BIOS doesn't recognize HDD as boot drive - Techist - Tech Forum

Go Back   Techist - Tech Forum > Computer Hardware > Hardware Repairs and Troubleshooting
Click Here to Login
Closed Thread
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 12-01-2008, 02:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
Newb Techie
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 3
Question BIOS doesn't recognize HDD as boot drive

My motherboard went bad in my main computer way back and I finally had a chance to buy a replacement, so I installed it yesterday. Started up fine (loving the snazzy new ASUS Express Gate thingy) and set up the BIOS for the correct boot order and whatnot. Trouble is, it's refusing to accept the my HDD with the windows partition and just says "Reboot and select proper boot device" on startup. The hard drive worked fine before my motherboard conked out (though it's been about a year). I couldn't find any helpful threads in my searches. Any theories or advice?

ASUS P5Q Deluxe

WD Raptor 150

EDIT: Running (or trying to, that is) XP SP2
__________________

LouieD0g is offline  
Old 12-01-2008, 02:25 PM   #2 (permalink)
Wizard Techie
 
Lexluethar's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: 127.0.0.1
Posts: 4,708
Send a message via AIM to Lexluethar
Default Re: BIOS doesn't recognize HDD as boot drive

Different hardware profile. XP recognizes the system board and when you try to boot up on a different system board the boot process will fail b/c XP is trying to start the drivers for the old board.

You will need to do a repair installation of XP to get that OS working again.
__________________

__________________
-Vista SME
Lexluethar is offline  
Old 12-01-2008, 02:37 PM   #3 (permalink)
Wizard Techie
 
CrazeD's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Maine
Posts: 3,736
Send a message via AIM to CrazeD Send a message via MSN to CrazeD
Default Re: BIOS doesn't recognize HDD as boot drive

Quote:
Originally Posted by Lexluethar View Post
You will need to do a repair installation of XP to get that OS working again.
But you're better off to just reformat/reinstall Windows all together. Things just work better that way.
__________________

Intel Q9400 | Gigabyte EP45-UD3P | G.Skill 2x2GB DDR2 1000 | XFX HD5870

Need website help? PM me!
CrazeD is offline  
Old 12-01-2008, 02:39 PM   #4 (permalink)
Wizard Techie
 
Lexluethar's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: 127.0.0.1
Posts: 4,708
Send a message via AIM to Lexluethar
Default Re: BIOS doesn't recognize HDD as boot drive

Quote:
Originally Posted by CrazeD View Post
But you're better off to just reformat/reinstall Windows all together. Things just work better that way.
Really? I'm going to have to disagree. Not trying to start a flame war or bickering back and forth as a lot of posts end up doing. Just saying I believe a repair installation would be the best option at this point.

If you are a new user or not that computer savvy just repair your installation of XP. If you have the resources, time, and knowledge do as Crazy indicated and reformat the drive.
__________________
-Vista SME
Lexluethar is offline  
Old 12-01-2008, 02:42 PM   #5 (permalink)
Wizard Techie
 
CrazeD's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Maine
Posts: 3,736
Send a message via AIM to CrazeD Send a message via MSN to CrazeD
Default Re: BIOS doesn't recognize HDD as boot drive

It may work, but it isn't as sure-fire as reformatting. I've seen quite a few problems with just doing a repair install and calling it good. Sometimes old drivers like to hang around and cause problems.

You can try a repair install, but if you still get problems you should just reformat and save yourself the hassle.
__________________

Intel Q9400 | Gigabyte EP45-UD3P | G.Skill 2x2GB DDR2 1000 | XFX HD5870

Need website help? PM me!
CrazeD is offline  
Old 12-01-2008, 02:44 PM   #6 (permalink)
Wizard Techie
 
Lexluethar's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: 127.0.0.1
Posts: 4,708
Send a message via AIM to Lexluethar
Default Re: BIOS doesn't recognize HDD as boot drive

Quote:
Originally Posted by CrazeD View Post
It may work, but it isn't as sure-fire as reformatting. I've seen quite a few problems with just doing a repair install and calling it good. Sometimes old drivers like to hang around and cause problems.

You can try a repair install, but if you still get problems you should just reformat and save yourself the hassle.
I totally agree. Repair installations aren't a sure-fire fix to OS problems.
__________________
-Vista SME
Lexluethar is offline  
Old 12-01-2008, 02:51 PM   #7 (permalink)
Newb Techie
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 3
Default Re: BIOS doesn't recognize HDD as boot drive

Thanks for the quick feedback. I am hesitant to reformat right off the bat as I have a lot of important files which I should have backed up but didn't (too late to beat myself up about it now, but I definitely will be more careful from now on.)

So I figure it would be best to try the repair and if it works, just copy all of the stuff I need and then go ahead with a reformat? I've reformatted plenty of times, though I've never done a "repair". Is it as easy as popping in the XP disc and selecting something?
LouieD0g is offline  
Old 12-01-2008, 02:54 PM   #8 (permalink)
Lord Techie
 
Hefemeister's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Sweden
Posts: 9,093
Default Re: BIOS doesn't recognize HDD as boot drive

I see it the same way. Repair installs are good if you do not know what you are doing and have important data or programs that you cannot reinstall. With a motherboard change you need to install all of the proper drivers for the new mb. All of the old drivers will cause problems. If you know what you are doing a clean install is much better and cleaner. always good to start a new mb with a fresh install. With that said I have made many a customer very happy by doing a repair install for them.
__________________
ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 :: INTEL i7 920 @3.4 :: XFX GTX260 :: 6gb Corsair 1600 :: Corsair 750TX :: TRUE 120 :: Samsung T240 24" :: Windows 7 X64

I do not accept support questions via PM

"Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
Hefemeister is offline  
Old 12-01-2008, 02:55 PM   #9 (permalink)
Call me Mak or K
Mod Emeritus
 
KSoD's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: C:\
Posts: 35,647
Default Re: BIOS doesn't recognize HDD as boot drive

You can always use a Linux LiveCD to get the files you need off of the hard drive and then format and reinstall. there are more than 1 way to work with a system.

A LiveCD is jsut that. It operates right from the CD without interaction from the hard drives so you can do what you need with them and not have to worry about losign data.

This is a common practice now. Jsut get a distro like Ubuntu and it is a LiveCD. there use the CD to boot and it has a browser and everything. From there startup firefox and google for how to mount the drive and get access to your files. Then use a USB Thumb Drive or a CD or DVD and get the information you need off of there to allow you to format and reinstall without worry.

While a repair install is always a good choice it reverts Windows back to the state of the CD. So if you have XP SP3 now it will revert to XP SP2 cause of the CD. Then you will have to get all the updates again and everything.

This can also cause conflict with some software you have installed. Just to warn you.
__________________
I do not accept support questions via EMail, PM, IM or my G+ page!

Phone: LG Optimus G Pro
Running: Stock JB from LG with Nova Launcher

KSoD is offline  
Old 12-01-2008, 02:56 PM   #10 (permalink)
Wizard Techie
 
Lexluethar's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: 127.0.0.1
Posts: 4,708
Send a message via AIM to Lexluethar
Default Re: BIOS doesn't recognize HDD as boot drive

How to Perform a Windows XP Repair Install.
__________________

__________________
-Vista SME
Lexluethar is offline  
Closed Thread

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
HELP!! My hard drive will not boot! ehc68 Hardware Repairs and Troubleshooting 15 01-29-2009 04:33 PM
unable to load win xp on sata hard drive. unmountable boot volume error screen! busa4 Hardware Repairs and Troubleshooting 9 04-14-2008 09:09 PM
500gig externaal usb HD ziceman Microsoft Windows and Software 6 03-13-2008 01:24 AM
Hard drive & BIOS settings questions... Danja79 System Upgrades 10 03-10-2008 10:33 AM
altering drive letters - C: (boot) drive too small jbreiner Microsoft Windows and Software 16 11-27-2007 02:11 AM



Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:27 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.