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IDE Harddrive Install Error

by Matt8729 / October 12, 2004 10:50 PM PDT

My old IDE harddrive (80gb maxtor) gave me the message "System disc error. Insert system disc and press enter.." something along those lines so i had to reformat it..at the end of the reformat it restarted the computer for me and booted back up but it gave me the same message..did it again and it gave me the same message..frustrated i ordered a new IDE harddirve..a 120gb 7200rpm 2mb Samsung IDE and hooked it up. Partioned and formated it and it restared my computer for me. When it booted back up it gave me the same message from the old harddrive for the new one. What do i do to make this new HD work. Any help?

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Re: IDE Harddrive Install Error
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 12, 2004 11:20 PM PDT

No OS mentioned so who knows if formatting was required or done proper?

Also, some forget to turn off the BIOS virus protection while installing an OS.


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Re: IDE Harddrive Install Error
by billzhills / October 13, 2004 12:44 AM PDT


Have always found this error message to mean that boot files are not found.


This issue may occur if your start device (such as a floppy disk drive, hard disk drive, or CD-ROM drive) does not contain boot files.
To resolve this issue, use one or more of the following methods, and then restart your computer:? Remove the non-system disk from your boot device. For example, remove the non-system disk from the floppy drive or the CD-ROM drive.
? Change your computer's boot sequence. To do this, you must change your computer's setup and the option that controls which device your computer uses to start from. Make sure that you select a device that has boot files (or operating system files) installed.
? If you start your computer from a hard disk drive, install a bootable operating system (such as Windows XP) on the drive.



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Re: IDE Harddrive Install Error
by Matt8729 / October 13, 2004 5:57 AM PDT

How do i get to the part where i can change what i boot up from. When i turn on my computer, it says Sony, then another screen comes up and at the bottom it says "Disc boot error. Insert system disc and press enter" i then reformated it and restarted but it did the same thing again.

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You want to get into what is called the BIOS
by Ray Harinec / October 13, 2004 8:21 AM PDT

Basic Input / Output System, the program that starts the system by pulling it up by its bootstraps [thus we boot computers] LOL

However on most systems during the intial part of the boot you see something that says hit ???? to enter setup [so it is really called set up by the computer]. Some also call it CMOS because that is the type of chip technology that the BIOS is stored on. Set up allows one to modify the BIOS.

Many computers say to hit DEL to enter setup, but I don't know what Sony uses, Compaq uses F10 if I remember correctly.

Typical computer multi meanings i.e. one makes logical drives when one wants to create partitions. LOL

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(NT) (NT) F2 for Sony BIOS set-up
by billzhills / October 13, 2004 10:17 PM PDT
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Re: IDE Harddrive Install Error
by billzhills / October 13, 2004 10:27 PM PDT


Win98 and ME:
You must have boot disk to start system with CD support. At "A" prompt -> insert CD -> (type setup) -> follow prompts.
Look above prompt to see drive letter given to optical devices.

NT, 2000 and XP:
Boot to "Sony" screen -> press "pause" key ->
insert CD -> press any key -> follow prompts.
Or wait for error message then insert CD.
Watch for prompt "Press any key to boot from CD"

Sony uses F2 to entry BIOS setup.
Tab key (?) displays BIOS post screen.


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Re: IDE Harddrive Install Error
by Matt8729 / October 14, 2004 10:42 AM PDT

I got into the setup part as you instructed me and used the IDE boot up and selected the Samsung HD and exited and saved changes but it still gave me the message. What should my boot up settings be in the 4 catogoris that were listed.

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Re: IDE Harddrive Install Error
by billzhills / October 15, 2004 12:03 AM PDT


Win98 and ME the floppy should be the first boot device.

In NT, XP and 2000 the first boot device will be the optical device.

From your post the Hdd is the first boot device.
As their is no information on the drive the system does not know what to do... hence you error message.


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