Question about Maxtor Hard Drive
Step one is open the case and disconnect the hard drive...power and data cables. Then try linux again. If that works you probably have your answer....Windows is corrupt which leads you to step 2...with your boot disk (and a copy of scandisk put on it)....run scandisk in dos mode....you may have cross linked files. Then try to start your machine normally again. If it gets into Windows - safe mode or not - you may have to do a restore from a prior restore point...make sure it's before the date of the problem. There are many other possibilities....but this solves the problem most of the time....(and the other solutions take either a lot of research or just biting the bullet and doing the format thing / reloading windows and starting over - back ups?) FYI....I have and can fix almost any Windows corruption problem...BUTT (and it's a big one)...in the final analysis I have found it's actually faster to just reload. XP also has some other options repair
versus restore versus reload....check the internet for those.
Posted on Jan 24, 2008
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Computer is booting from a non-bootable source
Many times this error is caused when the computer is attempting to boot from a non-bootable floppy disk or CD-ROM. First verify that no floppy diskette
or CD is in the computer, unless you are attempting to boot from a diskette.
Note: This error has also been known to occur when a
memory stick is in a card reader and the computer is attempting to boot from it.
If you have any card reader or flash reader make sure that no memory
stick is inside the computer. Additionally disconnect all USB drives, cameras,
ipods, iphones, etc. from the computer.
If you are attempting to boot
from a floppy diskette and are receiving this error message it is
likely that the diskette does not have all the necessary files
or is corrupt.
If you are attempting to install
Windows XP or Windows 2000 and are receiving this error message as the
computer is booting verify that your computer BIOS
has the proper boot settings. For example, if you are attempting to run
the install from the CD-ROM make sure the CD-ROM is the first boot
device, and not the hard disk drive.
Second, when the computer is booting you should receive the below prompt.
Press any key to boot from the CD
Important: When you see this message press any key such as the Enter key immediately, otherwise it will try booting from the hard drive and likely get the NTLDR error again.
If you are not receiving the above message and your BIOS boot options
are set properly it's also possible that your CD-ROM drive may not be
booting from the CD-ROM properly. Verify the jumpers are set properly on
the CD-ROM drive.
Computer hard disk drive is not properly setup in BIOS
or NTDETECT.COM file
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