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February 15, 2003 8:22:56 PM

my computer has a 8 gb or so hard drive and just recently when i boot up i get this error after seeing the video card specs and micron screen

"not found any [active partition] in HDD
DISK BOOT FAILURE, INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER"

i went into the BIOS and the hd is detected there, does anyone know what is going on? thx help appreciated

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a b G Storage
February 15, 2003 8:31:46 PM

Could be hardrive failure, an 8G drive is old enough what was the manufacturing date around 1998 or 1999?

Check the cables and make sure they're seated properly, and just for the heck of it, with the machine off remove and reinstall the RAM modules.


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February 15, 2003 9:59:26 PM

alright i bought it in june 1999

pentium 3 - 450mhz
256 mb of ram
windows 98 se
geforce 2 mx 400 pci

can there be a hard drive failure and yet the bios still detects the specs of the hd
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a b G Storage
February 15, 2003 11:08:44 PM

Specs are reported but the partition information is missing, yes it could still be hardrive failure but not total, which means you may be able to recover your files with a recovery program. I would suggest getting a new hardrive and loading your operating system on the new drive, then using a drive recovery program to get the files from the old drive. Did you remove and replace the RAM modules, sometimes on older machines the RAM modules develope some slight corrosion which can be alleviated by removing and reinstalling the modules. This is to eliminate the fact of RAM being the problem, by also running a testing program on the RAM itself from DOS. You can get Memtest from the Utilities section at <A HREF="http://www.bootdisk.com" target="_new">http://www.bootdisk.com&lt;/A> and the file recovery from<A HREF="http://www.pcinspector.de/file_recovery/UK/welcome.htm" target="_new">http://www.pcinspector.de/file_recovery/UK/welcome.htm&...;/A>both programs are free to use.

I truly do not think theres anything wrong with your RAM, testing it is just to eliminate it as a possibility.


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February 15, 2003 11:11:35 PM

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