Hard Drive Boot Loader Problem - Please Help!

Microsoft Windows 3.11
July 29, 2010 at 03:20:35
Specs: DOS 6.22/WIN 3.1
Hello,

I currently have an issue I am trying to solve with a DOS 6.22/Windows 3.1 installation. I have this drive running on a PC but the disk is showing signs of failing and I need a backup in the event of failure urgently.

I have an exact replica of the disk that is currently working on this system and have tried doing an exact Ghost copy to the blank disk. The result - the disk not recognised in BIOS and "Operating System not Found" error message on bootup. I tried reformating and installing a fresh copy of DOS 6.22/WIN 3.1 to the disk but got the same result. I have tried entering the disk settings into the BIOS manually but the disk will still not boot.

I am led to believe some additional boot loader software is needed for the disk to work on this PC but I can't find anything about it. I have no idea where to find this software or if there is a way of transferring it from the currently working disk but I don't understand why any software required to boot was not transferred on the Ghost copy.

The disk has been proven to work on another PC but will not work on the PC that it needs to work on (which contains additional cards inside that the PC needs to communicate with some unique hardware).

I will be surprised if anyone can offer a solution to this but I am at my last straw so thought it would be worth a try. Any help would be very much appreciated.

Thanks


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#1
July 29, 2010 at 07:07:16
This is a problem I am concerned for myself. Though it has not come up - yet. I think the solution I would try would be to somehow get the new hard drive onto an external hard-drive cradle then copy it to a CD using the USB. Then simply reformat the drive in the cradle and all you have to do is install DOS and then the rest from the CD afterward.

Obviously your hard drive has not copied the boot sector correctly, otherwise you would not have the boot error.

A floppy boot disk might be an idea to at least look at the bootable portion of the disk for errors, however, there is still the problem of the boot sector on the disk being restorable. These are tricky things and can be very frustrating.


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#2
July 29, 2010 at 10:36:34
"The disk has been proven to work on another PC but will not work on the PC that it needs to work on (which contains additional cards inside that the PC needs to communicate with some unique hardware)."

Therefore what type of architecture is the PC ? AT / ATX / IBM PS......


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#3
July 31, 2010 at 18:15:51
I would suggest to connect this hard drive to another pc and make another ghost image of it.

Then connect the hard drive to the pc, where it needs to run on, boot with a dos floppy disk with fdisk and sys command on it.
Run this commands:
fdisk /mbr
sys c:

Try rebooting from hard drive.

If this doesn't work, try whether the harddrive is further running on another pc.
If not, use ghost to restore the original state of the drive, to have another try, whatever it may be.

The original poster should always write the last response !!!
Let us know, if the problem is solved !!!


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#4
September 5, 2010 at 00:21:35
First step is to get the disk to boot DOS. IDE hard drive less than 2GB?

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