Quote: Originally Posted by socav
Thanks, both of you. I tried both of the "bootrec /fixmbr" and "bootrec /fixboot" commands and got this error message both times:
"A device attached to the system is not functioning"
I am giving the command from c:\boot>
Since the HDD is relatively new, and did work for awhile, it should still be good.
The error msge sounds like a 'control signal' may be missing (to me).
Since you have some hw experience putting the HDD into the chassis,
you might want to try this:
1. Power off
1a. Use standard electrostatic precautions, etc.
2. At the HDD in question, gently remove the ribbon-cable PLUG.
2a. Look into the Ribbon-cable plug for 'open' (splayed?) connecting pins.
3. Give the HDD socket a good inspection for bent pins.
Flashlight if nec.
4. Plug the connector back in, remove it again, plug back in.
4a. While you're in there, push down GENTLY on the other end of the ribbon-cable, at the MB (careful here!).
5. Then retry, booting from DVD.
6. Use the CD \boot on the DVD.
7. Then the Bootsect command, with /nt60
option and the /mbr
See if you get the same error msge.
No guarantees here, just a suggestion...