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Hello, I am not to sure, where to post this as it can vary, if someone can help me resolve a problem that would be great. I have been trying to figure out why this computer is not working properly. It is an older model SOYO computer. It is running Windows Xp Home. The problem starts at boot, for some reason it will say, “Disk Boot Failure, Insert disk”. This problem seems to be intermittently happening, and it is not always the same error message, sometimes it is just a reboot or blank screen with cursor. Now I know this could be a hard drive failure so I tested the hard disk out using several tools. One of which was “Hard drive Sentinel”. In all tests done on the hard drive it always came back at about 40% health, with no damaged sectors, and by Manufacturer requirements it would have to be lower health then that before they would even replace it under warranty.. However, one of the test did reveal that the Hard drive has had trouble spinning up 60 times, and it goes on to suggest from a power surge (weak Power supply).I have been in the BIOS which is Phoenix Award, and made sure nothing was out of order there. I do believe this computer is so old that it is using (PIO) instead of (DMA) I do have it set to auto in the Bios for this matter though. Therefore, I do not know if the IDE Cable is bad, or the power supply is going out, just need some help in tracking this down. If its of any use, the house that this Machine resides at was hit by lighting several months ago, the computer I am talking about wasn’t connected at the time, but I don’t know if this would have damaged the outlets or what have you, since I am not a electrician. All help is appreciated thank you.
 
 
 
 

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Re: Help with Boot Issue

It sounds like a failing Hdd. You can change the IDE cable to eliminate that possibility.
 

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Re: Help with Boot Issue

you stated the hard drive has been reported as having "spin up issues" some 60 times?

that spells new hard time is here; hard drive diagnostics only check for bad sectors usually not mechaical spin up failures; hard drives are dirt cheap now days; sounds like its time your machine is given one.

at least your present one isnt dead yet; so you can image the existing drive and execute that image onto the new drive which will save you from starting the process from scratch

keep us posted with your progress
 
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