Boot Sector Not Found
Posted on 2004-09-20
I have a problem with a computer that's been working fine until I installed a SATA Maxtor 9 120gb HDD.
Here's the spec:
P4 2.4 ghz (Northwood)
1gb Corsair RAM 3200
Geforce 4 Titanium 4800
Albatron PX845 PE Pro II Motherboard
120gb Maxtor 9 HDD SATA 7200rpm
80gb IBM DeskStar ATA 100
Origionally I installed the 120gb drive as a backup because my dad (its his computer) didn't want to reinstall windows. So I humoured him.
In that configuration he gets a "Delayed Write Failed" when copying anything from D:\ (120gbSATA) to C:\ (80gb Maxtor)
So I convinced him to swap them around so that the 120gb SATA was the operating disk and the 80gb was the backup.
The first thing I did was to shut down the computer. I booted from the WinXP Disk and using the recovery console formatted both drives (all information had been backed up to DVD before hand).
I then booted from the CD again and this time pressed F6 and loaded the Promise Fast Trak Controller drivers. I then proceeded to install windows on the 120gb harddrive.
Once windows had completed installing I got to the desktop and began customisation. When I went into my computer the C drive was the 80gb and that was completely blank. The D: drive was the 120gb and had the WINDOWS directory. I thought this was very odd and went into Disk Management to see if I could change the drive letters but I couldn't on either. I loaded the LAN Driver so I could get other drivers from the Net and rebooted. Once the computer had rebooted it said Boot sector not found Insert and bootable disk or cartidge and press any key to continue. So I went on the net and it said to use the recovery console to repair the boot sector. So I did this and used FIXBOOT to repair. Rebooted and exactly the same. I thought I might have had the wrong boot device set in the bios so I made sure it was seelected to boot from SCSI (which is the fast trak controller). A point to note is that the 80gb drive is not installed on the FastTrak controller but on the IDE Bus.
So I am at a bit of a loss to be honest. Can anyone shed any light on my problem?
Also where is the boot sector stored? Where is that information retained? I understand that viruses can "inhabit" the boot sector, could this be a problem?
Thank you in advance