disk boot failure

  denis93c 18:39 11 Aug 2005

i have just bought a new maxtor hard drive 40gb,because i was getting message "disk boot failure".
i am still getting the same message after putting new hard drive in.
what`s wrong here please?

  DieSse 18:45 11 Aug 2005

Is the drive partitioned and formatted yet - it cannot boot if it isn't.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 19:00 11 Aug 2005

I thought you had replaced the drive and installed XP click here

Am I wrong or is the new drive suddenly acting up?

  denis93c 19:07 11 Aug 2005

the other pc was my mum`s,this is my sisters,also
DieSse i cant check any thing,cant get any were because of error message.

  john-232317 19:27 11 Aug 2005

You havent left a floppy disc in ?

This may help click here

  denis93c 19:37 11 Aug 2005

thanks but no,thats not it,i wonder is there a basic floopy or cd i could make to make boot load?

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 20:00 11 Aug 2005

click here

select your system

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 20:08 11 Aug 2005
  denis93c 20:22 11 Aug 2005

how do i choose?
do i look at motherboard or what?

  DieSse 21:35 11 Aug 2005

Your system can't boot with nothing on the drive, because there's nothing there to boot. If the drive is brand new - that's why.

The first thing is to decide what Operating System you're going to use.

If it's XP - you boot from the CD - this will take you through a dialogue to partition, format, and load XP.

It it's WinMe or Win98 - then you could get a boot disk from Fruitbats link. You then boot from the floppy disk you create from the download. Then run FDISK to set the drive up - the FORMAT to finish the setup process. Then you can reboot from the floppy disk and run the Win CD to install the OS.

  denis93c 21:59 11 Aug 2005

it`s brand new maxtor 40gb hard drive,before error message arrives,the tiny logo appears,surley this is built into the motherboard or bios.
i am so confused.

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