It was working for years, then on boot made a high whining sound (almost screeching) and then got a message that no operating system could not be found. i plugged in my old (ME OS) machine and ignored the problem for a month, tried it again ad it boot.. but had incredible lag. so i tried to sestart, only to get the "no OS" message again. but i feel it's at least close to working.
- solution 1: different IDE cable.. no difference - solution 2: swap hard drives: system boot to ME from the other HD, but i'm missing loads of drivers, and ME, ew.
unfortunately, this computer was passed along to me without the Windows XP installation disks, so making a BartsPE boot disk seems to be out of the question. as it's an old machine, but sure it's worth repair money, but it is a better system than i'd otherwise have!
also i had been "bad" hadn't run disk cleanup tools in ages, and had filled up the space on the drive up to about 1 GB remaining. i'm guessing one or the other of these caused my problem. uhg.
anything else to try to get the HD to boot? or do i just set it to slave and pull any files i need off of it?
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Re: can't find OS
Even if you set it to slave, what has happened is the drive motor is burned out. Lets face it, your HDD is dead and there is no hope of recovery unless you take it to a data recovery shop, and that is $$$$.
The No OS message is the worst message you could possibly see and that is a direct indication that your HDD is dead in the water.
Just go get another HDD or go buy XP to replace ME on that other HDD you have.
Realistically there is nothing you did or didn't do to cause a harddrive failure. It is just the way of the world nothing lasts forever...
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Reinstall your operating system.
First start p with the method you described, then backup all important data. YOU WILL LOSE EVERYTHING ON YOUR HARDDISK SO BACK UP IMPORTANT DATA AND PROGRAMS, OR YOU WILL LOSE THEM!!! Then insert the disk with your Operating System, and restart the computer. Boot from the disk and install the OS.
After that you can reinstall your prgrams and put your data back on it.It should boot fien from now on. If not, please post back here.
I hope this helps,
best practice it when installing windows and linux install windows first and then linux. GRUB or LILO boot loader is much better then windows boot loader and very easy to reinstall. Mandriva cd should have a rescure feature that will allow you to reinstall the boot loader.