Unable to detect IBM HDD. Error "Disk Boot Failure. Insert System Disk"

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I have just bought a used Maxtor DiamondMax 80GB HDD and loaded WinXP on it
inc setting an extended partition using partition Magic. I wanted to
transfer the data on my old IBM Desktar 30.7GB HDD so decided to boot from
the old HDD and set the Maxtor to slave. All jumper setting were correct.
When booting, all went through ok and I could see all partitions on all
drives as different drive letters as well as CD:ROM and Floppy disk drives.
I manually transferred the data from one drive letter to another in Explorer
so that the data now is on the Maxtor HDD.

Once I transferred all data I wanted, I then removed the IBM HDD and set the
Maxtor to Master so it could boot on its own. All ok. I then realised I had
missed off some data so decided to then set the IBM HDD to slave and leave
the Maxtor as Master (i.e. Booting Windows from the Maxtor instead of the
IBM as per the inital data transfer). It all boots up ok but I now cannot
see the IBM HDD at all. I tried setting the IBM HDD to Master and boot on
its own but get the error messgae of "Disk Boot Failure. Insert System
Disk". I checked the BIOS and it cannot detect the IBM HDD now. I have
checked all cables and all are ok because I can boot from the Maxtor HDD
with no problems.

I have had this IBM HDD for 5 years now. Can it have failed when I finished
transfering data from one HDD to another? Will I need to recover the data
from a specialist or is there anything further I can test to get the HDD
detected at all and running as a Master or slave device?

Any help will be extremely appreciated.


Re: Unable to detect IBM HDD. Error "Disk Boot Failure. Insert System Disk"

Hi Steve,

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Re: Unable to detect IBM HDD. Error "Disk Boot Failure. Insert System Disk"

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