Solved primary hdd not found boots in safe mode

June 13, 2011 at 16:03:40
Specs: Windows ME
The cpu is running ME and i get the primary hdd 0 not found, then it wll boot in safe mode after a lengthy amount of time. I get 4 options but norm, boot log text, and step by step don't allow windows to load. Currently running scan disk 4 errors.

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June 13, 2011 at 20:57:43
If you're getting the 'primary hdd 0 not found' then you're not booting from that drive. Maybe you're restarting it several times until you don't get the error and then it boots? Otherwise as modify.hardware implies, it's booting from another drive or the drive's cabling or jumpers are set wrong.

But even if that's the case, if the drive is good it will boot up OK.

Can you remove the drive and attach it as a slave in another computer? That way you can copy off any data files. But you can't copy off installed software and have it work on another drive. When software is installed it puts a lot of files in different places and makes changes to the registry. There's no practical way to do that manually.



#1
June 13, 2011 at 20:07:48
Assuming one drive in the system,
Sounds like the BIOS is set wrong or some cables in the case were moved. Reset the BIOS to automatic detect the hard drives, or disable hdd 0. If you still get the error, the cabling may have been changed.
Do you have two drives attached? That is another set of solutions.

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#2
June 13, 2011 at 20:26:14
Its my stepfathers and he hasn't touched the inside of the computer positive of that. The hdd is set to automatic. There is only one hard drive and two cd rom drives. It's not mandatory that I get it fixed but the issue is the software and files. I either need to fix the drive or find a way to get the programs and files moved and he doesn't have the discs for some programs so I can't reinstall them. Plus I don't see the safe mode with networking option so the usb and ethernet ports aren't operational. I guess I'm just looking for a solution that will allow him to get the files without buying everything over. He has another desktop running XP. I hope this helps anyone trying to help and thank you also.

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#3
June 13, 2011 at 20:29:19
And if you don't get the drive error message then it boots OK to safe mode?

Sounds like your drive is dying. Got into cmos/bios setup and see if there's something there like 'hard disk pre delay'. If there is, set it to at least 6 seconds. That will allow a little more time for the hard drive to spin up and be recognized. But you need to start looking for a newer drive. Don't get something too big--probably about the size of your current one. You may need to look on ebay.


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#4
June 13, 2011 at 20:42:09
I didn't notice the delay option earlier, but i'll check. I always get the error and it will only boot in sae mode. I tried the other modes and norm will take you took a blank screen with a continous hourglass. Step by step an boot log text go to a blank screen with cursor but nothing else. Could there be a possible virus are does this just seem like hardware malfunction?

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June 13, 2011 at 20:57:43
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If you're getting the 'primary hdd 0 not found' then you're not booting from that drive. Maybe you're restarting it several times until you don't get the error and then it boots? Otherwise as modify.hardware implies, it's booting from another drive or the drive's cabling or jumpers are set wrong.

But even if that's the case, if the drive is good it will boot up OK.

Can you remove the drive and attach it as a slave in another computer? That way you can copy off any data files. But you can't copy off installed software and have it work on another drive. When software is installed it puts a lot of files in different places and makes changes to the registry. There's no practical way to do that manually.


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#6
June 13, 2011 at 21:35:05
Okay I will give that a try see what the outcome is. Right now though i have to go fix my computer. Thank you for the information.

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