Solved

BSOD INACCESSABLE_BOOT_DEVICE Help

Posted on 2007-03-27
3
306 Views
Last Modified: 2010-04-03
I'm sure I know the answer, but just to validate myself... I have a Compaq Evo N160 laptop w/ W2k.  I am now getting a BSOD halfway through the W2k splash screen, stating:

STOP: 0x0000007B (0x8187C3F0,0xC000009C,0x00000000,0x00000000)
INACCESSIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE

It's either a boot sector virus, or a bad hard drive, right?  I can't boot into safe mode, or command prompt.  I cant boot from the CD, it doesn't even sound like the drive is running.  It is listed in BIOS.

Any other suggestions?  Before this started, I was having some issues with reading the CD drive, and once when it wouldn't recognize a disk in the drive, I rebooted and started getting the BSOD.

What are my options?  I don't have a seperate floppy for this computer, and even if I buy a new HDD, how will I install the OS if the CD drive won't run?
0
Comment
Question by:benhar
3 Comments
 
LVL 63

Accepted Solution

by:
SysExpert earned 125 total points
ID: 18802986
1) It could be a IDE controller errr or a bad drive r bad motherboard.

2) First get a USB adapater that will plug into the 2.5" laptop drive and allow you to see if you can save any data via any other computer with USB.

3) see if you can borrow or buy a 2.5" drive cheap and perhaps the CD Drive will start working, if the bad hard drive is removed.

I hope this helps !
0
 
LVL 3

Expert Comment

by:Wouterx
ID: 18814152
Some checks:
Remove the harddrive, see if you can boot from CDROM. If so, the harddrive was bad.
Remove the CDROM, see if you can boot from harddrive.  If so, the CDROM was causing problems on the IDE bus.
Defective memory may also be the cause.

0
 
LVL 4

Author Comment

by:benhar
ID: 18838955
I bought a 3.5 enclosure and a 2.5 IDE adapter and tried running the drive on my computer.  The machine didn't recognize it.  When I tried booting from the 2.5 drive directly on my computer I got a NTLD (?) missing error (I know what it means, just can't remember the exact acryonym).

I'm surrendering that the drive is bad.  There wasn't any valuable info on it anyway, so I'll be getting a new drive.

Thanks for the suggetsions.  I never thoguth of trying an adapter.
0

Featured Post

Why You Should Analyze Threat Actor TTPs

After years of analyzing threat actor behavior, it’s become clear that at any given time there are specific tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs) that are particularly prevalent. By analyzing and understanding these TTPs, you can dramatically enhance your security program.

Join & Write a Comment

I have written before on the benefits of using a Boot media other than your HDD when it has become infected.   The article I wrote about creating a bootable CD/DVD/USB (http://e-e.com/A_2343.html) was mainly concerned with building a UBCD4Win on CD …
I previously wrote an article addressing the use of UBCD4WIN and SARDU. All are great, but I have always been an advocate of SARDU. Recently it was suggested that I go back and take a look at Easy2Boot in comparison.
This tutorial will walk an individual through the process of installing the necessary services and then configuring a Windows Server 2012 system as an iSCSI target. To install the necessary roles, go to Server Manager, and select Add Roles and Featu…
This Micro Tutorial will teach you how to reformat your flash drive. Sometimes your flash drive may have issues carrying files so this will completely restore it to manufacturing settings. Make sure to backup all files before reformatting. This w…

708 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question

Need Help in Real-Time?

Connect with top rated Experts

18 Experts available now in Live!

Get 1:1 Help Now