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Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga S1 Wont Boot Hard Drive.. Only Boots when hard drive is unplugged

Q: Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga S1 Wont Boot Hard Drive.. Only Boots when hard drive is unplugged

My lenovo Thinkpad Yoga S1 wont boot at all I've tried unplugging the battery,etc The only way I can get the computer to boot is when I unplug the hard drive then it boots into boot manager I've tried to reset bios without any luck The last thing I did was update my bios before it wouldn't boot anymore any ideas?

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My lenovo Thinkpad Yoga S1 wont boot at all I've tried unplugging the battery,etc The only way I can get the computer to boot is when I unplug the hard drive then it boots into boot manager I've tried to reset bios without any luck The last thing I did was update my bios before it wouldn't boot anymore  any ideas?

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Hey Guys,Im trying to get a laptop working for my brother. He has a Yoga 500-14IBD. The laptop works perfectly fine with the current hard drive running windows 10.He has been sent out a new hard drive which has been preloaded with windows 10 but adapted with specialised software (which shouldn't be too important for the issue).I installed the new hard drive into the Laptop and it won't boot past the Windows Boot Manager. The laptop does recognise the Hard drive and see's it is connected but wont boot into it. Where it gets weird is that I tried this hard drive in my other Lenovo T420 Laptop and it boots into the hard drive no problems. This rules out hard ware issues. Is there something which needs to be adjusted in the BIOS to allow the Yoga to boot up into this hard drive? I have tried switching from UEFI Mode or Legacy BIOS mode but this didnt make any real difference. There was an error showing in Legacy mode regarding PXE-E61 Media Test Failure Error but this occurred when the laptop worked in my T420 so it shouldnt be related.  I have tested another Windows 10 installation Hard drive on the Yoga (the one from my T420) and it worked. Just a note the hard drive that isnt working is not and SSD but the ones which are working are SSD'sAny advice would be appreciated

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Although my Disk 0 (see attached Computer Management jpg) displays itself as the boot drive, it will not boot up alone. I must power up a second drive (labeled Disk 1) to view Disk 0. I understand the need to use the BIOS to point to the Boot Drive and Boot Priority, and have done this each time.

This is not a BSOD issue.
I have multiple W7 operating systems installed. One on Disk 0 and one on Disk 1. I am offered a choice when booting from Disk 1, to choose operating systems and I select the one located on Disk 0. (Verified by the jpg file.)
But with only the Disk 0 receiving power, I get a message that the drive will not boot unless I insert a bootable disk.
However, with both the Disk 0 and the Disk 1 drive receiving power, I manually change the BIOS to point to Disk 1 to allow both drives to be viewed successfully.
I would just like to use Disk 0, but since it will not boot by itself, (even though it shows it is the bootable drive), I must be doing something wrong. How can I use only Disk 0?

A:Boot Drive Only Successfully Boots with Second Hard Drive

This sounds like a problem for gregrocker

The 100MB partition on Disk 1 is marked as System so that's where the boot files are located and why you need to to boot.

I believe you can fix this by removing Disk 1, booting your Win 7 DVD and running Startup Repair up to 3 times: Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times

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I just had to chime in here.  I just spent the last 5 days fighting this with a Lenovo U530 Ultrabook Ideapad. I could not even get the machine to boot to a bootable Windows 10 USB stick or a bootable Windows PE USB that had some drive recovery software on it.  Although it would boot to the Lenovo Diagnostics that I downloaded from Lenovo on a USB stick and it would also boot to Tails (Linux distro) on a USB stick. I know the machine was crashing because when it would get stuck, I would try to push the Caps Lock on and off and the light didn't change.  During boot kept pushing the Caps Lock it would toggle then freeze after a few seconds. I took the hard drive out and put it in another Lenovo U530 I had at my disposal and it worked fine so I know that the hard drive was working.  The hard drive seemed to be in  some state of a patial update to Windows 10 so that probably caused the initial problem. I was trying to figure out how to flash the BIOS since I though maybe it had been corrupted somehow but wasn't figuring out how to get that done without being in Windows.  The BIOS flash from Lenovo seemed to be dependent on some .NET framework.  Anyway I ran across a video where a guy explained that he had a Lenovo that was acting similar so he opened it up and unplugged the battery and plugged it back in and it fixed it. I was skeptical but figured I hadn't anything to lose and voila it worked.... unbeivable... Here... Read more

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I have a 1TB external hard drive and my Yoga won't detect it. The same port detects my cell phone, and other storage devices.  I'm not technologically savvy, so if anyone has an idea of how to get it to boot again, and can give me step by step instructions, that would be great.I can't find a tech support phone number anywhere.  Thankyou

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Hello forum, I have a Thinkpad Yoga 14 (purchased in 2016) with a broken hard drive (windows won't boot, diagnostics say it's a hardware issue). I'm planning to replace the hard drive, and I have a couple of questions about the process: 1. What size/brand of hard drive will fit this laptop? I don't want to purchase a hard drive that ends up being too large or too small for the laptop's bay.  2. Will I require any extra tools/devices for the replacement? The instructions for replacements on the internet seem fairly straightforward, but will I need any more than a screwdriver for this laptop? 3. I believe that this laptop has both an HDD for storage, and an auxiliary SSD to improve performance. I'd like to not have to buy another hard drive, so is it possible to simply remove the HDD and use the SSD as the main drive disk? Storage is not a huge issue for me. 4. Given that the hard drive is damaged to the point where windows cannot boot, will it still be possible to copy Windows from the old drive to the new drive, or will I have to purchase a new copy of Windows? Links to any other resources/further explanation about hard drive replacement for the Yoga 14 is highly appreciated. Thanks!

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years ago,
i had a 3.5" diskette that booted with access to fat and ntfs hard drives...
can someone, anyone, tell me where a HARD-DRIVE INCLUSIVE ACCESS
boot floppy is that does FAT and NTFS?

in other words,
the diskette should boot 1st,
with full access to the hard drive.

please reply if you know to:

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A:Boot Diskette that Boots Hard Drive, Too


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I was recently running windows XP professional on my Compaq 1900 laptop when my hard drive crashed, so I searched on ebay and bought the exact same model MK6014MAP (Toshiba). When i got the drive I put it in my laptop and turned it on. It didn't automatically recognized the hard drive so I put the Compaq recovery disk in to help the BIOS recognize the drive, it worked and I was able to boot from the windows XP pro setup disk. While setup was formatting my hard drive it crashed at 94%!!! So i turned off my computer but this time the BIOS didn't recognize the hard drive. So I put in the Compaq recovery disk in again and the BIOS recognized it once again but this time my Laptop won't Boot from the XP cd it just gave me a black screen. I tried booting from the cd with the hard drive removed and it works perfectly!! Can some body please help me! I love this laptop and can't live without it!!!

A:can't boot to windows xp cd! Only boots to xp cd when hard drive is removed!!!

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Two ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen2 TabletPCs will successfully boot into Windows 10 just fine from a hard poweroff.  But once in windows, if i choose Restart, it will hang at the "LENOVO" BIOS  level boot up logo with "To interrupt normal startup, press Enter".   Stuck at Lenovo BOOT BIOS initialization screen, right before handoff to the Operating System. "To interrupt normal startup, press Enter" At this point, pressing ENTER does not work.CTRL-ALT+DEL causes the screen to change shade for a moment, but effectively does nothing.Changing the UEFI settings to diagnostics results in black screen.Holding the power switch to force a poweroff, waiting a few moments, and then powering on results in a successful windows startup.  DevMGMT.msc does NOT see bluetooth and there is "Unknown USB Device (Device Descriptor Request Failed)" entry under "Universal Serial Bus controllers".  I have run all automatic updates via "Lenovo Vantage" and the manual TPM update.   I can boot into the firmware setup and have had it revert to factory defaults and reverted to factory defaults for all security settings.   I even tried the Win10 repair startup problems, but it says it cannot fix this.   

A:ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen2 does not Restart, requires hard power off. Stuck at Lenovo boot logo.

It looks to me like you have a faulty hardware issue or a serious driver issue. Try the Lenovo recovery to put the device back to the factory windows install. If that fails, I would think you have a hardware issue.

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Is there any documentation regarding the installation of a third hard drive in a Lenovo ThinkPad P71? I found the information on how to remove/replace the hard drive. However, I would like to have more specific information as to the location of each hard drive, is the third hard drive bay empty or does it have an adapter at the moment? It would be great to have this information before I buy the hard drive and start the installation. PS: I currently have a 1TB SSD and 1TB HDD from Lenovo and I plan on buying/installing this hard drive: Crucial MX500 1TB 3D NAND SATA 2.5 Inch Internal SSD - CT1000MX500SSD1(Z) Any tips and/or recommandation would be appreciated.

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My Acer netbook has developed some kind of fault and I am unsure as to what I ought to do,

The netbook does boot to BIOS and also will boot up from an external drive...but will not boot normally.

I am thinking of replacing the hard drive but don`t know if there could be something else wrong...it says sometimes that it can`t read it and from this I am not sure if there is something else wrong...if I change the drive does it sound as though things will work ?

I realise that there`s not much to go on here but would appreciate a point of view...there are also a couple of other intermittent faults such as certain letters and numbers not working and then everything is fine for a while...but this hard drive thing has be wondering if it is time to get a new device !

Hope you may be able to help or give some advice,

Many thanks in advance,


A:Boot to BIOS and boots from external disc but not from Hard drive

Hello Steve and welcome to Seven Forums.

It's possible that something may have damaged or corrupted the boot info contained on the hard drive. One of the Forum experts prepared this troubleshooting guide for failure to start issues. It's time consuming but has helped many solve startup problems.

Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Boot

Another possibility is that your Acer has a hidden recovery partition. If it does, another option could be to restore your computer to factory specs. It would erase everything on the hard drive and make your machine exactly like it was the day you brought it home from the store. It's called the eRecovery Management Program.

Acer Support - Answers, E-Mail, Chat - How do I restore my computer using the eRecovery Management program?

Please post back if anything helped or not, or if you have any other questions..

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Just a little gripe, I have a Lenovo Yoga 700 and was very disappointed to learn that the 512gb hard drive in this unit cannot be upgraded. I tried several m.2 drives but it would not recognize any of them...I would like to go to 1gb and was looking to buy the 910 but if this is what I have in store for me..I will look somewhere else... is there any work around for this or has anyone had any luck finding a drive that will work. . It is an M.2 Drive.

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Is it possible to upgrade the RAM and hard drive on a Lenora yoga 700? 

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Just a little gripe, I have a Lenovo Yoga 700 and was very disappointed to learn that the 512gb hard drive in this unit cannot be upgraded. I tried several m.2 drives but it would not recognize any of them...I would like to go to 1gb and was looking to buy the 910 but if this is what I have in store for me..I will look somewhere else... is there any work around for this or has anyone had any luck finding a drive that will work. . It is an M.2 Drive.

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Hi everyone,
I have a unique problem that I hope some of the gurus out there will help me sort out: I used Clonezilla to clone my old SATA hard drive (160 GB) to a Toshiba 1 TB SATA HD. On the old drive I have Win XP and Linux Slackware64 14.1. I noticed that after the cloning was completed and I took out the old drive and installed the new one in my laptop, I cannot boot into Win XP. I am getting a BSD with the following stop hex codes: 0x0000007B, 0xBA4CF524, 0XC00000030, 0X00000000,0X00000000, and the machine just goes into reboot. However, I can boot into Linux without any issues and in fact I am typing this message from my Linux box. I tried using fixmbr from the Windows Recovery console but that did not help. Since I don't have a floppy in my laptop, I cannot use a disaster recovery disk. I tried fdisk from a Win 98 disk that I placed on a USB flash drive and got the error about incompatible version or something like that.

I have what is called 'Advanced Format' on the new 1 TB Toshiba HD. Here is the result of 'fdisk -l'. I want to use dd to clone the old HD to the new one but until I correct the partition error reported below, I suspect that dd will not help me.

Laptop specs: HP Pavilion dv9410us 1.8 GHz, 2 Gib of RAM, AMD Turion64 X2.

[email protected]:~# fdisk -l

Disk /dev/sda: 1000.2 GB, 1000204886016 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 121601 cylinders, total 1953525168 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
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A:Solved: Win XP won't boot after cloning to a larger hard drive, Linux boots fine

After a long a painful search, I found that old Win XP cannot support hard drives with Advanced Format. Microsoft says so and it warns that even if you succeed in getting Win XP to boot from one of these drives, you will run into errors and possible data corruption. So, I will forget about Win XP and move on. The only reason I am using Windows is because of my obligation to Uncle Sam every April 15. However after this year I will make sure to find an alternative in order not to be tie to Windows (any version) for any of this yearly task. Live and learn - cheers

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I recently bought a new CD Drive. When I was installed it and tried to start up my computer I would get a "there is no bootable disk" message or something of that sort. But when i put in my old CD drive it boots up fine. Can anyone tell me why this is happening?

A:Hard Drive wont boot without CD drive?

Make sure the jumper on the back end of the drive
is set the same as the old drive.
Either master/slave or cable select.

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HiI am new to Lenovo and just last week bought a Yoga 520 (Type80X80) Ideapad running Windows 10.I'd be grateful for some answers from the community re - 1. The hard drive capacity says 120gb. I'd like to upgrade to 256 or 512 gb SSD. How do I know if it is a 2.5'' SSD or if any free slot is available.Do I need to open it up (will it void the warranty?) 2.Can I then partition the hard drive and dual boot android and windows 10? 3.Can I use a Wacom bamboo pen with it (comes under budget)   Regards Simon Lenovo Yoga 520 (Type 80X8) Laptop Ideapad Machine Type Model - 80X800S4UKProcessor: 1x () Memory: 1x 4GB DDR4-2133 Operating System: Windows 10 Home 64(JP:Japanese) Hard Drive: 1x Wireless Network: 1x Ports: 1x 4-in-1 Media Card Reader (SD MMC SDHC SDXC) Camera: 1x Graphics: 1x Monitor: 14.0 FHD Included Warranty: 1 Year Depot

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Hi Everyone, I'm at my wits end and was hoping someone might be able to help me understand what exactly I need to do, purchase to bring my laptop back to life. Long story short, I have had this for just over 2 years, no more warranty and the hard drive I believe is going out/has gone out. It all started with a failed windows 10 upgrade, kept looping, finally I blew away I guess everything on it. Now when I am trying to re-instal windows 8.1 it tells me that it cannot because the hard disk may fail soon. I can get mostly through the windows setup but it always ends up failing. My question is, can someone help me identify what exactly needs to be replaced? I am fairly tech savy good at following directions and installing things by myself. (garbage disposals, haha). What I am not good at is trying to track down what hard drive to buy would be? I hate to bring it to best buy as its $200 just for a diagnosis and then whatever to fix it on top of that.  Can anyone offer insight and help me become enlightened? Thanks so much, L    

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In windows 7 my external hard drive does not show as a back up location.  When I go to system image, the box for what items I want to back up also has the ext drive checked. I do not want to back up the external hard drive but it will not uncheck.,
(faded lettering) I believe this is why I cannot back up my computer to it.  How do I get the back up from including the external hard drive? <input id="39f7f89d-082d-4e34-8bd3-a03da4f8d21c_attachments" type="hidden" value=""





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Hi all, I recently purchased a Lenovo Yoga 300-11IBR with the 32gb internal hard drive. I thought it would suit my purpose well as I only want to use it to run software to check error codes on my car (not much hard drive capacity required). I'm really disappointed though as I thought it would be super-fast to boot and use with 32gb SSD that only runs the operating software; how wrong I was... Long story short I?m trying to improve the performance and would like to install a 64gb SSD; I have remove the back and found the connector (SATA_CONN1) but it has no cable connector. Does this mean the motherboard will not support a SATA drive or does it mean I need a connector soldered on (this looks very tricky as the pins are so close together). See attached photos of the inside of my notebook and the connector cable I intended to purchase. Any help would be greatly appreciated; if I don?t get this resolved the notebook will be going in the bin and I?ve wasted a reasonable amount of money. Final resort is to down grade from windows 10 to windows 7 and free up some disk space. I?d like to do this anyway but struggled for 6 hours already to undertake this task; I keep receiving an Error Code: 0x6 Thanks, Richard

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My Yoga 900-13ISK Laptop ((ideapad) - Type 80MK - Model 80MK002CUS) has died and I want to access the files on my hard drive.  What kind of usb/external hard drive dock would work for that hard drive, so that I could hook it up to my new computer? Thanks!

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I have two laptops, a ThinkPad T30 and a Latitude C840 (they are both working with XP SP2, except the T30 doesn't have a screen). I'd like to move the T30's drive into the C840, but when I do this, the C840 will hang right after the BIOS screen (incl. the XP CD's Press a key to boot off the CD if I tell it to boot from the disc drive first).

My first thought was to try Recovery Console from the XP CD. I can log into the install, and I've already tried fixmbring and fixbooting it. This doesn't help.

This leaves the option of the drivers not being right. I installed the C840 chipset drivers, nothing.

I'd really rather not go on a wild goose chase trying to figure out what'll get things up and running, so can you guys gimme a suggestion?


A:Moved hard drive and cannot boot; hard drive accessable from Recovery Console

You can't simple move one drive from one machine to another because the drivers are specific to the hardware. Did you receive recovery CDs for the Latitude? If so, you could use them to "restore" it to its factory default with the new drive. This may actually be on a partition of the hard drive.
As an alternative, you could create an image of the original drive and restore it to the new one using some freeware such as DriveImage XML. To restore the image to the new drive, you'll need to boot to a bootable CD using something like UBCD4WIN and restore the image from somewhere on your network.

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Windows XP Professional Service Pack 2 (build 2600)
2.20 gigahertz Intel Pentium Dual
64 kilobyte primary memory cache
1024 kilobyte secondary memory cache
WDC WD1200BB-00FTA0 [Hard drive] (120.03 GB) -- drive 0, s/n WD-WMAET2099978, rev 15.05R15, SMART Status: Healthy

Hard drive #1:
Just a few weeks ago my hard drive started clicking and suddenly my system froze. The drive wasn't dropped, bumped, or anything like that. It was fairly new as well. I was having some issues accessing my files AND I couldn't access the internet through any browsers. I was connected, could play internet-using games, but got no reply from websites. I decided to reformat. Well, that didn't go so well. Reformatting did not fix the freezing issue nor did it fix the internet issue. I attempted to reformat the partition on C but it simply wouldn't let me.

Hard drive #2:
I pulled out a newish hard drive and formatted it, installed my applications and continued on my way. Everything was working great, until a day later when the hard drive AGAIN froze in the middle of a session and this time I couldn't even boot. I was getting a boot error that mentioned not receiving a boot file name. I went into the windows repair console and did a chkdsk which turned up a few errors (and attempted to recover them I assume). I could now boot, but random freezing would still take place now and then and EVERY DAY I have to access the repair console due to boot errors. Almost every other attempt to boot resul... Read more

A:Multiple hard drive boot errors, hard drive clicking, and freezing

Try installing another operating system onto the disk and seeing if that crashes as well. If it doesn't you probably have a bad Windows cd. I suggest trying Kubuntu, a version of Linux meant to look somewhat like Windows (You can click here to skip directly to the download page). Just remember to actually install the thing. Most Linux operating systems can be ran directly from the cd without any need to be installed onto a hard disk. There's usually a program on the desktop that will install the system for you. If it runs properly for a week or two, get a new Windows disk. If it crashes just as much as Windows did, get a new computer.

Also, how much RAM does your computer have? If it's very low (256-512 megs or less) it can sometimes cause these kinds of crashes too.

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I have a Dell Inspiron 1520 laptop. I have an image of the entire hard drive that I created when I first got the computer (using Acronis TrueImage), and I'd like to restore that image, returning the laptop back to that fresh, clean original state. I've done this two or three times before and it worked great each time.

But now there's a problem. Normally I would connect to the laptop a USB storage/backup drive that has the disk image, boot the laptop from a Rescue Media CD created by Acronis, then restore that disk image from the back-up drive onto the laptop's HDD.

When I tried it this time round, the laptop's HDD was not listed in TrueImage at all. I created a new rescue media disk, tried it again, and got the same result.

I then took the HDD out of the laptop, connected it to an adapter kit that let's you power up and plug in the drive via a USB port and external power supply, and tried the same procedure using my desktop to run the operation. Same result. The drive was not detected by Acronis.

The drive does not seem to spin up at all when it is connected.

** Keep in mind the drive still works when installed in the laptop -- it boots into Windows XP etc. **

When I plug the drive into my desktop, the drive does not show up in Disk Management (Start | Right-click My Computer | Manage | Disk Management). It doesn't show up in either of the two right-side windows. (so there's no way I know of to format it or d... Read more

A:Primary hard drive boots in laptop but isn't recognized when used as external drive

It's a power issue. Had the same issue taking a 2.5" laptop hdd and attempting to hook up w/ a passive usb sata hdd cable. my recommendation is to use a powered usb sata cable. like this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812119475 having proper power will allow the USB bus to detect and power the hdd correctly. Hope this helps, take care!

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I wanted to transfer data to another hard drive and i hooked it up as a slave drive to my main drive and the first time i booted it up it did nothing and then i restarted and and wouldnt boot and gave me the message

NTLRD is missing
Please press any key to restart

then i unhooked the second hard drive and rebooted and got the same message, i hooked the second drive up to its original machine and got the same message on it too. what is goin on hear now nothing will boot. please need help, i cant lose all that data on both hardrives!

I sacraficed the first hard drive and format it and then when i go to install windows xp on it at says

Fatal Error:
One of the components that Windows needs to continue setup could not be installed.

The parameter is incorrect.

Please Help!

A:Help my hard drive wont boot up and windows wont install!

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I wanted to transfer data to another hard drive and i hooked it up as a slave drive to my main drive and the first time i booted it up it did nothing and then i restarted and and wouldnt boot and gave me the message

NTLRD is missing
Please press any key to restart

then i unhooked the second hard drive and rebooted and got the same message, i hooked the second drive up to its original machine and got the same message on it too. what is goin on hear now nothing will boot. please need help, i cant lose all that data on both hardrives!

I sacraficed the first hard drive and format it and then when i go to install windows xp on it at says

Fatal Error:
One of the components that Windows needs to continue setup could not be installed.

The parameter is incorrect.

Please Help!

A:Help my hard drive wont boot up and windows wont install!

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Hi Guys, my old hard drive committed suicide on my desktop, so I bought a new one and installed it, I was trying for days to install windows 7 from a copy disc, the computer would not boot at all, either from the dvd drive or from an external usb drive which I made, anyway I have another desktop running win 8.1 pro, so I disconnected the hard drive from that and attached the new hard drive, I the installed Windows 7 home premium onto that drive, and it worked fine, I then took the new HD and installed it into the original desktop that would not boot, I booted it up and it seamed to work fine, until it came to the windows is starting screen, then it stops and reboots itself, when it boots it opens up an option screen saying, windows failed to boot run repair, or start as normal, obviously I ran repair, but I keep getting, cannot repair this do you wish to send a report, so guys I am presuming the drivers from the win 8 desktop were different to the win 7, any help on fixing this please, thanks in advance

A:New hard drive wont boot

You can not install it on another system then bring it to a new one like that, the drivers and hardware are not the same. You need to reinstall it on the pc you want to fix, when in the installer tell it to delete the partitions and make a new one so it will install fresh. what is the specs of the computer that will not boot, i'm betting now that it starts with that drive period you can install windows on it like you were trying in the beginning.

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Basically ive been a bit silly....my pc wasnt shutting down (i think it had a virus on it) i used to get rundll32 errors when ever i tried to shut down or re start, so id just switch it off at the back.

Anyways the otherday i was met with the error msg "BOOT_DRIVE_UNMOUNTABLE" when i started up the pc...(a blue screen before windows loaded, which halted windows from loading)

So i booted windows from the CD, and ran system recovery (pressed R then ran CHKDSK /R).......it took a while but found and fixed errors. Then upon re starting windows i now get as far as the black XP logo screen...but then nothing.....just stops.

I then tried to boot off the XP again and run recovery.....this time i am met with:


then im asked to select which version of windows i want to load....as there only one choice (1) i choose that and press enter but it just freezes.

i have also tried to reinstall windows (the other option when booting from cd) and this just crashes too.


A:My Hard Drive Wont Boot!!!!help!

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Due to my recent motherboard failure my hard drive will not boot into xp, even in safe mode. I can however brwose my files when i boot with another hard drive, I managed to save most of my files saved on the computer by simply copying them over to another drive.


I cant backup my documents folder because my xp user was password restricted, so i cant open the folder or copy it .

Could anyone advise me how i can access this to back it up (i know the password of course).


A:Hard Drive wont boot

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I have a maxtor hard drive that came out of a dell with a pentium 2 in it. The hard drive previously had windows 98 on it but it crashed and wouldnt start up. I took the hard drive and put it in my brothers computer and it came up as a second disk E: on my computer, which is normal. I loaded windows XP onto my Dell Hard Drive, Then stuck the hard drive back into my dell and it wont boot up, it says "Please Remove Disk Or Other Media"

Someone please help me with this, its been extremley frustrating.

A:Why wont my Hard Drive Boot up? PLEASE HELP!!

If I am understanding you right, you can not do what you are trying to do. You can not load XP onto a hard drive when installed in computer A, then move the hard drive to computer B as is and expect it to work unfortunately. They have completely different hardware configs and therefore drivers sets.

This is especially true for a Dell, as they have done all kinds of tweaks and shortcuts to the hardware they make. You need to have the Dell specific CD to load windows.

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I have windows vista
When I turn the computer on it hangs on the select F1 for boot list etc then goes to trying to boot from the dvd drive.
When i go into the boot list or bios my hard disk is not listed and also when i boot from the windows vista cd my hard drive isnt listed.
Ive opened up the computer and checked the cables and they are all in properly.

Any help? or has my hard drive gone completely?


A:Wont boot from hard drive

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Okay this is what happen My friend got me to install Linux on my laptop and told me to wipe drive he said it would be easy to reinstall windows later. So after a few months of Linux my sister's husband needed a computer for his school so I decided to switch it back to Windows 10 for him to use because I have a desktop as my main so didn't mind letting him have the laptop. I installed windows 10 flawlessly updated it put security software along with a few engineering programs he wanted was running smoothly gave it to him. Get a call about week later saying it wont boot he said it work very good but now it wont. So he gave it back to me and I tried what i did before but windows cant repair it or install. i have tried system recovery but since it was wiped the image is no longer there. I then tried one or two partition recovery software's on it. it said it recovered the partitions but windows still wont install it. So after many attempts and videos and article etc to attempt to fix i am out of luck so thought I post here to see if any can help. When it comes to the actual computer meaning boot up into windows i can fix about anything but when it cant boot or partion lost etc i kinda a newbie at it.

A:Hard Drive Wont boot

Can you get to run cmd prompt stage at all ?

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i have a packard bell h5 notebook (3.2ghz, 1g ram, Win XP) which is playing up.

most of the time, the machine will not boot to windows. it'll run through the usual initial statup screens then stall on the packard bell startup graphic (where i'm given the option to enter bios setup).

it'll pause for much longer than usual (i'm assuming it's trying to detect the OS to boot from) then after a while it'll bring me to a DOS looking screen where it advises: "reboot and select a proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device and press a key". i have checked bios and it correctly has the hard drive as the he primary boot device, and there is on secondary selected.

On occasion, like now, the machine will boot successfully to windows, altho it takes much longer than usual. when i use the laptop, applications are slower loading and media files stall alot. internet exlorer also seems slower too.

the laptop has not suffered any physical damage and i haven't installed any new applications/software. nor is the machine left on overnight often. the machine was working fine before hand and i haven't opened up the machine and messed about with the hard drives jumpers or anything.

how do i fix this and get the machine back to its super dooper, high performing self?

help (!)

A:wont boot from hard drive

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ok, i run a amd 2600+ 768mb ram, xp home, 40gb hd, radeon 9600SE (replaces integrated) i recently found a 20gb in an old comp so i stuck it in. i had some issues getting my computer to register and find it. (i.e. xp would load and wouldt load the newly added hd) after a while of tinkering i gave up and put the jumpers back n place and took out the hd. now my 40gb wont load.... it gets past the ide detection then freezes with a blinking "_" in the top left..... ive redone all the jumpers and tried everything. note: this is a compaq prefab. thanks for ur help

A:hard drive wont boot

I would start by checking the IDE connector on the MoBo, one side may have lifted out in the process.

After double-checking all the connectors -- I would look at the jumper on you HD to make sure it was on master
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I have a older computer, w/ASUS P4b266-LA motherboard, it has a green light on it. Recently, my mouse, and keyboard went out. Try to turn computer on and my cd rom drive had a steady light. Dissconnect using the power supply plug, wait at least 7 min. Turn computer back on, dont hear the hard drive booting nor the a: drive trying to work.

What could be the problem. Mother boards lights up mouse and keyboard do not respond. Monitor is blank. Please help!!!

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And it could just as likely be your hard drive. Go to the hard drive manufacturer's website and download their drive fitness test. Run it on the drive jumpered as a slave in another computer. Also consider corruption of the operating system as a possibility. So running a borrowed hard drive as a test install might tell you a lot..
Also check your BIOS settings.
Motherboards seldom fail. That ASUS P4b266 is old but not ancient, and is not known for failures. So I agree with Zenosincks that the power supply is also suspect. It may be useful to buy a good power supply tester ($10 to $25), or temporarily test your system using a borrowed power supply.
Anything electrical has the potential for creating weird stuff... any pci card or any video graphics card, when defective, can have spurious responses that make the entire system seem flakey.

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I Have A EMACHINE and the hard drive died. IT guy at work was nice enough to test it and confirm ..but I'm not working there anymore... So I replaced it with the same size, and brand drive. Seagate Barracuda 500 gb. I tried to start up the system with a recovery disk I had but no luck. I have gone into bios and configured it to start up 1), DVD, 2) Hard Drive, 3) Ram. Still no luck.
So I tried starting it up with my Windows 7 Home disk 64 bit it started loading (bar across bottom. of screen completed) then "Starting Windows" came on the screen and it just sits there.Tried Enter, space bar etc... I'm out of my league now please advise Thanks:


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I have a Dell 700m running XP. Tonight I was streaming a movie online and took down my ad block program to view the video. A little while in firefox froze and I couldn't get it to close (even with ctrl, alt, del). Then I got the blue screen of death (i didn't write down the codes). I tried to restart the computer and keep getting the blue screen of death.

When I try to restart in recovery mode I get the blue screen saying to check for viruses on the computer computer. And to run CHKDSK/F to check for hard drive corruption, and then restart your computer.
Techinical information:
***STOP: 0X0000007B (0xF7BFE524, 0xC0000034, 0x00000000.0x00000000)

I tried to boot in safe mode and got the same message but with a slightly different code.
***STOP: 0X0000007B (0xf7b16528, 0xC0000034, 0x00000000.0x00000000)

When I tried to run the XP setup disk it stated "Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed on your computer"

Is there any way I can fix this without losing everything on my hard drive? What do I have to do to get it to recognize the hard drive again? (I read about putting the sata driver on my computer by putting it on a disk and adding it during the boot up process with F6 but I didn't know if this would delete the contents of my hard drive and also I don't know where to find the proper sata driver.) I know a bit about computers but not too much. I would greatly appreciate any help you can provide me. Thanks!

A:XP wont boot, hard drive not recognized - Help!

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I am new here so apologise if this is in the wrong post
Everyone I turn my laptop on there is a continuous beep over and over for about 2 minutes nothing loading up and no Lenovo logo after this period the beeping stops I just end up at the Bios menu 
No matter what boot up option I pick I end up at the Bios menu however I did notice when I remove the hard drive there is no beeping? so I tried using a flash drive to look for errors but no luck yet 
I have a Lenovo Flex 2-14 
Moderator note: post moved to Flex forum.

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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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Issue: Its seen that computer having a samsung hard drive of 320 GB and 500 GB will give black screen with a cursor at the top left corner and it wont boot.
The reason behind this is these hard drives contains a scanner inside them which periodically scans the hard drive to check for error and tries to recover them.
Resolution: Enter the Boot device menu(By pressing the F12 or F9 key on the manufacturer logo).
Change the Boot Device
Select HARD DRIVE as the 1st boot priority and press enter. The system may or may not boot.
If the system boots, go to : http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/download.aspx?c=us&l=en&s=gen&releaseid=R180581&SystemID=INSP_DSKTP_D530S&servicetag=&os=WLH&osl=en&deviceid=13763&devlib=0&typecnt=0&vercnt=1&catid=-1&impid=-1&formatcnt=2&libid=41&fileid=246131
Here you will find a patch which will delete/disable the scanner.
If the system wont boot even after selecting the Hard drive from Boot menu., wait till the scan completes and then run this patch.
Do not Reinstall OS or replace your hard drive for this issue.

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I am new here so apologise if this is in the wrong post Everyone I turn my laptop on there is a continuous beep over and over for about 2 minutes nothing loading up and no Lenovo logo after this period the beeping stops I just end up at the Bios menu  No matter what boot up option I pick I end up at the Bios menu however I did notice when I remove the hard drive there is no beeping? so I tried using a flash drive to look for errors but no luck yet  I have a Lenovo Flex 2-14 

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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


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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