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Boot Disk Failure

by nyr9999 / January 27, 2013 12:02 AM PST

I have an hp desktop that says boot disk failure when i start up. I have done the following to try to correct it.
1. Loaded windows cd hit repair and reinstalled windows.
2. Checked to make sure no lose cables.
3. Checked bios
4. Ran chkdsk says drive is fine
What is odd is when i get that error i press crtl alt del amd the sys restarts and windows loads fine. This only happens when the pc is first powered on. I dont know what else to do before getting a new hard drive. Anyone have any other ideas?

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Roughly how old is the PC ?
by VAPCMD / January 27, 2013 12:23 AM PST
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Once upon a time...there were situations where delayed hard drive spin up caused similar notices because the system was ready to go except for the HDD....thus the HDD failure notice. And when you restart (vice first power on) .. everything is OK because the HDD is already up and running.


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Boot failure
by nyr9999 / January 27, 2013 12:31 AM PST

It is about 3 and half yrs old

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Might be a good time to install a fresh new CMOS battery...
by VAPCMD / January 27, 2013 8:42 AM PST
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usually a CR2032.


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boot disk failure
by nyr9999 / January 27, 2013 12:52 AM PST

anyway to fix this without getting a new hard drive

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Does it happen also ...
by Kees_B Forum moderator / January 27, 2013 1:46 AM PST
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if you wake up from hibernate? If not, you've found a good work-around.


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Areas to check
by Willy / January 27, 2013 1:02 AM PST
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If you hadn't already, use the maker's diags to run HD tests. Do the full tests if you want, destructive ones too, but there are less destructive tests. The destructive parts refers to any data lost. Since, you already reloaded windows, etc. and still appears, it may not be a windows glitch but a true h/w one. The only items in that list are the HD, mtrbd. and cables. Replace cable and try again. You may want to look at removing the HD, test in another PC by itself, same tests or just replace. The old HD maybe not good for a boot HD but storage only as 3yrs. is a good run on some HDs.
If you google your model# HD, it may have bad history. Also, verify what your bios level is, it maybe good to update as a side note. The last area to check is the PSU, HP tends to install a PSU just for the basic PC as build. Your PSU maybe lagging abit trying to get everything going upon a "cold boot", it can only get worse as time goes by. In fact, I would replace the PSU just as a matter or course to see if that's the problem and install a higher rated wattage one too. Again, 3yrs. is a long time for a PSU, especially in OEM type systems. Last, make sure you clean the dust bunnies out, *everywhere*.

tada -----Willy Happy

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Just for yuks
by Bob__B / January 27, 2013 5:46 AM PST
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Change the boot order.
Optical first.
Hd second.

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Another workaround ...
by Kees_B Forum moderator / January 27, 2013 6:00 AM PST
In reply to: Just for yuks

if it's a slow-starting disk indeed.

When the BIOS shows the POST (list of devices it found and such), press pause. After a few seconds, press any key (I think) to continue. Cheaper than a new hard disk.

Still, I would take extra care to backup.


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