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Old 03-18-2006, 12:34 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Windows wont boot off hard disk

I just put together my first home-assembled PC. Everything went more or less smoothly (as smoothly as could be expected), and Windows installed fine. However, after installing Forceware and some other drivers and utilities (all of which came with the hardware) and rebooting, the system does not boot of the hard disk, saying "Disk boot error. Please insert boot disk and try again." Once I reboot with the XP CD in the drive, it says "Press any key to boot off CD..." While I dont press a key, it still boots. So it boots off the hard disk only when the cd is in?
Help please! I dont want to have to put the XP CD in my computer every time I want to boot.

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Old 03-18-2006, 07:37 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Do you have your BIOS set to boot from your HD? Maybe it is trying to boot from your CD ROM at all times and not your HD at all. Check your BIOS settings and make sure your hard drive is on the boot sequence.

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Old 03-18-2006, 11:33 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Yes, I've messed with the boot order in like every possible combination.
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Old 03-18-2006, 12:03 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I've resolved the issue: Windows was trying to boot off my IDE drive when it was installed on the SATA one.
Just had to dig through the bios for an HD Boot Priority menu.
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