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Win2k Pro Inaccesible_boot_device, cdrom probs.

Hi there,

I'm working on a laptop, where there is a problem with the mbr, BUT the laptop is old and the cdrom drive is non functional.  So i can't run the recovery panel from the win2k cd.  I can boot it to floppy but thats about as far as i get i've tried to do c: system (sorry can't remember if that the right way around :) ), to copy files from floppy but it so far has not worked.  

The error i'm getting is inacessible_boot_device.

I have an external cdrom drive but can't seem to get the laptop to read it.

HELP!!!!! lol

This has been driving me nuts for a couple of weeks, any suggestions MOST helpful! :)

Thanks MsKazza
Karen Liddy
Karen Liddy
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Michael PfisterCommented:
Inaccessible boot device is not a problem with the MBR. One of the required boot files isn't found or damaged.

The only thing that I can think about is:
go to a computer shop and buy an adapater that converts the laptop's 2,5 " IDE connector to a standard 3,5" IDE one or may be to USB is availbe as well. Then attach this hard disk to another system running 2000 or XP and recover your data.

Without CDROM you're quite stuck.  There are tools to read NTFS disks from DOS (sysinternals NTFSDOS www.sysinternal.com)  but it won't be funny to copy your data via floppy if its more then just a few megabytes.

Hope it helps,

Michael PfisterCommented:
Another option would be to get your external CDROM working. Problem: your BIOS is probably to old to support booting from USB devices. You can check your BIOS settings if there are options to enable USB boot devices. Maybe there is a BIOS update that enables USB booting...
Karen LiddyOffice ManagerAuthor Commented:
Found the problems, IDE connector is bad, hence the reason the cd won't work.  We tried different hard drives, etc and they wouldn't work either.

Thanks for help though.


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