Boot from hard drive.....

Discussion in 'Parallels Desktop for Mac' started by joegrillman, May 10, 2007.

  1. joegrillman

    joegrillman

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    Ok, I have parallels on macbook, running xp pro. When I open desktop, it is a black screeen that says Boot from hard drive..... a disk read error occurrred Press ctrl+alt+del to restart. No amount of restarts result in anything. Do I have to boot from the xp disc, will I lose files and programs on a reinstall. i just programmed the hell out of it and didnt have a chance to back it up.
     
  2. darkone

    darkone

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    use the repair function of the XP setup .... sounds like something has gone slightly wrong with your installation.
     
  3. joegrillman

    joegrillman

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    how do i do that. ive tried to boot from cd and it still fails
     
  4. starant

    starant

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    I've got the same problem. Did you figure out a way to fix this? Please email me: starant@comcast.net
     
  5. jbhuff

    jbhuff

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    same here

    I'm having the same problem. If someone figures this out, please let us know.
     
  6. bombastinator

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    what else might it be trying to boot from I wonder? Did you have a bootable CD in the drive at the time this first happened?
     
  7. jbhuff

    jbhuff

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    yeah, the windows xp sp2 install disk. It seemed parallels froze right when it was about to start installing windows on the new VM. So I shut it down since it wasn't responding. When I restarted Parallels, thats the message that shows up while the BIOS loads: Boot from hard drive....
    It just freezes on that.
     
  8. darkone

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    the cd drive is only booted from ont he first boot of a new VM. Should you experience a crash or soemthing goes wrong, you MUST edit your VM config, under the Booting tab and set it to CDROM-HARD-DRIVE else it will only ever attempt to boot from your empty hard drive regardless of whether you have a bootable CD in or not.
     
  9. jbhuff

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    yes!

    thank you! that did the trick. much obliged.
     

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