Disk boot failure, insert system di

Shuttle / Sp35p2 pro
April 13, 2009 at 09:09:28
Specs: Windows XP SP3, Intel Quad 6600
I woke up and checked my computer for e-mails. I opened my windows explorer to view a file and noticed my cd/dvd drive was not recognized. The night before I had a game inside that I was playing without a problem. I reinserted the game disc and my cd/dvd drive was not recognized by my system.

I rebooted my pc (which normally resolves these type of issues) and I took note on my bios that it didn't register my cd/dvd drive. Therefore I shut down my pc and reconnected all of my hard drive cables plus my cd/dvd drive cables.

I have three hard drives: 2 satas (320 and 160gb) and 1 ide (160gb). The cd/dvd drive is additionally sata.

The 320gb sata hard drive is relatively new (1.5 months old) and I've had a love/hate relationship with the brand (WD). Anyway after rebooting, bios could recognize everything, and then when it came to boot up I had the following error, "DISK BOOT FAILURE, INSERT SYSTEM DISK. HIT OK."

I've reset my boot up options where in the past it was 1) CD, 2) HDD, 3) Nothing. Now it is 1) HDD and 2) CD. It has no impact. The error still occurs.

I've replugged and check my sata cables and they're functioning as intended. My 320gb hdd is the one installed with the OS. Do you think after a short and moderate usage of the hard drive that it became corrupted and unusable?

I appreciate any suggestions as I am completely drawing on straws here. I've ruled out this must be a hardware issue as everything was running and being fairly stable for the past weeks. Here's hoping I don't have to do a repair/reformat (again).

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April 13, 2009 at 09:40:00
Did you install XP using SATA drivers (ie, pressing F6 early in the install process) or did you set the bios to use legacy mode (IDE) for SATA? If the latter, has the bios setting somehow reverted to AHCI mode? (then just put it back to legacy/IDE mode)

Also, most bioses have a boor order for hard drives as well as a boot order for devices. If yours does, check the 320GB drive is the boot drive.

May be worth downloading WD's diagnostic tool to check the hard drive is ok.

Can you access the data on the hard drive by connecting it to another machine/booting from something like a bartPE CD (in legacy mode)?

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April 13, 2009 at 10:34:41
Yes. I was able to successfully install Windows on the 320gb SATA hdd.

I don't remember a boot order for hard drives. I was under the assumption that the bios would automatically detect which hard drive would have the OS; since you cannot set your SATA hdd to be a master or slave as opposed to IDE. I'll check the bios setting again.

I went into my bio's and reset my boot order to check the CD first. Rebooted then plopped in my XP ISO disc. By doing so, I was able to get to the loading splash screen. However my past problem then occurs where it hangs on the splash loading screen. I am able to gain access to my desktop through safe mode and check my system. Everything seems to be operational.

I'll see if I can retrieve the WD's diagonistic tool and run it in safe mode.

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