Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Jerry, May 31, 2007.

  1. Jerry

    Jerry Guest

    I keep on getting this error message on Home Premium.Im running two 500GB
    Sata hard drives. I've tried changing BIOS settings plenty of times. Any
    suggestions or solutions?
    Jerry, May 31, 2007
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    Geoff P Guest

    It sounds like your hard drive has a problem in the boot sector area, which
    is causing the occasional glitch. Try running a full error check by right
    clicking on the suspect drive in My Computer, select Properties, then Tools
    and Error Checking - tick both boxes to look for errors as well as faulty
    sectors. On a 500Gb drive it'll take a while, but you can stop it once it's
    progressing through the drive, as the boot sector is obviously at the

    If this doesn't work you'll need some more sophisticated tool that reformats
    as it goes.
    Geoff P, May 31, 2007
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    Cal Bear '66 Guest

    Boot from Vista DVD and do a startup repair.
    Cal Bear '66, May 31, 2007
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    John Barnes Guest

    If you have a floppy drive higher in boot order than the HD, you may have
    non bootable media in it. Make sure you don't have your Install DVD in the
    drive, and make sure that the first hard drive in boot order is the one that
    the Vista boot files are on and that the correct partition is marked active.
    John Barnes, May 31, 2007
  5. Jerry

    AJR Guest

    Assuming there is not a disk in the floppy drive - the error messge idicates
    the sysyem does not see the drive with the active partition
    (usually "C") meaning no drive prompt.

    Majority of times BIOS has failed to recognize the drive - BIOS setting
    should be set at "Auto" drive detection, however you can set the drive
    parameters manually.

    System files referred to are those installed during drive format - if the OS
    was "defective" the messasge would state "missing operating sysstem".

    Try a repair with the Vista DVD - it may solve the problem since initial
    access is via CD/DVD drive.
    AJR, May 31, 2007
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    Bill Yanaire Guest

    Um, he can't boot up because he gets a boot failure so he can't select
    properties, then tools, then error checking.....
    Bill Yanaire, May 31, 2007
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