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    Hard Drive won't Boot

    What I'm using:
    -A Shuttle MN31 mainboard.
    -A 120gb Samsung Harddrive (less than a year old).

    Whats not happening:
    - After I've formatted the drive (the slow way), and installed win Xp on it, it will not boot.

    What I've already done to try and fix the issue:
    - Adjust the jumper pins to Master /and/ cable set.
    - Try hdd0, hdd1, hdd2, and hdd3 in the bios for booting.
    - My bios is also set to "search all other devices for possible bootness."

    Does anyone know whats going wrong?

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    • Max Tractor's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Biostar TA890GXE
      • CPU:
      • 95w 1055T@x4-3.5Ghz-1.15v
      • Memory:
      • Samsung Green 30nm low voltage 2x4GB@1.26v
      • Storage:
      • Corsair 3 60GB-Sandisk Extreme 240GB
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    Have you tried slaving the drive in another comp just to test? Is it detected in the bios?

    Go to samsungs site and dl seatools/their hd diagnostics software and see if the drive is borked

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    No. Unfortuntately I only have 1 PC. I am using an iBook right now..
    I think it is detected. When you start up the computer it says "Primary Master: ATA IDE 120gb" or something like that.

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    • Max Tractor's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Biostar TA890GXE
      • CPU:
      • 95w 1055T@x4-3.5Ghz-1.15v
      • Memory:
      • Samsung Green 30nm low voltage 2x4GB@1.26v
      • Storage:
      • Corsair 3 60GB-Sandisk Extreme 240GB
      • Graphics card(s):
      • 7850 2GB
      • PSU:
      • Seasonic SS-1050XM
      • Case:
      • Coolermaster elite 120(Modd)
      • Monitor(s):
      • BenQ EW2430
    Go into the bios, and manually detect the hd(hit enter), then go to hd boot sequence and select first drive/save and see what happens.

    You might want to try another ide cable, let us know how you get on.

    What actually happens, where does it stall on boot? Can you get into windows in safe mode?

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    Was the drive the master when you installed XP on it?
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    Is it an ATA drive? if so are you using an ATA cable the correct way round?

    Pete

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    IS there any error message? I was once getting one saying 'NTLDR not found.'

    My System: Coolermaster Centurion 5 (black) case, Intel E6750 Core2Duo, Tagan Easy-Con 530W, Asus P5B Deluxe WIFI, OCZ 2GB Kit (2x1GB) DDR2 800MHz/PC2-6400 CL 4-4-4-15 PLATINUM XTC, Samsung SpinPoint 200Gb SATA2 / 2 x Maxtor DiamondMax 10 200Gb SATA, 256Mb Sapphire ATI PCI-E X1950PRO, Creative X-Fi Xtreme 7.1, 19" Daewoo W9ZQ Black Widescreen TFT, 4Mb Virgin Cable Broadband (formerly Blueyonder) with Linksys WRT54GL Wireless-G and DD-WRT firmware.

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