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Old 12-08-2003, 02:53 AM   #1
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hard drive will no longer boot-wd30gig7200

My setup is a master 30gig western digital 7200, slave 60gig western digital 7200. It was running linux fine, booting off lilo in the mbr. I was installing a new kernel, have done it many times. Ran lilo to update for changes in lilo.conf, rebooted, and lilo will no longer load. I can still boot fine off my emergency disk. I restored my old linux.conf file and reupdated lilo, ran lilo -v. Rebooted, still will not load lilo. I double checked the jumpers, but they were fine, no reason they shouldn't be as I didn't touch them through this whole process.

I backed up everything on the drive and then completely repartitioned and reformatted. Reinstalled linux with lilo in the mbr as before. Lilo will not load on reboot after install, but I can boot fine off the emergency disk.

Just to be sure I had a hard drive problem, I tried installing windows. I departitioned and repartitioned with fdisk, and reformatted with windows 2000 installer. Installed windows 2000 and it will not boot off the hard drive either on restart. I checked everything in my bios as well, all settings as are they should be.

Seems that I have broken the master boot record part of the drive, or something. Any suggestions would be much appreciated. I would really like to boot from this drive.

Old 12-08-2003, 05:50 AM   #2
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My suggestion would be to go to the Western Digital web site and download some diagnostic tools to see if the drive can be fixed.



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