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Running (when it works) W2000Pro with an Athlon 1.3 on a Kbit mother board.  On loading the message "can't find boot partition...checking hardware configuration" pops up.  W2000 Setup screen comes up and it loads, offers 'setup, repair or exit' options; either of the first two yields "can't find harddrive..." message.  End result, of course, is that system will not come up.  Checked all the connections, tried booting from CD and floppy, nada.  Any suggestions?
I really need to access the information on this machine and any timely help would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you very much for your time.

Yana
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Boot into the BIOS, to see if the drive is being detected properly.  If it is, you can try booting from the CD (you CAN boot from the CD, correct?) into the recovery console and typing FIXMBR, followed by FIXBOOT and BOOTCFG /rebuild.  If that doesn't work, you may need a repair install: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;292175
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If the above doesn't work, it might still be a hardware problem.  Try exchanging the harddrive's IDE cable with a new one (or the one the CDROM drive is using if you don't have a spare laying around).

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I don't know what exact motherboard you have, but if you have your hdd(s) hooked up to a scsi or sata controller you may need to load a driver for windows to recognize the drive...immediately upon booting to the win2k CD, press F6 and load the driver from a floppy diskette if this is the situation.
good luck
jeff
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by:BobSassafrass
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i had this problem once with a western digital hard drive and after hours i switched the jumper on it from master to cable select and it fixed it.
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If you're after the data on it, the easiest way is to remove the drive, and set the jumpers on it as slave, and fit it to another machine.  Then, just copy the data over.  Can also be a good way to find out if the disk is on the fritz, or whether it's another component.
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by:georgecooldude
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I would just make sure the IDE cable hasn't come "loose" from the hard drive. My Desktop HP system had a couple of days ago. I spent about 10mins on HP support and they suggested that and it worked.

It if worked before theres no reason why it shouldnt so I am guessing its the cable.
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PolYana,

No comment has been added to this question in more than 21 days, so it is now classified as abandoned..
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