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Dell Poweredge 350 server stopped booting and says "no boot device available". I can get into setup and even with cd as the boot device with the XP disk in, it still says the same thing. I can boot to a floppy, but no other drive letters besides a: are available. Is there something that could cause the hard drive and the cd to fail simultaneously?
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can you see the ide drives in the bios?

if so then they are still there, if not then a cable could have gone bad or maybe the ide controller.

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yes, I can see the ide drives in the bios. Why won't it boot from the cd?
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It may be the IDE controller, but try connecting to the Secondary IDE channel, to make sure it's not that.
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Not to sound silly but is your boot order set to go from the CD before the HD's? Also I would boot from a XP or 2000 boot disk and see if you can access the drives from there. I think your saying you have XP so you can use the XP boot disks (6 of them in the set) and go to your C: and type Fixboot. Maybe try to check to see if the master drive is set to active also with FDISK off a boot disk you mentioned.
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you can get the xp setup disk creator here

http://www.svrops.com/svrops/dwnlddisk.htm

just pick home or pro  in the list. (it has all the boot disks for windows os's)
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pshedberg,

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