Disc Boot Failure, Insert System Disc and Press Enter

I recently built a new system.

-Kingston HyperX 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model KHX6400D2K2/2G - Retail
-AMD Athlon II X3 425 Rana 2.7GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Processor - Retail
-GIGABYTE GA-MA785GM-US2H AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
I used a 500 GB SATA Seagate hard drive that I had (HD 500G|SEAGATE ST3500418AS)

I also threw an old 250GB IDE Maxor hard drive in there. I installed XP on a partition on the SATA drive and everything was running great. A couple days ago the Maxor hard drive started making clicking noises and didn't sound very good. I didn't have any data on there so I did really think it was a big deal. When I tried to boot up this morning the boot menu stalled when tring to read IDE drives and the Maxor was making allot of noise. I unplugged the drive and tried booting. After it says verifying DMI data pool it stops and says "Disc Boot Failure, Insert System Disc and Press Enter". I don't understand why this is because windows is installed on the SATA drive and unplugging the Maxor shouldn't do anything. The one thing that I think might have something to so with it is that i used the windows install disc to format the Maxor so it might have installed a windows file on there. I made sure that after I formatted the Maxor that I deleted all the files on it. Another thing that I thought was weird that when the computer was booting it would list three chooses for XP to boot from. Again this could be from formatting with the windows disc. So I'm stuck I can't plug the IDE back in and try to delete the partition because it makes noise and freezes when I plug it in. My SATA should boot fine but for some reason its not.

Anybody have any ideas?

Thanks for your help!
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  1. You need to make sure the CD/DVD drive is set up as the first boot device. It sounds like the system is still trying to boot from the drive you removed.
  2. Thats the first thing I tried... Still same thing

  3. Was the CD/DVD drive set as the slave to the drive you removed? If so, you'll have to set it to "master".
  4. The CD/DVD drive is a SATA drive so I don't think you have master/slave but I could be wrong. I tried every boot priority available making the hard disc the only boot option and i still get that error.
  5. Got exactly the same problem with my new system, however with an gigabyte MA78LM-S2 motherboard. System boots fine when both hard drives are connected and set as masters, it passes "verifying DMI" and gives me a choice of which version of windows to boot - old HD (vista) or new HD (win7)

    If the old IDE hard drive is disconnected or i try to boot only the new SATA drive at the bios stage i get the error "disk boot failure"
  6. I couldn't find a solution so I just ended up reformatting and that worked.
  7. I had the same problem with GIGABYTE GA-MA785GM-US2H. When I went to remove my old IDE Hitachi 164GB hard drive, my computer would not boot into Windows 7 on the SATA WD 750GB hard drive. I found out that somehow Windows 7 was writing the boot file info on the IDE drive even though the SATA drive was the main boot drive. I guess it happen when I installed Windows 7 onto the SATA drive with the IDE attached in my computer at the same time.

    Here is the solution from:


    1. Install the free Easybcd on 7.

    ( D/L from the link at the BOTTOM of this page http://neosmart.net/dl.php?id=1 )

    2. Boot into 7 , go to Folder Options an make sure Hidden files are showing.

    Copy and paste bootmgr and the pale yellow folder from the XP partition to the 7 partition. ( you will get a message bcd is ion use and can't be copied - skip it and copy the rest).

    3. In Easybcd , Open the Power Console ( same as cmd prompt ) and type : ( press enter after each command )

    bcdedit /set {bootmgr} device boot
    bcdedit /export ?:\Boot\BCD
    bootsect.exe /nt60 all /force
    mbrfix.exe /drive 1 fixmbr /vista /yes

    Replace ?: with the 7 drive letter as seen when in 7 , e.g. D: Replace the 1 in drive 1 with whatever number is shown in Disk Manager for the Disk 7 is on.

    4. In Disk management, mark 7 partition Active.

    5. Make sure it is the first Active partition in the boot order.
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