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WD Caviar 136AA 13gb on a Pentium III system w/AX6BC motherboard, Award BIOS 1998 PnP FAT32 one partition.  Has been working fine, but now I get a "Disk Boot Failure, Insert System Disk & Press Enter".  I can boot to a floppy, but can't access the hard drive.  If I turn the computer off and on enough times, the hard drive will eventually boot and then run normally.  Any suggestions?  FYI, I've run a virus scan with the latest .dat's - no virus found.
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Sounds like the data or power cables came loose or went bad.  Have you tried another IDE data cable?  Is the drive spinning up even?
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Sounds like the data or power cables came loose or went bad.  Have you tried another IDE data cable?  Is the drive spinning up even?
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Good suggestion.  I'll stick a new cable in see if that does the trick.  Yes, the hard drive spins and works fine ONCE it finally boots.
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boot teh system with a clean
windows boot-disk (same ver as u have)Transfer systemm files from that floppy( a:>\sys c: ).Remove flpppy,reboot system .This is a experience in my works
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by:rayray266
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Thank you, I'm still having boot problems. I'll let you know if your suggestion works.

Ray
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by:rajacanada
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If your h.d.d have bad-sectors(B) in boot-sector,this drive is usefull for sectondary/slave use only (unlucky)
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Thank you.  I have discovered that the hard drive is bad.  As you said - bad sectors in the MBR.  Western Digital had some problems with their Caviars during a one or two month period last year.  I think this may be one of them.
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