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"Inaccessible Boot Device" BSOD on multiple HDD's (same machine)

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Good Morning,

We use large-format printers that all have a Windows PC built in (albeit, very OLD Windows PC's - ie PIII 550MHz, etc).  When one of the printers was started today, Windows started to load but then about half way the dreaded "Inaccessible boot device" BSOD error appeared.  I tried reseating the HDD, booting to Safe Mode, reseating the ribbon connector, but received the same BSOD in the same spot every time.  So, I bit the bullet and did a fresh install of Win 2K on a different HDD.  On first boot, I received the same error in the same exact spot.

I am stumped.  Would a bad controller allow Windows to partially load and then crap out?  What other ideas does the EE community have?  

I look forward to your responses ...

Thanks a bunch!
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check the cables, replace them?

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Can you see the STOP code?

Can you hook up the drive to another system to make changes to boot.ini? Add a startup switch /BOOTLOG, this will create a file called NTBTLOG.TXT in the WINDOWS/WINNT folder.

I think the stop code is essential to troubleshoot your issue.
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OK, let me add some more weird to this.  My boss wanted to see what was happening so I brought him out to the printer and powered it back on.  The HDD connected was the "new" one I had just installed W2K onto.  It took FOREVER to get through the BIOS and when it finally came to the Windows splash screen where it BSOD'd earlier, this time it just gave a stop code and rebooted.  WTF?  So I shutdown and re-inserted the original HDD and rebooted.  Now he'd see what the issue was ... Except this time it booted.  Completely.  He glared at me like I was wasting his time.  

So, there is definitely something wrong; I just have no idea what and now that it's working, I don't want to futz with it.  In the meantime, I am going to contact the MFG and find out what HDD's they recommend for replacement.  I have a feeling that these drives are not going to be easy to find!

Thanks for the help!



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Sounds like a heat issue.  Check all the fans to make sure they are running, especially the CPU fan.
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