HDD boot issues
My grandmother seemed to have done something to her machine and I have been banging my head against my desk trying to figure this out. To sum it all up, the HDD will not boot. Keeps throwing me errors.
It is an Acer x1200, AMD Athlon 4050e 64 bit, 3 GB DDR2, and the original HDD is a 320GB SATA.
First it leads off with Port 01:, obviously trying to boot from the HDD which is located on port 1 SATA port. Then it follows up with "disk boot Failure, insert system disk." When I try to boot to a windows installation disc it gives me a "Stop 0x0000007B (0xF78D2524, 0xC00000034, 0x00000000, 0x00000000)" error. I have a Windows 7 Recovery disc, used that and was able to boot to the recovery consoles. There doesn't "seem" to be any previous version saved so I tried running CHKDSK /f C: and it says "device not ready." When I run CHKNTFS C: I get "Cannot query device." I tried swapping the HDD for a 500GB barracuda and I am getting the exact same errors. So, I thought it might be a SATA/IDE issue, but I can't find anything in the BIOS that resembles setting the HDD to either PATA or SATA. So I flashed the BIOS i hopes the new version will have it or fix the problem. It did nothing. In a desperation attempt, I had a 320GB laptop HDD that has Win7 Ultimate installed and I threw that in there using the same cables and port and it worked. I'm so confused. Does anyone have any idea's?