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Hard-disk drive failure??

Q: Hard-disk drive failure??

OK, after having a power supply and cmos battery installed for me I am getting this error on the first start-up of the day. All I do is hit the power button and the computer shuts down. I hit the power button again to start up and all loads just fine and cannot get the error again all day, even if I shut it down for several hours, but first start next morning and it appears again. Any ideas what is messed up in my cmos?

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A: Hard-disk drive failure??

Check the CMOS battery an make sure it is installed all the way, sound like a loose battery. When you had the battery changed it put your Bios settings back to default. You may need to change something in the Bios, need some specs to advise.

Please list your specs :

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Hello all,

newbie here, someone can help me out :). My desktop sudden won't turn on then I replace the power supply and power is back on however i see this message when screen boot up.

"Hard-disk drive failure
Diskette driver 0 seek failure"

press f1 to continue and f2 to enter SETUP. If i press F1 go back to the message above.

Dell Inspiron 530s desktop, window xp

many thanks

A:Hard-disk drive failure and diskette drive 0 seek failure

If you've verified that all devices are plugged in to power and the correct cable (ie floppy cable for floppy and ide/sata for HD), then it's possible that the power supply failing could have damaged the circuitry on the drives.

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Product # LR656UA#ABA - warranty expired. Ran system test at boot up error message (F2 Hard Disk Test)... Hard disk failed the test. How do i get hard disk replaced A.S.A.P. (i need it "yesterday"!) and how much does it cost?Thanks. Rebecca

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Product # LR656UA#ABA - warranty expired. Ran system test at boot up error message (F2 Hard Disk Test)... Hard disk failed the test. How do i get hard disk replaced A.S.A.P. (i need it "yesterday"!) and how much does it cost?Thanks. Rebecca

A:Hard Disk Failure - what is cost to replace hard drive in 10...

Hi Rebecca, Contact an HP Service Center or a PC or laptop shop and ask them that. This is not a business unit of HP We do not provide prices for HP's services. We are volunteers. If you want to change it out yourself, then that is a different matter.  We can advise you as to what type hard disk or SSD is needed and show how to replace it.  

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My computer started to work really really slow so I start uninstalling programs and running antivirus but nothing made it better.. I run a HP support check from my pc and I got Hard Drive disk failed "Failure ID: GGAB1T-81X8JB-MFPX61-60FP03"also my task manager says "disk %100 use" in red the whole time..Please I need a solution ASAP because I use my pc for business, and also I need a way to extract my files, at the moment my pc doesnt take any flash drives or external disk to copy and substract my files safely.

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My dad's laptop became unresponsive and then wouldn't boot at all,I can't open neither Windows 7 nor Ubuntu .All I can do is boot Ubuntu from a USB drive, it turned out that I had 84 bad sectors in my HDD.Any help is appreciated.

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Please forgive my ignorance, I am fairly computer illiterate beyond their most basic uses.

When I turn on my Dell Studio notebook (Windows Vista Home Premium), I am greeted by a black screen that tells me something along the lines of "Hard disk drive failure imminent. Please back up data, etc." and to press F1 to continue.

On the next screen I am prompted to choose starting the system in 'Safe Mode', 'Safe Mode with Networking', 'Safe Mode with Command Prompt' or Normally. Above that it says something along the lines of "Insert your operating system disk and select language and then repair." I do not have any operating system software, repair disks, etc. I have Windows Vista Home Premium (64 bit, I believe) as an operating system and never created a repair disc(s).

Once I select either of the Safe Mode options or to start Windows normally, the screen then turns black and starts all over again at the "Press F1 to continue" screen.

I don't necessarily care about data recovery as I have backed up all of my files, folders, etc. on an external hard drive. I also very stupidly never set up a restore point.

What choices do I have, or steps I need to take, at this point to restore my computer to factory condition with nothing personal besides the operating system installed?

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A:Hard Drive Disk Failure

You need a new hard drive asap. Along with it you need a reinstall of the OS and your apps. This is a hardware issue and is not something you can fix.

I would suggest its time to talk to someone at a local computer repair place.

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Hi, I bought a new computer about a 3 weeks ago. I have 2 hard disk drives: Seagate 1000GB 7200.11 32MB
Western Digital 150GB 10KRPM 16MB
and two days ago, the Seagate hard drive isnt being recognized/seen by the computer. I have an Asus P5Q3 Deluxe mother board. Please help

A week before this problem I was getting alot of BSOD's and freezes, turned out to be faulty RAM, but added this in case it might help.

I have never had this problem before... I unplugged and replugged the hard drive, and switched a cord that links it to the motherboard. I have also tried putting the cord into a different SATA port but it didnt work, I didnt try a diff power cord yet, but I will see if it works or not and post it

PS - I'm not very computer technical or w/e, but please help

A:Hard Disk Drive failure, help plz!!!!

Install it in another computer and test. Did you upgrade the BIOS on that motherboard? Does your board support that size hard drive? Many don't support 1000 GB hard drive. BSOD and freezes could be BIOS and driver conflict.

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Hey!, im new sorry =(
But i recently bought a WD 640 HDD to replace my old 100 GB seagate and i ran into trouble. i installed or thought i installed window 7 on the new HD (most likely did) while the old Harddrive was still connected to my case which had window 7 already. But when i decided to take out the old harddrive and i boot up my system all i get is "Disk failure, Boot something insert system disk and press enter". Even when i do insert my windows 7 disk it still does not work. it just brings me to the upgrade/install windows 7 pro screen and i do not want to reformat. But if i have to i would. So how would i be able to run my computer without the old hardrrive? Thank YOUO!

A:Disk Failure with new Hard drive

Quote: Originally Posted by SevenRocks

Hey!, im new sorry =(
But i recently bought a WD 640 HDD to replace my old 100 GB seagate and i ran into trouble. i installed or thought i installed window 7 on the new HD (most likely did) while the old Harddrive was still connected to my case which had window 7 already. But when i decided to take out the old harddrive and i boot up my system all i get is "Disk failure, Boot something insert system disk and press enter". Even when i do insert my windows 7 disk it still does not work. it just brings me to the upgrade/install windows 7 pro screen and i do not want to reformat. But if i have to i would. So how would i be able to run my computer without the old hardrrive? Thank YOU!

Win 7 probably installed the boot files in a hidden partition on the other drive. You can do a repair install from the win 7 boot dvd to fix that.

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My computer started to work really really slow so I start uninstalling programs and running antivirus but nothing made it better.. I run a HP support check from my pc and I got Hard Drive disk failed "Failure ID: GGAB1T-81X8JB-MFPX61-60FP03"also my task manager says "disk %100 use" in red the whole time..Please I need a solution ASAP because I use my pc for business, and also I need a way to extract my files, at the moment my pc doesnt take any flash drives or external disk to copy and substract my files safely.

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New to this i have an hp notebook and windows 10 on it. When ever i turn on my laptop lately it cones up with hard drive smart failure and it tells me to run a test and i do and it keeps telling me failure and a failure id of 9spsxh-81w9j1-xd7x61-60an03 and says hard drive 1 primary hdd bay and then to call hp tech support but my laptop is no longer under warranty so I can't call them for help. Im not sure what i need to do please help.

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Well i was away from my computer and i came back to a black screen with this message "Primary hard disk drive 0 failure" after several attempts of hard booting it would either show in the bios no hard drive or give me a message of no bootable devices or give me that same message again i managed to get it into safe mode twice but both times within minutes it gave me the "Primary hard disk drive 0 failure" black screen again i have no idea why this is happening a freind of mind said maybe the TDL4 root kit virus or maybe a dying drive i do not have Cds atm so i cant get a rescue disk made any suggestions wud be apprieciated

Dell lattitude c610 windows XP
i need to knnow a good free registry repair tool also thanks for your time

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I have two pcs one works fine and my other one can't boot. It says "primary hard disk drive 0 failure". Ive checked the BIOS and it can see the hard drive but it still wont boot it for some odd reason. Also in BIOS i cant change anything because i don't have the setup password. plz help

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About a week ago I started getting a boot error message that said:

Primary hard disk drive 0 failure
No boot device available
No bootable devices--Strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for setup

I have a Dell Inspiron 8500 and have received little help from tech support. They asked me to run the "90-90 diagnostic" but I could not get it to work. The boot problem only occurs about once a day. The first time I startup my computer in the day I usually encounter the problem a couple times and then it boots smoothly and everything works as usual. Any suggestions for checking if the hard drive is bad or if I just need a reformat? I tried reseating the drive but that didn't fix the problem. Hope you guys can help.

A:Primary Hard Disk Drive 0 Failure

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So, my dads just over 2 year old HP 27K127c touchscreen decktop fied last week. It threw a code that wanted to do a HD defrag and optimize and part way through it just dies. Now it won't boot and just stops with a black screen and a curser flashing.I assume the HD failed.It came with a 1TB SATA hard drive and a 16gb SSD.Again, I'm assuming that the Windows 8 op system was on the HD and not the SSD. So if I replace the HD with a similar unit, how to I reinstall windows without the backup disk?Also, I was all ready to do an update to Win 10. Can I just update to Win 10 directly, or do I have to do Win 8.1 first?Thanks

A:Hard drive failure, no backup DVD disk

Hi Since you are talking about replacing a hard drive, and the device is not yours, then I assume you can try the unit with only 1 drive in it, and the other possibly removed and piggy backed to your own? If 1 drive is deemed faulty, then the other should work.  It will be interesting to see if it will boot on its own. Win 10 needs to done via an upgrade to qualify for an activation key, so a direct install is not gonna do it, DOH! This however contradicts me... http://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/23354-clean-install-windows-10-directly-without-having-upgrade-fi... BUT you need a working system, and if there is sufficient detail on the one good drive you could be in with a chance. So please consider your course of action, and the people here will, I'm sure, help as needed. If in doubt please ask.  

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Hi From a past few days, whenever I fire up my Notebook PC, a warning shows at the start: "The SMART hard disk check has detected an imminent failure. To ensure not data loss, please backup the content immediately and run the Hard Disk Test in System Diagnostics." When I start the Hard Disk Test in System Diagnostics, it says, SMART Hard Disk Test failed. What exactly is the problem? Is it that my hard disk drive is corrupted or someting? Also, do I need to repair my hard disk drive or completely replace it? Many a times, my OS stops responding. Is it because of this problem in my hard disk drive or any other cause? Please help.

A:Hard Disk Drive Failure Warning

Blackbriar wrote:.... , it says, SMART Hard Disk Test failed.Hi, The problem: HDD is failing. Please backup your data if you could before too late and check your pockets. You need new HDD any time: next hour, tomorrow, next week ... Regards.

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I am in need of some help about hard drive failure and using a recovery disk. Not sure if this question has been answered or not but figured I would give it a shot.  I have a HP Pavilion dv5-1235dx that was running Windows Vista 64 bit. Unfortunately, the hard drive failed and I do not have any Windows Vista disks to help reinstall, and I also do not have the Windows Vista product key located on the bottom of the computer because it was rubbed off. I already have the new hard drive. So what I am wondering is, if I were to order recovery disks from HP is that all I will need to order? Or will I have to find a vista product key from somewhere else? Or how many different disks will I need to purchase? Just looking for the right path to take here. Thank you in advance. 

A:Hard Drive Failure / Recovery Disk

@chowww Hello;Allow me to welcome you to the HP forums! Order Recovery Media from HP for your PC is not an option because HP stopped carrying Vista media a long time ago. Since HP no longer provides Recovery Media for your model, a couple of other sites you should check are: http://www.computersurgeons.com/ and http://www.restoredisks.com/ But ... don't be surprised if they also no longer carry it.Before using the media, read through this: http://support.hp.com/us-en/document/c00006110Good Luck

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Hi Everyone,

I'm hoping to get some help. I had a power outage while my WD Elements 1.5 TB Hard drive was on. I wasn't accessing it but apparently that was enough.

I had a lot of important data on it but losing hope after unsuccessful attempts to use PhotoRec to get items off it.

It doesn't show as accessible in MyComputer but is detected. I've included what it shows under the "Manage" view of the drive.

I've also tried MiniTool Partition but it doesn't seem to be able to fix the partition. I've also tried Partition Bad Disk and it just shows the whole 1.5 TB drive as one bad block. It won't let me fix it either.

Does anyone have any other bits of advice? I'm at a loss as what to do. It seems the data is not recoverable. I can't figure out how to get it to show or even how to use it again.

Please see attachments.

I'm grateful for any ideas/help please. Thank you.

A:External Hard Drive failure. "Bad disk" after power failure

Hello dime5150. Welcome to the forum

In PW, did you try "Rebuild MBR"?

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I have a Dell XPS 400 that is almost five years old. I am running Windows XP and it has been working well until recently. A few weeks ago I got an error message upon booting up about a Low Battery (I don't remember the exact message). I plugged it directly into the wall outlet and it hasn't given me trouble since. Yesterday there was a power outage in my room and when I tried to reboot I got the message:
"SATA Primary hard disk drive 0 failure, Strike the F1 key to continue, F2 to run the setup utility" when striking F1, I get the message: "No boot device available-strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for setup utility". I'm on my roommates computer and tried searching for answers but can't find much. I don't have disc to reinstall the OS and I don't want to lose the data on the hard drive. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

A:SATA Hard Disk Drive Failure Message

if it wasnt on a surge protector either the hard drive or motherboard got damaged.the best case scenerio is that its the hard drive.from what ive heard parts like the motherboard for xps dell computers are very expensive.there are programs that will recover whats on the hard drive. i wouldnt use the computer at all right now because if anything can be saved or salvaged it will get overwritten if u continue to try to use it.u may have to have someone look at the computer and see what damage was done and if it can even be fixed.hope this helps.

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Hi folks,

I was working on my pc the other day when it kind of locked up on me. No combo of key strokes could resolve it, so I was forced to do a hard reboot by pressing and holding the power button until it shut off. When I hit power to bring it back up, I saw the Dell splash screen with the options for F2 (setup) and F12(boot menu), then I heard 6 clicks, a short pause, then 2 more clicks. Shortly after I get the message:

SATA Primary hard disk drive 0 failure
Strike the F1 key to continue, F2 to run the setup utility

I press F1 and got a message saying that it could not find the boot sector.

I tried hooking this drive up as a slave with a known good hard drive as the master, but I hear the same clicking and it doesn't work. The drive is a Western Digital WD2500JS. I went to their website and downloaded a diagnostic ISO file and put it onto CD and loaded it into the drive and booted up. After a few minutes of no data on the screen it came up with this message:

"Unable to locate the License Agreement file, DLGLICE.txt!!!

Please make sure that the License Agreement file is located in the same path as DLGDIAG.EXE"

I put the disk into another computer and checked the contents of the disk. There are only 5 files:

The first file is not a typo, there is a 5 at the end of the filename. Maybe if I corrected this first before burning to disk? but how to do this and still have it be ... Read more

A:SATA hard disk drive 1 failure on bootup

Download a Linux ISO (Ubuntu, Mint, Knoppix are all OK) and
create a live CD to boot with and transfer your files to an external source.

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I returned from a 10 day vacation to find that when I started up my computer, it would not boot, giving an error of:

SATA Primary hard disk drive 0 failure
Press F1 to continue, F2 for setup utility

There is also a new clicking noise (hard drive, I presume?)
I found an old Ubuntu 9.10 CD I made a few years ago and was able to run Ubuntu from the CD.

In Ubuntu, under Places - Computer, I don't see my hard drive listed, which is disheartening. I do see a Ghost drive listed.

I'm trying to find a way to get some important files off of the hard drive.

Of note, about a week before I left for vacation, I got a malware infection (Windows Live Security Platinum) which I am pretty confident I had vanquished thanks to help from posts on this site. My computer was working normally for 4 consecutive days prior to leaving town, without any evidence of persistent malware infection.

Any advice as to how to access data from the apparently failing/failed hard drive?

BTW the clicking stopped a few minutes after loading Ubuntu.

Thanks in advance.

A:SATA Primary hard disk drive 0 failure

Does it make klunk klunk noise like someone is hitting metal again and again? In that case head is shot and it cannot be fixed by you. Take it to repair experts and they would charge you big money for extracting data from it.

If it is making small clicking noise, then the header is trying to read data but failing. Probable cause may be inadequate power coming from power supply or data cable is broken. Just attach it to another computer and check. It can also mean corrupt sectors.

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Hi everyone.

I have an HP Pavillion m9500y with Vista 64bit. I got the hard drive failure imminent message, so I backed up my data, installed a new drive, ran disk clone through the bootable media disk I created with Acronis True Image 2012. The clone said it was successful.

I looked at the new drive through the True Image backup files to see if it cloned ok and it looks fine. The partitions are there and all the data seems to be there.

So, I disconnected my old drive (Seagate Barracuda 750gb) and have the new drive(Seagate Barracuda 3tb) in the primary position. Now it says "boot failure..please insert system disk." I ran the short self-test through bios and it passed.

I, then, tried using the HP recovery disks and it says "Non-system disk or disk error." They aren't faulty because I used them to recover my old drive before cloning and it worked properly.

This is the very short story of what I have been doing for the past few days and I am at a loss now. No clue what to do next.

Any help is greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance.

A:Boot disk failure after installing new hard drive

Reboot or turn on the machine. As soon as you see your machine's name logo splash screen keep tapping F8. Go to "Advanced Options" or "Repair Computer" Select your language then "Repair Your Computer" An installation of Windows should be detected after that select "Next"

If that does not fix the issue. Do the same as before go to Next again go to command prompt type in



If that does not also fix the issue follow the same steps as above except go to command prompt and type in then hit enter after each one.

bootrec.exe /fixboot
bootrec.exe /fixmbr

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I'm running Windows XP on an HP laptop that used to belong to my dad. I've been cleaning it up and getting it up to date, and it's had a hiccup here or there (and for some reason when InstallShield says there are updates, it won't actually let you /do/ anything about it) but in general it runs well. Yesterday I went to http://www.update.microsoft.com/windowsupd...v6/default.aspx and downloaded the high priority updates that were available. When I restarted the laptop for the updates to take effect, I received the following error message upon start-up, before the Windows XP logo appears:SMART Failure Predicted on Hard Drive Disk 2: ST9120821AS-(S1)Warning: Immediately back up your data and replace your hard disk drive. A failure may be imminent.I have no idea what could have caused this. The laptop is barely more than a year old. Avast and Malwarebytes found nothing wrong (both scans were rerun in Safe Mode). Here's the HijackThis log. Any help would be really appreciated, especially since I have no way to back up the data on this laptop (though thankfully there isn't much to lose). Thanks so much!Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2Scan saved at 9:57:46 PM, on 2/11/2009Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16791)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32 ... Read more

A:SMART Failure Predicted on Hard Drive Disk 2

I just wanted to add that I understand that hardware problems are typically not caused by malware, but this was so sudden and the computer still works so well that I just want to be sure this isn't caused by some sort of malware. The computer's hard drive does have a small partition for Recovery, which I assume is what is being referred to as 'hard drive disk 2". If the Hijack This log is clean and the hardware problem is being caused by something else, do you know anywhere or anyone you could possibly refer me to for help? I heard that if the problem is just with the recovery partition, as long and it's never actually used things might be okay.

If this turns out to have nothing to do with malware, I'm sorry that I wasted your time. I know that you're all really busy and I really appreciate you taking the time to look this over for me. Thank you again!


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Ok first off I want to say I've searched and searched and searched to no avail in trying to find a solution to this I've come to the conclusion it's software and not hardware based. Let me start from the top.

I've had an older computer (HP Pavilion a408x) out of commission for a while due to a 'sploded psu. I finally get around to ordering one, install it and everything is good. I bring it back to my office and hook it up to the internet and as expected there's updates. So I up date it and after the updates are installed the computer restarts automatically (weird yes) and as it's coming back on it detects errors and runs CHKDSK. So I let it run and it gets to part 2 of 3. At this point in time my partner is really needing to print sometime and all computers print through this computer. So after about 45 minutes CHKDSK is still on part 2 at only 15%. So I'm like "screw it" and manually shut down and restart. It's at this point I get a "primary master hard disk failure" at the boot screen. Letting start up continue I get a "Stop : c000021 unknown hard error \systemroot \system 32 \ntdll.dll" At this point I realize something is delectably wrong.

Found this thread, which didn't help much. At some point the c000021 error stops and I start getting "disk boot failure insert system disk and press enter" and I found this thread, which didn't help much either. I have also been searching other sites as well.

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A:Hard Drive not found "disk boot failure insert system disk and press enter"

Anything would be super helpful, even if it's bad news. I just need to know if I can get this remedied or not.

Another thing I noticed is that the HDD activity light on the front of the computer does not blink or show any activity.


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Greetings,I`m in a bind and need help for ``do-it-yourself`` Hard Disk Drive repair. My failure ID: 9C353G-GLV870-QFPJWJ-60E703I am no longer under warrenty and do not have the funds currently to take it in to a service center (if even available for my location).Can anyone please: 1. tell me what that failure code means? and 2.  Is it something I could possibly fix myself?Very unhappy that this was not used much yet failed prematurely! Do computers these days come with kill switches after a certain post-purchase period?Thank you in advance for anyone who could assist.Wes

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After looking through my post, I realized its very long-winded but I was trying to be detailed. There's a short version at the bottom if you're looking for my question.

I recently reformatted one of my two hard drives, which previously contained a Windows XP install and a Vista Ultimate install and now I am getting a Boot Disk Failure. Windows XP was on an 400 GB IDE hard drive (Disk 0), and Vista was on a 500 GB SATA drive (Disk 1). I did the reformat in Windows Vista, in the Computer Management screen. After it finished, I restarted my computer and received the error "BOOTMGR is missing, press Ctrl Alt Delete to restart." From what I understand after looking into this, when I installed Vista onto Disk 1, it put the Boot manager on Disk 0 instead of Disk 1, so when I reformatted Disk 0 the Boot Manager was gone. I pulled out my Vista CD and tried to use the Repair installation option but it didn't even detect a drive with an operating system on it to repair. I also tried used the CMD prompt in the repair section, using the bootrec.exe command, to repair it but that did not work either. It also did not detect my second drive (designated as F:) but only the empty C: drive (the newly reformatted disk 0) with no operating system on it. I decided to try to install Vista onto my IDE drive (disk 0). I completed the install and now had a working operating system on Disk 0, but now I started getting the "Boot Disk Failure" error message on startup. I trie... Read more

A:Disk Boot Failure after reformat of drive 0 (2 hard drives)

I think I would boot into the "working" Vista install and download and install EasyBCD. This is a GUI program that will edit the bootloader for Windows Vista and allow you to add or remove the installs of Windows that you want in your boot menu.I have used this to regain entry into a Vista install after a partition resize and install of Windows XP on a laptop. As long as you can find the installation, you can add it to the boot menu. If your bootloader is damaged or your Master boot record is damaged the newest EasyBCD can replace those also.EasyBCD is located here: http://neosmart.net/dl.php?id=1I would also recommend reading the documentation located here: http://neosmart.net/wiki/display/EBCD/Easy...0A9333360854E7AGood Luck,

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I was replacing a secondary hard drive on a friend's aging desktop that has PATA drives, running Windows XP Home SP3. After I replaced the old secondary hard drive with a newer one that I've freshly formatted as NTFS (it came from my own desktop so I know it works and I did a quick read/write test on it after formatting), I left the primary hard drive with the Windows XP installation untouched. However, when I attempted to boot up with this new configuration I got a "DISK BOOT FAILURE" even though BIOS recognises the two hard drives.

I booted up with an Ubuntu live CD and both the drives were readable, writable and seemed all fine.

Disconnecting the second hard drive and leaving in just the primary hard drive, I was able to get to the Windows XP start up animation. After which I shut it down. I reconnected the second hard drive, put in a Windows XP recovery CD - it took way too long to start and when it did it gave me the message: "Setup either detected multiple disks in your machine that are indistinguishable or detedted raw disk(s). Setup had corrected the problem, but a reboot is required."

After this, any attempt to run the recovery CD with the two disks connected is extremely slow and then gives me a repeat of this "indistinguishable" nonsense. The single primary drive by itself gives me a "DISK BOOT FAILURE". And when running recovery console with the single hard drive connected, it starts up faster but it won't let me do... Read more

A:[SOLVED] Disk boot failure when replacing second hard drive

Did you check the jumpers? Sounds like you have them both set to master.

"I was able to get to the Windows XP start up animation. After which I shut it down"
Never do that. You "crash" the system and this will result in chkdsk errors

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Our computer is giving the message "hard-disk drive failure press f1"  but it just keeps repeating that message when I press f1. 
I have run the ePSA Pre-boot system assessment.  It gives a green check to all devices listed on the left but lists n/a for hard drive.  But at end of test it tells me everything is ok.  
Does this mean my hard drive is shot?  Any suggestions?

A:hard-disk drive failure - pre-boot assessment results

Does the system see the hard drive at all? It sounds like the answer is no (F2 at powerup to check).  If that's the case, then yes -- the drive is shot.

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Hello. Iím trying to help my friend with her Dell Dimension XPS Gen5 running Windows XP.
It had been working fine and no hardware changes were made. Now, upon starting up,
the Dell logo appears but Windows doesn't start.

This message comes up:
SATA primary hard disk drive 0 failure
strike the F1 key to continue, F2 to run the setup utility

If I strike F1 I get the message:
No boot device available. Strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for setup utility

If I strike F2 I successfully enter the setup utility but I donít know what to do there.

I donít know if this info is useful or not:
The service tag of this dell is 1LQ8981
The express service code is 349 062 724 9

Please help!

A:Solved: SATA primary hard disk drive 0 failure

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Today when I started up my computer it would not start up.

It will always give the error. DISK BOOT FAILURE, INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER. I open the bios and it reads neither my SATA 500GB seagate hard drive or my IDE DVD Drive. I'm pretty sure my hard drive is not dead because the computer was custom built about 6 months ago and the harddrive is pretty new.

The only thing that was done before the computer stopped working was my friend tried to put in his external hard drive (no idea what kind) and it wouldn't install via plug n play so we gave up. Could his external really have messed my bios and/or hard drive up?

Main thing I did to try and fix this was remove the CMOS battery to reset the bios but that didnt help either.
Specs for my computer are.

Core Duo Processor 2.66GHz, 6AMB L2 Cache, 1333 MHz

4gb of ram

Gigabyte GA-EG31M-S2 Motherboard.
PLZ help

A:Bios won't read Hard Drive. DISK BOOT FAILURE.

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My computer no longer boots up to the C drive. I have a Maxtor 40 gb disk that worked until sudden death. I ran the powermax diagnostic with the following results:
Bios Extension Support failed
Partition Information Read fail
Smart Enable Function Failed
Power connection, Master/slave jumpers, and interface cable passed the powermax installation confirmation test. I ran the powermax basic quick test and then the advanced test once. Now even those two tests won't run anymore.
I tried to run fdisk/mbr, but the system cannot find the hard disk. I even tried to run Fdisk. What puzzles me is that when powermax diagnostics scanned for the drive, it found "via 596 primary master Maxtor N40P" .
The drive seemed to be working fine before I opened an attachment to an email. After the system froze I rebooted and had trouble with error messages (don't remember all of them). I tried to reinstall Windows XP but it cannot find the hard drive. I can boot to the A drive and to the CD drive. I tried to go from the A drive to the C drive, but it cannot find the C drive. I am at the end of my wits. Is this a virus problem or is the hard drive dead.
Can anybody help me solve the problem?
Is all my data lost? Oh no!!!

A:No fixed disk present message - hard drive failure?

Attach the hard drive to the CDROM cable on the secondary controller and run the MAxtor utility again. If it still fails then most likely your hard drive is dead.

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Hi, I have a Dell XPS 600 running windows XP and have recently run into a problem. Whenever I restart my computer (or when it is automatically restarted after an update) the computer won't reboot and I get the black screen with the message "SATA primary hard drive disk 0 failure" Hitting the F1 key gives the message "no boot device available". If I then hold down the power key on front of the computer to shut it down completely, wait a few minutes and turn the power back on, the computer restarts normally. Also if I am using the computer and shut it down completely (not restart), when I turn it back on, it will startup normally, so I do not think that there is a problem with the hard drive itself, it seems to be a problem recognizing the hard drive after a restart only. No hardware or configuration changes were made to the computer before this problem began. Also an issue that may or may not be related is the fact that more recently startup on this computer has been taking a VERY long time (as in more than 5 minutes). I have tried removing unnecessary programs from them startup tab in msconfig (this was done after the hard drive failure issue, so couldn't be a cause of that) with no change. Interestingly, during the very slow startup, the CPU usage is very low (1-5%). I run Norton Internet Security on this computer and regularly run liveupdate and do full system scans, nothing but the occasional tracking cookie has come up. Any advice would be ap... Read more

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hello everybody=)
im a 22 year old comp.sci student working towards an asc., and in the meantime im doing on-site pc repairs. this one clients pc is giving me such a headache i felt the need to reach out for some feedback.

orginal issue was the threads subject, SATA Primary Hard Disk Drive 0 Failure. f1 to retry f2 to reboot, upon pressing f1 you received "no boot disk found" or something to that effect.
a friend let me borrow a geek-squad MRI bootable CD which i used and uncovered and cleaned numerous malware spyware and viruses. all drive fitness tests passed.

once in a while the same SATA message appears , but upon shutting down and booting back up, they can get to their desktop and operate normally. but only about 6 out of every 10 times they reboot will they be able to operate normally.

thats issue one which im convinced is tied into issue 2.

issue 2 is the following- no internet connection.(just on the desktop)
client uses a timewarner broadband modem connected to a wireless D-Link router. (ill get model specs later today) so heres what i did.
opened device manager (which was empty, i had to enable plug and play w/ services.msc)
saw a conflicting WAN miniport (ATW) drive
uninstalled said conflicting driver
attempted to ping , it started pinging but i would only recieve "destination host unreachable",so im not sure if that was successful or not.
opened network connections, which was empty as well.
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A:Solved: SATA primary hard disk drive 0 failure, need feedback asap!

Sounds to me the two are related: Dying motherboard. I had a mobo that started dying with the same issues - NIC went out, then the EIDE went dead, then SATA, and finally, the thing just gave up the ghost.

For the time being, I would remove AOHell and see if you can get a network connection, as it usually digs its hooks into a system so much that nothing works as it normally would by itself, requiring the AOL software to be in top shape to work. When you completely remove the AOL software, reinstall it again straight from a disc, this should fix any problems the software may have caused. Once that's done, try the network again. If still no go, completely remove it again, and try to get network without AOL at all. Repairing Windows may be a good thing to do at this point. If still no go, then go find an add-on NIC card and try it again. If you DO get network with an add-on, then we know the onboard NIC is dead. Note the statement above.

Always keep spare NICs, SATA and IDE add-on cards, and a couple different video cards whenever you are on a customer site, so you can swap out and test things.

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My company's computer needs to be patitioned and reformat. The system is still working well. I mean, nothing wrong with anything (weird huh?). Ok the hard disk just need to be 'split'. I mean, make drive C & D on the hard disk. I know how to do that... easy... Then the HD need to be formatted & reinstall windows XP. Ok, easy too..

But the main problem occured before I do anything (partition & format). I have my own bootable CD that I usually use for partitioning & formatting.

Ok, i insert the CD & restart.
I went to BIOS & changed the boot order (1st boot: CD-ROM, 2nd: HDD-0 & 3rd: Floppy). Then restart again.
Ok the bootable CD is excellently loaded.
I typed fdisk, then came the first problem. it says something like 'no fixed disk'. I exit fdisk.
Then I typed format c:, 2nd problem occured. it says something like, 'invalid drive'.
I forgot the error message because the pc is in my office right now. I'm currently at home 'begging for help' So the error message is not accurate. sorry..

I think, if I run the CD, the hard disk will not be loaded (or should I say, hard disk failure). & If I take off the CD & restart again, change the BIOS (1st boot: HDD-0) then windows will load! Weird right?

I don't think my CD is 'corrupted' nor broken because I tried to run the CD from another PC. Yes, I can access the C drive from that PC.

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A:Can't format hard-disk nor do partition when using boot disk. Hard-disk failure

It sounds like it might be the bootable CD you've created is not picking up the HDD's/partitions.
To eliminate this as a posibility travel to bootdisk and grab the WinME bootdisk and boot from there. If it picks up the HDD you can FDISK and Format from there.
The other option is to boot using the XP CD and let it handle the formatting/partitioning duties...


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Hi, SMART Hard Disk Error The SMART hard disk check has detected an imminent failure.  Hard disk 1 (301) FAILURE ID:  Q37V6J-77R8AJ-MFPV7F-60AG03    Need help!!!

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Windows XP sp2 wont boot from hard disk.

After much to do turns out my computer doesnt recognise the hard disk.

I have a seagate 500Gb SATA hard drive, its about a year old, the computer doesnt get hot in the slightest and it shouldnt be dead. I checked the wiring, as far as i can see, its all fine.

only conclusion i come to is that my hard disk is kaput which it shouldnt be. Can anyone give me any other possible solutions to try out before i cry and/or spend money on a new one? theres a lot of data on it i dont want to lose.

If not, ill plug it in to another computer to check, i havent done that yet because it will take me hours - i can only unscrew the hard drive from one side without rearranging the room.


A:Hard disk boot failure -> computer won't recognise hard disk

Is your Seagate the 7200.11 series?

We've been seeing a lot of harddrive issues layely that has nothing to do with the drive itself but bad SATA cables aas the cause. Do you have another one you can switch out?

When you say the computer doesn't recognize it we're talking the BIOS here, correct?

Another suggestion is what you have already suggested but I would "slave" it in antother system and see if you can access it that way.

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hi there,below is the error message I received - with hard disk test -- What does this mean? Testing Drive: 1SMART Check: FAILEDFAILURE ID: 9C06TT-5B762N-9XL02K-60BV03 

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A:SMART hard disk failure FAILURE ID: 9C06TT-5B762N-9XL02K-60B...

Hi, The drive on the link below is an example of one that would be fine for your notebook. 500Gb Hard Drive The procedure to replace the Hard Drive starts on Page 43 of your Maintenance & Service Guide. Once done, simply use your Recovery DVDs to reinstall the Operating System on the new drive. If you don't have your Recovery Discs, you can order a replacement set using the link below. http://support.hp.com/us-en/document/c00810334 If you have any problem with this link, order them directly from HP. If you live in the US, contact HP Here. If you are in another part of the world, start Here.?Regards, DP-K

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My computer will not past the Hp screen. It has a failure code as listed above.

A:SMART hard disk failure FAILURE ID: PLW3HS-7ASBG2-MFPV7F-60V...

HI.  Check the document, you must replace the hard drive. http://support.hp.com/us-en/document/c01443465 Regards.

? I do not work for HP, I volunteer.? To close the topic, check "accept as a solution" the correct answer or Thumb to say thank you.? I'm sorry but you do not answer questions privately.

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Hey all,

I just bought and installed a 2TB Seagate Barracuda LP ST32000542AS hard drive in addition to my existing hard drive. It was not detected by Windows XP, although the serial number ST32000542AS showed up in BIOS.

I noticed that for a split second as i started up, there was a screen with the word "RAID" and instructions saying "press ctrl + I", so i restarted, pressed "ctrl + I" and it took to me to something that said it was for the setup of a raid disk (or something like that).

I thought, "Oh, this must be where you format the new hard drive so that it will be recognised."

So i went through a very simple menu that had me select stripe size and some other features that looked very basic an un-threatening, and then finished the RAID setup thing.

I restarted the computer, and now it says:


At that point i had a heart attack. Can anybody help me? I have no idea what is going on.


A:Attempted to install 2nd hard drive; ended up with "DISK BOOT FAILURE"

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when starting my computer, and no boot disk is inserted, i get the error message:"HARD DISK BOOT FAILURE INSERT SYSTEM DISK PRESS ENTER" when a boot disk is inserted, windows xp starts up if no button is pressed after a boot disk is inserted. I cant work out how to boot from hard disk immediately, and it is set as primary boot device. ANY help would be greatly appreciated!!!

A:Hard Disk Boot Failure Insert System Disk Press Enter

Just go into the Bios and (For my motherbaord) in Advanced BIOS Features, set primary, seconday etc boot devices as you like.

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hi sir,im vijay..
im usin 2tb segate new hard disk sir..in my system i cant able to boot my os and also my hard disk ...its showin that hard disk boot failure insert system disk press enter ...i restarted many times its sayin the same problem...in my gigabite mobo bios my hard disk is not get detected sir....the problem is that wen im installin the new os for 2nd time its all went nice only sir but at the completion of the os it wil ask for the user name and password but in my system its frozen sir fully of black screen and i cant able to do anythin so i restarted my system from that im gettin this error as hard disk boot failure insert system disk press enter.....that my new hard disk and all of my data is in that hard disk only..this problem arises wen im installing the os for 2nd time sir...till now its showin the same error sir...

plz help me..im so confused..

A:hard disk boot failure insert system disk press enter

Repair MBR:

Boot From the Windows Install Disc
The first thing you?ll need to do is boot off the install disc, and then click through until you see the ?Repair your computer? link in the lower left-hand corner.
You?ll need to choose the correct installation of Windows and then click the Next button.
And then you?ll get to the System Recovery Options screen, where you can get to the Command Prompt.

Repairing the Master Boot Record:

If you want to restore the master boot record, you can simply type in the following command:

bootrec /fixmbr

You can also write a new boot sector onto the system partition with this command (which is often more useful):

bootrec /fixboot

And of course, if you just use bootrec /? you?ll be able to see all the options.

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Hi i have a 74 Gb western digital hard drive with C: and D: drives (i partitioned them)
the D: drive has all my gaming applications on it and the C: drive has all the files for windows/and other crap like firefox, etc.

I was once reformatting to XP from Vista and in the middle of reformat my computer shut down causing a major problem. the answer was my graphics card died... now i have an EVGA 256Mb 8600GT with DX10. I brought the drive to my neighbors house and he can use it just fine, it boots and everything... but... the problem is that when i bring it to my house, and i insert the drive it goes to the Nvidia Boot Agent and after a while displays HARD DISK BOOT FAILURE INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER. My current BIOS Boot order is Floppy, CD, and then Hard Disk. I don't know why it wont boot, but the copy of XP has been verified and it works great on my friends computer... why won't it start on mine?
Please help me !

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I formatted my hard drive today and after a reboot I got the message: "Hard Disk Boot Failure Insert System Disk And Press Enter" If I insert my Vista disk, hit f8 at startup and go to boot screen, click on boot from CD, then bypass the boot from CD option it will start Vista. I have checked my boot sequence and it shows booting from the right drive. My hard drives are SATA. Im stumped fellas......

Asus M2N-SLI Deluxe Motherboard
Two Hard drives but the second just for backup (not in RAID)

This is what my system information tool says on the hard drives:

Type Vendor Model Size Interface Temperature
Direct Access Device HDS72258 0VLSA80 SCSI Disk Device 82 GBytes IDE RAID
Direct Access Device Western Digital WDC WD16 00AAJS-60PSA SCSI Disk Device 160 GBytes IDE RAID
Direct Access Device SanDisk SanDisk U3 Cruzer Micro USB Device 1019 MBytes USB USB
DVD TSSTcorp SanDisk U3 Cruzer Micro USB Device USBSTOR RAID

A:Hard Disk Boot Failure Insert System Disk


Changed my partition to active and re-booted, gave me this: "BOOTMGR missing"

Tried to repair with CD and the operating system was showing up on D:, dont know if this is usual but thought it show show C:

Went to Cromt in repair option and tried to rebuild bootmgr with this command:
"bootrec/rebuildbcd" restarted computer............BOOTMGR missing

Was then able to boot from second hard drive (D from boot screen.......finally gave up and formatted again......works fine now.

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I was playing EVE, and an error popped up saying that I should backup my data and replace my hard disk, yet I hear no signs of hard disk failure, and the disk management says that the disk is healthy. MegaDan5 thinks I might have a virus. Should I still make a backup just in case, though?
I forget the exact words of the message, but here's a paraphrased transcript:
"Hard disk failure imminent. Backup your data and replace the hard disk"

A:Hard disk failure error, yet disk is healthy

Can you post a screenshot?

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