can't boot from HDD
Posted on 2004-08-15
I've got an interesting little problem. I'm sure I'm missing something glaringly obvious, but for all I'm worth I'm scratchin my head on this. One of my clients called me about a machine I worked on for her in the past. The computer all of a sudden boots to a message that says "disk read error occured". Initially I think of course, HD problem. This was confirmed when I took the HD and slaved it in another system that told me the drive wasn't formatted....would I like to.....no. I took a look at the drive with partition magic. It said the drive had an unknown geometry and I needed to back up data and reformat. I can however, get to all the files on the drive via GetDataBack(wonderful little program). Here's where it gets interesting. I took a known good drive containing xp and plugged it into my clients computer and ....."disk read error occured". hmmm. I tried another HD..same thing. Bios sees the drive no problem. So I put one of the xp drives I didn't need in the comp, and inserted a win2K cd. rebooted to the cd, was able to kill the HD's partition, create a new one, format the partiton and install a win2k preinstallation environment. I got to the point in 2K install where it reboots the pc from the HD instead of the cd rom and continues installation. not this time. "disk read error occured" Okay, at this point I"m thinking motherboard problem, cant read from primary ide channel, but then again if the piece of crap couldn't read from the drive we wouldn't have made it through the whole first part of the 2K install would we? Can't find the MBR....I think not because I tried 3 different HD's. It just seems to me the motherboard can facilitate reading from and writing to the hard drive, it just won't seem to boot from it. I'm out of ideas on this Sunday morning. Need other brains.
By the way this is a Dell Dimension 8100 1.7Ghz