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I have a hp Proliant ML350 G5 with 4 drives 500GB each. Few days back the system was not starting prompting me that there is a probable hd failure. I have replaced it with a new one but the problem still persists. I don't know what is causing this. Moreover I have asked few of my friends and they are saying that it will take approx 40-50 hours to rebuild and its is a hidden process whereas the monitor is showing the message which says "insert boot disk and press any key".

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Well it depends on the condition of your 'boot' drive. If you install windows on the boot drive, or first drive, generally 'C:' then the other drives should be readable, even if they do not have boot information on them.

Somehow the boot information on the boot sector became corrupt, assuming your PCI Express cards are working ok.

If it says 'insert boot disk and press any key' then it is not currently a bootable disk.

Hopefully, a virus did not do this to your machine.

Are the 4 drives in the tower or are they external drives?
What is the interface? PCI Express, or EIDE or what not?

Sometimes heat can destroy the boot information on the disk, or destroy information on the platters of the hard disk drive, or the circuit boards could get out of specifications due to heat.

Do you have the computer in an air conditioned room within specifications for running these drives?

I had heat related power supply issues with external drives in cases which were SCSI drives in the 1990s. Heat is the enemy of consumer computer equipment.

I would get an 'insert boot disk and press any key' and whenever that happened, I had to reformat the disk and reinstall windows to get it to work again.

I had a back up image on the spare drive which I left off, unless I was restoring,because it would keep data longer that way (in the off state).

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"insert boot disk and press any key". This message comes when harddrive is not recognized in bios or windows system files damaged. For that first open cpu cabinet and reconnect both connection to harddrive.Reconnect RAM memory. Then when you power up the computer press F1 or F2 or del ALT+F2 key to enter in bios then make sure hardddrive is recognize in bios. Then if still same issue then you need to repair windows with disk. Let me know if you need further assistance. Thanks for using FixYa.

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