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No Bootable Partition in Table ?
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by:houssam_ballout
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had you try to boot from windows XP Cd and type in the recovery console"
fixmbr
then press Y
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by:jamietoner
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If you replaced the hard drive with the OS on it then you'll need to install an OS on the replacement drive.
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by:nobus
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you can alsways test the disk, to check if it is ok or not :  http://www.tacktech.com/display.cfm?ttid=287
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by:burrcm
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Copied from the other question on this subject - (http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Windows/XP/Q_24315877.html?cid=238#a24129191)

If you can get into Windows on this drive, then the comment from houssam_ballout should almost resolve your booting issue <<had you try to boot from windows XP Cd and type in the recovery console" - fixmbr - then press Y>>, but also execute the fixboot command at the same time.

Chris B
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by:pawn2k4
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There was no hard drive swap. I began getting two error messages:
1. 2% occurrence
Verifying DMI pOOL Data........
boot from CD: number of
     1. FD 1.  44MB System Type-(06)
2. 98% occurrence
No bootable partition in table

I am able to access Windows by pressing F11 during boot.  Then selecting hard drive.  Then selecting CH1 M.  : ST3160023A

A friend told me to try FIXMBR and it did not work.
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by:nobus
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it can be caused by different things : hardware and software of the disk.
you can test your disk hard with the link i posted
the software can be checjked by runn ing a chkdsk on the drive - when booted to the recovery console
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by:burrcm
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Recovery console - fixboot. The disk may be damaged though.

Chris B
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by:jamietoner
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Go into your bios and move CH1 M.  : ST3160023A to the top of the list in the hard drive boot sequence, it sounds like the bios is looking at the recently added drive to boot.
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by:pawn2k4
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A number of experts have suggested this:
Go into your bios and move CH1 M.  : ST3160023A to the top of the list in the hard drive boot sequence, it sounds like the bios is looking at the recently added drive to boot.

There was no new hard drive installed.  

I just found "Boot Disk Priority" and my CDROM is not listed, but CH1 M.  : ST3160023A is listed.  I am concerned If an unforseem issue should arise preventing for instance, access to Windows. Now, the Boot Disk Priority is CH1 M.  : ST3160023A first and no CDROM second because it is not listed there.  Would I be correct in thinking there would be no access to the computer.  In addition, with all due respect to the experts, if I do the formentioned, is it really solving the "no bootable partition in table" or is it just going around "no bootable partition in table"? I would love to solve it.

PS Under Boot Sequence: CDROM 1ST, HD 2ND,
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by:nobus
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>>  There was no new hard drive installed.  <<  then what does the title of your question mean ?   i don't understand what happens here
   
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by:pawn2k4
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nobus:>> There was no new hard drive installed. << then what does the title of your question mean ? i don't understand what happens here

I requested the moderator not use question 1 because it was confusing and inaccurate and to use question 2 "No bootable partition in table", but for some reason, question 1 was chosen. There was no new hard drive. The HD was never replaced.
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by:nobus
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well - you know that, be we did not - see the answers you got...
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by:pawn2k4
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I am sorry, but I dont understand your comment Nobus. Does your suggestion solve "No bootable partion in table" or does just work around it?
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by:jamietoner
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If you let the system boot with no action taken you get the no bootable partition error, but if you go into the boot menu(f11) and choose the hard drive it boots. Is that correct?
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by:pawn2k4
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jamietoner:
If you let the system boot with no action taken you get the no bootable partition error, but if you go into the boot menu(f11) and choose the hard drive it boots. Is that correct?

Yes, you are correct "no bootable partition error ..." occurrs with no action.  However, If (F11) ...  hard drive it boots, yes.

Thanks
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by:pawn2k4
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Thank you all for the suggestions.  Again, I am sorry for the poor title description, but again there was no new hard drive.  

If I take your suggestion Nobus, will I loose acces to my BIOS and CDROM due to the Boot Sequence.  It is a worry incase Windows will not boot because of some unkown problem and the need should arise that it is necessary to access the Bios or setup.  Please tell me my fears are a waste, my previous concern were also.
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Sounds like a bios issue, try reseting the bios to default settings, you can use the reset option in the bios or by using a jumper on the motherboard.
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by:nobus
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you can also verify if the partition is set to active; use bootit-ng for that : www.terabyteunlimited.com/       
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by:pawn2k4
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Was away on vacation.  I just got back.  II reformatted HD.  The system works fine; therefore, I will be deleting the question.
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by:nobus
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not very nice for the efoort we put in it...if you want us to help in the future...
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by:pawn2k4
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nobus I am sorry it was not nice, to me it did not seem good or bad. But I am sorry and I will remember in the future.  I wish some of the solutions did work.
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