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Disk Boot Error


FPCH New Member
Aug 16, 2007
I am a novice at computer assembly and troubleshooting and am assembling my first computer. ASUS P5NE-SLI Mobo, Intel 6750, WD Raptor 150, and WD Caviar 250, Cg Corsair XMS, and a Lite-On DVD Burner, and a yet to be installed copy of MS Vista Ultimate 32 bit. After assembly, I powered up the unit and it passed BIOS with out problems. Then, tikeritis set in and I tried to update BIOS. Ever since have received the Disk Boot Failure error. I can get into BIOS set-up. The boot sequence is set as recommended. After researching, I gather that the boot.ini file is corrupt, but it must be from preinstalled data that is written on the WD hard drive, as I have not loaded an OS or even the drive software. I am unsure as to how to proceed from here. Any help would be greatly appreciated.


FPCH Member
Jun 29, 2007
PC Experience
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this will not be the boot.ini file.
is the bios detecting the hard drive during post (power on self test)....
is the bios set to boot from that hard drive...some bioses will say disk boot failure if there isnt anything on them....
is there a floppy disk in the drive,,,is the floppy cable round the right way...(you will know,if the light stays on then it is incorrect).
have you tried loading fail safe defaults in the bios,,,,and checking boot from cd......
try the hard drive in another pc if need be to make sure it is working....
post back after you have tried my suggestions and we can go from there.