I'm trying to find out what is wrong with a relative's computer. It's a Win 98 system that will not boot. When I boot from the restoration cd, is says that "the first hard drive does not contain a fat 16 or fat32 windows partition," and will not continue. From what she said about it, I already thought it was a hard drive problem. Thinking it might have lost some system files of some kind, and that I might be able to at least recover some of the other files on the computer, I put it in another computer as a second drive. When I did that, the other computer will not boot. Instead it says "DISK BOOT FAILURE - INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER," regardless of how the second drive is connected if it is connected. I also connected the good drive to both connections on the cable and both power connectors to verify that neither of those were bad. When I disconnect the bad drive, the computer boots fine. Is her hard drive completely done for? Is there anyway to save any of the information on it? Why won't the computer boot if it is connected? I thought that it would boot from the master drive even if the slave was bad. David, demonstrating why he does not and will never repair computers for a living.