XP Boot Error

February 28, 2009 at 08:08:34
Specs: Windows XP Pro, 1g T-Rex Ram
I've had no real issues with my computer before until the
other day when this happened. I went to start up my
computer and it just wouldn't work.

When start it up it goes to a screen giving me the options
of starting with
1) Safe Mode with Networking
2) Safe Mode with Command Prompt
3) Safe Mode
4) Last known good configuration
5) Start windows normally

If I choose any of them it just goes thru the windows XP
loadup screen (blue meter goes across) then it reboots. I
got it so it doesn't reboot anymore and a blue screen
appears saying,
Unmountable_boot_disk
and has an error - STOP 0x000000ED (0x86F409D0)

And if I try to boot up with the windows disk to recover or
re-install it says no hard drives are found....

My only ideas are that if the disk drive is shot or
something... When I unplug it from the motherboard and
plug it back in, it doesn't fit in very well.. (no "click") maybe
there is no power getting to the drive.. But i just got a new
power supply 650W when my old one was 450W.

This problem arose so randomly, I just don't get why. If
anyone can help me it'd be great.


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#1
February 28, 2009 at 08:50:49
Did you by any chance leave an external hard drive or USB flash drive plugged into the computer when you booted up ? If not, see if you can get into the BIOS and check if the hard drives are listed there. If not, it could just be a loose cable.

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#2
March 1, 2009 at 13:09:48
No, all that was in was the Maxtor 6Y120MO which is a SCSI hard drive. Now, It detects that the hard drive is there.. Because it's listed in the bootup properties. And when I unplugged it from the motherboard it detected that it was missing. Maybe it is fried? I just don't know the problem so I don't know to buy a new hard drive or not :/

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#3
March 1, 2009 at 14:34:33
Try the XP CD and boot from it and use the Recovery Console. Then try fixboot and fixmbr.

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