Primary master disk failure/disabled

October 13, 2010 at 03:09:35
Specs: Windows XP, 2GB

I have got a strange issue with my computer from the past few months. whenever I start my system, it says "primary master disk failure" and it says something like "system disk error, insert a system disk and press enter.

why is this happening like this every time, today strangely I got something like "primary hard disk failure"

I just thought for a while and felt let me just set up windows xp again, as i felt if i could format my system it wouldn't mean hard disk failure, so i did format my system and it is fine.

but this is happening every now and then. why is this happening like this? can anyone suggest me any solution for this? I hardly trust these computer repair people becoz, whatever the issue is, they simply name it as virus and tell me that the only solution is formatting, which i can myself do.

I am getting tired of this issue. Not knowing what exactly is the issue, if it would have been hard disk failure, am sure system would not even allow me to format right?

please help me friends.

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October 13, 2010 at 03:22:23
Download a harddrive diagnostic tool from whichever company made your drive.
They usually run from a bootable floppy or CD and will test your drive fitness.

The messages you are getting generally indicate your harddrive is about to fail. Eventually they all do.

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October 13, 2010 at 06:10:18
What I feel is that my bios is not recognizing hard drive, because sometimes my system starts automatically and sometimes it says primary master disabled or system disk error , insert a system disk and so on.. this happens sometimes and that really drives me crazy..

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October 13, 2010 at 08:34:46
"why is this happening ?"

why are you not understanding the message?
replace your hard drive

first time you saw the message you should have backed everything up. Hopefully its not too late

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October 13, 2010 at 09:00:50
If you have an xp install disc I would suggest to try a repair install.
If that does not work, unfortunately you may have to remove the HD, slave it to another PC or use USB transfer cables and get your precious information off the drive. Don't forget, you cannot save programs, those you will have to reload.

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October 13, 2010 at 13:02:42
Guys this is a bios/smart error and has NOTHING to do with XP.

You should check that the hd cables are secure but pranavi you better get busy backing up your data asap. You have already waited too long.

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