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Fail to start up - Can't boot hard drive - Windows cannot be installed

Q: Fail to start up - Can't boot hard drive - Windows cannot be installed

Hi everyone,
recently I bought a new laptop, MSI GP70 which came with Windows 8... I tried it for few weeks and than I decided to downgrade it to Windows 7. So, I did it, everything went well, I was using Windows 7 for couple of weeks, but now I have a problem...
Last night I didn't turn it off, and in the morning i got black screen saying:

"Reboot and select proper Boot device
or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device and press any key..."

So, here's the problem. I have hybrid hard drive (24GB SSD + 1TB HDD), which is divided to C:\, D:\ and E:\. My laptop can recognize hard disk so it's not dead. I can't start up, because it can't boot it, and I can't reinstall/repair Windows because it says:

"Windows cannot be installed to this disk. This computer's hardware may not support booting to this disk. Ensure that the disk's controller is enabled in the computer's BIOS menu."

I'll also provide pictures of my BIOS in attachments. You can see the settings and all boot devices.

I did a bit of research, and I came across that if you have 2 hard drives it may confuse Windows 7 (and Vista), so disconnecting one of them will solve the problem, that could be my case due to hybrid hard drive, I'm not sure. And the problem is that I can't open my laptop, because I will lose the warranty.

So, does anyone know what should I do to make it work again? I have some files on my e:\ drive which I would like to keep I've tried everything and I couldn't sort it out!
Will deleting all partitions and formatting them all over again do the job?

I would appreciate every attempt of help!
Thank you guys!
I colored everything a bit, just to make it easier to read

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Preferred Solution: Fail to start up - Can't boot hard drive - Windows cannot be installed

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A: Fail to start up - Can't boot hard drive - Windows cannot be installed

I don't see where either Legacy BIOS or CSM are enabled, just Legacy Boot - is there a panel not shown? But that may be enough to Bypass UEFI to Install WIn7 if that's what worked for install.

That makes it easier to repair. Confirm the 100mb System Reserved (preferred if you have it) or C is Partition Marked Active then run Startup Repair - Run up to 3 Separate Times to see if it will start.

Different hybrid hard drives require different install procedures. If it's Intel Rapid Storage Technology it normally requires being turned off in BIOS for install, then enabled to activate the 24gb caching drive. But since IRST can also be problematic many leave it disabled. We've even helped users install to the SSD their OS and programs with the data folders linked from HDD, it worked and they wanted to keep it.

Read your Manual on the PC's Support Downloads webpage to see exactly how yours works. It would also help if you could post back a camera snap of Partition Wizard CD
drive map and listings. That tool can also mark Active and add another step which helps start Win7 by running Partition Wizard Rebuild MBR - Video Help.

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I have a custom built PC, installed with Windows XP. Lately its been having trouble, but it is full blown rebellion as of last night. I think its probably a virus but I'm not that experienced with diagnosing.
Issues:
`My web browser (FireFox) crashes when trying to view certain things; PDF files are the main crash point
`I have a 16 GB flash drive that I have to reformat it every time I use it, which doesn't fix the problem it just lets me transfer again until I have to format it again.
`I have two hard drives that make up c,d,e,f,i,j,and k drives. When I opened "My Computer" I,J,and K:/ were missing. I couldn't see or access them.
`Its been freezing up a lot; forcing me to reboot
`(most recent)Now when I try to reboot it will rapidly switch screens from the black scanning, log in, windows xp (with the blue bar filling up), and a blue error screen. The blue error screen says to reboot if its the first time i've seen this; then it gives steps to follow if i've seen it before.

I've tried to run it in safe mode and it hasn't worked.

Please if you have any ideas let me know. Is it possible to recover my saved files? I backed up my files awhile ago but it is saved on a drive that is missing (I,J,or K) If you need more info just ask. Thanks for your help

A:Windows XP Crash Issues - Hard Drive fail, start up fail

Hi there
So what I gather is that you now cannot start your computer up at all, due to this issue. I'm actually unsure of the problem, it sounds to me like a Virus has been at your computer. It can't really be a hardware issue I don't think... I mean it is possible that what could have been happening is that your computer (Desktop or Laptop?) is overheating and its been damaged because of that... But that wouldn't really make sense, and also having Custom Built a computer I'm sure you'd have been smart enough to install a thoroughly capable cooling system.
It sounds to me like your hard drive has been corrupted though, BSOD usually means a pretty big issue. Thats why I was thinking hardware problem to begin with, you don't often get it for Virus's.
A couple of things we need to know:
Do you have any sort of Anti-Virus installed? If so, which one? How frequently did it scan? Did you find any virus's?
Also, how far into the boot process does the computer get before it loops? Are you able to enter BIOS settings before Blue Screen comes up and it loops? What happens when it loops?
And do you have a startup / boot disk for your computer. You certainly should do.

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HI everyone. My hard drive failed a bit ago, so I took it to a trusted computer shop to have the work done since I don't have the time or patience right now to work on a laptop. Anyway, I had a new HD put it, as well as a RAM upgrade. I just got it back, and was expecting to be able to just insert the windows vista installation disc that came with my computer and have it work. However, the screen just remains blank and the computer makes no attempt to boot anything from the disc. I tried turning off and on the computer with the cd in the drive, to no avail. The computer does run, it just never gets past a blank screen. I tried googling to see if there was an easy solution, but I couldn't find anything relevant. Thanks in advance for the help.

EDIT- Disc is Vista Ultimate sp1
 

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I just installed a new WD 500 GB hard drive into my DELL computer. I am trying to install windows 7 from a dvd but it will not boot. Does anyone know what the problem is. Thank you.

A:Installed new hard drive - Windows 7 won't boot from CD

  
Quote: Originally Posted by rambo


I just installed a new WD 500 GB hard drive into my DELL computer. I am trying to install windows 7 from a dvd but it will not boot. Does anyone know what the problem is. Thank you.


Hi. It depends on the type of drive it is. IDE or SATA. If IDE, the jumper is set incorrectly.

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Asus cm5570-ap006 originally running vista premium and owner wanted an upgrade to seven. Bought a new hard drive b/c old one died. Mobo had trouble finding new drive but, after setting bios back to default(F5) it installed and finally got working.
Owner gets pc and starts getting blue screening and saying theres an f1 drive error and wont wake up after suspending without reboot.
So I get it running fine by removing avg(which is causing blue screen for some reason) and the it is now waking up after auto hibernation. But if you put into hibernation manually it wont wake. I update windows and it goes back to not recognising hard drive.
Flash bios remove cmos baterry reset bios to default and set hard drive to ahcpi and it reinstalls fine update windows and it stops working. Use restore point to get it back and running and this time dont update windows and its running ok again. Shut it down for the night and the next day go to boot it up and there is no bootable media and now I am trying to reinstall win7 and after it does it gets a no bootable media error even though it is installed and passes all the startup tests when using the disk to do a repair....help any suggestions welcome.... Thanks

A:Installed Windows 7 and now hard drive wont boot....

  
Quote: Originally Posted by andrew10


Asus cm5570-ap006 originally running vista premium and owner wanted an upgrade to seven. Bought a new hard drive b/c old one died. Mobo had trouble finding new drive but, after setting bios back to default(F5) it installed and finally got working.
Owner gets pc and starts getting blue screening and saying theres an f1 drive error and wont wake up after suspending without reboot.
So I get it running fine by removing avg(which is causing blue screen for some reason) and the it is now waking up after auto hibernation. But if you put into hibernation manually it wont wake. I update windows and it goes back to not recognising hard drive.
Flash bios remove cmos baterry reset bios to default and set hard drive to ahcpi and it reinstalls fine update windows and it stops working. Use restore point to get it back and running and this time dont update windows and its running ok again. Shut it down for the night and the next day go to boot it up and there is no bootable media and now I am trying to reinstall win7 and after it does it gets a no bootable media error even though it is installed and passes all the startup tests when using the disk to do a repair....help any suggestions welcome.... Thanks


The motherboard may be at fault. Have you tried hooking up the hard drive to another system to see if you can acess the data. There may be a chance that the hard drive is failing. Be sure to back up the owner'... Read more

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New Hard DRIVE INSTALLED - how do I install the Windows Operating system. It will not boot-up.

A:New Hard DRIVE INSTALLED - how do I install the Windows. It will not boot

The system is missing a driver or boot manager. I lost the original windows version that came with the system and I had to replace the hard drive which crashed. How would I load the MS 7 that I purchased

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Hi,
I got this DELL inspiron 5559 6 months ago and last night pc ran into a problem and restarted automatically. Then it said loading&reparing but this error has occurred and now it can not boot, all I see is a black screen. What should I do?

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Okay, so I have a Toshiba P25-S477 laptop. The hard drive on it has failed, and caused me to get the error message in windows (when it ocasionally boots) that windows needs to be validated, yadda yadda but it won't because the key "has already exceeded it's number of uses" Well.... I have a windows XP corporate CD, with key and whatnot, but when I put the new 80 gig Western Digital hard drive in and put the CD in, it doesn't give me any option to boot from CD.

The boot order is CD, Hard drive, then floppy and network (no floppy drive tho which leads to the next problem...

How can I get it to boot from CD if I have no floppy drive to load drivers on with?
 

A:Toshiba P25-S477 hard drive failed, installed WD HD, won't boot from Windows XP CD...

check the jumper settings on your old hdd. if it was in master position, then, try another HDD. there are problems with toshiba's laptops when using HDD such as WD or ST.
 

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my HP 2000 Hard drive has failed. I want to install a new hard drive but I need my product Key to install Windows 8 again. can anyone help me with this?

A:No Boot Hard drive Fail

@kgirouard, welcome to the forum. The Product Key for Win 8 is embedded in the BIOS.  Therefore, if you use the System Recovery disks you won't need the PK. Please click the Thumbs up + button if I have helped you and click Accept as Solution if your problem is solved.

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my HP 2000 Hard drive has failed. I want to install a new hard drive but I need my product Key to install Windows 8 again. can anyone help me with this?

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Hello Everyone,

I have been given a couple of hard drives and the above msg comes up when I plug them in as a master... but when I add them as a slave... My pc picks them up but.... wait for it... as a CDRom ??????? says CDRom(H)
I run Windows XP pro SP3.
I have tried FDisk that didn't work, unfortunately I cannot remember the msg that came up.
Any help would be wonderful....
Thank you....

Yianna
 

A:Primary hard drive fail, on boot up

I would connect the drive as a slave to a working system. Now run the drive maker's diagnostic on the drive. You download this from whomever made the drive; ie WD, Maxtor, Seagate, etc.

In addition you need to make sure the jumpers are set correctly. If these are ide type drives and one of them is a WD, there are two different jumper settings for WD drives. It depends on whether the drive is a single device on the cable or a multi device.
 

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ok i bought a faster new hard drive .i had it installed and the old one as a secondary and when i got home i pushed the power button and it sounds like its starting but no picture on monitor and no power going to the keyboard and mouse as they should both light up.i hard booted it and 15 to 20 seconds later it started up normally and worked fine as far as i know.the problem of course is it still wont boot on the first try unless i hard boot it after the initial startup.the computer store that its at now cant seem to figure it out so here i am at my mothers house on her comp please help thx
 

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I just replaced a hard drive in a 1999 era Dell Dimension 450 and reloaded the Windows 98SE operating system. Windows works just fine..........but I have an issue at start up and shut down. The start up diagnostics.........meaning when the computer is checking for the keyboard, mouse, etc...........gets hung up looking for the hard drive. In about 45 seconds it finds it.........and then it need about 15 seconds to find the CD and the CD-RW drives.......and then Windows boots up . When you shut down...........the screen goes dark.........and in about 45 seconds if finally shuts down. What could be the cause/fix for this? Thanks.
 

A:New Hard Drive Installed - Now slow start up

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I bought a 20 gb hard drive and installed winxp pro on it. It will only boot to safe mode. I have disconnected my old 6.2 gb corrupted h/d and did go into my bios and I thought I had configured all correctly. (bios is a Compaq 686x1 bios for PII 266). I had to go to westerndigital.com and install lifebuoy 10 for it to recognize all 20 gb as it would only register 6.3gb. So if winxp boots to safe mode what can I do to make it boot normally? I ran msconfig and had it try to boot with just a sys.ini and/or the diagnostic startup.

This is my first encounter with winxp, I was using win 98 previously.

Thanks, Kelly
 

A:installed Win XP on a new hard drive..won't boot

I think my first post had a very ambiguous question. All I really need to know is what to look for in safe mode to change to make my pc boot normally? I am sure it is something small, but I can't think of it!

Thanks again,
Kelly
 

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My computer is only 14 months old. Dell replaced the motherboard 3 times I think. Basically just stick with issues from day one. I didn't get extended warranty, so am I out of luck???

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I've had the laptop for nearly 3 weeks with no issues. I was using it normally and closed it to go do something. When I came back and opened the laptop there was a black screen saying that it could not find a boot device and making loud clicking noises. I pressed F2 to get to system diagnostics, selected hard drive check, and it told me that there was no hard drive installed. I now cannot do anything on the laptop or access any files and it is essentially dead. It is very frustrating that the laptop is not even a month old and it has already encountered a major problem. Any help is appreciated.

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I have an XP machine from Dell and I have replaced the hard drive. I used Partition Magic to copy the partitions from the old drive to the new drive. I copied partitions exactly as they were:

80gb total size:
39mb "Utility" partition - FAT (might be FAT32)
75gb Extended Partition, with C: drive as only logical partition - NTFS
3.2gb (remaining space) as FAT32 D: drive - primary partition.

The D: drive is at the end of the drive, and this is how the old hard drive is, and the new hard drive is now like this as well.

The old drive will still boot with no problems, whether it's the only drive in the system, or if it's the "master".

The new drive will not boot at all. If I boot to my ERD disk, it shows C: as the "primary" partition at the end of the drive (should be D: ) and the D: drive is the logical partition, which should be C:. I went into Disk Manager under ERD and the option to change drive letters was greyed out.

How can I change the drive letters, so the system will boot off the new drive the same way it did off the old drive???
 

A:XP will not boot after new hard drive installed

to set my boot flag in stone i use gparted
 

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I'll start with the usual disclaimer (which I'm sure you've heard ad-nauseum): I have little-to-no computer knowledge.  All I've learned has been from this (wonderful!) forum.  On to my issue...
 
HP Pavilion dv7-6b32us laptop
 
For the last year, I've been having more and more BSOD's, freezes, etc...and all of the indications pointed towards a failing hard drive.  I wish I could tell you specifically what the error messages said...but I honestly don't remember them exactly.  I can say that each time I took the diagnostic steps, it always reported a problem with the hard drive.  Usually, I was able to get it going again...but it continued to happen more and more often.  Finally, it refused to start Win7, so I figured the hd had given out.
 
No big deal, hard drives are cheap!  So I ordered:  http://www.ebay.com/itm/1TB-Hard-Drive-for-HP-Pavilion-DV7-6198NR-DV7-6B01XX-DV7-6B32US-DV7-6B56NR-/331090088523?hash=item4d1681d24b:g:pLcAAMXQBkpSMOM4
 
Installed it yesterday.  Unfortunately, I don't have a Win7 disk (came pre-installed)...but the machine does have the reg key sticker on the bottom.  Soooo my plan was to install XP (the only disk I have) to get onto the internet, then download Win7 ISO file onto a flash drive, then just boot from that (that should work, right??).
 
Anyway, put the XP disk in, and it appears to load the XP files just fine.  However, just before it wants to start Windows (I th... Read more

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I have a dell Vostro 200 slim tower with 250 gb hard drive, running win7 ultimate 32 bit. I've just put in a 1tb western digital drive. It won't boot past the dell screen. However, if I unplug the keyboard then plug it in, so I get the keyboard error message, plug the keyboard in and press f2 (to get into bios), the drive is shown correctly. In the bios, all the settings appear correct ie boot sequence etc. if I press f1 instead of f2, the pc boots properly and the drive is shown in my computer / disc manager etc.

I have updated the bios but still it won't go past the dell screen. I have re-formatted the drive so it is completely empty but still it won't go past the dell screen.

Any ideas?

A:Won't boot if 2nd hard drive installed

  
Quote: Originally Posted by Rayman2702


I have a dell Vostro 200 slim tower with 250 gb hard drive, running win7 ultimate 32 bit. I've just put in a 1tb western digital drive. It won't boot past the dell screen. However, if I unplug the keyboard then plug it in, so I get the keyboard error message, plug the keyboard in and press f2 (to get into bios), the drive is shown correctly. In the bios, all the settings appear correct ie boot sequence etc. if I press f1 instead of f2, the pc boots properly and the drive is shown in my computer / disc manager etc.

I have updated the bios but still it won't go past the dell screen. I have re-formatted the drive so it is completely empty but still it won't go past the dell screen.

Any ideas?


Clarification needed:

Was everything OK until you got the 1 TB drive? Why do you mention it?

Are you trying to install on the 250 GB or the 1 TB?

When did the PC last operate OK and what have you done to it since that time?

I assume you have some type of installation disc. Is it OEM, retail, borrowed, burned, or what?

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Hey guys,

I've recently installed a new hard drive on my desktop PC. It's a 750GB 2.5" drive that I removed off of a new laptop I got. The drive works great, BUT ever since I installed it I get a really annoying message every time I boot my machine. It's some sort of copyright disclaimer. It says the brand of the HDD (Hitachi) and lists the copyright of the disk management system or something like that. It says copyright jmicron.com and then "Hit enter to continue".

The message is displayed maybe for 2.5 seconds and it disappears on its own, so no need to press enter. Pressing enter will get rid of it faster. So yes, it's not an error but it's annoying and it adds to my boot time. I'm assuming the exact brand and model of the HDD isn't relevant, nor is it the message, but if it is, let me know and I'll post that information (I'm not near my PC at the moment). Is there an option in the BIOS or msconfig I could change to get rid of this?

Intel Core i7 860 @ 2.8GHz
6 GB DDR3 RAM 1600Mhz
120 GB Samsung SSD Main drive
3 additional HDDs, 160GB, 500GB and 750GB.
ATI Radeon HD 7950 @ 3GB
1000W Power Supply
W764
 

A:Installed new hard drive, get message on boot

A little help with this, please? I'm baffled, I'm no computer newbie and I've installed many-a hard drives before, but I had never gotten this message after installation. The exact model of the hard drive is:

Hitachi HTS547575A9E384

This is a picture of the message:
 

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i finally was able to get xp pro installed on a new machine a friend built for me. the problem is that after the entire thing installed and i restarted it, now it doesnt want to boot from the hard drive. in the bios it IS set to boot from the hard drive first so i have no clue why it wont do it when there's a fully installed copy of xp pro on it. so i still basically have a nonfunctional computer since all it will do it when i turn it on is go to the motherboard screen that gives me the option of updating the bios (did that already) or going to the POST screen.

also, my boyfriend thinks it may have trouble recognizing IDE devices (the hard drive and cdrom in particular) which might explain why it was reacting so slowly at the very start when all it had was a motherboard screen. it took about 2-3 minutes to react when i hit a key on the keyboard and about 4-5 for it to realize if i had the windows cd in there and begin installing it. i dont know if this has anything to do with its inability to boot from the hard drive as well. any ideas on how to fix these problems?

here are my computer's main components:

ASUS "A7V400-MX" VIA KM400A Chipset Motherboard for AMD Socket A CPU

AMD Athlon XP 2200+, 266 MHz FSB, 256K Cache Processor

pqi POWER Series 184-Pin 512MB DDR PC-3200

Western Digital Special Edition 80GB 7200RPM IDE Hard Drive, Model WD800JB


thanks!

A:XP pro installed but wont boot from hard drive.

pull the h/d out and check the jumpers and that you are using an 80 wire cable on it

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I have a computer with two (IDE ribbon cable) hard drives. One had a bad windows XP installation on it. I installed win7 on the other. I formatted the drive before installing win7.

Then, I decided I want to use the hard drive with the bad winXP installation on it, in another computer (I will format it). When I opened the computer side panel, I wasn't sure which hard drive was which, so I unplugged the power to one, and started the computer.

The thing is, it won't boot win7 with either of those hard drives alone, only when both are plugged in. With HD #1 disconnected, it says "Can't find BOOTMGR, press a key to reboot." With HD #2 connected, I get asked whether I want win7 or an older OS, and when I choose win7, I get an error message, something like "Win7 failed to start. To try and repair, insert install disc, or use recovery mode, etc"

With both HDs, I get asked the same question, "Win7 or an older OS," but when I choose win7, it works. In my computer, I have verified that win7's files are on one disk, and corrupt winXP files on the other.

Whats going on here? Thoughts? Thanks guys!

A:I installed win7 on one hard drive, but it seems to need 2 to boot

I think your error was installing Windows 7 without first disconnecting the XP drive. During the installation, the boot files for Windows 7 were put on the XP drive. That could not have happened if you had disconnected the XP drive.

I think you can solve it by disconnecting the XP drive and then running a repair install on the Windows 7 drive. You might have to run repair several times.

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The title says it all. I can't get onto Windows 7, it's still there I just can't boot to it, and i'm stuck in XP.
What choices do I have?
Thanks in advance!
 

A:Solved: Installed XP on the same hard drive as 7, and I can't boot 7 :(

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ok i bought a faster new hard drive .i had it installed and the old one as a secondary and when i got home i pushed the power button and it sounds like its starting but no picture on monitor and no power going to the keyboard and mouse as they should both light up.i hard booted it and 15 to 20 seconds later it started up normally and worked fine as far as i know.the problem of course is it still wont boot on the first try unless i hard boot it after the initial startup.the computer store that its at now cant seem to figure it out so here i am at my mothers house on her comp please help thx oh and according to them as they have it trying to find the problem they have scanned the hardware and cant seem to find anything wrong
 

A:Had a new hard drive installed but wont boot up

"i had it installed and the old one as a secondary"...

Who installed the new hard drive? Take the computer back to them to have it fixed. When you install a new boot drive, there is an install program that clones the contents of the old boot drive and cleans the information off the old drive if you are using the old drive for storage. Was this done?
 

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Hey guys.

I run a WinXP with SP 3.

My computer has been running fine until yesterday when I got a couple of error pop ups, which I clicked by fast, followed by a bluescreen. I restarted my machine and now WinXP can't boot. It gets to the loading screen, but when the loading is done, the computer just restarts itself. Then i'm prompted to chose if I want to start windows in fail safe mode. In fail safe mode everything runs fine. I ran through my computer with Kaspersky once, then once with Avast. Also I ran it through once with Anti-Malware Bytes. All done in fail safe mode, but with no results.

I got prompted to use WinXP system restore when into fail safe mode. But apparently I have no old configurations from a past date to use!

I turned off auto reboot to be able to see the error message, and I got the following:

STOP: 0x0000008E (0xC0000005, 0xB9F92091, OxBACC7384, 0x00000000)

k71.sys - Adress B9F92091 base at B9F90000, Datestamp 48849e41

I still can't get windows to work normaly, i'm writing this in fail safe mode. I'm not really sure what to do from here. It's very frustrating!

Any help would be much appreciated, thanks!
 

A:Windows XP won't boot, can only start in fail safe mode!

Disable or uninstall Kaspersky and try booting in Normal Mode again. k71.sys is related to Kaspersky.
 

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Hey Guys,

So here is my issue!

Wiped, Formatted... cleaned did everything I can possibly think of, to this Hard Drive...

Goto reinstall Windows 8 Pro with the Boot CD I have

Error: "windows cannot be installed to this disk. the selected disk has an MBR partition table. On EFI systems, Windows can only be installed to GPT disks"

I goto diskpart, set the drive clean and convert and go to install no luck...

when I, however, do convert the drive I do get this second error;
"windows cannot be installed to this disk. the disk may fail soon. if other hard disks are available, Install windows to another location"

Just unsure what to do, or if I should go buy a new hard drive for this Acer laptop...

prior to this, windows had become corrupt... would not reset, would not refresh or even a factory boot... so I wiped the hard drive and now I am stuck

~ Thanks in advance if you can help
 

A:Windows 8 - GPT Disk / Hard drive may fail soon

Try this in powershell (command prompt)
1. Get-Disk (we'll assume 0 is your drive letter)

2. Get-Disk 0 | Clear-Disk -RemoveData

3. Initialize-Disk 0

4. New-Partition -DiskNumber 0 -UseMaximumSize | Format-Volume -FileSystem NTFS -NewFileSystemLabel Archive

5. Get-Partition -DiskNumber 0 | Set-Partition -NewDriveLetter Z

I have had this command save a drive that said it was failing. It's worth a try. When you get done try to convert to gpt again.
 

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So for many weeks, I had the blue screen startup loop problem. I finally managed to log in Somehow and reformatted my computer. Now I am receiving a hard drive failing message, and the internet says I should download crystal disk. I did so, and this is what it says



Would be grateful is someone could tell me how to solve this, or if I have to replace it =/
 

A:Windows 7 hard drive fail message

You'll have to replace it.
 

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My computer was very slow so I added memory and installed a new hard drive. I checked that everthing was compatible with my computer. I had an 80 gig hard drive now it is 500gig. Memory was 512 now I have 2 gig. After installing I cannot get the computer to do anything. The message just says to strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for setup utility. Can someone please help me? I have never worked on my computer so I am very new to this. Thank you any help would be appreciated!!!
 

A:Solved: Installed a new hard drive comp. will not boot

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The last time I used my device I left it in sleep mode and when I returned it would not restart, instead it told me that the boot device was not found and when I tried the hard drive check it said there was no hard drive installed. It won't restart and returning to default settings doesn't work. How do I get it to turn on and function normally?

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I upgraded the hard drive in my Portege M200 from 4GB to 80GB using Parted Magic to clone the original drive. The cloning completed successfully, but instead of booting up with the new drive, the M200 just displays a blinking cursor when powered on. Any help is much appreciated.

TIA, focus

A:New hard drive installed on Portege M200 but won't boot

Hi there

Maybe You can try one of the below to fix your problem:

BUT!! ALWAYS keep a backup!!

Boot system up with a DOS floppy (with fdisk.exe inside) to restore MBR by typing

fdisk /mbr

This works even on a SATA disk. Alternative boot up any Win2k or XP installation CD, go to the recovery console and issure command

fixmbr

Cheers

Tom

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I got error code b10hd8, I took my hard drive to be tested, it failed so I bought a new one, Identical WD internial hard drive I installed it.I don't haave the disc for the operating system that it came with.It was genuine windows 7 home preimum. I was told I have to install the originial operating system that it came withCan I down load it from the internet to a thumb drive so I can transfer it to my desk top?

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hi recently i just bought dell inspiron15r 5520,,my problem is my dell laptop wont boot,, when i run a system diagnostic everything is passed,,but on my hard drive it say it is not installed,,,it is not detected my hard drive,,it used to working well before..but this problem start when i sleep my laptop then when i open it back on the login there are message say ie is not responding,,and everything become freeze then i just press the power button to restart it when i try to restart it it wont boot my hard drive is not detected..please help me,,

A:my dell 15r 5520 cannot boot,,hard-drive not installed

Hello Nezz282,
There are few steps I would suggest, which would help us in isolating the cause of failure. Please check in BIOS setup if the hard drive is detected. To enter BIOS setup, restart the computer and keep tapping F2 key at the Dell logo screen. The system would enter the BIOS setup. Check if the hard drive is detected. If not, I would suggest re-seating the hard drive. Please see the Owner's Manual in order to re-seat the hard drive. Once re-seated, restart the computer and check if the hard drive is detected in BIOS.  If yes, check if the system boots to windows. Please try the steps and write back with results. 

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The other day i was viewing a video on my laptop when an update for itunes showed up & asked if i wanted to restart the computer now to finish installing it. The laptop completely froze for about 5 minutes so i decided to shut it off. Upon turning it back on, it took a while to anything then the screen with the HP logo showed up, and beneath it said "Starting Automatic Repair". After that screen went off, i was stuck at a blank screen with nothing on it. Tried rebooting a few times, and the same thing kept happening. Eventually, the HP logo screen stopped showing up and now it says:Boot Device Not FoundPlease install an operating system on your hard diskHard disk (3F0)F2 System diagnosticsFor more information, please visit: www.hp.com/go/techcenter/startupIve tried all the solutions i can possibly do, and nothing has worked. When I go to system diagnostics and try to do a hard drive check, it says no hard drive installed. How is that possible? Obviously i have one installed, I was just using the thing a couple of days ago. No solutions have worked. What is going on and why in the world is it telling me i don't have a hard drive installed?

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I tried something new- installing W7 from a second SATA hard drive. I extracted my W7 iso from MSDNAA to the hard drive, and was able to boot from it. Then, I told the installer to install windows to my main drive. Unfortunately, it seems that Windows has incorporated my W7 iso drive (the secondary one) as part of the boot routine, and I can't remove it. My system will only boot if I tell it to use the secondary drive as the boot disk. However when I get into Windows, the secondary drive isn't displayed!

Here were the drives I used-
240gb: The one I wanted to install windows ONTO
40gb: The one I installed windows FROM
How can I fix this? Here is the result of my diskpart, disk management, and my computer screens:

Thanks!

A:Installed W7 from secondary hard drive, now I can't boot! (pics)

Looks like the small drive is marked system. That's where your boot files are.

You need to get the boot files onto C.

I think EasyBCD is the typical tool for that.

Fiddle around with this:

Bootmgr - Move to C:\ with EasyBCD

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Hi all,
I have a Tecra W50 PT640A-04103NN1.
When a second hard-drive is installed in the DVD drive bay the laptop will try to boot of the bay disk, not the internal disk
This seond disk has no operating system installed and so the boot fails.

If I hit F12 at boot time and select HDD, then the machine boots correctly. I.e. boots from the main hard drive.
Changing the boot order in the BIOS does make any difference; it will always try to boot from the second, drive bay disk first.

Has any been able to get this to work properly?

Thanks in advance!

A:Tecra W50 - can't boot when second hard drive (caddy) installed.

Hi Doppelfrog,
I've got same problem with my W50, got my HDD caddy couple of days ago.
Did you have any luck in fixing this issue?
I believe the Bios for this laptop is not developed to serve two drives (as the computer got only one drive bay) and it's not possible to prioritize witch HDD should boot first...

Regards,
Marcin

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System Info

Alienware M14x
Windows 7 64 bit home
12GB ram
Ndvidia Gforce 555m
Hard Drive is failing on this system. Have purchased new one to install.

Issue is this- like many modern computers it didn't come with an actual windows 7 disk. Like an idiot I never made one.

I have access to my computer and HDD but it will usually crash after 5-10 minutes. I have MOST of my important stuff backed up and can easily manage the few files I need.

What I need though is to be able to install windows 7 on the next disk. I have obtained the windows key using Belarc. However, this does not match the key on the bottom. But I cannot completely read the key on the bottom Computer is a refurbished- is it possible they switch the windows key on the reformating?

So is there a way for met to create a backup DVD of windows in under 10 minutes?

Would it work if I obtained a cop of windows 7 (not difficult here- I can buy copies for a few bucks) and used my original key? Is the Belarc key correct, if not how do I figure out my key (I can read about 90% of it on the bottom).

Any other advice on doing this?
 

A:Solved: Hard Drive Fail- how to reinstall windows 7

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Something keeps popping up telling me my hard drive will fail.
"Microsoft windows" your hard drive will fail please replace hard drive"
I have had my computer for years and its been saying that for a long time and it hasnt happend yet. I blocked it from popping up before, but now that I reformatted my computer its happening again. How do I keep this from popping up?
 

A:Microsoft windows telling me my hard drive will fail

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I'm running dual hard drives and I started my computer this morning to find the usual hard drive select screen. I selected my usual hard drive and continued to the next select screen. I was prompt with a recovery or a start windows normally options. I selected the usual "start windows normally". Then my computer was forced into recovery mode which never loaded. It loads a blank windows recovery screen that never loads. I left the computer to load for over 2 hours and no luck, it never loads. I've tried restarting and selecting the recovery option for the second option.. but the same result. I've never had this kind of issue before and I'm wondering if the main hard drive has failed. I've tried the usual F12, CTRL+ALT+DEL combos but it is completely unresponsive. The second hard drive I have doesn't have windows installed so it leads nowhere if I choose it.

I've attached a few pictures before for each of the screens along with the blank windows recovery screen.

imgur: the simple 404 page

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When the security update from 09 Feb 2010 came down and screwed up things like it did many others. I shut the pc back down, removed all non-essential drives and attempted to trouble shoot. Eventually I was able to do a repair install to get the primary hdd back to normal as the suggested methods in the threads on here would not work for me.

However...

...now that I have that problem remedied I have another. An additional hard drive that was working fine now is not recognized anywhere by the system at any level. It also makes no vibration on any IDE cable, please tell me that it didn't get fried and I can at least get everything off of it?

I've looked in disk management and the bios and it's just not there. Even used the ubuntu thing that allowed me to back up the primary the other day and it wasn't there either.

Frustrated with Microsoft completely now. heh

Thanks in advance, even if it's bad news you have.

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A:Hard Drive Fail after Feb 9, 2010 windows update?

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Hello,

New to the Tech forum boards but I am having a problem with my HP Pavillion dv6t. The hard drive went bad so I installed a new Seagate 1TB internal hard drive in the notebook. Starts up fine and then it says that "No bootable device found"---insert disk press any key. The disc is in the cd rom, I went into the BIOS enabled the CD/ROM boot option. I also went into the Boot option menu and tried selecting the internal cd/dvd rom drive option and I went into the actual boot order screen and adjusted the boot order so it read the cd-rom drive first then the hard drive. I also am using the HP Application and Driver recovery DVD. I am not sure if the disc is bad or cd drive is bad. The other thought is that because it is a brand new hard drive there is no information on it for the drivers so maybe the computer is not processing the information. If anyone has knowledge of this issue or any ideas that can help I would greatly appreciate it.

Thank You

A:Installed new hard drive on HP Pavillion dv6, boot disk not working

Go HERE:
Repair Install

This is a great Tutorial by administrator Brink - helped me enormously when I was in a similar hole.
If you can't find it, go back to main Seven Forums page.
Scroll down to Tutorials
Click Repair Install by Brink.

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Hi


Im having a serious issue with my Windows 7 64bit.
Immediately after Windows 7 startup, everything seem fine. I start up programs and everything works.

But a short while (~10 seconds) after startup, I cannot start any 32 bit software (Tried Google Chrome, Spotify, Steam, WinRar now. Nothing starts). The programs that I had started earlier works fine. Other software (Notepad & Internet explorer) seems to work fine. I guess these two programs are 64-bit.

If I close any of the software that I had started earlier then I cannot start them again.
I tried to right-click the programs .exe file but then the window crashes. I restart explorer.exe but then NOTHING works. I can't even open My Computer (Error message: "explorer.exe - The remote procedure call failed and did not execute").

Any help on how I can fix this?


My specs:
*Gigabyte GA-790FXTA-UD5, Socket-AM3
*AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition
*Corsair XMS3 DDR3 1333MHz 4GB CL9
*XFX Radeon HD 6970 2GB
*Intel X25-M SSD 80GB 2,5",
*WD Caviar? Black 750GB, 3,5", SATA

I have tried to format my C-drive and reinstalling Windows 7 64-bit several times. The issue keeps reappearing..


Thanks in advance
gromit190

A:Win7 x64: programs fail to start short while after boot + Windows jams

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This problem started with a bad driver file from my printer. I was able to get my desktop to work, but it has crashed my laptop.

I have been trying to reinstall operating system (XP) on my Compaq Presario V2000. I deleted the partition and did the slower version of the formatting the partition. It game back with an error message that there was a partmgr.sys driver error. It suggested to disable the BIOS memory options by starting up in safe mode. I had no idea how to do that, but when I was there ran the hard drive self test and came up with test error #1 - 07 fail. I also reloaded the setup defaults for the PhoenixBIOS.

How do I fix this problem (the self-test and ultimately getting my computer to accept the reinstall)?

Thanks!
 

A:Hard Drive Self Test Error #1 - 07 Fail & Reinstalling Windows XP

To fix the self test you need to replace the hard drive. That's the whole point of a self test, if it fails it means your drive is bad.
 

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Hey everyone! So as the title states I am trying to trouble shoot a company laptop which had its hard drive crash last week. Lenovo sent me a replacement hard drive through my service ticket but after installation it just constantly goes to the boot order menu even after selecting the correct hard drive. Shouldn't this come with Windows 10 already installed? Straight from the factory it came with the OS. I tried booting from a windows 7 disc in case the operating system wasn't on the new hard drive but I get the same issue. It keeps going into a loop for the boot order. When I select something it just takes me back to the menu. Any help here is appreciated. Thank you!

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I have an Acer Aspire V3-771, originally had windows 8.1 but had to put in a new hard drive.....my brother did it for me and upgraded to windows 10.  With 8.1 I had realtek sound and dolby home theatre, professionally tuned and the like.  Now I have 10 and it's just high definition audio...........it sucks!!  How do I get realtek and dolby home theatre back?  Or can I?

A:I installed windows 10 on a new hard drive on my a...

Hi, It looks like your notebook does not have driver support for windows 10. You could try to install the windows 8.1 drivers which are available on acer drivers page, or you can try to install the most recent drivers which are available from the realtek web page. http://www.realtek.com.tw/downloads/downloadsCheck.aspx?Langid=1&PNid=24&PFid=24&Level=4&Conn=3&Down... However, I cannot tell you that in any way you will be able to get back the Dolby. But as far as I know dolby digital plus comes integrated in windows 10 or it should come if your notebook has dolby support. You should check it in playback devices, here select speakers, and then properties. In the top menu of the new window you should have dolby. If you are not happy you can try to manually install dolby from the drivers folder which you downloaded from acer drivers page. Inside there should be a folder named PCEE4 which contains the installers for dolby home theater and dolby advanced audio. But I cannot tell you how well it will work on w10 since they were made for w8.1

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