Hello everyone,I have a pc that when I try to turn it on I get the message:-"Boot failure"Then it says:-"Insert boot diskette into drive A, press any key when ready"Or something to that effect.At some point it has also said:-"Disk Error"and"Searching for boot record from IDE"I am beginning to think that my hard drive has self destructed.But before I run out and buy a new one has anybody got any ideas?Thanks.:-)
Give us some specs. What size hard disk, what operating system, how much memory etc...???
Can you download diagnostic program from hard drive manufacturers put it on floppy and run it.
The reason may be a totally faulty drive, or it may be just the boot record corrupted for some reason (sometimes a virus)As a forst step, try and put in into another working system, and see if you can access it from there (this doesn't need the boot records).If you can - then you should copy off any data that you can, and you need. then put it back into it's original system and try re-installing the Operating System.If you can't then I suggest you ask again, as things are more serious.
Unfortunately I cannot put it into another system.There is not data on it that is particularly important.Shall I just try putting the OS back on and seeing if it works?40GB, Windows XP, 512mb.
Try using the WinXP recovery console as DieSse says use commandfixmbr
think your hd has self destructed Does it show on post ? and have you check your connections I had this once and it was a faulty cable kopite
Download a 98 boot disk from click here. Save it to a floppy, boot with that in the faulty PC.
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