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hey guys, well recently i have been having problems with my pc. When i turn it on, theres an error msg that appears and says..."BOOT DISK FAILURE, INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER". I have asked my friends about this and they say its the hard drive that is totally gone. i tryed to unplug it and install it on my other pc but it would do the same thing. Also i have another hard drive that is stuffed. I install XP on it on 1 computer, then i go to the other computer and plug it on there, and the same ERROR MSG appears. My computers have trouble reading hard drives and says theres nothing there...

Any1 have any ideas? would be much appreciated .....

PCBoy.

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For starters you can't put XP on a drive in one PC, then put the drive in another PC. XP won't boot if you do that.

Before you go jumping to conclusions, check BIOS setup in your PC and ensure that it is set to boot from hard drive.

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For starters you can't put XP on a drive in one PC, then put the drive in another PC. XP won't boot if you do that.

Before you go jumping to conclusions, check BIOS setup in your PC and ensure that it is set to boot from hard drive.

alrite well i didnt know about that XP thing so thank you :)

now i have other hard drives im trying to format but its not reading any of them... i keep gettin the same error for all hard drives.."BOOT DISK FAILURE, INSERT SYSTEM BOOT DISK N PRESS ENTER". why doesnt it ready any of my hard drives...

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well now i have other hard drives im trying to format but its not reading any of them... i keep gettin the same error for all hard drives.."BOOT DISK FAILURE, INSERT SYSTEM BOOT DISK N PRESS ENTER". why doesnt it ready any of my hard drives...i have set the jumpers to masters on all of them and i went into the bios and set all the primary's and secondary's to AUTO, and it still doesnt read any hard drives... does this mean i might have to flash the bios ?

how do i get the mother board to read my hard drives ? just to format and partition them. ?

thanks PCBoy

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Hi, I've merged your two topics as they relate to the identical problem.

You'll need to provide us with some details in order that we can work out what is going on. Please let us know the make and model of your motherboard and of the hard drives you are using. Are they IDE drives or SATA drives?

I suspect the problem lies in your system's BIOS setup configuration, but we need to know just what hardware you have there.

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Hi, I've merged your two topics as they relate to the identical problem.

You'll need to provide us with some details in order that we can work out what is going on. Please let us know the make and model of your motherboard and of the hard drives you are using. Are they IDE drives or SATA drives?

I suspect the problem lies in your system's BIOS setup configuration, but we need to know just what hardware you have there.

OK WELL...thats the motherboard of 1 computer (ASUS ASM58 Mozart-2)
and im trying install this harddrive...(Seagate Barracuda ATA V 60gigs, Model 8TT360015A)

what to do ? i keep getting the msg , "BOOT DISK FAILURE.. INSERT SYSTEM DISK N PRESS ENTER" and my bios dosnt detect it as i said in my other msg...

PCBoy

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Have you tried resetting CMOS (either by hardware jumper method or by removing the CMOS battery for several minutes) and then rebooting to see if the drive is detected?

Is BIOS setup configured to autodetect drives?

Are the drives appropriately jumpered as Master and Slave accordingly, with Master drives attached to the end cable connector and Slave drives attached to the middle cable connector?

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ok well i have just tryed to reset CMOS by taking the BATTERY out n putting it back in but it still does not read the hard drive... once i turned it back on, it asked me to put the cpu speed on then i saved bios n tryed it again and no hard drive detection was found. that same message comes up..

this is the setting i have inside the computer.

PRIMARY IDE SLOT ON MOTHERBOARD :

HAS THE HARD DRIVE ON THE LAST SLOT OF THE IDE CABLE AND THE HARD DRIVE IS SET TO MASTER WITH THE JUMPER.

SECONDARY IDE SLOT ON MOTHERBOARD:

HAS THE CD ROM ON THE LAST SLOT OF THE IDE CABLE AND THE CD ROM IS SET TO MASTER WITH THE JUMPER...

what else can it be ?

PCBoy

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What are the settings for BIOS boot order? 1st device, 2nd device, etc etc?

Is there a floppy disk in the drive? Is the system set to boot from CD-ROM and there is a non-bootable CD in the drive?

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What are the settings for BIOS boot order? 1st device, 2nd device, etc etc?

Is there a floppy disk in the drive? Is the system set to boot from CD-ROM and there is a non-bootable CD in the drive?

the boot order is CD-rom, A drive, other drive (network) and hard drive (but says "none")

yeah there is a floopy drive too, and the cd there is a bootable cd.. thats the thing.. the cd loads.. and starts doin its xp thing but it reaches this spot where it cant go..

its a blue screen says..

press enter to setup XP..

To repair, press R...

then when u try both of those options.. a blue screen apprears saying.. SETUP DID NOT FIND ANY HARD DRIVE INSTALLED . MAKE SYRE ANY HARD DISK DRIVES ARE POWERED ON AND PROPERLY CONNECTED TO UR PC, AND THAT ANY DISK RELATED HARDWARE CONFIGURATION IS CORRECT. THIS MAY INVOLVE RUNNING A MANUFACTURER SUPPLIED DIAGNOSTIC OR SETUP PROGRAM.

SET UP CANNOT CONTINUE, TO QUIT PRESS F3...

after i do that ... it repeats the steps....
so now what?

PCBoy

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I'm suspecting that this may be an older computer, for which there is a limit to the size of hard drive that BIOS can accurately detect. You may need to use drive installation software from Seagate to be able to use the drive with the system.

Does the computer have a manufacturer and model desiganation? The Asus info you provided turns out to be a chipset ID, not a motherboard ID.

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I'm suspecting that this may be an older computer, for which there is a limit to the size of hard drive that BIOS can accurately detect. You may need to use drive installation software from Seagate to be able to use the drive with the system.

Does the computer have a manufacturer and model desiganation? The Asus info you provided turns out to be a chipset ID, not a motherboard ID.

well its only 2 years old and a couple of days ago it was working until i installed a dvd rom in there and took my cd rom out.. i plugged it back in as the cd rom was plugged in...

its been working for 2 years now until now...

i tryed to download the setup file from the seagate website to install the hard drive.. i prompts me with 2 floppys to make the installation bootable.. when i turn the pc off and put the floppy 1 in, i load it back up and when it reads the floppy, it says cant load MS DOS! press any key to retry and it restarts n does the same thing...

im guessing itz coz the hard drive needs the Dos to work so the floppy can work but since the hard drive isnt detecting, it wont work....

sorry your right, the model of mother board is SIS-961, PMA 0804..

PCBoy

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I've just had a chat with fellow Moderaotor coconut monkey about your problem and he's of the suspicion that perhaps one of your systems is faulty and is 'frying' the hard drives which are fitted in it. Perhaps the system you first had problems with.

It's be a wise move to have the system tested by a technician, in case such a problem exists.

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I've just had a chat with fellow Moderaotor coconut monkey about your problem and he's of the suspicion that perhaps one of your systems is faulty and is 'frying' the hard drives which are fitted in it. Perhaps the system you first had problems with.

It's be a wise move to have the system tested by a technician, in case such a problem exists.

i know what your saying, but thats imposible if yesterday i installed another hard drive on that computer and it installed windows XP fine...
thats when i took that hard drive and installed it on another PC and it didnt work..

so i think i basically need a new hard drive right ?

Also do u know of any programs that retrieve information from a hard drive.. so i dont lose the info that is currently in memory.. ?

PCboy

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