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Q: "Non-system disk or disk error, replace and strike any key when ready"

My mom has an HP Compaq nc8430 computer. She recently encountered this problem this morning. Does this mean that the hard drive's dead? Any help is appreciated greatly

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Preferred Solution: "Non-system disk or disk error, replace and strike any key when ready"

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A: "Non-system disk or disk error, replace and strike any key when ready"

DId ur BIOS detect ur HDD? Also check if ur sata cable is loosed or not. U can try another pair of sata cable & test it if it works or not..

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Hello,
I have a friends computer that won't boot anymore. I figure it was the motherboard since swapping out power suppy with known good one still resulted in a dead box. No lights, nada. No one home at all. Hard drive seems to be OK. I used driveimage xml to make a backup of the drive before attempting a recovery in another machine that wasn't in use. The recovery repair (2nd option) runs just fine but won't boot upon startup.
I can do an "upgrade" install of another OS (resulting in windows.old file), but drive is too small for such a thing. I can do a full install on that hard drive and it will boot and run just fine. It's the image that I can't get to boot. I currently have it imaged on a healthy 75.4 gb drive which...won't...boot....
It was running windows home. I honestly don't remember if it was premium or basic. All I want is to be able to get it up and running so my friend can get his info/programs/whatever all in order until he can get a new machine.
I formated it properly, but something is wrong with the original image that just won't allow me to boot. My vacation time is fast running out. Every time I need to redo the image I lose 3-4 hrs .
I did attempt to write a new mbr. I either did it wrong or that wasn't my problem.

Thank you for your time and asistance,
-George

A:Non-system disk or disk error replace and strike any key when ready.

Well...if it IS the motherboard...which aligns with your suspicions...I don't know what to suggest.

<<I used driveimage xml to make a backup of the drive before attempting a recovery in another machine that wasn't in use>>
System manufacturer and model?

<<I figure it was the motherboard since swapping out power suppy with known good one still resulted in a dead box. No lights, nada>>

The PSU sounds like a good suspect when there are no signs of life, IMO.

<<I can do an "upgrade" install of another OS (resulting in windows.old file), but drive is too small for such a thing. I can do a full install on that hard drive and it will boot and run just fine.>>

What drive are you talking about...the original hard drive? If that's true...it would appear that the motherboard is not at fault.

<<It's the image that I can't get to boot. I currently have it imaged on a healthy 75.4 gb drive which...won't...boot....>>

What's the error message when you try to boot the image on different hard drive? Is that when you get the error message you cited?

Non-system disk means that the boot options are wrong, generally speaking. Have you checked the BIOS settings? A bad/failing CMOS battery could also be reasonably expected to possibly produce that error.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/812492

Did you check the cloned drive...for the proper boot.ini file?

Louis

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Hello there, I have a very limited knowledge of computers and I really need help. My 2007 hp laptop wont work. I have Windows Vista on it. Everytime I turn it on this message pops up. "Non System disk or disk error replace and strike any key when ready". I have no idea what to do, please help me!!

A:Non System disk or disk error replace and strike any key when ready...Please Help!!

One of the more common reasons you may see this error would be if you have a USB flash drive or an external hard drive connected. It can also happen if you have something in the DVD drive.

So, if you have any of those types of things connected, disconnect them, make sure nothing is in your DVD drive, and try starting the computer again. I wouldn't be surprised if the error message changes slightly to something about there being no boot device found. In which case it would mean that your laptop's hard drive failed and presently your computer is looking elsewhere to try and find an operating system to load and failing.

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Hello there, I have a very limited knowledge of computers and I really need help. My 2007 hp laptop wont work. I have Windows Vista on it. Everytime I turn it on this message pops up. "Non System disk or disk error replace and strike any key when ready". I have no idea what to do, please help me!!
 

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HP probook 4510s windows 7 32bit
I did a "disk sanitizer" and the laptop isn't rebooting right or reading my operating system cd it says "NON-SySTEM ERROR OR DISK REPLACE AND STRIKE ANY KEY WHEN READY"
1) i removed all assceraries from the leptop
2) ran a diagnostic test all passed
3) here are some photos attachments
4) i think i deleted the partition and the OPS wind.7
Please thanks

A:HP 4510s windows7 "Non-system disk or disk error replace..."

What is a "Disk sanitizer." Sounds like a disk wiper, or some optimizing or registry cleaning crapware that ruined your Win7.

Try booting into the Win7 DVD or Repair CD to System Restore to before you ruined the OS as shown in Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Start which also provides the DVD if needed.

If you can't get it started with any of the steps given there then get the superior Clean Reinstall without the HP crapware which is the worst in the industry and throttles Win7 from its native state.

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My labtop is saying non-system disk or error disk .how can I get rid of it please.help me

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Hi, okayy so this all started just today, but the day before the computer just wouldn't work right and i didn't know what to do with it because it would immediately go to a blue screen after login in my account or any account and then shut off then restart itself. Then today i tried turning it on and all i see is a black screen with typing on it then immediately goes to another black screen that says &quot; Non-System disk error, replace and strike any key when ready&quot; and i don't know what to do with it because it simply just won't do anything (it just stays on that black screen saying that) and im not a computer genious so i would really appreciate someone's help Ohh and i have the HP ProBook 4425s just in case anyone needs to know.

A:Non-system disk or disk error, replace and strike any key wh...

Its the hard drive. Likely needs replaced. Tap F10 as you power on and see if you can get into setup and there is a hard drive self-test you can run to confirm.

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I recently purchased a 2nd hand computer thru a local ebay dealer - HP DX6120 ST 2.6 GHZ 80GB HDD 512MB RAM DESKTOP PC.

When i boot up, it displays: Invalid system disk Replace the disk, and then press any key

Then i reboot and press F8 & del and it doesnt go to bios settings, it just gives me a screen that gives me an option to "boot from..."

I select the hard drive.
Get the same response... "Invalid system disk Replace the disk, and then press any key"
Then I put in a windows XP pro Disk (the computer has an official XP Pro License Key on the case, as stated on the specs on selling page) and then rebooted.
I still get the "Invalid system disk Replace the disk, and then press any key"
I change the boot to CD and i get Windows Set Up options.
I pick install Windows XP and the it starts loading dll's etc.
Then it says i have no previous version of Windows idetected and wont let me go any further.

I assume that it is trying to upgrade, but i dont get an option to do a fresh install, just "Install Windows XP"

I am not sure if ;
there is a windows actually loaded,
I need to reformat,
The bios battery is flat
or if i need to do something completely diferent.

If i am to reformat, i cant remember the cmds/or how to do that when there is no windows to do it from.

I hoe you can help me.

Thanx,

Old Fart

A:"Invalid system disk Replace the disk, and then press any key"

Find the make of the hdd, go to makers website and download and run
the diagnostic utility.
If you want to wipe the drive do a google for killdisk, its free. Run it
this way you are assured of a clean drive.
The diganostic utility may also be able to write zeros to the drive, doing
the same thing. At this point dont take the short route out and format
with windows, leaves to much garbage behind. But after the drive is
wiped you will have to format with the wind disk and install the os.
Sounds like you have a bad drive, or a confused drive..
I dont think that board does raid, but you should double check in bios.
If raid is enabled disable it..

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Hello,

I have an old Compaq Presario X1000, with Windows XP.
I have had no problems with this computer until today. I
used this computer last night and left it on, I rarely shut it down.

This morning I came into my office and the screen said
non-system disk error replace and strike any key when ready.
I have received this message before but only when I have shut
down and restarted the computer with a floppy disk in the external
drive.

There is no disk in the floppy drive and I have tried unplugging it to
see if it will boot but it doesn't. The only thing it will let me do is F10
DOS set up, and I don't see any options to try to reboot in safe mode
or anything like that.

I do have a Driver Recovery CD, Opersating System CD, and Application recovery CD. Not sure if any of those will help. I can not afford to lose the info on the hard drive.

Does anyone have any suggestions? I know very little about computers and like a dummy have nothing backed up.

Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!!!!

Kim T

A:non-system disk error replace and strike any key

First, make sure there are no USB Devices (other then keyboard and mouse) in the computer. If that still fails, then boot into Setup (Bios) and make sure the HDD is showing on the first page. If so, then backup your data using a Ubuntu Live CD to a USB HDD/Flash Drive.
Once your safely backed up, then Boot off of the Windows Disc Or download the Recovery Console ISO. Burn it to CD with IMGBurn Boot off of the CD and get to the Recovery Console. Here type chkdsk /R and press enter. The Check Disk utility will try and fix any file errors.
You can also download the ISO image for Seatools or Drive Fitness in my signature and burn the image to a CD using IMGBurn also in my signature and boot off of the newly created CD and run the Quick and Advanced tests on the HDD to test the integrity of the drive.

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Ok, I built a PC a month ago and everything seemed find no problems of any sort. The other night I defragmented my hard drive and shut it down and turned it on today to a memory test and the message "Disk Boot Failure, Insert system Disk and press enter"

The computer has access to the XP pro w/ sp2 disk only as a boot device but it will not recognize it now.

I have set Cd-rom as 1st for boot sequence then hard drive I have no floppy drive and the bios has been configured to know that.

I am not sure if this means anything but in the bios the IDE Channel 0 Master says none and when I try to turn on auto detection it wont detect a hard drive.

The HDD is fully connected and has not been touched since I installed it a month ago.

I have this awful feeling that I fried the HDD when I defragmented it last night.

Any help would be very much appreciated. But please be simple this is my first build and my knowledge at this sort of thing is very very sketchy at best.
 

A:Error message "Disk Boot Failure, Insert system Disk and press enter" on first build

The first thing to do would be to get a new data cable for the herd drive and see if that fixes it, they are nice and cheap nowadays.
 

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I had a fresh install of 7 and everything was working fine.
All of a sudden it starts randomly freezing and programs start responding.
I got KERNAL_PAGING_ERROR BSODs etc. and got a new disk, thinking it was that.
After cloning the new disk which didn't work, and produced loads of errors on chkdsk, I decided to do a clean install of 7.

I still keep getting "Disk boot error, insert system disk and press enter", and when it does boot, it freezes all the time and every time I click the start button, it basically crashed and is messed up.

Tried new SATA cable and ports. Any ideas?
 

A:Windows 7 freezing, "Disk boot error, insert system disk and press enter"

BIOS settings or Motherboard issues?

Have you checked with the manufacturer website for the Motherboard that you have the Windows 7 drivers?

Is your Windows 7 DVD a retail copy...or the pre release BETA....or dodgy(in which case problems might lie there)
 

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just like the title says my HD crashed and i could not boot on the computer i put in a new HD and tried to boot it would not work. i would see the HP screen but then i would get the error. it is a 810a model and help would be extremely appreciated. and if you really know you can email me at <email removed>
 

A:Installed new HD now getting "disk boot error inset system disk & press enter"

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A friend has an old Pentium 1 HP Vectra 500 PC. On startup it says "Invalid system disk" like if you had a disk in the floppy drive. There is no disk in the CD or A drive. I took the A drive and CD out of the boot sequence via the bios and it made no difference. Is it the hard drive?
 

A:"Invalid system disk" error w/no disk in drive

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I was able to fix my earlier problem with my new A7V mobo, but now when I start up it tells me that there is an invalid system disk, and to replace it and press a key. That is all fine and dandy, except that THERE IS NO DISK IN THE DRIVE. At first I thought my drive might be dead, because it was making a racket, so I switched Floppy drived with my Linux comp. The noise is now gone but I still get the same message, and I NEED this stupid floppy to install a frickin' OS on the thing.
 

A:[SOLVED] "Replace Disk" error

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I just attempted to use Partition Wizard to repair my MBR after installing Ubuntu and having issues with a BSOD in Windows (0xC0000225).

Now when I reboot all I get is "Non-System disk or disk error." Any ideas? I can't run fixmbr using a recovery disk because apparently that command no longer exists!

A:Help please! "Non-System disk or disk error" after repairing MBR

Please don't start another thread, people are still trying to help you at the other one and that makes it too confusing.

(Another) 0xC000025 error

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Ok first off I want to say I've searched and searched and searched to no avail in trying to find a solution to this I've come to the conclusion it's software and not hardware based. Let me start from the top.

I've had an older computer (HP Pavilion a408x) out of commission for a while due to a 'sploded psu. I finally get around to ordering one, install it and everything is good. I bring it back to my office and hook it up to the internet and as expected there's updates. So I up date it and after the updates are installed the computer restarts automatically (weird yes) and as it's coming back on it detects errors and runs CHKDSK. So I let it run and it gets to part 2 of 3. At this point in time my partner is really needing to print sometime and all computers print through this computer. So after about 45 minutes CHKDSK is still on part 2 at only 15%. So I'm like "screw it" and manually shut down and restart. It's at this point I get a "primary master hard disk failure" at the boot screen. Letting start up continue I get a "Stop : c000021 unknown hard error \systemroot \system 32 \ntdll.dll" At this point I realize something is delectably wrong.

Found this thread, which didn't help much. At some point the c000021 error stops and I start getting "disk boot failure insert system disk and press enter" and I found this thread, which didn't help much either. I have also been searching other sites as well.

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A:Hard Drive not found "disk boot failure insert system disk and press enter"

Anything would be super helpful, even if it's bad news. I just need to know if I can get this remedied or not.

Another thing I noticed is that the HDD activity light on the front of the computer does not blink or show any activity.

Thanks!

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Hello,
I just built this new computer (everything new) but when I start it up it gives me this message, and I cannot open my disc (probably not recognised?). Please help resolve this.
Btw. no operation system installed or so.

my computer:
CPU: intel i7 920
Motherboard: gigabyte GA-ex58-ud5
Sata-II hdd
+ cd writer is SATA as well

Could it be that I need to update my bios somehow? I highly doubt it's the hardware as it's all new
 

A:"disk boot failure, insert system disk and press enter" But CD-drive won't open

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Hi there,

Well, the message I get it pronounced above in the title. I know a little bit about computers, but I don't know how to get into DOS, BIOS, etc when I don't have a start menu to do so. I read some other threads and they seemed to have useful information, but I would need further explanation. Also - I hooked my HD into another computer to see if it would work, it did, booted up, everything. Also, when I went into Boot Setup or something - blue screen and the only thing I could do when hooked into my computer - it doesn't show any options for booting - it says select from the list - but how do I do that when there's nothing in the list? Oh please do help me as this computer is my main source for writing.

Thanks,
Jimmy
 

A:Problem: "Disk Boot Failurs, Insert System Disk and Press Enter"

If you're running a HP what it's asking for is your System Restore Disk. Meaning the HP OS that came with your system. Finding Bios in HP are generally simultaneously with Start button on casing F1 or F11. If neither key works then try F2 and or the Delete button. Making sure each key is pushed as you boot up.
Once your in Bios use the arrow keys to scroll up and down your bios - the enter key once on the various listing in menu until you find your boot sequence listings. In general plus and minus are used to change the sequence. CDrom HD and floppy is the correct setting. But with your Restore Disk from HP it might not even require all that.
Pop it is and Boot up and see if it works. Then try the Bios sequence if you can get there, the F10 to save and enter making sure your CD with the OS is in your CDRom when you do.
Let us know as things go...Jazz
Sounds like you've either lost your OS or you've lost your HD.
 

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Hello everyone, been lurking for a while, but first time posting because I could use some help. I tried looking through other threads, but nothing seemed to help. I was downloading a game off of Steam, and my family computer just crashed. It apparently restarted itself, and presented that disk boot error message. Tried restarting again using ctrl+alt+del, and same situation occurs. I go into the BIOS screen, and try to use the auto detect to identify the drive, but it is not identified. All of the cables are working correctly, as I plugged a different drive into them and that drive booted fine. Btw, the hard drive is a western digital 5000AAKS.

I'm running an AMD Athlon 64 Processor 3800+, 2412 MHz, 2 gb of ram, Windows Vista Home Basic. Its a Compaq SR5110NX. I'm not overclocking it or anything, just downloading a game, and then this happened. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
 

A:Another "disk boot failure insert system disk and press enter" thread

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Pretty much what happened is that my powersupply got messed up one day and just turned off my computer and I couldn't boot it back up. I ordered a new PSU and I installed it but now when I boot my computer I'm getting "Disk boot failure, insert system disk and press enter". I've tried putting in the installation disc and using the recovery options but my OS isn't listed/found and if I click load drivers I can clearly see both of my hard drives. I have already checked boot options as well. I was also using GRUB before this all happened as well because I installed ubuntu as a dualboot. Any help would be greatly appreciated

A:"Disk boot failure, insert system disk and press enter"

Boot the free PW bootable disc - ( make sure NUM LOCK is on when it asks about screen resolution, then press 1, then Enter)

See what it says.

Free Download Partition Wizard

I assume both HD's are recognized by BIOS?

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New build computer, spec is as follows;

Biostar GF 7050-M2 Motherboard
AMD Athlon 64 4400 Processor
4 GB RAM
1 IDE 250GB Maxtor HD
1 IDE 200GB Maxtor HD
1 SATA Samsung 20x Dual Layer DVD-RW

Now I have assembled everything to the best of my knowledge correctly, I can boot the computer to BIOS without any problm whatsoever.

The problem is when I either try to load the motherboard driver disc, or my Windows XP disc I get this message;

"Disk boot failure, Insert system disk and press enter",
I have tried setting my disc drive to first boot device, I have even unplugged my two HDs as well, but to no avail.

My last hope is my USB flash drive, onto which I have copied the software from my motherboard driver disc.

Dores anyone have any suggestions as to how I fix this?, I will be very grateful to anyon that can give me some form of help,

thanks.
 

A:"Disk boot failure, Insert system disk and press enter"

Is there an OS already installed on the drive you are trying to boot from?
 

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Disk Boot Failure. Insert System Disk And Press Enter

Hi i have a self built Quad Phenom 9850 XP Home ed PC that wont boot, i will say now i am very much a newbie to this so sorry in advance.

When i turn it on there is a very long wait at the set-up screen (an s-series gigabyte M750SLI-DS4 board ) and when it gets to boot screen it builds the DMI pool, tell me there is a data change and to update new data to DMI! and then goes to boot, only giving me this instead "DISK BOOT FAILURE. INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER"

I have not yet managed to get the computer working, the thing that gets to me the most is that less than 12 hours ago i was sat on the computer with it working fine and no errors..

AMD Phenom 9850 2.5GHZ
Gigabyte S-series M750SLI-DS4 board
4 GB RAM
Seagate 1TB HARD DRIVE.

There is alot to loose on this computer so i am very much hoping this wont be the case, Thank you in advance.

James
 

A:Disk Boot Failure. "Insert System Disk And Press Enter"

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Hi,

I'm currently running on a m2n32-SLI Deluxe WIFI edition with a 320GB maxtor harddrive. Previously, I had my set up like this: One SATA from maxtor to the mobo, one IDE cable with my cd drive, as master, and my old HD(30 GB w/ my documents) as slave. It was running fine with Vista on the maxtor. However, I wanted to remove the old HD and place a new CD-drive in. I did so, and I received the above error message.

I took out the the new CD-drive and switched back to my old connection, and it worked great.

Then, I had the 320 GB connected, and the old cd-drive to the IDE. I get the error message. I've tried every single possible combination of jumper settings and replaced the IDE cables.

What do I need to do to get this to work, before I throw my computer out the window?
 

A:"Disk Boot Failure, Insert System Disk And Press Enter"

Windows has detected the change as an attempt at piracy. You will now have to reinstall Windows in repair mode, then talk to Microsoft over the phone to get it re-established.
This is common with OEM versions of Windows. Windows will detect any change in the hardware, other than memory, as a possible attempt to bypass the Windows Install parameters... it thinks the computer has been changed.
You might want to do a thorough search of the www.microsoft.com knowlege base.
 

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System disk needed to access IBM 486 SLC2-V1/387;
66 mhz cpu clock; 640k base memory;7296k extended
memory; 5.25 & 3.5 disk system.
 

A:"Disk boot failure. Insert system disk and press enter."

Welcome to TSG

Which version of Windows are you using (win95)? Always make sure there is no floppy accidently left in the drive. Did this message just start one day or did it begin after some problem you had?
 

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Hi,

My cousin recently made me a computer and he sent it all the way here from the United States. I was eager to try it out and hooked it up to my monitor, mouse, keyboard, etc. I did not plug in any additional USB devices.

When I boot up the computer it gives me "DISK BOOT FAILURE, INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER".

I couldn't get past this (I don't have the Windows XP disk), and so I restarted the computer and pressed 'Del' to get into the (I think it's called BIOS menu? Not sure, the blue screen thing), I looked at the boot up priorities and moved Hard Disk to one priority level above Disk boot, however this made no difference.

I am good with the computers but not when it comes to hardware and things like this. So PLEASE if you use a term I may be unfamiliar with please explain what it is. I am very frustrated and disappointed that this does not work.

Thank you very much,

Hato
 

A:"Disk boot failure, insert system disk and press enter"

Welcome to TSG!!

I'm guessing that, perhaps, a cable has come loose during shipping. Open the computer's case and look around. Usually the hard drive is mounted toward the front of the system. It's a device about 3.5" wide by 5" long and about an inch thick. There should be two cables plugged into the back end, one of which comes from the power supply, the other should be plugged into the motherboard.
 

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My dad sent my daughter a "E Machine" with XP Home. Before he sent it, he transferred all of his personal files. When I hooked it up, the screen said "Boot disk failure. Insert system disk and hit enter". The company sent us a new set of bootable CDs as we thought the problem might be in the CD. Same message. HELP!!!
 

A:"Boot disk failure, insert system disk and hit enter"??????

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Running win7 ultimate - I am getting a message like this when I open Windows Explorer but I am not at the time trying to write files. What do I need to do to kill this message... I suspect they are "leftovers" from a cancelled write or suchlike but I can't seem to figure out how to get rid of the message.

Any help would be appreciated...

A:"files ready to be written to the disk"

Hello xwray,

You might check to see if this may be it if a optical drive was involved.

You have files waiting to be burned to disc - Stop Message

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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Hi all,

Sorry to repeat a question I see a lot of instances of, but none of those seem to be addressing my problem correctly.

I have not done anything new to my computer in recent days, so this problem has caught me off guard (I see most instances of this problem come after upgrading to Windows 7, I have had Win 7 installed for a while now).

Here is a summary of my problem:
1) My computer recently got stuck on the "Starting Windows Screen." So I manually held the power button to reboot.
2) On reboot, it said there was a need to run a startup repair, which I did. Everything checked fine, except for the last one which said "System Volume on Disk is Corrupted," which it claimed to have successfully fixed.
3) After rebooting from repair, the system gets stuck on "Starting Windows Screen" for a good 10-15 minutes, after which it runs a registry check. After it completes that I get hopeful -- but the screen then gets stuck on an all black screen with just the mouse cursor and nothing more.
4) Additional note: Attempting to start the computer on "safe mode" leads safe mode startup to become stalled on "DRIVERS\CLASSPNP.SYS"
5) The lastest attempt to repair yielded this message: "Startup repair cannot repair this computer automatically.
Problem event Name: Startup Repair Offline
Problem signature 01: 6.1.7600.16385
02: 6.1.7600.16385
03: uknown
04: 21201099
05" AutoFailover
06: 2
07: Corrupt Volume
OS Version: 6.1.7600.... Read more

A:Stuck on "Starting Windows", Repair Shows "System Volume on Disk is Corrupted"

Hi Stan, Hopefully I can help you out....or at least lead you in the right direction. From my experience, the symptoms you are suggesting sound like perhaps a dying Hard drive.

1. Do you have the windows 7 boot disks that came with your computer or when you bought the Operating System? If so, you could try and insert one of those and boot from it, and attempt to repair the installation. (this won't affect your data, only the windows system files).

2. If that doesn't fix it, you could try a fresh reinstall of windows 7, and see if that works.

3. If neither of those work, its likely that because of the fact that when windows is repairing itself, it is generally putting copies of its system files in the same physical location on your disk. Because your disk is obviously not completely dead, ie....its still loading to the windows 7 startup screen, its just copying files to the bad sectors on your hard drive and gets stuck when loading. This is especially my guess because you said Safe mode is having same problems, even after attempting to repair. In the past, I've tried and salvage a disk by reformatting it and only leaving on partitions which do not contain the bad clusters. This takes some time, and some guess work.....and really this is only a "bandaid" fix because once the disk has bad clusters, its only a matter of time before these things give out. You wouldn't want to trust your important data on it anyways....

I hope this leads you in ... Read more

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Hello,

I need help with this Diskette issue please. "Diskette Drive 0 Seek Failure"
I've had this problem a few times in a couple of years and I have been able to fix the error by pressing F2 and going to the SETUP. And I've done this with no issues. But this time I thought I fixed it but now I get this new error: "A disk read error occurred Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart". After I press Ctrl+Alt+Del it takes me back to the same error massage "A disk read error occurred Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart". Need help please. This is a Dell Desktop, Windows XP.
Thank you.

Sue
 

A:"Diskette Drive 0 Seek Failure" Error Then "A disk read error occurred Press Ctrl..."

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I recently did a whole new build, new hard drive, mobo (GA-P35-DS3L/S3L) and processor. The problem is, I'm trying to install Windows 7 Ultimate and I come up with "Insert system disk and press enter" error when I try to boot from the disk. I checked the BIOS and the mobo had recognized the DVD drive and the hard drive. I tried putting the hard drive under slave and the DVD drive under master, and vice-versa. I am a high school student who generally gets lots of home work, so it would be nice to be able to type out my work. I am also a gamer, and my friend and I are trying to get my computer fixed, and it's really frustrating. I would like to get this fixed as soon as possible

Cheers!
Hans
 

A:"INSERT SYSTEM DISK" error when trying to install Windows 7 Ultimate

If the hardware is so old that you are using IDE drives, are you sure that it even will run Windows 7?

Is the DVD a full, retail version from Microsoft?
 

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"Disk boot failure insert system disc" every time i get up

I have done a format c and installed windows xp again. My pc worked just fine a whole day long and i could restart the pc without problems. The next morning i want to boot my pc and i get the message "System boot failure please insert system disk" I couldn't get it fixed so i reinstalled my pc again. I worked with my pc the whole day without any problem i went to bed. The next day i had the same problem as the day before "System boot failure insert system disk". Now my question is how it comes that i cane resart and boot my pc a whole day long and if it is turned off for 8 hours that i get the message "system boot error..." anyone a suggestion?
 

A:"Disk boot error insert system disc" every time i get up

That could be caused by 1 of several problems.

First (and most likely), it could be a flat bios battery. Does your system loose the date and time too? If so, fit a new bios battery.

Check all your boot options in your bios to see if any of those are the cause.

If you have any spares, try a different data cable.

Scan disk your hard drive as it could be a drive error.

If none of this helps, let me know and i will do my best to help further. Rik
 

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I am running Windows 10 Pro. My system is running perfectly. There are zero "Event viewer" errors on every restart.
I have never had a BSOD and everything works perfectly.........but, on every other restart I am seeing "System error memory dump files" in the Disk Clean-up utility. The size varies. Currently it is 9.70mb but may change slightly if I reboot.
Whenever I clean it, it returns. There are no dump files in my Windows folder. I really don't understand why I am seeing it.
I have searched the internet for hours but all threads turn to BSOD issues. I have never had a BSOD, nor can I find this mysterious 9.70mb dump file. Can anyone shed any light onto what is happening?
Thanks in advance.

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Hi,

Would someone please be able to assist me with this problem? I keep getting the "Windows - No Disk. Please contact System Administrator" problem on my PC. Usually a reboot solves this but it creeps up after time again.

I ran a HijackThis system scan and here is the log...

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.0 (BETA)
Scan saved at 1:01:12 PM, on 2007/03/21
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Ahead\InCD\InCDsrv.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Network Associates\Common Framework\FrameworkService.exe
C:\Program Files\Network Associates\VirusScan\Mcshield.exe
C:\Program Files\Network Associates\VirusScan\VsTskMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7DEBUG\MDM.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\System32\NALNTSRV.EXE
c:\Ora920\bin\omtsreco.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\wm.exe
C:\NOVELL\ZENRC\WUOLService.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\hkcmd.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\dpmw32.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\NWTRAY.EXE
C:\Program Files\Network Associates\VirusScan\SHSTAT.EXE
C:\Program Files\Network Associates\Common Framework\UpdaterUI.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Network Associates\TalkBack\TBMon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\SOUNDMAN.EXE
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A:WIN XP: "Windows - No Disk. Please contact System Administrator" error

They are going to tell you to get the old version of HJT, 2.0 is in BETA. Get the older version here:

http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,23258-page,1-c,downloads/description.html
 

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So, I was reinstalling Vista, from a folder on my PC. The folder is on Z:\, and I'm installing to C:\. I installed previously from XP to Vista the same way. This time, I got a disk read error on reboot. chkdsk found a problem, I used /r and let it work. Still got the error. Booted to my Ubuntu drive and opened GParted, where it shows a warning saying it's unable to detect file system, etc.

I'd just like to get some of my files off my C:\ drive, but I am unable to see it from Computer, though I can see the other partition on the same drive. Any tips?

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First things first, the boot path is set correctly in BIOS and this is a brand new hard drive.

Bit of background: Had 2 HD's, one had 2000, one had XP (was planning on just using XP but that would freeze up when watching movies or playing games so installed 2000 again) the 2000 HD startup files or something got completely messed up but since I could still use XP and was able to recover all the files from the 2000 HD I decided to just format. Formatted and went to reinstall 2000 and got the "boot disk failure, insert system disk" message. After digging on the net it seemed that the only possibility was that the HD was dead, especially since XP still booted up fine on the same comp, same cable etc (so it would have to be the HD) so I bought a new HD, unplugged the old HD with XP and 2000 and still...."boot disk failure, insert system disk".

Please tell me I didn't just waste $85....

Oh and I have the 2000 install CD in there and hitting enter just brings the message back.
 

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Hello, i recently posted a reply in another forum about this issue. I wasnt having any luck there so maybe someone could help me. I looked over some of the posts on other forums but my situation is a little different. Here it is. A friend of mine was using my computer one day and it just crashed on him. Now it will boot up and the memory test is fine but when it goes through the drives it reads primary hard disk....none. The floppy drive and cd-rom drives read fine. Then it proceeds and comes up with the message "disk boot failure, insert system disk." What could be the problem here? He does not have a floppy boot disk for the computer. Would a boot disk created by another computer with Windows XP help? Any ideas of how to get back into the computer without losing the hard drive?
 

A:Need help "Disk boot failure, insert system disk"

have you tried undoing the IDE cable and then re-plugging it back in? I know sometimes ive had the kind of problem when putting together a old machine. I end up just redoing my cables and it will come on. Then again if it dosent work I usally end up putting a diffrent HD in instead. Im kinda new here so i prolly dont have the best advice but it the only thing i can think of.

This might sound stupid, but ive seen it more than enough times. I think its only on older machines, but if you leave a floppy disk in the drive, shut down, and then turn the machine back on with the floppy in. The computer will say something along those lines and not boot into windows. All you have to do is take out the flopply and restart.

Best of Luck to You! :giddy:
 

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After formatting I keep getting error message "Invalid system disk
Replace the disk, and then press any key"

I use this drive for an old PC that was running Xubuntu but now want to reinstall Win 7 after I went complete Linux on my main machine. I know it works. Every article online says the drive is either dead, infected, or whatever. I'm also booting from a flash drive, another thing I read is it's trying to boot from CD instead of USB and change boot order to fix, obviously that's what I'm already doing.

It's formatted fat32 with MBR. Any ideas what to do?

Thank you.
 

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When I boot up the computer, the bios goes through the memory check and displays the box with all the correct drives, but before starting DOS, it says "Invalid System Disk. Please replace disk, then press any key". The bizarre thing is that there are no floppys or cd roms in any of the drives. I am under the impression that the hard drive is functionning properly because i just did a re-format of it yesterday. Can anybody help me? Thank you!
 

A:A bizarre error: "Invalid System Disk"

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I have a PC with windows 98, and the other day I think I got a virus. I'm not sure what caused it, but whenever I try to boot up it gives me a "Invalid System Disk" warning. It won't read anything off the A drive, the only disk of any kind I've gotten to work was the Norton 2003 one, and all it does is run and not find any problems. When I was looking for what to do I came across a forum on here, but it was two years old, so I signed up and posted a new one. Here's the old one, I've tried what they've suggested with bootdisk.com.

http://forums.techguy.org/printthread.php?threadid=90758

It looks like she solved her problem with the floppy disk, and my machine won't read it for whatever reason. I tried thier solution, it couldn't read it.

Here's a quick list of the symptoms:
-Invalid System Disk message when I boot up.
-It says drive C has 15 files, all the names are in dos characters and exclaimation points.
-It calls my CD drive A: when it used to be D:, and my floppy drive B: when it used to be A:
-It wont read floppys
-It wont read my Win98 backup CD, but will read the Norton CD

From what I've read this looks like and "AntiCMOS" virus, but the solutions everyone has given have either not worked or required something I dont have. If you've read this far, thanks at least for your time, even if you can't help me. It's pretty important that I get this computer fixed up pretty soon, and if I... Read more

A:Virus with "Invalid System Disk" Error.

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hello, let's just get to the point, i had this problem recently where my pc can load windows, it keep looping
pc's on - booting - then "Windows Loading Files" - restart
it's infinite i don't know what to do, i don't have a cd rom, and i can't reinstall my windows from USB because every time i tried it says : "disk error" or "disk read error"
even after i burn it to USB correctly, tried this on other pc and USB can load just fine.
i'm thinking, it's something wrong with my boot system in System Reserved, is there anyway i can do to fix this?

A:"Windows Loading Files" infinite loop, Can't Boot USB "disk error"

Hi,

Have you tried changing the boot sequence inside the BIOS?

Normally pressing F2 or F12 on the computer will solve this.

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Recently I had an XP OS crash. Received a "non system disk" error on black screen. No disks in floppy drive, ZIP drive or CD drive. Eventually, I determined that I had to reinstall XP. Wen reinstalling, XP evidently did not recognize itself on the disk as it asked for my previous Windows CD. After inserting my Win98 CD in the drive, XP installed OK. However, two problems occurred: First, I have two hard drives on my system. The large 13 GB drive is drive 0, the boot drive, formerly designated drive C:\; my second backup drive, drive 1, is 3 GB, is older and slower and was previously designated drive D:\. After the install XP had reversed the drive letters on these drives; now my boot drive(formerly C:\) is designated drive D:\ and the backup drive (formerly D:\) is designated drive C: Second, because XP did not recognize itself on the drive and requested my Win98 CD, it installed itself with a "clean" registry. Consequently, none of the programs on the hard disk were installed in the Startup menu. Everything is there, but not listed in the Startup registry. Also, some of the programs will not start by clicking on their .exe files, evidently, because the drive letters were switched. Some programs will start, however.

I have tried to change the drive letter designations back to their original designations by drilling down through the Performance & Maintenance menu to the "Disk Management" tool where it suggests that drive letters can be change... Read more

A:XP Crash "Non System Disk" error

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I have a big problem here,
I have used my hard disk for 9month,
Yesterday when I watched movie on the half way,
My hard disk suddenly disfuntion,
And I thought my laptop problem due to always lagging so I restart my computer.
But after that I can't read my hard disk (WD)in my computer.
It can read in computer management there.

Ways I try:
1)I try to uninstall and reinstalled again,BUT it doesn't work.
2)I try to unchecked the hide folder and device at view.
3)I try to update the software BUT it still disfunction.
4)I try to use disk management and initialized it BUT there appeared CANNOT INITIALIZED Due to I/O device error.

Any solution for me ?

A:Hard Disk can't read in "my computer ", "initialized",I/O device error

The most usual cause is that the Hard Drive is beginning to fail. Back up your stuff. Go to the website of the manufacturer and test the drive.

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Invalid system disk
Replace the disk, and then press any key.Click to expand...

I get this error from time to time, even when there is no disk in the computer. There's no CD or floppydisk inserted. To solve the problem, I restart the computer, and all is fine.

I'd rather not go through the problem, and want it solved once and for all. Does anyone know the problem and solution? I already went on Google to see what others said, but no luck.

1. The computer has no viruses. I have NAV.
2. There are no HD (harddrive) problems, according to ScanDisk.
3. All cords and cables are attached to where they should go.
4. The first boot location is on the HD (C, according to BIOS.
5. There are no disks inserted.

After all this, what could be the problem and what can I do? I've heard it could be a slow OS (slower than the BIOS), or a worthless HD. Before I conclue its worthless, I would like to know how to make the OS faster in starting it up (or making the BIOS slower so that the OS can catch up).

My information:
1. I am using Windows 98SE.
2. The primary slave is a Maxtor HD.
 

A:Invalid System Disk - Replace Disk Error

Please will you fill in you full system specs in my.TS.forum at the top of the page(click on edit profile)

Why is you Hard drive connected as primary slave?

Regards Howard :grinthumb
 

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as described in the title when i boot my laptop: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834117780R
i get the "disk read error -> press cntrl alt del to restart" message. I then tried to access the backup partition through f10 only to run into this error "status : 0xc00000e9 Info : an unexpected I/O error has occurred" it seems that it cant communicate with my hard drive.

I read a few other forum posts but didnt see anyone have the 0xc00000e9 error also. Bios boot priorities are in order if that matters.

Is there a fix without having to replace the entire HD and buy a new vista installation(preinstalled w/ no disc in the box).

Im very reluctant to take it to a service center as i can very likely fix it myself (with the help of the friendly people here of course), only problem is im having a little trouble..finding.. my HD in this damn notebook.. heh, ill figure that part out. new to notebook repair.

Thanks in advance. Danny

edit: found the HD, doesnt look like it even uses a cable, just plugs right into what i assume is the mb. dont know if that helps just supplying what i can.
 

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I have almost 2 Gb of music on my computer that I'd hate to lose. And hate to have to rebuy or redownload too.

So what I'm wondering is... can I back up all that music on 3-4 700mb disks as a data disk instead of making a 70 minute music disk?

I have Sonic RecordNow that I use for music burning and data backup. I'm just wondering if it is possible to back up 1/3 of it in a folder as a data disk, and do the same for the other parts.

Possible? Would this work?

It would make much more sense to have 4 disks that although you could not PLAY them in a CD player as the songs would be stored in a folder on it, to just be able to copy them out onto another computer instead of making 20+ audio CD's.

Would my idea work? Help me out guys...
 

A:Backing up music as a "data" disk instead of a "audio" disk? Possible?

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Ok. I will list every detail of the problem and of my trials to solve it so that you could have as clear an idea as possible. Thanks in advance. I HAVE BEEN WORKING ON THIS PROBLEM FOR HOURS SO IT WOULD BE GREAAAAAAATLY APPRECIATED if anybody could help me out!

1.
I was trying to install Ubuntu, so need to boot from CD ( i know i can do that directly in windows using wubi, but that's not what I want to do. I am just trying to boot from CD and install Ubuntu on an allocation of memory i had set free for it.). I set the boot sequence to be 1.CD-ROM 2.Hard-disk 3.Removable. However, even under this settings my computer still directly goes to Windows. *:I do notice the CD-drive working at the beginning of the start-up, but then Windows comes out eventually *
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So I figured the problem might be the system did try to boot from CD but failed, so it then boots from harddisk and found Windows. Therefore I went into BIOS and set all 3 booting devices to be CD-ROM, then restarted. Now I have this error message : disk boot failure, insert system disk and press enter.

3.
The CD is good, because i tried to boot my laptop from it and it works well.

4.
I tried to upgrade my BIOS but couldn't because the system showed the same message when i tried to boot from the BIOS flash disk.

5. I built this desktop from scratch up, and when I first tried to install an OS to it, I used a CD and it booted well.. which is about 6 months ago. I never tried to boot it from CD since then. I ... Read more

A:cant boot from CD "disk boot failure insert system disk and press enter"

After reading through step 4 above, I don't need to go further.

Some optical drives fail in such a way as to work fine reading a disk in Windows but will not boot from a bootable disk. Replace the optical drive with a known-good one you may have access to and see what happens.
 

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