Laptop BIOS boot errors after swapped HDDs

August 24, 2010 at 08:02:50
Specs: Windows XP Pro, 512mb i think
Boot record from CDROM .. Not found
Boot record from Floppy .. Not found
Boot record from SCSI .. Not found

Boot failure
Insert Boot diskette into A:

press any key when ready.

It all started a few weeks ago i was cleaning a storage room. When i found an old hard drive within a few minutes my curiosity had taken over and i had to know how much space it had in it. Although i have a laptop and not a desktop computer that's when i remembered i had an old computer laying around. So i took it into my room since i have no monitor i hooked it up to the tv and turned it on ..It loaded windows xp although i don't think its original os was windows xp. After exploring the computer a little i turned it off and opened it up it had 2 hard drives in it one was 8gb ? and one that was bigger (cant remember exact size) the 8 gb one was being used as what looked like a backup for important files. So i took out the 8 gb one and replaced it with the one i found. Although when i turned my computer on this came up:

Boot record from CDROM .. Not found
Boot record from Floppy .. Not found
Boot record from SCSI .. Not found

Boot failure
Insert Boot diskette into A:

press any key when ready.

So i put the original hard drive back in and tried it again same thing so i put my windows CD in (also xp) and formatted the hard drive and reinstalled windows but i got the same problem. So i tried installing windows on the 8gb one same thing. I went on the internet and did some searching and when i was ready to go into bios to try and fix it i realized the computer wasnt giveing me the option (I tried all f# keys). So i put the CD in and went to the recovery and used the fix boot command nothing happened so i left the computer alone and today i found something that it can be used for but it no longer wants to work :( If anybody knows what the problems is or might be, please help thanks in advance. Sorry its so long..

-Johnny


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August 24, 2010 at 09:22:09
Why are you attempting all this formatting & other stuff? There may (or may have been) important info on one of the hard drives. What *probably* happened is that you connected the drives improperly & they are no longer being recognized. Notice that the BIOS tries the CD, floppy, SCSI but does not try to boot off the hard drive?

Make sure the cables are connected correctly & that the master/slave jumpers are properly set. It *may* also be a coincidence & the BIOS reset due to a bad battery. If none of the F-keys get you into the BIOS, try the Del key. Once you're in, see if the HDD are listed or not. If they're not, you have a hardware problem.


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