Home News How To Troubleshoot And Fix Windows XP Hard Drive Error

How To Troubleshoot And Fix Windows XP Hard Drive Error



If your installation failed, you will receive a message stating that the hard drive was not found. You may also see the STOP error: 0x0000007B. To fix this problem, change the drive mode in the BIOS. If your SATA drive supports AHCI, you can use the F6 driver diskette during Windows XP installation.



Thanks for submitting the answer to the superuser!

  • Be sure to answer the question. Please provide details and share your research!

But avoid …

  • Ask for help, clarify or answer other answers.
  • Make statements based on opinions; Support them with links or personal experiences.

For more information, check out our tips for writing good answers.

Saved draft

Draft deleted

Reasons For This Error

We know this error is caused by one of the following reasons:

Fix “boot Disk Error” On Windows

Fix 1: Change BIOS Boot Order

Follow these instructions to check your computer boot sequence:

  1. Restart your computer.
  2. Open BIOS. If you are not sure which key to use to open the BIOS, one of the following or the first screen will appear on the monitor before the Windows logo appears. Possible keys: Esc , Del , F2 , F8 , F10 , or F12
    • Remove recently added hardware and restart your computer to see if the error persists.
    • Check the cables of the hard drive where Windows is installed.
    • Check the hard drive jumpers.

    Fix # 3: Check Your Hard Drive For Errors

    Use the Easy Recovery Essentials automatic recovery feature to check if your hard drive has failed. The automatic repair process reports any hard disk or RAM issues with one click:

    1. Download Easy Recovery Essentials
    2. Burn ISO image. Follow our instructions to burn a bootable ISO. If you need a USB recovery drive instead, follow our instructions for creating a USB recovery drive.
    3. Start Easy Recovery Essentials.
    4. Select automatic repair
    5. Click Next and wait for the automatic repair to complete. The automatic repair process will report any problems about found with your hard disk or RAM:
      installing windows xp hard drive error

      EasyRE: hard drive failure