I am trying to help a friend of mine with a peculiar problem. The other night, he tried to install a game. But, according to my understanding, the game crashed and now when the pc starts, we get the following error message: Disk error...
Press any key to restart. When any key is pressed, we get Disk Boot Failure..
Insert System Disk and Press Enter. Of practical interest, BIOS does detect the HDD and identifies it as Maxtor 53073H4.
It is further noteworthy to mention that I upon visual inspection, I noticed the IDE cable was connected to the HDD as a slave instead of master. Therefore, I took the liberty of connecting the HDD to the IDE cable as a master because I do not believe a HDD can ever boot as a slave. Unfortunately, the same error message appears.
I am totally stumped on this one. Any thoughts or suggestions will certainly be appreciated. The OS on this system is XP Professional. I look forward to reading everyone's input on this post.