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2nd disk causes boot to fail

Q: 2nd disk causes boot to fail

I installed Windows 7 64 bit to replace Vista 32 bit. I have 2 physical disks and did the install with both disks installed. Now when I remove the 2nd disk it boots fine but won't boot with the 2nd disk installed.

My first disk has 2 partitions: c: (where vista was installed) and d: for everything else. When I boot from the installation disk to do a repair, the os field is blank. When I use bootsect.exe it only offers d:

I have read plenty of examples win this forum and others for replacing the mbr but none have worked. I also tried formatting the 2nd drive but that didn't work either.

I just want to use the 2nd drive without the system files as a backup. What can I do?

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A: 2nd disk causes boot to fail

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Hello my name is Josh and I would really appreciate anyone's input on this:

I've recently decided to put together my own computer. It's cool how I saved money buying the separate parts, and the process of putting everything together has been a good learning experience so far. The only problem is, after finally ordering Windows XP Professional x64 bit, and inserting in the CD/DVD-ROM for that moment of glory, the BIOS still tells me that it's failing to boot the disk.

Here are my specs:

Gigabyte S-series model P35C-DS3R motherboard http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/Products/...ProductID=2551

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 CPU (2.4 GHz) http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/p...682&lid=585550

NVIDIA e-GeForce 8600 GTS Graphics Card http://www.nvidia.com/object/geforce_8600.html

Western Digital SATA 300 MB/s, 400 GB Disk Space, 16 MB Cache, 7200 RPM Hard Drive http://www.cheapstingybargains.com/3...d-125-shipped/

Samsung SH-S203B DVD Writer http://www.samsung.com/in/products/o...s/sh_s203b.asp

Thermaltake Purepower 500W Power Supply http://www.thermaltake.com/product/P...94/w009394.asp

Antec Nine Hundred Ultimate Gamer Case http://www.antec.com/us/productDetails.php?ProdID=15900

As I scroll through the BIOS I'm using an old Compaq keyboard from a piece of history...waiting until the operating system is up before I install my wireless Logitech keyboard. I set my priority boot device as the CD-ROM Device in Advanced BIOS Screen, as the manual tells me this is all ... Read more

A:Disk Boot Fail...?

Hi Josh and welcome to TSF !

Most of the links you posted about your hardware are invalid, maybe you copy/pasted them from elsewhere ? Here's the link to your motherboard's specs :

Try to boot another computer with your XP pro disk, in case this would be the CD which is not bootable.

Does the DVD drive appear in the detecting primary/secondary IDE/SATA master/slave lines at startup ? Does it appear in the BIOS ?

Refer to your motherboard manual to know which SATA ports you need to use for a master/slave setup with 2 drives. Logically the hard drive should be the primary master and the burner the primary slave. Try other SATA ports and see if it helps (Fyi, my Asus motherboard refuses to boot if the CD-rom is set on the SATA3 connector but boots fine when it's on the SATA5, no idea why).

Else try with an IDE CD drive (borrow one from another computer). Hook it at the end of the IDE cable and set its jumper to master if any. Tell us how it works.

About your XP 64 pro CD, did you get a license key with it ? Without it you won't be able to use it for more than 30 days. Note that XP 64bit is not a gaming nor a home computer OS. You'll have a hard time finding the proper drivers for your hardware, you may have stability issues with some programs that were not designed for a 64bit OS and you won't see any increase in performances over the regular 32bit version. There are only a few professional apps which will... Read more

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ok, I'm at my wits end ya'll. I've searched for this problem through the many search pages of Google, and I still have yet to find a problem similar to mine.

I'm going to sell my old desktop to a friend, it has a ASUS P5N-D (SLi version, not Deluxe) w/ 8GB of OCZ RAM and a Wolfdale 2.8GHZ Dual Core CPU. Now, when it boots up, I see the BIOS splash screen, then goes to POST, then it comes up with that error. I've checked to make sure my HDDs (two 1TB WD SATA, not in any RAID configuration) are seen by the BIOS, in which they are (and my cheap ASUS DVD+R drive).

I've check my drives by connecting them to my new computer via SATA -> USB kit and all drives are formatted to NTFS with nothing on them. I can't really find a problem with the drives, and I still get that error when I try to load up Windows 7 Home Premium x64.

I'm out of ideas and was wondering if anyone could point me in the right direction.

A:Disk boot fail

How old are these drives? It is possible that the one with the windows installation just bit the dust. Harddrives aren't the most reliable pieces of hardware and they get a lo of use. Check your bios to see if S.M.A.R.T. reporting is on. If it is disable it and reboot. If that doesn't work you could try popping in your windows 7 disk, booting from that and see if you can repair/restore. That's all I can think of.

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Hello my name is Josh and I would really appreciate anyone's input on this:I've recently decided to put together my own computer. It's cool how I saved money buying the separate parts, and the process of putting everything together has been a good learning experience so far. The only problem is, after finally ordering Windows XP Professional x64 bit, and inserting in the CD/DVD-ROM for that moment of glory, the BIOS still tells me that it's failing to boot the disk.Here are my specs:Gigabyte S-series model P35C-DS3R motherboard http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/Products/...ProductID=2551Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 CPU (2.4 GHz) http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/p...682&lid=585550NVIDIA e-GeForce 8600 GTS Graphics Card http://www.nvidia.com/object/geforce_8600.htmlWestern Digital SATA 300 MB/s, 400 GB Disk Space, 16 MB Cache, 7200 RPM Hard Drive http://www.cheapstingybargains.com/3...d-125-shipped/Samsung SH-S203B DVD Writer http://www.samsung.com/in/products/o...s/sh_s203b.aspThermaltake Purepower 500W Power Supply http://www.thermaltake.com/product/P...94/w009394.aspAntec Nine Hundred Ultimate Gamer Case http://www.antec.com/us/productDetails.php?ProdID=15900As I scroll through the BIOS I'm using an old Compaq keyboard from a piece of history...waiting until the operating system is up before I install my wireless Logitech keyboard. I set my priority boot device as the CD-ROM Device in Advanced BIOS Screen, as the manual tells me this is all I really need to do ... Read more

A:Disk Boot Fail...?

Welcom to BC
Did you remember to load the SATA drivers?

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My computer come up withti messge...... no boot disk has been detected or the disk has failed computer got shut downwhen electric went off and now i get that error message.

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i have one error message: hard disk(s) fail )20).
can someone tell me what this means?
this harddrive is a 3.4gb fujitsu with windows xp that booted ok several times until i transplanted it to this machine. bios and post detect the hard drive and 3243mb as primary master.

so, opinions on hdisks fail 20 will help.

A:i get a hard disk(s) fail (20) message and can't boot. can you help?

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Hey is there anybody out there that could hellp me. When I boot my computer I get a 'primary master hard disk fail' error? message. Is this because the hard disk is not being recognized, if so Is my connection right. The CD-ROM is set @ master, IDE connected to the hard disk, the IDE from the hard disk connected to the mother board. Please help if you can? Sorry if this is not posted in the right place.

I'm new to the BBS, so please be gentle.

A:{SOLVED} Primary master hard disk fail on boot up

I think you want your IDE Hard drive set to Master and your CD set to Slave (if they are using the same cable). If you're setting the CD as Master because it's first in the chain (and you don't have another IDE cable), spend the money and buy a cable and use your primary (for the hard drive) and secondary (for the CD drive) ports on the motherboard.

Why is it that they don't automatically give cables with CD drives?? Makes me nuts - they're a cheap commodity.


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My roommate recently put together a new computer, However, upon power up, we receive "DISK BOOT FAILURE." BIOS recognizes both the CD-Rom and the HDD correctly as SATA 0 and 1 (we've tried placing them in 1 and 2 also), but no go. We've also switched around the boot order, and no go there also. During power up the mobo says "Detecting drives: No Drives Found" or something similar for about half a second, but it's hard to read as it's fast.

Any idea what could be done to fix this? Any and all help is appreciated!

The mobo is EVGA X58 and the CD-Rom and HDD are both Samsung.



A:Solved: New PC build giving "DISK BOOT FAIL" on startup, help?

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A sudden error began appearing on my computer yesterday (running XP Home, 2nd SP). When I'm booting up (cold or not) I get a screen which says "Floppy Disk fail(s) (40)" and then it allows me to continue by pressing the F1 key.

Any ideas how to get rid of this short of having to take into a shop?

I am definitely not a 'techie' and need kindergarten-language instructions.

Thanks in advance for any and all help!


A:"Floppy Disk fail(s) (40)" Boot-up error

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Friend of mine gave me her Acer Aspire 5742z-4813 because it fails to boot and eventually asks to repair, which it doesn't. Can't enter safe-mode, either.

Only thing she's said is that her daughter installed Norton 360 a few days before it crashed.

Things I've tried:

At command prompt, ran the following with no effect: bootrec.exe /FixMbr, bootrec.exe /FixBoot, bootrec.exe /RebuildBcd, chkdsk /f E:, and finally chkskd /f /r /x.

I also entered BIOS and changed HDD mode to IDE from ACHI. No joy.

Thanks in advance, guys.

A:[SOLVED] Win7 Fail to Boot, Fail to Repair

Test the HDD, download the ISO image for Seatools in my signature, burn the image to CD using IMGBurn also in my signature, boot off of the newly created CD and run the Short and Long tests on the drive. If either test fails, the HDD needs to be replaced.

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Hi guys.

So I am getting this error (Windows cannot be installed on this disk. The disk may fail soon) when I am trying to re-install Windows on my pc.

I have tried running UbuntU to check for errors on my HD but it seems to just freeze up everytime I try to run it. And i tried to run the WD Diag504.iso for my WD20EARS HD but its telling my I need and earlier version or some crap, but I know that I have the correct version.

Any help at all would be greatly appreciated as ive been pulling my hair out for about 3 days now trying to figure out whats going on. It just seems to be one problem after another. Just lucky i have a spare laptop to access the internet for info.

Thanks in advance.

A:Windows cannot be installed to this disk. The disk may fail soon?

Sounds to me like the hard drive is failing. If it's under warranty, contact WD and get a replacement.

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I have two Windows 7 64 bit systems that worked perfectly until approx two weeks ago. They started becoming unresponsive to various websites, such as b1015.com (unable to listen live). Both computers then started having problems opening sites through google searches.
Following this, most updates on both computers fail. Downloads from the internet fail. Updating flash on one - failed. downloading .net framework update - failed.
One computer has MSE - updated and ran scan - no threats found
One computer has AVast - updated and ran scan - no threats found
Tried to download malwarebytes on the computer with avast - failed
went to XP station - downloaded to thumb drive and installed from thumb drive and ran  - no threats found
from cmd prompt -  ran sfc /scannow on both computers  -  no problems found
Can anyone give me any ideas of where to go from here to get both of these computers working properly again

A:Updates Fail/Downloads Fail/Flash Sites Fail x2 computers

The first place to start is are you getting any error messages when the updates fail? What do the messages state -- for example, do you get any error codes? Please post that information here.

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Hi all,

3 months ago i bought Lenovo v570c with Home Basic installed on it, yesterday he have started to lag very hard, so I decided to install Windows 7 Ultimate.

So I started the CD, booted it up, selected language, then selected Custom install, becouse I wanted to install fresh windows, and at the step where you have to select partition on which you want to install windows I saw an error which said:

"Windows cannot be installed to Disk 0 Partition 2" - I clicked on it and it said:

"Windows cannot be installed to this disk. The disk may fail soon. If other hard disks are not avaible, install windows to other location."

But I could launch windows 7 install, so yesterday I just installed it without any errors. So I installed drivers and all other things and it was loocking great , but i saw an icon in the right corner which said that Port 0 my fail soon, data is at risk. And I had decided to reinstall windows again, at the same step, same error.

Anyone knows what to do? Or should I just ignore this error?

Sorry for my bad english.

Thank you for your help

A:The disk may fail soon

It sounds like your hard drive is failing. Reinstalling Windows repeated is not going to fix anything. It will probably just make it fail quicker. If there is any data on the hard drive that is not backed up, back it up now. If you bought the computer new you might be able to get a new hard drive under warranty, or you can just buy one. Any SATA laptop hard drive should work. To test the drive to confirm that it is failing, you can download Seatools for Windows, which you can use to run a number of tests. If any of the tests fail, it is time to get a new hard drive.

SeaTools | Seagate

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I have 1TB HARD DISK. which have 3 partition.
Model:- TOSHIBA MK1059GSMP (GU001J)
Partitioning:- Master boot record(MBR).
I've tried few troubleshooting steps, Tried to reinstall Windows but it says "Windows cannot be installed to this disk, the disk may fail soon". Then i formatted my whole 1TB disk and now i use Live boot CD to troubleshoot my problem.
can my problem be solved without buying a new disk ? Please reply, Thank you.
- Sincerely.

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I have went into the bios settings and have changed it to legacy support legacy first , but it doesnt work, it actually makes it worse. I'm not sure what to do. Computer was bought 2 months ago.

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Hi i want to duel boot windows 7 and windows 8.1...i have a 240gb ssd with windows 7 already installed on it....i also have a 2tb storage hardrive and i use this for storage..btw this hardrive did have my windows 7 on it untill i bought the ssd then i ported windows 7 on to the ssd using Paragon Migrate OS to SSD...then i formatted the 2tb drive and have it as a storage drive now.

Ok so my problem is when i split my 2tb storage drive into 2 partitions using AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard Edition ("i intend to use the one partition of about 750gb for windows 8.1") ..however my computer will not boot anymore? i get a Status Oxc0000225 The boot selection failed....i belive this is because the storage drive still has the mbr on it from when it had windows 7 on it...in fact i know it is still on there but i dont know how to delete the mbr from the storage drive???

If i split the storage drive into 2 partitions the computer will not boot....if i disconnect the storage drive and boot with only the ssd it will boot again my pc boots again....also if i rejoin the storage drive back to one partition and reconnect it..it boot fine with it connected again....so there for some reason windows on C drive does not like my storage drive having a different size or being 2 partitions and it appears it needs some information from the storage drive if conceted to be able to have successful boot??... could this have something with the old MBR on my storage drive from when windows 7... Read more

A:Oxc0000225 boot fail after resizing storage drive want to duel boot

Can i delete the mbr from the storage drive


does my storage drive need an mbr?


and can i ever restore that drive back to a primary drive?

yes make sure none of the volumes on it are marked active

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Hi there,

I've recently built a new rig and I've had continuous problems trying to boot. I have two HDDs and one SDD. It seems when the two HDDs are plugged in, i can sometimes boot ok, and most times i get:

Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause.

Status: 0xc000000e

Boot selection failed because a required device is inaccessible


Please select a boot device, or something to the affect.

I've updated to the latest bios on my new mobo ( Gigabyte z97x SOC Force ) and ive done a fresh install of windows several times on the SDD. I also ran crystal disk to check health on the SDD and it came back healthy.

It seems mostly my boot problems are linked to plugging in the two other HDDs, though I've no idea why this would be, and how to fix it? Is it a motherboard problem or a HDD problem?

Any help greatly appreciated.

A:Windows boot fail: Boot selection failed because a required device is


Please post a screenshot of "Disk Management" as per this guide - Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

( Make sure all disks are plugged ).

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Every time I boot up, I get an error that says Floppy Disk(s) Fail (80) Error, but I have NO floppy disk drives, and have never had one. I have MS Vista.

A:Floppy disk(s) fail (80)

You need to set the floppy drive to disabled in your motherboards BIOS. Even though you do not have a floppy drive installed, the computer is trying to locate one and then posting a failure message when it cannot find the drive.

The manual that came with your motherboard or the manufacturers support website should have the information you need to complete this. It should be pretty easy to do, press the key to enter "setup" when booting, look for "floppy drive" or similar in the BIOS, and set to disabled. Make sure you do not change anything else, and select the "save and exit" option.

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I am not sure if my hard disk is failing. It failed the Hard Disk Short test DST.I can still use it in safe mode where it is very fast.In normal mode I can basically not do anything anymore....very slow or just hangs or freezes.....I noticed shutdown and startup was taking longer and longer....really dont know if it is definitely my hard disk.Any advice will really be appreciated.Also I do not know if i have a 32 or 64 bit. how/where do i check to make sure?

A:Did my hard disk definitely fail?

Failing the Short DST test is pretty definitive of a hard drive failure. In Safe Mode you are not stressing the hdd as much because you are running with a bare minimum of drivers/software. Most HP machines have 64 bit Windows. To check yours head to Control Panel and in right corner change "View by" from Category to large or small icons. Next click on "System" icon.

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Just bought Windows 7 Ultimate and when i tried to install it this message came up.

''Windows cannot be installed to this disk. The disk may fail soon. If other hard disks are available, install Windows to another location.''

Im so Annoyed right now. i spent all my money on Windows 7. what should i do.

A:cannot install because disk May fail soon.


I made a topic on this forum when i first built my PC, and i got this error when i booted it up.

'' S.M.A.R.T status Bad - Backup and Replace ''

This was literally a few hours after i Built it. maybe it was something i did. Which it probably was because it was my first ever time Building a PC.

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When you see hard disk fail, how bad is it? How do
I fix it?

A:Hard Disk Fail

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Have a little problem here, when I start up my computer Istop up atthis page where it says a bunch of stuff and at the bottom it says:
Floppy disk(s) fail (40)Press F1 to continue, Del to enter setup.

Now all I do is press F1 and i come into windows and everything works fine.
But it is a little irritating to have to press F1 every time I turn on my PC.
Anyone have a clue? It would be a great help.

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Every time my computer starts I get the Floppy Disk Fail error and have to press F1 to continue. I do not have a Floppy Disk drive so I am trying to remove it from the BIOs bootup list.

I have Phoenix - AwardBios CMOS Setup Utilitiy

I tried to disable the Onboard FDC Controller and also Disabled on Floppy disks fromt he Boot Devices.

All that I managed to change was that now instead of Floppy Disks Fail (40) I now get Floppy Disk Fail (80).

All I want is my computer to start without me having to press F1 to continue every time!

OS: Vista

A:Floppy Disk Fail

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Hi guys,

This seems to be a common problem but the solutions are pretty lame and don't do anything.

When I run disk cleanup (system files) I get 6.60GB under System queued windows error reporting. Of course disk cleanup just hangs (at least it was still hanging after an hour and a half).

I have no idea if there really are 6.6 gigs of error files or it's misreporting. I deleted everything in Software Distrubution and also Logs to no avail. I ran sfc / scannow and got an 80 meg log file that I don't know what to do with.

Can't i just delete this stuff manually ?


A:Disk Cleanup Fail

Well, I don't know what happened but I just tried it again and after ten seconds disk cleanup finished and it seems fine. I didn't really do anything since I wrote the original post just a few minutes ago. It's weird.

* I didn't mark this post solved because I can't post any kind of solution.

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Hi, I am trying to install windows 7 over my previous installation, I have deleted the disk, formatted it, tried to create a new partition, but windows says it is unable to install windows 7 on that partition. The disk is clean, no other partitions exist, and the disk is healthy. I tried testing the win 7 disk on virtualbox and it works just fine, but the setup does not like my disk I don't know why.

I have two disks

Disk 0 would have my linux, swap, and my media partition

Disk 1 is blank 320GB where I want Windows.

A:Windows 7 Pro Fail to set disk

All Windows versions need to copy files to the FIRST drive in the system. That is just the way it is.
If that first drive has Linux on it and formatted in whatever the Linux file system is then the Windows install can't read or write to that drive.
Not only that but from what I've seen and heard Win 7 always creates a 100MB partition on the FIRST drive in the system, a system reserve partition that holds the boot files. Again if it can't create that partition the install will fail.

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I have a HP Pavilion Notebook - 15-p178 (out or warranty)prduct id K4D83EA#ABUserial number 5CD44656KMO/S is Win8.1 The hard disk has failed with a short DTS failure error = RSNDBV-7GLBJB-MFPV6K-60SW03 I need the recovery disks for reinstalling on new disk. How do I obtain them? i've been able to recover most of the data from the drive but the owner (my wife) never made recovery disks. 


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A:Hard disk fail

Hi, I'm guessing from the Model, that you live in the UK - if that's correct, you can order replacement recovery media from the HP Partner on the following link. https://www.best2serve.com/page/rcd_landing Regards, DP-K

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I am hoping someone can help me out with this.. i boot and get this error

Floppy Disk(s) fail (40)

now I'm 92% POSOTIVE that my computer does not have a floppy drive..
2 optical drives and 7 USB ports.. Now there is something that shows up on my computer as Removable Disk D:\
which should be one of my optical drives but it says F:\ and E:\ are and usually that removable disk is F. I have no clue what it is and i click and it asks me to insert a drive.. but anyways any idea to fix that? I can boot to windows perfectly fine, just that message will get annoying

(i thought vista was the problem so i went back to XP. no drivers installed yet except internet.)
and also when i shut off my computer (it has lighting) the power button will stay lit. even if i shut off all power.. or unplug it..

System Information
Time of this report: 10/18/2008, 09:45:18
Machine name: TCH-DOC2635436
Operating System: Windows XP Professional (5.1, Build 2600) Service Pack 2 (2600.xpsp.050329-1536)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: Dell Inc
System Model: XPS 630i
BIOS: Phoenix - AwardBIOS v6.00PG
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E8400 @ 3.00GHz (2 CPUs)
Memory: 3326MB RAM
Page File: 195MB used, 5013MB available
Windows Dir: C:\WINDOWS
DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
DxDiag Version: 5.03.2600.2180 32bit Unicode

A:Floppy Disk(s) fail 40

You could go into BIOS and disable Floppy - that should stop the Floppy failure message .

For the other stuff we'd need to know a lot more about your hardware and it's configuration . Do you have a built-in card-reader or anything like that ? What , if anything , do you have connected externally to the PC (apart from the obvious mouse , keyboard , monitor , speakers) ?

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After upgrading my hhd to a 80 gig whenever I start the compter I see this:
Checking ide
Primary master- Maxtor 6Y080P0 yak41BWO
Slave - none
Secondary Master - CRW
Secondary Slave DVD
then this:
Floppy Disk Failure (40)
I can hit F1 to continue on to Windows XP Pro .
Could some please tell me what this means and how to fix it?
I tried changing the ribbon with a new one and still get the message.
Thanks, Jac

A:Floppy disk fail

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Everything was going O.K but yesterday i got on my Windows 7 a warning message that i should back up my hard drive as it fails and contact my manufacturer to know whether to replace or repair my hard drive so i searched about the warning message on the internet many forums said that it was a Scareware/Malware and recommended to download and run malware bytes it found like 50 objects i deleted everything except registry files and key but then i restarted my computer before the boot itself this message came
"PHOENIX Award BIOS V 6.00.P 6
BIOS revision:5.54 BIOS date:06/19/2009
CPU type : Intel(R) Core(TM) 2 Duo CPU E7500 @ 2.93 GHZ
Cache ram (L2): 3071 KB
Installed Memory :2048 MB/Pc-2 6400 Single Channel
Memory bank 1:2048 MB/ DDR2 SD RAM
memory bank 2:Not Installed
1st Drive : ST 3320418AS HP 34
2nd Drive : DVDW TS-H653R 0E00
3rd Drive :None
4th Drive :None
STST 3320418 AS :hard Disk Failure is Imminent. Please back up your hard disk and have it replaced"
Thank you please advise me what to do should i run the PC-Doctor
Windows says contact your manufacturer to have it repaired or replaced but this one says i should replace it
Please advise me what to do ASAP I will post the result of Pc-doctor here after i run it.

A:Hard disk fail

I would definitely back up your documents/files/pic's or whatever it is you don't want to loose to a Flash drive or external HD. It looks like your going to need a new HD and soon.

Hopefully one of the Tech's will be along shortly and give you further advice.

Good luck....

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Hey all; The above message is displayed when my unit halts during bootup.
Follows up with: press f1 to continue, del. to enter setup. Recently did a
scanreg /restore on it. Been also trying desperately to get the CDrom up
& running again, that's b4 all this started spiraling downward. Any ideas,instructions and or suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks.

A:floppy disk(s) fail (40)

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Computer Specs:
Desktop PC
2005 HP Pavilion a154on
AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 4200
2048MB Ram 250 Gigs
NVIDIA GeForce 6150 LE Graphics
Windows XP SP2

IE 7, FireFox 2.0, Oprea 9.01
Windows Live
AVG Anti-Virus 7.5.503
AVG Anti-SpyWare 7.5

I bought my computer in August of 2006 and in December of that year I was moving, my computer has since been inactive. For nearly a year it sat unused.

A few days ago I finally was able to set up my computer and I have since been busy updating just about everything.

My problem is this; every since I set it up I keep getting this error during the booting process of the computer:
Copyright (c) 1984-2006, Phoenix Technologies, LTD

Copyright 2006 by Hewlett-Packard Company
Rev. 3.07
Main Processor : AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 4200+
Memory Testing : 2030592K OK + 64M shared memory

CPU L2 Cache Size : 512K x2
System BIOS shadow status : Shadowed
System VIDEO BIOS shadow status : Shadowed
UMB upper limit segment address : F000H
PS/2 Mouse initialization status : Plugged
First Channel Device 0 : None
First Channel Device 1 : None
Second Channel Device 0 : TSSTcorpCD/DVDW TS-H552L 0614
Second Channel Device 1 : None

Floppy disk(s) fail (80)

Press <F1> for Setup , <F2> to Continue


Once I hit F2 the computer finishes booting and I run it just fine. My problem is that I HAVE to hit F2 every time I reboot or boot my computer. This error message shows up every single t... Read more

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I just reformatted a dell dimension L866R and changed the windows to xp pro. Since changing the boot order in the BIOS this message will appear. When you press any key the message just keeps repeating itself in a loop.

When you put the windows cd and don't boot from the disk windows will come up. I cannot access the BIOS to try and change the boot order which I think that it might be.

Previously the computer had windows 98SE but the video drivers would be recognized. Decided to upgrade to newer windows version.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

A:Error message-->incorrect boot disk please insert boot disk into drive a:

Why can't you access BIOS?

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This sounds straight forward, but I can not figure this out I am new to this. I have a Etower 500 MHz with 192 mb's of memory and 4 gig hard drive. I used partition magic 3.5 to partition the drive inorder to try and install DOS and win98 and maybe linux. I am following the instructions from this web site here>> http://www.xperts.co.za/multi-boot/ I am using the disks that I made from downloading from this site referring to REUEL Boot disk this disk took me through the entire process. It all went great until I rebooted and I keep getting Non-System disk or disk error I have no disk's in the drives. I even installed win98 and all it did was go straight to windows. With in windows I could see the drives I partitioned all of them except the one that windows was actually on. I have done this again and again trying to see if I did anything wrong. Anybody know what is wrong?
Also can anyone tell me how to get free dos I can not figure out what files to download. The one that I am trying to install now is suppose to be mini dos 6.22. I am really new to dos so I am doing a lot of guessing.

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2 days ago, my laptop stopped working and when I rebooted it, it didn't let me get into windows and took me to startup repair and after 24 hours, nothing happened, so i decided to reboot my labtop again (while it was doing startup repair still) and i used recovery cd to try to repair but it said "Imminent Hard Disk Failure" and i click continue with the startup repair, my CD work ( got into the options) and i chose startup repair and it work but after that i gave me that my Hard Disk Failue..

what should i do? I dont have windows 7 CD, i have only recovery cd that i download for this forums.

i ran primary hard disk self test..it said Hard Test 1 quick (303)

A:try to do recovery but now it said Hard Disk fail

It looks like that your hard-drive has failed and you need a new one. Has your laptop got any warranty left on it?

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Maybe a few weeks ago, a few days apart, I got two Disk D fail (40) errors when I booted up my PC. Since that drive's been slowly accumulating more bad space over the last nine months and I only use it to back up files that I also back up elsewhere, I didn't give it much thought. Everything seemed fine until I got a Floppy Disk fail (40) message this morning. (I've since rebooted four or five times without a problem.) I have a disability that prevents me from checking the cables without assistance, which would be tricky to get in the next week. Does it sound like there could be something going on that would make it risky to run my computer in its present state? I installed a network card and cleaned up my computer in December, so it's totally possible that some cables were jangled in the process. Any help would be much appreciated -- Thanks!!!


A:Sporadic disk fail (40) errors

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So I can't boot my computer because I get floppy disk fail 40 error. I can't get into the BIOS either. I tried removing the CMOS battery to clear it but that didn't work either. I basically can't get past the screen with the error. It says press del to enter setup or f1 to continue. Neither worked. I also tried tapping del and/or f2 while it was turning on. Any ideas.

A:floppy disk fail 40 error


Please post the make and model for your computer if you have an OEM computer. If you have a custom built PC please post the make and model of the MOBO.

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Dell Inspiron 8200 (IDE interface) notebook
82gb Hitachi Travelstar d/d-XP loaded Primary disk drive failure O(yet BIOS reads disk)... I can sometimes load using F12 choosing internal disk drive load, works perfect. I have over the past week re-installed XP and run a Hitachi dft diagnosisprogramme no problem found.
6gb Hitachi (as above)... BUT loads most times runs a little slow and has been known to Windows serious error found and closed down on me. Other times runs perfectly

20gb Hitachi travelstar loaded with Win 98 loads and runs perfectly every time.

I am of course swapping out the drives from the one IDE slot.
Is this a Windows failure, have I 2 drives failing at the same time or is my 8200 (6 years old after no trouble at all) giving up on me.?

A:2x disks XP fail /1x disk Win 98 perfect

It's not a Windows problem. Contrary to popular belief, Windows can't cause physical hard drive damage. You're dealing with very old hard drives.

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Ive just come back from holiday to find everytime i boot my computer its starts beeping repeatedly then i get the message 'Primary Hard Disk Failure' .I have a Maxtor 40gb hard drive. I havent tried with any other drives yet but when i tried to boot from cd to see if i could jsut install everything again it wouldnt let me procceed. Is there anyway at all i can bring my hard drive back to life


A:Primary Hard Disk Fail

When you say "it wouldnt let me proceed", its not that descriptive that it leads us to meaningful help.

What happened?

If you still got the primary disk failure message, it means it never saw the CD, and you need to change the Boot priority in the BIOS.

But generally that message is fairly terminal.
HDD are almost considered a "consumable item" these days, they are cheap and they do not last long sometimes.

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Hi all
I have similar case as in this
I have 2 windows 7 on different partitions .. worked for 3 years.. but for a long time I used to use one having avast antivirus
Recently I installed a software then i discovered it contains a maleware "ads by cinema-p" then "ads by name" .. I couldn't remove it by any antivirus or tool .. but I just deleted any existance of it from data files or registery .. and reinstalled browsers
Afterwords windows started to hang till it stoppedI just returned back to the other old windows 7 system .. i installed microsoft antivirus (i don't remember name) but it didn't find any viruses .. but system started to hang as well .. I tried installing bitdefender 2016 i couldn't complete installing as the page of registering became all white .. I installed panda antivirus but it didn't complete scanning .. sometimes i saw it turnes deactivate so i activate it then it deactivate again .. which seems as a virus preventing ..I reinstalled windows but the 1st message was that I have a hard disk fail and i have to back up my dataI'm trying copying important data but system is hanging often .. system repair says also I have a hard disk proplem
Now windows is crashed & i'm going to reinstall it again .. as i can't access even the safe mode anymore
Pleasr advice .. thanks on advance

A:maleware .. or hard disk fail ?

Sorry .. plz delete this topic .. i'm sorry for duplicating topic

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Every time I boot up XP, I get an error that says Floppy Disk(s) Fail (80) Error, but I have NO floppy disk drives, and have never had one. It started after I inserted a new optical drive but I'm not sure what else could have happened. I just press F2, which does work, but I'm getting a feeling it's not going to hold up much longer, so I posted it. If anyone needs more information I'd be happy to tell them.

A:Floppy Disk(s) Fail (80) Error

Are you using the correct cable and connection for your new optical drive? It would help if you could give us your computer specs.

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I haven't been able to get my computer to turn on, so ran diagnostics. It came back with error GGC78C-00088V-WPXF1F-60Q903Please tell me there's a way to repair this and not just replace the hard drive? I don't have backups and I would really hate to lose everything on a 2TB hard drive!

A:Hard disk fail at startup

Test failed. Drive replacement recommended.Completion code: 7Size 2.0 tbModel ST2000DM001-9YN164Firmware HP16Location SATA0

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HP machine fails Hard Disk Short DST:  FailIt is an HP Pavilion HPE H9 SeriesModel H9-1215t Product is out of warranty as of 3 months ago apparently, it only had a 2 year warranty.Failure ID:  U0BTHA-0008GF-QFFWXF-60V703 What is the cause?  Computer seems to be freezing sometimes also.  Ran hard drive check under windows 7 after it rebooted and itreplaced a lot of bad clusters in files. Does it need a new hard drive or could it be something else?  If a new hard drive we are thinking about an SSD 500gbyte, what would be the requirements?  If something else let me know what I should do.  Could it be a cabling issue or how do I know it's not the hard drive controller etc? Thank you.  

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I had defragment running on my laptop then while it was running i uninstalled malware anubyte from my laptop and it asked me to restart the laptop so i cancelled the defragment and restarted my laptop.Then after restarting it said computer had some peoblems so run the repair or start normally but start normally when was clicked it just kept on showing starting windows logo but the laptop didnt start so restarted it again and tried again but still didnt start (even with repair) and i repeated the process.Then at one point it stopped detecting my hard disk and then i ran via bootdisk i kept it the whole day it reached the postion where it showed me my folders but i couldnt copy or do anything with it then i restarted again.AFter certain point without bootdisk it didnt detect hard disk and asked for boot disk and the bios also didnt detect i even tried placing my hard disk in another lapto p and it too didnt detect .

So could the problem be with software or hardware?
Help qould be really appreciated

A:Hard disk detection fail

This sounds like a dead or dying hard disk. What brand is your disk? Most hard disk manufacturers have diagnostic software that can be downloaded and burned on a CD to be booted from. They can run all kind of tests to see if you hard disk is in good shape.

But if two different computers are unable to even detect the hard disk, I'm quite sure it's faulty.

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After reading the following post:http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/STA...ted-t22918.htmlI used Everest Home Edition to run a report on my machine. The item that concerned me was the Smart Disk Fail status and the Load/unload Cycle status of Advisory. The number of cycles reported is very large. What is the significance of this? I receive no error messages indicating any thing is wrong. Should I be worried? The Everest report follows:--------[ EVEREST Home Edition ? 2003-2005 Lavalys, Inc. ]------------------------------------------------------------ Version EVEREST v2.01.347 Homepage http://www.lavalys.com/ Report Type Report Wizard Computer COMPAQ (Tom's laptop) Generator Tom Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition 5.1.2600 (WinXP Retail) Date 2005-06-28 Time 12:35--------[ Summary ]----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Computer: Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition OS Service Pack Service Pack 2 DirectX 4.09.00... Read more

A:SMART Disk status = Fail

Same comments apply for your issue.Although your laptop is a little older.Here's a link from Compaq with what you should try.(if this is what message you got from your laptop when you started it up)Compaq

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This seems to be a fairly common issue, and I understand how to fix it, but mine varies in a small, but very important way from most everyone else's. I don't have a floppy drive, I've never had a floppy drive, and that's alright. The issue isn't that I have to press f2 to continue, it's that I can't get past that screen into the BIOS or into Windows. The ps2 keyboard is working because I can hit caps lock or num lock and see the lights change, but I can't get past this screen.

Windows XP SP3, Award Bios by Phoenix, HP Pavilion a1210n.

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