Hi, im having problems lately about this old computer(windows xp) from my friend which i am trying to reformat. So here's the story..
I tried to reformat his pc with Windows XP SP2, unfortunately its already 6 hours and the installation was still not done. So what i did was remove his PATA HDD and put it in my own pc. Then reformat, it only took about 10-15 mins. Then when i put it back to his old computer it was not being detected.
So i went to BIOS, on Primary IDE Master, i press for "search" but it is still not detected. When i exit BIOS, suddenly its recognizing the HDD. But still i get the error DISK BOOT FAILURE INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER. But when i restart the pc it is still not detecting the HDD and i try to do that search thing again.
I already made the settings to AUTO detect hard drive and load default of BIOS, changed cables and wires, I can also hear the HDD spinning(cause its too loud) but unfortunately i am still getting the error.
Any help would be highly appreciated.
DISK BOOT FAILURE INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER
Is this because no OS is loaded on the HDD?
You could try defaulting all the BIOS settings. PATA drives have a pin near where the PATA cable and molex power goes which sets the drive to either a master or a slave. Not sure if this would fix the problem though.