virus.

    If all else fails I would try removing the drive from the machine and using a $10 USB 2 ATA/IDE cable to connect the drive to another computer to see if it can be accessed and then run a virus scan on the drive.

    Good Luck,
    John Hensley
    www.resqware.com
     
  3. hateful160

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    Thanks alot. I'll try out some of these suggestions. And get back to see what if anything worked.
     
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