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Boot Failure from Hard Disk

Question: Boot Failure from Hard Disk


Not to long ago I tried to boot my computer and it displayed the infamous "INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER" error. When I insert a hard drive that I know works and set it as the Master, and the non-working hard drive as Slave, then boot, the hard drive is accessible in Windows Explorer. All of my files are still in the same condition as they were before the hard drive failed. I tried using the Recovery Console on a Windows XP OEM disk to repair the Master Boot Record in case that was the problem, it wouldn't accept my administrator password. When I used the Ultimate Boot CD 4 Windows, I repaired the MBR (or at least UBCD4Win did), and the hard drive was still not bootable. The hard drive doesn't make any strange sounds at all. I could not find any helpful advice on HP Support, and I tried unplugging each device one-by-one until it booted.

My system specs:

Compaq Presario 6320US
AMD Athlon XP processor 2000+ operating at 1.67GHz
256MB DDR SDRAM Memory
60GB Ultra DMA Hard Drive
Integrated ProSavageDDR KM266 graphics with 32MB shared video memory
Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition SP2

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Preferred Solution: Boot Failure from Hard Disk

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My company's computer needs to be patitioned and reformat. The system is still working well. I mean, nothing wrong with anything (weird huh?). Ok the hard disk just need to be 'split'. I mean, make drive C & D on the hard disk. I know how to do that... easy... Then the HD need to be formatted & reinstall windows XP. Ok, easy too..

But the main problem occured before I do anything (partition & format). I have my own bootable CD that I usually use for partitioning & formatting.

Ok, i insert the CD & restart.
I went to BIOS & changed the boot order (1st boot: CD-ROM, 2nd: HDD-0 & 3rd: Floppy). Then restart again.
Ok the bootable CD is excellently loaded.
I typed fdisk, then came the first problem. it says something like 'no fixed disk'. I exit fdisk.
Then I typed format c:, 2nd problem occured. it says something like, 'invalid drive'.
I forgot the error message because the pc is in my office right now. I'm currently at home 'begging for help' So the error message is not accurate. sorry..

I think, if I run the CD, the hard disk will not be loaded (or should I say, hard disk failure). & If I take off the CD & restart again, change the BIOS (1st boot: HDD-0) then windows will load! Weird right?

I don't think my CD is 'corrupted' nor broken because I tried to run the CD from another PC. Yes, I can access the C drive from that PC.

Does anyone have any idea of the ... Read more

Answer:Can't format hard-disk nor do partition when using boot disk. Hard-disk failure

It sounds like it might be the bootable CD you've created is not picking up the HDD's/partitions.
To eliminate this as a posibility travel to bootdisk and grab the WinME bootdisk and boot from there. If it picks up the HDD you can FDISK and Format from there.
The other option is to boot using the XP CD and let it handle the formatting/partitioning duties...


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Windows XP sp2 wont boot from hard disk.

After much to do turns out my computer doesnt recognise the hard disk.

I have a seagate 500Gb SATA hard drive, its about a year old, the computer doesnt get hot in the slightest and it shouldnt be dead. I checked the wiring, as far as i can see, its all fine.

only conclusion i come to is that my hard disk is kaput which it shouldnt be. Can anyone give me any other possible solutions to try out before i cry and/or spend money on a new one? theres a lot of data on it i dont want to lose.

If not, ill plug it in to another computer to check, i havent done that yet because it will take me hours - i can only unscrew the hard drive from one side without rearranging the room.


Answer:Hard disk boot failure -> computer won't recognise hard disk

Is your Seagate the 7200.11 series?

We've been seeing a lot of harddrive issues layely that has nothing to do with the drive itself but bad SATA cables aas the cause. Do you have another one you can switch out?

When you say the computer doesn't recognize it we're talking the BIOS here, correct?

Another suggestion is what you have already suggested but I would "slave" it in antother system and see if you can access it that way.

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when starting my computer, and no boot disk is inserted, i get the error message:"HARD DISK BOOT FAILURE INSERT SYSTEM DISK PRESS ENTER" when a boot disk is inserted, windows xp starts up if no button is pressed after a boot disk is inserted. I cant work out how to boot from hard disk immediately, and it is set as primary boot device. ANY help would be greatly appreciated!!!

Answer:Hard Disk Boot Failure Insert System Disk Press Enter

Just go into the Bios and (For my motherbaord) in Advanced BIOS Features, set primary, seconday etc boot devices as you like.

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Hi i have a 74 Gb western digital hard drive with C: and D: drives (i partitioned them)
the D: drive has all my gaming applications on it and the C: drive has all the files for windows/and other crap like firefox, etc.

I was once reformatting to XP from Vista and in the middle of reformat my computer shut down causing a major problem. the answer was my graphics card died... now i have an EVGA 256Mb 8600GT with DX10. I brought the drive to my neighbors house and he can use it just fine, it boots and everything... but... the problem is that when i bring it to my house, and i insert the drive it goes to the Nvidia Boot Agent and after a while displays HARD DISK BOOT FAILURE INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER. My current BIOS Boot order is Floppy, CD, and then Hard Disk. I don't know why it wont boot, but the copy of XP has been verified and it works great on my friends computer... why won't it start on mine?
Please help me !

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hi sir,im vijay..
im usin 2tb segate new hard disk my system i cant able to boot my os and also my hard disk ...its showin that hard disk boot failure insert system disk press enter ...i restarted many times its sayin the same my gigabite mobo bios my hard disk is not get detected sir....the problem is that wen im installin the new os for 2nd time its all went nice only sir but at the completion of the os it wil ask for the user name and password but in my system its frozen sir fully of black screen and i cant able to do anythin so i restarted my system from that im gettin this error as hard disk boot failure insert system disk press enter.....that my new hard disk and all of my data is in that hard disk only..this problem arises wen im installing the os for 2nd time sir...till now its showin the same error sir...

plz help so confused..

Answer:hard disk boot failure insert system disk press enter

Repair MBR:

Boot From the Windows Install Disc
The first thing you?ll need to do is boot off the install disc, and then click through until you see the ?Repair your computer? link in the lower left-hand corner.
You?ll need to choose the correct installation of Windows and then click the Next button.
And then you?ll get to the System Recovery Options screen, where you can get to the Command Prompt.

Repairing the Master Boot Record:

If you want to restore the master boot record, you can simply type in the following command:

bootrec /fixmbr

You can also write a new boot sector onto the system partition with this command (which is often more useful):

bootrec /fixboot

And of course, if you just use bootrec /? you?ll be able to see all the options.

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I formatted my hard drive today and after a reboot I got the message: "Hard Disk Boot Failure Insert System Disk And Press Enter" If I insert my Vista disk, hit f8 at startup and go to boot screen, click on boot from CD, then bypass the boot from CD option it will start Vista. I have checked my boot sequence and it shows booting from the right drive. My hard drives are SATA. Im stumped fellas......

Asus M2N-SLI Deluxe Motherboard
Two Hard drives but the second just for backup (not in RAID)

This is what my system information tool says on the hard drives:

Type Vendor Model Size Interface Temperature
Direct Access Device HDS72258 0VLSA80 SCSI Disk Device 82 GBytes IDE RAID
Direct Access Device Western Digital WDC WD16 00AAJS-60PSA SCSI Disk Device 160 GBytes IDE RAID
Direct Access Device SanDisk SanDisk U3 Cruzer Micro USB Device 1019 MBytes USB USB
DVD TSSTcorp SanDisk U3 Cruzer Micro USB Device USBSTOR RAID

Answer:Hard Disk Boot Failure Insert System Disk


Changed my partition to active and re-booted, gave me this: "BOOTMGR missing"

Tried to repair with CD and the operating system was showing up on D:, dont know if this is usual but thought it show show C:

Went to Cromt in repair option and tried to rebuild bootmgr with this command:
"bootrec/rebuildbcd" restarted computer............BOOTMGR missing

Was then able to boot from second hard drive (D from boot screen.......finally gave up and formatted fine now.

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Hi there!. I was wandering if anyone could help me out. I am running XP pro and although i recently updated with SP2 the PC appeared to be ok. Now when i try to boot up i get DISK BOOT FAILURE, INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER. If i put my operating disk in it loads the various files and proceeds to windows setup if i chose to set up windows XP now ie re -install the whole system it goes to the licence agreement then to the windows xp professional setup offering options either to set up windows on the selected item or create a partition or delete the partition . Most imporantly in the box below it states 57240 mb disk o at Id on bus 0 on atapi and underneath <setup cannot access this disk> which is worrying. In the bios it appears to be able to detect the fact that there is a hard disk drive available. If i do press enter at this stage a darker blue screen appears stating that a problem has been detected and that windown has shut down to prevent damage. It then goes on to suggest things that are not possible ie boot into safe mode ofr update or disable drivers it gives the following technical information which for me as a beginner is as much use as a wooden eye. It say ***STOP: 0XOOOOOOO8e (OXCOOOOOO5,OXF99C6CFD, OXF95 A5800, 0X00000000)
*** Setupdd.sys- adrress F999C6FD base at f999d000, datestamp 3d6dd67f
whatever that means
If there is anyone who can help i would appreciate it. I assume the hard drive is ok and the connections are too.

Answer:Disk boot failure and the missing hard disk

Moved to Windows. This is not a business applications issue. Good luck!

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Hi everyone,

Recently my computer started to smell funny, so i opened the case and the grpahics card had burnt and a bit of the motherboard. My computer wouldn't boot, so i replaced both of them with an 8800 GTX, Gigabyte ga-g33-ds2r (mATX). Good news was, my PC would boot and post, But the message Hard Disk Boot Failure Insert System Disk Press Enter came up. So, i checked everything in the BIOS (AHCI mdoe etc) and tried other settings to no avail, also the BIOS doesn't detect my HDD. So i tried connecting in different ports and different SATA cables. My OS was Vista 32bit premium, so i tried putting the CD in, but the Vista repair option doesnt see my HDD either.

Hope this i enough info.... Help please!!

P.S. HDD is definately working. But not being recognised.

Also is there a way to retrieve data from the HDD?


Answer:Hard Disk Boot failure... rather odd.

Are the power and ide cables secure in the back of the hard drive ? Does the drive make any sign of being on ? Is any of the wiring dameged ? For example wire over the fan is prone to being sliced. Is the power supply unit supplying power to the hard drive ? Can you try another hard drive ?

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I have an intermittent problem when sometimes my PC does not boot up when I turn it on. It appears it is looking for and not always finding the "IDE drive" and returns an error message "Master boot failure".When I try again it usually works but not always.I'm at a bit of a loss as I've not done anything to the PC except some weeks ago a new network card was installed to allow me to go "broadband".Should I look for a loose wire?Jem

Answer:Hard Disk Boot failure

or a new hard disk...sounds like it's on it's way...

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I got a new pc with no hdd so i took my old harddrive put it in my new one and its now says "disk boot failure insert system disk". can anybody help?

Answer:Hard disk boot failure

Hi and welcome to TSF

The new PC does not recognize the old HD operating system. The olde HD was set up for your old PC.

Need to reload the operating system.


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I have a computer running Windows 98 and I had just installed Nero Burning Software, it told me to reboot... so i chose yes reboot now.
When it powers back up, it doesn't boot up and I get the error "Hard Disk Failure" or somethin of that sort, then it says "press f1 to continue or DEL to enter setup".. if i press DEL it goes into BIOS stuff, when i press F1 it says "HARD DISK BOOT FAILURE, PLEASE INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER" ... anyone know if it could be something repairable? or does this mean my hard drive is completely gone? =[

Answer:Hard Disk Boot Failure

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My computer was crashing frequently whenever running video games and I figured it was from the video card overheating so I opened the case took the card out blasted the whole thing with compressed air and the video card as well and then put the card back in, nothing else was dissconected. When I turned the power back on I got the error "Hard disk boot failure, please enter the boot disk and then press enter" so I put in the boot disk and it said "Windows cannot detect the hard disk, it may be dissconected" and then I looked inside my case again and there is a thin red cord I didnt notice before that was hooked up to the hard drive but not to the motherboard, it is the SATA/RAID cord but I don't use that configuration, does anyone have any clue what might have gone wrong?

Answer:Hard Disk Boot Failure

Have you checked the other connections for that hard drive.

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I've tried a lot of things over the last few days to no avail, hoping to gain the help of someone with exceptional computer knowledge, baring in mind I'm not that savvy with OS.

Had a virus (antivir pro solution) managed to delete that, which lowered my boot time dramatically albeit still operating slow. It hangs at the Bios screen for a good 5mins then after the microsoft window loading bar, it'll take another 20+mins to get to the user accounts screen. Once signed into my account, windows explorer I think it is doesn't load up for a good 20mins+ (start button, desktop programs, toolbar)

A point to note is that the window for task manager crashes when I attempt to open 'my computer' although every other folder doesn't.

The f*** is going on? lol.

Answer:Hard disk failure? 45 minutes+ to boot up!

Honestly off-hand it does sound like a failing hard disk (although you could still have some malware in there). Can you run chkdsk on the drive? (Right click the hard drive C: in Windows Explorer, Properties, Tools tab, Check Now button, both options, rebootski )

See how that turns out.

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I have had in recent months on bootup, a dialogue box indicating "Disk boot failure Insert system disc". When this first happened I was able to reboot OK but then the frequency that this came up increased, such that in the end it would not boot up at all. I then installed a somewhat old hard disc and after a week or so the same dialogue box came up.I then replaced the hard disc with another spare and after a few weeks the same thing happened with that hard disc. I purchased a brand new unused disc and for the past two months it has worked perfectly, then this morning the "Disk boot failure..." came up. I rebooted OK.Question what else can give rise to the message other than the hard disc failing? It is hard to believe that so many hard discs are at fault.

Answer:Disk boot failure - I find it hard to believe

Obviously it is not the hard drives that are faulty. There are a number of other reasons for this message though. Run chkdsk on the drive. It could also be a BIOS problem. It may be looking for the wrong disk at startup. If your motherboard is older try changing the battery(CR2032). Have you reset your CMOS and loaded BIOS defaults after changing hard drives?

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Hi, my friend is having problems with her computer. It is a Windows XP Professional. This is the situation.

My friend has another computer who's onboard video card wasn't working and she really wanted to get into the computer to save the documents she had created. This works on Windows 98. Since the onboard video card is damaged, and installing a new video card didn't work, she decided to try and take out the hard drive and install it onto her newer computer which carries Windows XP Professional.

She switched the drives, unplugged the connection from the drive in her new computer and hooked up the older drive with all her documents.

She gets a boot disk failure and tries to fix it with a bootable disk for Windows 98 since her old drive carries Windows 98. Either way, it didn't work, so she re-plugged her drive from the Windows XP computer back into it's connector and tries to reboot.

She gets the same message for this drive and thinks she might have messed up the computer by switching drives back and forth.

So basically, after switching back, she gets the same boot disk failure, insert boot disk. Please let me know how she can fix this, so she can go back into her Windows XP computer. Thank you.


Answer:Hard Drive and Boot Disk Failure

With the XP Hardrive do the following.

1. Turn on the computer and put in your Windows XP Disc
2. When it show "Boot from cd." on your screen press "enter" on your keyboard
3. Then let the computer do its on thing, it loads of bunch of things.
4. When that finished press "R" to enter the Recovery Console.
5. Once there it will ask for password...
6. Now a command prompt should be available. I.E. "C:\WINDOWS\"
7. Type "FIXMBR" then press enter
8. Type "FIXBOOT" then press enter
9. Type "EXIT" then press enter

Now your computer will be rebooting and should hopefully load your Windows XP

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I have been getting a hard disk failure message on my Sony Vaio windows 7 laptop since past few days. So today I took a backup and decided to revert to factory settings.
While doing that my laptop suddenly shut down and when I tried to restart it, the error message comes

Ctrl+Alt+DEl to restart.

And when i try to restart the same msg comes.

I dont have any windows 7 installation cd as windows 7 came installed in this laptop.

Please help

Answer:Hard Disk Failure & Boot Manager Missing


I have been getting a hard disk failure message

A hard disk failure message means, well, that the Hard Disk Drive has failed. Trying to reinstall on a failed HDD will also end in failure. You need to contact your computer manufacturer and see if they have a recovery CD you can get, or get a Retail DVD of Windows 7 or 8 as well as get a new HDD to replace the failed one.

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HP Pavillion DV7 with Vista. Got an imminent hard disk error (no back up and no Vista Recovery disks) probably from power outages. Ran chkdsk (yes, I should have backed up or cloned first) it was fixing errors and in stage 4 when the power went out. Now it will not boot, gives SMART error 1720.

I tried to make a boot disk with my old XP computer online, using Imgbrn and tried burning WD's hard disk rescue and UBCD411. My laptop will not boot off of any of them, even with the Bios changed to boot off CD (yes I saved Bios correctly). It actually won't read the CD/DVD even though I input it into the bios. It just keeps saying insert boot disc and hit any key.

The hard disk is partitioned into C and D and D is the recovery. Any way to access the hard disk or get this to boot?? Thanks in advance!!

Answer:Hard disk failure, Vista unable to boot at all!!

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I have a Vaio pentium 4 desktop computer with a 60 gig hard drive, 2.4 ghz processor and 512 RAM. When I boot up, I receive a warning that says "hard drive failure imminent, back up all data" and I have to press F1 to continue the boot up process. After that, the computer runs, a bit slower than it should, but with no further error messages. What could be the problem? Thanks so much!

Answer:Need help with boot up hard disk failure imminent message

Smart drive is detecting that the drive is failing.. plain and simple..replace the drive and make sure you backup your data before hand. If your machine is under warranty, contact your manufacturer for warranty replacement information. If not, then we can help you find a drive if you need.

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I have 2 problems at start-up: 1.Scan disk running at start-up but no errors found, "because Windows was not properly shut down etc. etc...." even when it is. 2.Also, my hard disk is making an awful scratching or rasping noise on boot-up and freezing mid-boot which requires me to reset 2-3 times in order to boot -up. I am worried about this - could it be impending hard disk failure ???The last time this happened I got the message: "Your program caused a divide overflow error". Any ideas? I did run a trial version of McAfee virus scan recently which found and deleted a virus in my autoexec.bat but I am wondering if it did any lasting damage? Grateful for any help.

Answer:Rasping noise on boot-up - hard disk failure ?

How olds the drive? It is displaying very similar symptons to my dad's which failed last year

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I recently had a serious malfunction with my computer. My power supply fan decided to stop working. I didn't realize it until too late. My computers power supply got really really hot and shot some sparks out the back. I smelt some burning scents and found them coming from my power supply. After this I switched my computer into a new case with a new power supply to find out that this had actually killed my motherboard as well. I then borrowed my brother's motherboard and connected my hard drive to it. I've got everything hooked up correctly and am getting it to boot up to bios. When it gets to the point where it verifies DMI pool data it gets a disk boot failure. I've read in a couple of places that this is often a result of a corrupt hard drive. Is there any way I can check and see if the hard drive is still ok, or is the information on it completely lost to me? I'm currently in the process of buying a new laptop and would like to get the information of that computer if it is at all possible. I've tried all the system defaults for boot order and have tried various combonations that make sense to me but none have had any success. Any help is much appreciated.

Answer:Hard Drive Problem...disk boot failure

Set it to boot from CD. Find a boot disk with some HDD diagnostics on.

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Hi everyone.

I have an HP Pavillion m9500y with Vista 64bit. I got the hard drive failure imminent message, so I backed up my data, installed a new drive, ran disk clone through the bootable media disk I created with Acronis True Image 2012. The clone said it was successful.

I looked at the new drive through the True Image backup files to see if it cloned ok and it looks fine. The partitions are there and all the data seems to be there.

So, I disconnected my old drive (Seagate Barracuda 750gb) and have the new drive(Seagate Barracuda 3tb) in the primary position. Now it says "boot failure..please insert system disk." I ran the short self-test through bios and it passed.

I, then, tried using the HP recovery disks and it says "Non-system disk or disk error." They aren't faulty because I used them to recover my old drive before cloning and it worked properly.

This is the very short story of what I have been doing for the past few days and I am at a loss now. No clue what to do next.

Any help is greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance.

Answer:Boot disk failure after installing new hard drive

Reboot or turn on the machine. As soon as you see your machine's name logo splash screen keep tapping F8. Go to "Advanced Options" or "Repair Computer" Select your language then "Repair Your Computer" An installation of Windows should be detected after that select "Next"

If that does not fix the issue. Do the same as before go to Next again go to command prompt type in



If that does not also fix the issue follow the same steps as above except go to command prompt and type in then hit enter after each one.

bootrec.exe /fixboot
bootrec.exe /fixmbr

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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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Answer: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.


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Can someone please tell me why if I remove my second HDD , the system won't POST???

Drive has nothing on it ( I've even reformatted it to make sure )

It's a Quantum 20GB connected as primary slave ( E: )
Primary master is WD 80GB with two partitions ( C: & D: )

Secondary master is CDRW
No secondary slave

System runs fine & everything works flawlessly , including the HDD I want to remove so I can use it in another PC.

I've set primary slave to NONE in the BIOS ( which is the latest version ) , but it still won't POST without the HDD connected.

Gets to DETECTING IDE DRIVES... thinks for a while ,
detects drives correctly
thinks for a while , VERIFYING DMI POOL DATA ,

BIOS boot sequence is HDD0 , FDD

Reconnect drive & reboot - everything back to normal again!
Maybe it just doesn't want to leave!
Running WinME , Epox 8k3a , XP1800 , 256MB DDR2100

Answer:[SOLVED] Second Hard disk removal causing boot failure

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Hi, recently my PC was working fine but suddenly i got boot problem like "a device is not connected" and later on "BCD boot file configuration not valid". After a lot of fuss, i downloaded Macrium Reflect USB with WinPE 10. I first used Rufus with NTFS file format to create the bootable Macrium Reflect USB but when booted, Marcium reflect neither found an operating system nor showing any hard disk in the computer, although hard disk is showing in the BIOS. Later on I googled and found that I should make a bootable USB using Fat32 file system since I have UEFI BIOS. So i did that using Rufus again and still Macrium Reflect shows nothing. I dont want to install windows again, but want to restore/fixboot to the previous working condition. Any help would be appreciated.


PC Configuration:
Intel Core i5 Skylake
Gigabyte H110 S2PH
Kingston 8GB Hyper X
1 TB SATA WD Black
Windows 10 Pro

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After looking through my post, I realized its very long-winded but I was trying to be detailed. There's a short version at the bottom if you're looking for my question.

I recently reformatted one of my two hard drives, which previously contained a Windows XP install and a Vista Ultimate install and now I am getting a Boot Disk Failure. Windows XP was on an 400 GB IDE hard drive (Disk 0), and Vista was on a 500 GB SATA drive (Disk 1). I did the reformat in Windows Vista, in the Computer Management screen. After it finished, I restarted my computer and received the error "BOOTMGR is missing, press Ctrl Alt Delete to restart." From what I understand after looking into this, when I installed Vista onto Disk 1, it put the Boot manager on Disk 0 instead of Disk 1, so when I reformatted Disk 0 the Boot Manager was gone. I pulled out my Vista CD and tried to use the Repair installation option but it didn't even detect a drive with an operating system on it to repair. I also tried used the CMD prompt in the repair section, using the bootrec.exe command, to repair it but that did not work either. It also did not detect my second drive (designated as F:) but only the empty C: drive (the newly reformatted disk 0) with no operating system on it. I decided to try to install Vista onto my IDE drive (disk 0). I completed the install and now had a working operating system on Disk 0, but now I started getting the "Boot Disk Failure" error message on startup. I trie... Read more

Answer:Disk Boot Failure after reformat of drive 0 (2 hard drives)

I think I would boot into the "working" Vista install and download and install EasyBCD. This is a GUI program that will edit the bootloader for Windows Vista and allow you to add or remove the installs of Windows that you want in your boot menu.I have used this to regain entry into a Vista install after a partition resize and install of Windows XP on a laptop. As long as you can find the installation, you can add it to the boot menu. If your bootloader is damaged or your Master boot record is damaged the newest EasyBCD can replace those also.EasyBCD is located here: would also recommend reading the documentation located here: Luck,

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Our computer is giving the message "hard-disk drive failure press f1"  but it just keeps repeating that message when I press f1. 
I have run the ePSA Pre-boot system assessment.  It gives a green check to all devices listed on the left but lists n/a for hard drive.  But at end of test it tells me everything is ok.  
Does this mean my hard drive is shot?  Any suggestions?

Answer:hard-disk drive failure - pre-boot assessment results

Does the system see the hard drive at all? It sounds like the answer is no (F2 at powerup to check).  If that's the case, then yes -- the drive is shot.

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I was replacing a secondary hard drive on a friend's aging desktop that has PATA drives, running Windows XP Home SP3. After I replaced the old secondary hard drive with a newer one that I've freshly formatted as NTFS (it came from my own desktop so I know it works and I did a quick read/write test on it after formatting), I left the primary hard drive with the Windows XP installation untouched. However, when I attempted to boot up with this new configuration I got a "DISK BOOT FAILURE" even though BIOS recognises the two hard drives.

I booted up with an Ubuntu live CD and both the drives were readable, writable and seemed all fine.

Disconnecting the second hard drive and leaving in just the primary hard drive, I was able to get to the Windows XP start up animation. After which I shut it down. I reconnected the second hard drive, put in a Windows XP recovery CD - it took way too long to start and when it did it gave me the message: "Setup either detected multiple disks in your machine that are indistinguishable or detedted raw disk(s). Setup had corrected the problem, but a reboot is required."

After this, any attempt to run the recovery CD with the two disks connected is extremely slow and then gives me a repeat of this "indistinguishable" nonsense. The single primary drive by itself gives me a "DISK BOOT FAILURE". And when running recovery console with the single hard drive connected, it starts up faster but it won't let me do... Read more

Answer:[SOLVED] Disk boot failure when replacing second hard drive

Did you check the jumpers? Sounds like you have them both set to master.

"I was able to get to the Windows XP start up animation. After which I shut it down"
Never do that. You "crash" the system and this will result in chkdsk errors

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Today when I started up my computer it would not start up.

It will always give the error. DISK BOOT FAILURE, INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER. I open the bios and it reads neither my SATA 500GB seagate hard drive or my IDE DVD Drive. I'm pretty sure my hard drive is not dead because the computer was custom built about 6 months ago and the harddrive is pretty new.

The only thing that was done before the computer stopped working was my friend tried to put in his external hard drive (no idea what kind) and it wouldn't install via plug n play so we gave up. Could his external really have messed my bios and/or hard drive up?

Main thing I did to try and fix this was remove the CMOS battery to reset the bios but that didnt help either.
Specs for my computer are.

Core Duo Processor 2.66GHz, 6AMB L2 Cache, 1333 MHz

4gb of ram

Gigabyte GA-EG31M-S2 Motherboard.
PLZ help

Answer:Bios won't read Hard Drive. DISK BOOT FAILURE.

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Hi, SMART Hard Disk Error The SMART hard disk check has detected an imminent failure.  Hard disk 1 (301) FAILURE ID:  Q37V6J-77R8AJ-MFPV7F-60AG03    Need help!!!

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I ran Dist Test in system diagnostics and read failed. Error log read Hard Disk Failed id# osng6c-5r76hw-xd6v4k-6odpo3 then next line same id but tune up failed then run in failed

Answer:SMART Hard Disk Error detected an imminent failure Hard Disk

Confirmed, You have a bad drive.

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My computer will not past the Hp screen. It has a failure code as listed above.

Answer:SMART hard disk failure FAILURE ID: PLW3HS-7ASBG2-MFPV7F-60V...

HI.  Check the document, you must replace the hard drive. Regards.

? I do not work for HP, I volunteer.? To close the topic, check "accept as a solution" the correct answer or Thumb to say thank you.? I'm sorry but you do not answer questions privately.

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hi there,below is the error message I received - with hard disk test -- What does this mean? Testing Drive: 1SMART Check: FAILEDFAILURE ID: 9C06TT-5B762N-9XL02K-60BV03 

View Solution.

Answer:SMART hard disk failure FAILURE ID: 9C06TT-5B762N-9XL02K-60B...

Hi, The drive on the link below is an example of one that would be fine for your notebook. 500Gb Hard Drive The procedure to replace the Hard Drive starts on Page 43 of your Maintenance & Service Guide. Once done, simply use your Recovery DVDs to reinstall the Operating System on the new drive. If you don't have your Recovery Discs, you can order a replacement set using the link below. If you have any problem with this link, order them directly from HP. If you live in the US, contact HP Here. If you are in another part of the world, start Here.?Regards, DP-K

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Hi, I am trying to diagnose a problem with a computer I offered to "fix". The owner was unable to load Windows XP withotu having the XP install disk in the drive. The OS would load and run fine as long as the computer booted with the CD in the drive. I partitioned the drive, copied the personal files to the new partition and formatted and installed XP on the first partition. I encountered one problem while installing and it was along the lines of:


Which would appear in a BSOD during the Windows install.

I swapped out the RAM and was able to complete the install. Now, on a fresh installation I am getting this error:


when I don't have the XP install disk in the drive.

Does this mean that the hard drive is probably dying? When the XP disk is in the drive the computer runs fine. It's also crazy that both the memory and the hard drive would fail at the same time.

Answer:"Disk boot failure" - hard drive failing?

You can fix boot sectors using recovery console. look at fix mbr and fixboot.

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Hey all,

I just bought and installed a 2TB Seagate Barracuda LP ST32000542AS hard drive in addition to my existing hard drive. It was not detected by Windows XP, although the serial number ST32000542AS showed up in BIOS.

I noticed that for a split second as i started up, there was a screen with the word "RAID" and instructions saying "press ctrl + I", so i restarted, pressed "ctrl + I" and it took to me to something that said it was for the setup of a raid disk (or something like that).

I thought, "Oh, this must be where you format the new hard drive so that it will be recognised."

So i went through a very simple menu that had me select stripe size and some other features that looked very basic an un-threatening, and then finished the RAID setup thing.

I restarted the computer, and now it says:


At that point i had a heart attack. Can anybody help me? I have no idea what is going on.


Answer:Attempted to install 2nd hard drive; ended up with "DISK BOOT FAILURE"

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The other day my computer got the BSOD and when I went to reboot it came up with the screen that says Disk Boot Failure insert disk blah blah. I have two hard-drives C: has windows D: is just storage. When I unplug D: i dont get that error and it boots to windows without the extra files. If I have them both plugged in I get the whole Disk boot... thing. Is this just a minor fix or is my HD busted?

Answer:Hard-Drive "Disk Boot Failure"

pay attention to what you are doing...seriously

what are your drives
you have an internal SATA drive?
you are using an eSata Drive? this is D?

go into bios and see which one boots up first
chances are it's seeing your D as the priority can always keep D turned on before you boot and keep it as second, to maintain proper boot order.... OR

if sata, this is an might have 4 sata connectors, labeled 0, 1, 2, 3
C might be connected to 1, 2, 3 and D might be connected to 0 (or any combo with D being the lower number than C)
if this is the case, 0 is priority in default

I save myself the trouble, turning on my eSata drive whenever and not worrying about boot order by making sure my C is connected to 0.

Now, this problem occurs because you have 2 drives that are boot capable. The D drive most likely has no "windows" boot up data, but has an MBR. The system halts on D because it sees the mbr and does not continue.

another suggestion, just imo, don't mess with the mbr

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As I try to boot my laptop (a different computer than the one on which I have a malware thread ongoing) - IBM Thinkpad T41, I get the message: ERROR - 0200: Failure Fixed Disk: 1. Press F1 to setup, which brings up the IBM bios setup screen - with which I do not know what to do.

While I do have the backup of my user files, I do not have boot/recovery disk, I think. Am searching for something like that...

Any help would be appreciated.

Answer:Solved: Failure to boot: Error 0200 Failure Fixed Disk 1

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HI Techies,

This is my first post here. I am doing my first MOBO build and am having some issues. Here are my specs:

PC Chips A13G+ Motherboard
AMD Athlon 64 X2 3600+ 2.0GhZ
200 GB SATA Hard drive
80 GB SATA Hard drive

Now when I first turned on the computer I got the following error. I have seen posts with this error before and I tried some of the things but they didn't work for me. The only thing I didn't try is replacing the Lithium battery, which I will do tomorrow. But in the mean time the error I got was the following:

PXE - E61: Media Test Failure, check cable

Now here is what I have tried so far:

- Reset CMOS (by placing the jumper in the CLR_CMOS mode for about 30 secs)
- Unplugged Video card, HDD cables
- Switched RAM around
- tried booting a Win XP cd
- taking out the lithium battery and placing it in again.

I would appreciate any help from you guys.

Thanks in advance.

Answer:Media Test Failure, check cable, disk boot failure

Make sure your BIOS is set to boot from your optical drive first.

Or you have a SATA hard drive and controller and are trying to boot from an unpartitioned drive on a controller that you haven't provided a driver for.

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Hi Chaps,

Have been looking at a pc for a pal of mine (Packard Bell Pentium 400mhz with 20gb hard drive running Win98SE), that receives the "Disk Boot failure insert system disk and hit enter" message. I checked all the connections and pulled them out and put them back in, but still the same. I checked in the bios and there is nothing recorded, all zeroes. I have tried everything to detect the drive, but no diagnostic disks, Win98se startup disk, or any commands like fdisk /mbr, sys c, scandisk /all etc.. can find anything. I would hazard a guess and say it's done for, but wondered if there was anything else I could do to wake it up. What gives me small doubt that the disk is dead, is that I got hold of a very old Dell 133mhz pc with a 1gb working drive and installed that in the Packard Bell, but got the same disk boot failure message. I tried the dodgy (Fujitsu) 20gb drive in the Dell and got error message "disk controller 1 failure hit F1 to continue, F2 to enter setup". I went into setup and the instructions indicated that IDE drives should be set for "auto" detect. I set all four of them to auto at one point, but still got same message. Just as a last thing, I swapped the cables from the bad machine (Packard Bell) to the good one (Dell) and it booted up okay, with it's original 1gb drive, of course. Thanks for any suggestions.

Answer:Disk boot failure and disk controller failure

can you hold the drive in your hand while the system is on
if so does it feel like its spinning
if not it is dead
try giving it a sharp twist from right to left and or light taps on the side
I'd say it cooked and if there nothing real important invest in a new drive and windows 2000 pro OS
should run on that machine

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Hey everyone,
Well I just finished building a new PC today, the specs are as follows.

Gigabyte P-35 DS3R motherboard
Intel Q6600
8800gts 320mb
WD 320gb internal hdd sata 3gb/s
2gb ram

my problem is when I attempt to start the computer and install Windows XP, I insert the disk, change the boot order to boot from the cd/dvd, and when it attempts to boot, I receive the message "Disk boot failure, insert system disk and press enter". I'm baffled on what to do, no matter which disk drive I put it in, what order the bios boot menu is, I get the same error. I would greatly appreciate any help anyone can give me! Thank you!

Answer:New System Build, Xp Won't Boot From Disk, "boot Disk Failure"

If you are using an IDE optical drive be sure that the cable is not reversed. Do you have the two drives set as master and slave? Is the BIOS set to auto detect for the hdd?

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I was playing EVE, and an error popped up saying that I should backup my data and replace my hard disk, yet I hear no signs of hard disk failure, and the disk management says that the disk is healthy. MegaDan5 thinks I might have a virus. Should I still make a backup just in case, though?
I forget the exact words of the message, but here's a paraphrased transcript:
"Hard disk failure imminent. Backup your data and replace the hard disk"

Answer:Hard disk failure error, yet disk is healthy

Can you post a screenshot?

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When I start my non-brand PC with an MSI mobo I receive the following message:
disk boot failure insert system disk and press enter

At first I thought it was the SATA hard drive but when hooked up to another machine I can see all the files. When I went into the Phoenix/Award Bios all the drives are IDE drives. Not an SATA drive option anywhere. The computer was working great for a number of years. I hooked a brand new SATA drive and the BIOS does not recognize the drive.

What might be the problem and how might I use my hard drive again? Thanks!

Answer:Solved: disk boot failure insert system disk and press enter

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Recently, after unplugging my system from its power source (removing power cable from the power supply) and then later reconnecting the power source, the machine will not boot unless a Vista system disc is in the drive upon boot, mind you, not booting from the disc, just having it in the tray and booting to the OS harddrive. If the disc is not present at startup the machine displays the following error message:


If I insert the disc after this is displayed, the machine hangs and does nothing. If I restart my system after inserting the disc, the machine boots as normal.

Attempted fixes:

bootrec.exe /rebuildbcd, /fixboot

Operations complete successfully but they do not fix the problem. These actions were attempted primarily as a shot in the dark. Typically I have encountered this issue when the molex connector or other cabling is loose on the OS HDD, but that is obviously not the issue, since I am posting this from the machine.

OS is currently installed on an IDE drive, set as master on the primary IDE channel.

Any suggestions would be appreciated to save my the extra step in order to boot.

Answer:Disk Boot Failure Insert System Disk and Press Enter to Continue

bootrec /FixMbr

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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.

I have installed a new hard drive and used three different sata cables none of that worked. I have even taken out the battery and that did not work. I am about to give up and scape the whole thing.

Answer:Disk Boot Failure, Insert system Disk and press enter nothing seems to work

It sounds like a motherboard failure to me.

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This is my first build and only problem im having right now is this disk boot failure error..I have a legal copy of vista and trying to install it on a SATA drive and using a DVD/RW to load the CD..I've checked all the connections and everything is seated correctly..went into the BIOS and set my DVD drive to primary and the SATA drive secondary and still no luck..Very frustrated and running out of ideas...Can someone help

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Well, as some of you may jnow, this pc has caused me a lot of trouble. So, now its installed witha brand new Motherboard, RAM, AGP card, and hardDrive.

Installed Windows 2000 using the upgrade disk, popping in Win98 to confirm I had it. It all worked okay, but on a restart the error comes up:

Boot from CD: Disk Boot Failure, Insert System Disk and Press Enter

Now, in the BIOS, I've had the boot sequence as all sorts. First, was

CDROM, HDD-0, Floppy

No joy, so went to

HDD-0, CDRom, floppy


Floppy, HDD-0, CDROM

Then, for the sheer heck of it

HDD-0, HDD-1, Floppy

Still nothing.

I tried it with Quick Boot disabled, nothing. Seek Floppy is Enabled, was disabled by defalut. HDD S.M.A.R.T is enabled, was disabled by default.

As the pc at home is the only one there, I can only answer via the work's pc during the day. I have my motherboard booklet, and the BIOS is Phoenix AwardBIOS

Any help would be great, so close to marking the threads that I've started on this problem Solved

Thanks in advance


Answer:Solved: Disk Boot Failure, Insert System Disk and Press Enter

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I'm trying to install a PC with Windows 7 threw USB (2.0). Therefore I've used Windows USB/DVD Tool.
To note, I've installed a NEW hard drive, the old one broke down due to it's age.

Now I'm getting the next message: DISK BOOT FAILURE, INSERT SYSTEM DISK.

I've tried setting the boot sequence but none of that helped, I keep getting the same message.

Thanks in advance,


Answer:Windows 7 Installation error DISK BOOT FAILURE, INSERT SYSTEM DISK

Normally means that the hard drive is not detected. Check its connections, plugged securely into SATA1 port with no others attached, data and power cable securely attached.

Then enter BIOS setup by tapping the key given for that on the first screen. Is the hard drive registering anywhere there? It often will be represented by its Serial Number.

Reset BIOS to defaults, set SATA controller to AHCI, Save settings and Exit.

Proceed to Troubleshoot Windows 7 Installation Failures - Windows 7 Help Forums

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Hi, I left my Pc on standby last night, there were no signs that the computer was broken in any way. I started it up by hitting one of the keyboard keys and it came up with a blue screen of death which I didn't take note of. After I restarted my pc and now it looks like it can't find the OS. I have tried to system restore but it won't let me. And I have also tried choosing a system image backup but it still won't let me. Any help will be highly appreciated.



Answer:Disk boot failure on startup, insert system disk and press enter

Hello Kyle!

What kind of boot drive do you have? What model is it? Is there another storage device in your PC?

Start your PC up and check if you see the boot drive in BIOS. If not, power down the PC, open it up change the cables and port, start up again.

Good luck!


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Does "DISK BOOT FAILURE, INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER" mean that there is no OS installed on the hard drive?

On my other computer it says "No Operating System found".


Answer:Solved: Disk boot failure, insert system disk and press enter

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Hi, I've recently tried to install a new HDD (WD Black 1 TB) and a new vid card ATI Radeon HD 3850. When I try to boot and install XP I'm getting the msg Disk Boot Failure, insert system disk and press enter.

Before I was getting "PXE-E53: No Boot Filename Received." However I went into BIOS and disabled the OnChip LAN Controller and I'm now getting "Disk Boot failure, insert system disk and press enter."

When I check in BIOS it seems the HD and my CD Rom are both being detected (They both come up). My initial feeling is that my CDRom is failing, but could it also be that I've gotten a dead HD? If anyone can help me with the Disk Boot Failure problem I'd greatly appreciate it. Thanks.

Answer:Solved: Disk Boot Failure, Insert system disk and press enter

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Help. I just built a new computer and I don't know what's going on. I keep getting the error: disk boot failure, insert system disk and press enter

Here's my scoop:
-All new parts: IBM 30GB 7200rpm, P3 800EB, Aopen AX3S pro,128mb ram, 52x standard cd, standard floppy.
-Boot sequence = a,c
-I am trying to use a win98 boot disk (tried 2)
-followed my motherboard's instructions exactly
-CMOS and POST detect everything successfully

Everything checks out. What else is there? Could it be that my hard disk is dead???? A brand new Disk????

Thank you,


[email protected]

Answer:{SOLVED}disk boot failure, insert system disk and press enter

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I have just moved house and my computer has been in storage for 6 months. I've just set up the PC and when I've come to turn the computer on it says "Disk Boot Failure, Insert System Disk and Press Enter". I have a Packard Bell computer with Windows Vista Home Premium installed but wasn't given a System Disk as this was pre-installed onto the computer. I suppose if I could log into the computer I would be able to run some kind of system restore but I can't get past the "Disk Boot Failure" screen.

I've made a recovery CD from the internet but when I've put this in the CD drive and even selected the BIOS setup to go to the CD drive first it doesn't boot the recovery disk.

When I click on F8 when booting it doesn't give me the option of booting from Safe Mode it just shows a list of bootable drives.


Answer:Disk Boot Failure, Insert System Disk problem - Windows Vista

Two things:

1. Check your cable to your harddrive and from your harddrive to your motherboard and make sure it is securely attached.

2. If that isn't the problem then go into your BIOS and place your CD/DVD drive as First Bootable and see if you can now run that disk you made.

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Hi i have a self built pentium 4 pc that wont boot.
When i turn it on there is a very long wait at the HP Invent screen (it is a ms 6577 ver 2.1 board) and when it finally gets to the black screen with the slashing dash in the top left hand corner it just flashes for around a minute before saying "DISK BOOT FAILURE. INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER"
I have managed to get it to boot once by going into the recovery tool on the XP disk and using "FIXBOOT" but that only worked once and it wont work any more. The specs of the pc are,

PENTIUM 4 1.8GHZ 478
MS 6577 VER 2.1 BOARD
256 MB RAM

There is nothing to lose on this PC. Thanks in advance. Alex

Answer:Solved: Disk Boot Failure. Insert System Disk And Press Enter

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I have just put together an old computer which i had previously been using. It was taken apart, so i reassmbled with a new video card. When I start it and it goes to the second screen checking for IDE primary master etc. It just stops after having ...None after everything, and it just stays there. It doesn't respond to me pressing Delete to enter setup after that. I'm wondering if it could be mechanical or electrical, or both. Thanks

Answer:{RESOLVED}Disk boot failure, insert system disk and press enter

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I have just moved house and my computer has been in storage for 6 months. I've just set up the PC and when I've come to turn the computer on it says "Disk Boot Failure, Insert System Disk and Press Enter". I have a Packard Bell computer with Windows Vista Home Premium installed but wasn't given a System Disk as this was pre-installed onto the computer. I suppose if I could log into the computer I would be able to run some kind of system restore but I can't get past the "Disk Boot Failure" screen.

I've made a recovery CD from the internet but when I've put this in the CD drive and even selected the BIOS setup to go to the CD drive first it doesn't boot the recovery disk.

When I click on F8 when booting it doesn't give me the option of booting from Safe Mode it just shows a list of bootable drives.


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Hello everyone,

We have tried many things to get our computer running, and no luck. We have an older Pentium II 400 MHz computer, and we installed a brand new 500 GB IDE hard drive ( which is recognized at start-up ) and we have Windows XP to install. The computer will not install Windows, and the boot disk the hard drive manufacturer provided will not boot the computer.

We have been working on it for three nights and nothing!

We set the boot in BIOS to boot from CD, and it will not boot with Windows XP, or the hard drive CD that came from Western Digital. We even reset the bios, and took out the battery for over 5 minutes and no luck ( except that it helped the computer to finally recognize the new hard drive - we only have one which is set as the Primary Master. We checked all the cables, and disconected the main cables from behind the hard drive, and the two CD roms and nothing!

Can anyone please help us?

Answer:Disk Boot Failure, Insert System Disk and Press Enter - Tried many tips and nothing!

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Sometimes, when I am on my computer it restarts and I get this message


If I turn my pc off and boot it back up, it works fine. I think the problem may be a virus, but using AVG free 8.0. I have found nothing (2 adware) which I think could cause the problem.

Currently I am running a Kaspersky Online scan. But does anyone know what my problem could be?

Answer:[SOLVED] Disk Boot Failure, Insert System Disk And Press Enter


Originally Posted by Greerere

Sometimes, when I am on my computer it restarts and I get this message


If I turn my pc off and boot it back up, it works fine. I think the problem may be a virus, but using AVG free 8.0. I have found nothing (2 adware) which I think could cause the problem.

Currently I am running a Kaspersky Online scan. But does anyone know what my problem could be?

the big possiblity is ur hardisk is in trouble.
please use disk utility to check it like deleted reference to illegal software.

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Yesh I kno its been talked about before but I read a few of them and it didnt help me so here goes.

I am running Windows XP Professional and it came up with that message when i turned on the computer.

In my bios it is set up to CD is first boot and HDD is second I dont have a floppy drive and only 1 hardrive...

K I do not have the original windows xp pro installation cd, but I do have a full unused version of windows xp home edition installation cd and I put that in and booted off of that it started loading up like its supposed to then I got to the screen that said to start installing windows xp press enter so i did that then it went to the agreement thing and said press f8 to aggree to these terms i did that and it braught up a new screen saying

Windows XP Home Edition Setup

The following list shows the existing partitions and unpartitioned space on this computer.

Use the UP and DOWN ARROW keys to select an item in the list.

*To set up Windows XP on the selected item, Press ENTER.
*To create a partition in the unpartitioned space, Press C.
*To delete the selected partition, Press D.

(then in this box is says)

Unknown Disk
<There is no kisk in this drive.>

and at the bottom in white it says

Enter=Install D=Delete Partition F3=Quit

Now no matter what button in this screen I press I end up in the Blue *STOP* screen

Please help me with this i Need a way to get windows Home Editioned installed without formating the entire hardrive if any of u have any sugge... Read more

Answer:Boot Disk Failure, Insurt System Disk and Press Enter

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ok...HELLO TECHSPOT COMMUNITY!!!!!!!!!!! ok well now to my problem.....well actually my buddies but he hasnt the slightest idea on what to do with a pc besides surf the net......ok any way I removed his HD and formatted it in mine and then replaced it to reinstall his OS.....half of the old one was mising.......well now when I boot it up this is the message that I get......REMOVE DISKS OR OTHER MEDIA.....PRESS ANY KEY TO RESTAR.....well when I press any key, I get this......DISK BOOT FAILURE. INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER.......can anayone help me or give me some siggestions? I have tried to boot from cd but it gives me the same thing no matter what I do and I thought it was not reading ot finding the HD but it shows it in BIOS.......HELP!! PLEASE!!!?

Edit: Please use proper thread titles from now on. Thanks.

Answer:Disk Boot Failure. Insert System Disk And Press Enter

Make sure it is connected to IDE-0 and plugged into the end of the IDE Ribbon. Also make sure the jumper on the rear is set to either Master or Cable Select.

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Ok here's what I was doing. I was replacing my dad's crappy 300w power supply in exchange for a better 450w one in preparation for the arrival of a new processor, amd6000, and a new graphics card, radeon 3870. Except now, no matter which power supply I have in it says, "Disk boot failure. Insert system disk and press enter." So what did I do? Did I kill the hard drive somehow? Every thing's plugged in, I think. Now I'm sitting here with a sparkly new graphics card and processor and nothing to do with them. What do I do now?

Current set up is some HP thing with 1gb of RAM, Windows XP, an amd 3800, an nVidia 7300gt, and a 160 gig HD.

Answer:Disk boot failure. Insert system disk and press enter?

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I have just built a new computer. I installed windows on the hard drive but when it boots i get this message. I have tried fixboot, fixmbr, bootcfg /repair, chkdsk /r but still i get this message. The hard disk is working because it worked on other computer and also i was able to install windows xp on it. I dont know what is the problem.

Answer:disk boot failure, insert system disk and press enter

1.  See here2.  Some build questions:    a.  Was Windows XP built on the machine it is to run on?    b.  Home Edition or Professional?    c.  Original, Service Pack 1 (SP1), SP2, or SP3?    d.  Corporate, Retail, or OEM Installation CD?    e.  Legitimate original CD or a copy?

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Hi there.

I've had this computer for about 8 months now and everythings been smoothe, last night i put a movie on to a usb stick and shut it down like every other night. i come home from work the next day and i get the black screen with that writting, i put the windows cd in and it acts like a whole new installation as if i have lost windows? So i didnt do it as id like to keep all my files but have they already been lost? any help would be good. i've changed the boot order and even plugged my hard drive into my 2nd pc and still the same.

any help would be appreciated thanks

Answer:Disk boot failure, insert system disk and press enter

this might sound silly, but, have you removed the usb stick from it's slot?, the computer may be trying to boot from there!

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As my PC starts to boot up on the black screen & white writing, the above message appears. To get past it I put the system disk in, (pressing enter has no effect). But after the "boot from CD" screen, it starts normally. It did this a couple of times when the PC was new, then it was OK for 6 months. Now its started again!Any help would be much appreciated - Thanks.

Answer:Boot Disk Failure, Insert System Disk press enter.

As the computer has been working most of the time without problems I think we can rule out this being a software problem. The BIOS is also brobably OK for the same reason, although I suspect that it has been set to boot from CD as the first option - I think that once the operating system has been installed it's better to set the hard drive as the first boot device, post back with your BIOS type, motherboard or computer model if you want to know how to do this. It is also possible that if your computer is set for the first boot device to be the CD and you have a non bootable CD in the drive this could be causing the problem. If this isn't the case, then it's possible that the hard drive is slow to get up to speed.

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Hello. I was uninstalling Norton Antivirus 2005 and during the uninstallation process, the PC rebooted (without warning me) and then the computer sat at a black screen. The screen said "disk boot failure insert system disk and press enter". Can you please let me know what might be causing the problem? I haven't made any recent hardware or software changes to the computer (other than attempting to uninstall Norton Antivirus 2005). Please let me know if you have any suggestions to fix this problem. I have already tried changing the boot order sequence in the bios, but that did not fix the problem. Thanks!

Answer:Disk boot failure, insert system disk and press enter

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When I try to boot my computer, it goes through the normal motions until it tries to start Windows. The load bar stays up for a few minutes and then goes back a few steps, tries again, but the second time around it fails to do anything and leaves me with the message "Disk Boot Failure, Insert System Disk and Press Enter".

I haven't been able to try that yet because the disk is across the state at my parents house, I will be retrieving it this weekend.

When it goes through the second attempt at booting it displays a red blinking error message concerning the RAID, when at first it says it is healthy, it now says 'ERROR'.

This all started after I downloaded a new driver update for my nividia graphics card. Before, I have been having some trouble with it in escalating degrees. First, little error message pop ups saying the raid wasn't able to read, but I'd go into the setup and it would say both hard drives were healthy, so I figured it was just a communication error. Later on, it started to lock up, would freeze momentarily and then start to work moments later. Also, every once and a while the monitor would stop working with it, I'd be working on it and the next thing I know it is down, as if I had unplugged the monitor from the computer (the monitor doesn't turn off, just the computers connection to it does).

Here are some system stats to help people help me:
- Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad Q9300 2.5Ghz
- GC:: GeForce 9... Read more

Answer:Disk Boot Failure, Instert System Disk and Press Enter

Start by reconnecting the HardDrive or cables
Then go from there

It is possible the HardDrive has actually failed too

By the way,

"Disk Boot Failure, Insert System Disk and Press Enter".Click to expand...

Is not a Windows error
This is an error being reported by your Motherboard's Bios

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ok, i wanted to change the grapichs card, on my moms computer. but it didnt fit so i put the grapichs card back, then whenever i try to start the computer i get this disk boot failure, please insert system disk and press enter my mom got all her work on the computer and the harddisk is brand new.

what to do? shes really pissed of at me :(

Answer:disk boot failure, please insert system disk and press enter

Hold on !!! Reconnect all bus cables and power cables for all IDE drives. Go to ur cmos settings and check if all the drives have been recognised. Plzz state what type of system ur using ie: Branded and Assembled

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have to run master hd as a slave and another hd as a master
What I've done is used old 4 gig Samsung hd and installed XP on it and I can see my master through the 4 gig, i tried chckdsk /r, fixboot c:, fixmbr, tried to upgrade xp through xp disc, yes this is legit xp, but started as pirated one back in 2001 then 2002 paid 139.00 do get a key on the amnesty program and being almost 7 years I've losted key and MS has being giving the run round yea I should kept key on record, and this is my first major issue w/ OS everything has minor issues cause of software issues
I flashed bios to start fresh and see the drive master but can't get past, Please Insert a System Disk and Press Enter maybe y'all can give hand if not thats okay

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Not sure what forum this would go under but i figure it is a hard drive issue. Anyways here is my situation:

Brand new computer specs are:
intel 630 P4 / 3.0ghz / 800 FSB / L2 2mb cash
2 gigs of dual channal ddr2 ram (pc 4200 / 533 mhz)
DVD Burner 16x8x16
250gig sata drive (in microsoft terms 203 gigs)
600 watt power supply (to much but i want it for future upgradability)
radeon x800

I think that is it. I quadrouple checked everything is compatible, and it is becasue it turns on and as far as i know everything works. The only thing i can think of is wrong is that since the HD is not formatted maybe that is it, but putting in windows CD or boot disk doesn't work. I also though maybe that the DVD burner wasn't working, but i checked that and it is all plugged in and good to go. So i am going to ask a very hard question... What is wrong?!?!?! Can anyone please help me!

Answer:Disk Boot Failure, Insert Sytem Disk and Press Enter

Make sure your BIOS is set to boot first from floppy, then from CD and finally from HD.
Boot from the (bootable) Windows CD and have your SATA drivers (on the floppydisk) ready when asked for SCSI drivers etc. and to press F6.

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I went to bed last night with my computer working just fine. Wake up and this black screen with the message "DISK BOOT FAILURE. INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER." When I restarted the computer I got a whole bunch of wierd noises, clicking and such. I went into the BIOS, and changed the boot order to every conceivable thing, but it still won't load up. Right now, the computer is running, at that black screen, and the computer is making some noise that it never made before.

Can someone please help me out here. It's my fiance's computer and I'd like to have it fixed today if i can. There's files on there that we need.

Answer:Disk Boot Failure. Insert System Disk And Press Enter

That error accompanied by a clicking sound is usually indicative of a physical hard drive failure. The arm with the read/write heads has travelled off the edge of the platters, and cannot get back on. Data recovery in such cases is not impossible, but requires a professional, and is expensive.

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Help. I just built a new computer and I don't know what's going on. I keep getting the error: disk boot failure, insert system disk and press enter

Here's my scoop:
-All new parts: IBM 30GB 7200rpm, P3 800EB, Aopen AX3S pro,128mb ram, 52x standard cd, standard floppy.
-Boot sequence = a,c
-I am trying to use a win98 boot disk (tried 2)
-followed my motherboard's instructions exactly
-CMOS and POST detect everything successfully

Everything checks out. What else is there? Could it be that my hard disk is dead???? A brand new Disk????

Thank you,


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Answer:disk boot failure, insert system disk and press enter

double post closing this one.

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I read the old posts with this problem but they do not seem to help. This happened to my computer out of nowhere, I have not entered a disk or cd into it in months, so I think it may be a virus. Every time I start the computer this message ends up coming up and I can't get past it. Any help is appreciated.

Answer:Disk boot Failure, Insert system disk and press enter

I see you have getting help here:

I will close this thread.

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Hey all,

when I recently turned on my computer, I was surprised how long it was stuck on the first screen, showing my MoBo and how to access BIOS. Sure enough, on the next screen it displayed the error message:'SYSTEM BOOT FAILURE, INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER'. I looked this error up online and found some helpful threads. I decided to go into BIOS and check that my Hard drive was listed as first priority in the boot list, but the only option I had was 'Add-In Bootable Cards'. So I left it and instead changed the other settings underneath, don't remember the exact name for it, to HDD as first, CDROM as second and Floppy as third. The only other settings I changed was to enable USB mouse and keyboard compatibility, because when the error first occured and I inserted my XP disk, I could not press enter, don't know if this would change that or not. I then saved my settings and rebooted. However, now my computer seems to be frozen on the first screen and I cannot even get into BIOS to change the settings. I don't know if there is anything that can be done to fix this, but if anyone has any suggestions, please let me know, thanks!

Answer:Disk Boot Failure, Insert System Disk and Press Enter

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I built up a new PC and when trying to install Win XP SP2 I got the following error after the first restart:

Disk boot failure, insert system disk and press enter.

=the computer is unable to boot from the HDD and thus the win installation cannot continue

the disk is an older model 80gb Seagate (IDE) but it's brand new (hasn't been used before)

bios detects the disk fine, as IDE channel 4 master

the disk is set up as the primary boot device (2nd being CD-ROM)

the motherboard (Gigabyte GA-P35-S3G) has only one IDE channel (the CD-rom is SATA)

winxp setup detects the disc fine, partitions it, formats the partition with NTFS and also copies setup files on it...but is unable to boot from it

Does anyone have an idea what could be wrong?

Thanks in advance

Answer:Disk boot failure, insert system disk and press enter

hello & welcome to TSF,

what is happening is that your system is telling you that some thing has happened and you need to put your (windows XP cd) in so that it can repair itself !!

this will need to be a cd that look like the pic that i included with this response

but it will have to be the same version that is on your system as in

Windows XP Home ED sp2 ( sp2 if installed
Windows Xp Professional sp2 (sp2 if installed

if you do not have one you can barrow one from a friend / family member / co-worker as long as it is the same version on your system

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Okay every time i start my pc i get this error. I insert my gigabyte system cd with gives me option to backup or reboot.
Back up = error dont have enough hard disk space
reboot = nothing the same error as in the title

I ask you to answer me this quickly because i need my pc badly at this time.
I would like to get it solved very soon but its your decision.

Answer:Disk boot failure, insert system disk and press enter

if it happens that you are prompted by the following error message "DISK BOOT FAILURE INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER", "No system disk", it means that the computer did not find the operating system to start (boot).

A diskette or CD has remained in the drive

Check out if any diskettes, CD-ROM or DVD-ROM are present in respective drives, remove them and restart your computer

The boot sequence is incorrect BIOS

Enter the BIOS setup of your computer and edit the boot (boot sequence) so that the computer starts primarily on drive C:

A new hard drive was installed

In the case that a new hard drive has been installed, this message is quite normal.
Just insert the correct CD to install the system (usually Windows), then restart, while making sure the CD-ROM is first in the defined in the BIOS setup as first boot sequence.

The hard drive is unplugged

Open the system unit and check that power cable of the hard drive is properly connected.

Corrupted system files

It may happens that some system files needed to boot the computer have been deleted /damaged or that the boot sector of the disc is damaged.

To determine this, start the computer with a system disk or CD-ROM installation of Windows (via the Recovery Console), and once started, type Dir C: to check if the contents of drive C: are accessible. If its ok then the problem comes from missing or damaged files, then you just have to run the command:
fdisk /mbr
sys c:

Note that b... Read more

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So I had two Window's on my computer. I wanted to remove every single application, every single thing, including OS systems and re-install them.
So I downloaded DBAN and selected WIPE in there, as format didn't help me before. So, it always crashes at 10% and even when I go to BIOS menu and select that it would disable booting from CD DVD it still shows me
"DISK BOOT FAILURE, INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER" even when I insert XP or Vista CD it shows that. It doesn't show it with DBAN disk..
How do I repair my computer? Please I need a quick help. How do I make fresh install of VISTA then?

I apologize because of my grammar mistakes. English is not my first language !


DBAN can damage a hard drive so that it can't be used any more. It is for preparing a machine for disposal or for transfer to another person. It is used to destroy any contents. Nothing but the Windows disk is need to clear the drive before installing.

You need to boot from CD or DVD in order to install Windows. Vista comes on a DVD, so if your drive is not a DVD drive, you can't install Vista.

Is the XP disk bootable? Where did it come from?

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I pulled the side pannel off my comp last night to clean the dust off side fans. I somehow accidently unplugged the main hard drive SATA cable. Without knowing I tried to start my computer up and of course got an error message. I plugged the HDD back in thinking it should boot up fine this time. Boot up starts up as normal and goes to the ASUS Crosshair screen where you can enter Bios then goes to a black screen that states "Disk Boot Failure, Insert System Disk And Press Enter" My hard drives are all hooked up and I've gone into BIOS to make sure nothing changed. I even set boot priority to CD Rom and put Windows 7 system disk in. Every time computer turns on though I get same Disk Boot Failure message. I even tried using an older Vista CD hoping it might ask me if I want to reformat. Only thing I'm able to do is go into Bios and change things around, but cant figure it out.

Answer:Disk Boot Failure, Insert System Disk And Press Enter

Are you sure you put it back as it was before, worth double checking
Check all other sata and power leads to make sure their pushed fully home

In bios can you see all devices HDDs and optical drives

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Last night, my computer worked perfectly normal and smooth. However, when I wake up in the morning and turn on my computer I get this message "Disk boot failure, insert system disk and press enter". It just stucks there with the message and not able to continue. So I put in my Windows 7 CD, and now I'm forced to reinstall my Windows. I don't mind losing my data, but as I click Install Windows, it would not install because it cannot detect a Disk to install on. I click refresh and load driver, but no luck. It seems like my Hard Drive is dead or something. The only drive I could locate is my CD-Rom drive, but no hard drive to install. Then I was told to go to BIOs Setup by hitting F1,F2, Delete, F10 or w/e keys when my computer first booted. I went in there, but I don't know how to check if Hard Drive is recognized or not. I really want to make sure which exact part of my computer is broken so I don't waste money buying new parts that is still working. The problem is I'm stuck at the message "Disk boot failure, insert system disk and press enter". Nothing i tried can continue, not even safe mode. So, what is wrong?


Answer:Disk boot failure, insert system disk and press enter. Help!

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home built computer, no OS yet, trying to load Vista home premium and get above message, trying to load from a Super Write master DVD. Maybe I should install a plain old CDROM and try again, Have about 5 hours of messing around and 0 results. i get into setup all right . MOBO Asus M2N-E, AMD dual core processor, plenty of memory. I'm stumped this is to much for my 71 year old brain.

Answer:Disk Boot Failure, insert System Disk and press Enter

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Hello guys!

I've problem with my PC. 2 days before this problem happened,I send my PC to computer shop to be formatted. 2 days after being formatted,there's something wrong with the PC when BIOS startup screen showing a statement : 'Primary master drive fails'. Below this statement there was an option,either press F1 to CONTINUE or DEL to enter i press F1. Then come out another warning : 'DISK BOOT FAILURE, INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER'. Please help me,I don't know what to do.

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That is what my comp says when I try and start my PC without the XP disc in. I am on it right now and have no problems, but for some reason I can't start up my computer without putting my System Disk in. And I am totally lost.

Answer:Boot Disk Failure Insert System Disk And Press Enter

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For some reason each time I start my computer I keep getting a message that reads"Disk Boot Failure insert system disk and press enter." When I insert the disk and press enter it then boots into windows vista. However, I don't want to have to keep doing this and would appreciate it if someone could suggest a fix? I have windows vista 32bit installed on one drive and windows 7 on another drive in the computer. I don't use the windows 7, and I mainly boot into vista if that helps. Thanks!!

Answer:Disk Boot Failure insert system disk and press enter?

Try This...

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I have a rebuilt desktop computer that has a Maxtor HD and a secondary HD that I installed in it immediately after purchase. It has been running fine ever since I purchased it. Although I have internet on it, the primary function of this computer is to store information off my surveillance my cameras around my home. Although the cameras don't run 24/7, I do not shut the computer off and it is on continuously.

When I walked in last night to review the footage of that day, I was greeted with the "Disk Boot Failure, Insert System Disk and Press Enter" message. Needless to say I was shocked by the message and even more surprised when I realized that I didn't have the boot disk cd.

Nothing has been installed or taken off since the first installation. The internet is on only when someone powers up the hot spot wireless device. As I am the only one that has access to the computer, I can imagine it having a virus because I don't surf on it. Very seldom do I use the internet.

My OS is Vista and the Maxtor is a 40GB HD while the secondary is 80GB HD.

Could anyone tell me how to fix this problem?

Answer:Disk boot failure, insert system disk and press enter

That Maxtor 40GB must be over 5 years old, right? If so, you will need to replace it. They don't last forever. One thing, is the clock and time correct?

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I've been having this error even after reformatting and reinstalling Windows 7 on my desktop. I've done reformatting / reinstalling Windows 7 several times, yet the problem still occurs. I'm thinking of my HDD as being corrupted or messed up. The problem occurred after I accidentally hit the CPU when I was stretching my foot. The screen froze after that. Upon rebooting it, 'Disk boot failure, Insert system disk and press enter' occurs. After I entered the DVD installer of Windows 7, the screen just hangs. How can this be fixed?

Answer:Disk boot failure, Insert system disk and press enter many times you're already reinstall the OS??
i ever seems same issue on my office. the first is run well.but can't hold out until 3 days. so i tried reinstalled again and still got same issue. after that. i try to change the hdd. and is run well, cause hdd is have bad sectors and can't be kept the files anymore.

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Last night the pc was working fine,I shut it down and today when I turned it on,all I get is " disk boot failure,insert system disk and press enter "
At first when on the screen is all blue with HP invent,I have never seen that before?
I have xp
Please help

Answer:disk boot failure,insert system disk and press enter

Go into your bios and check if your HardDisk are still there you go into bios by pressing DElete when the first black screen appears.

If yes try the recovery console using your xp installations disk.

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I am getting the following message "Disk boot failure, insert system disk and press enter" when first time I am starting my system. When I am restarting this then it is ok and no hitch at all. The system is working very much fine. But every first time it shows the message.
I am running WinXP SP3
AMD Phenom II X4 3.2 GHz
Gigabyte 880GM Mobo
500GB Seagate HDD 7200.12
550W Corsair SMPS

Answer:Disk boot failure, insert system disk and press enter

So then , no one has got the answer....

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issue resolved- see post #3


I have a damaged hard drive (WD 250GB) that I pulled from my external enclosure.
I'm trying to do data recovery on it, so i connected it to the slave IDE cable (middle one right?).

Now when I start up my PC, it gives me that error message, but my Primary boot disk (Seagate 80GB) works fine when th Slave isn't plugged in. (I'm guessing it's a BIOS or a jumper setting that's telling it to look at the Slave as the Boot disk???)

I thought I had the BIOS configured correctly to the best of my ability, but now it's beyond me. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:Disk boot failure, insert system disk and press enter

Put the drive into a powered USB enclosure. It must have its own power adapter. You have a good chance of recovery there.
If you must put it inside a case, you must change the jumpers, assuming you are using PATA or EIDE. The main drive to which you are copying, must be jumpered as Master, and the failed drive must be jumpered as slave. USE EIDE 80 conductor 40 connector cables.
You will not have good luck depending on the EIDE cable alone, or while using Cable Select. That puts you at risk of losing even more data.
Once you start this recovery, do not stop until done, as it is possible the drive will never again power up, depending on its condition. Keep that drive spinning.

Once your drives are properly jumpered, you should have good luck in your data rescue, as long as the bearings are not failing. The other main cause of trouble is the magnetic media bubbling up and pealing off. That usually starts at the outer edge. The centrifugal force of the drive plates will cause the bubbled parts to be destroyed and blow off due to the force of the rapdily moving air.

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Hey guys. Usually I could fix something like this but I'm stumped...  CompaqPresario - S6220WMUse to have XP Home with a backup installed on it (via F10). I stuck a hard drive in it and 2 CD ROM Drives. Every time I try and boot up to install Windows I get "Disk Boot Failure, Insert System Disk And Press Enter". I have unhooked the hard drives (to rule them out just trying to boot to CD), and tried two XP CD's plus a Vista that I have to make sure it's not my CD's. I have 2 CD Drives in it and have tried both of them and still get this error. The are turning on and set to primary in the BIOS. I even took everything out of the boot menu equation just to make sure that all that was there is boot to CD ROM. I have also reset CMOS just in case that was messing with something. I'm thinking that maybe it's looking for this backup partition or something. Not real sure. This is my first time jacking with a home system like this and it's very un-user friendly...Any ideas? Feel free to ask questions if I forgot something. Thanks in advance.

Answer:Disk Boot Failure, Insert System Disk And Press Enter

Where is that HDD from ? ?Another machine i presume and it already has an OS installed on it which is why it won't boot.However this should not prevent your machine from booting to an XP/Vista CD...Do these CD's have shiny holograms all over them and say Microsoft ? ?One thing you could try is to connect the drive in another machine as a slave drive and format it from there...make sure you format the correct drive.

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Hello, I have recently been given an old computer with no cd-rom or harddrive. I have installed a ide harddrive and a ide cd rom. I have entered the bios and the new drives are showing: the harddrive as 1de1 primary and the cdrom ide2 as primary. The bios is set to boot from cd-rom first and then harddrive second.

However when I boot the computer it lists the devices and then says, "Disk Boot Failure, Insert System Disk And Press Enter"

I am trying to install Microsoft Windows Professional.
The componants are: ASUS P4SGX-MX Motherboard
Intel (R)Celeron (R) 2400Mhz Processor
Cache memory 120k
Memory installed 224Mb
Asus dvd-rom E616
Hitachi HDP725025GLA Harddrive


Answer:Disk Boot Failure, Insert System Disk And Press Enter

You have to hit any key when it asks you to boot from the CD-Rom. If it's not asking you then:

1) The CD-Rom disc in the drive is not bootable
2) The CD-Rom itself is bad, it can show up in the bios and still be bad.
3) The CD-Rom is not the 1st bootable device in the bios
4) The ide cable may be damaged, try another cable.

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Hoping someone can give me a clue where to go from here.

PC was working fine this morning but this evening I turned it on to the error message in the title, no attempt to get to Windows, just the basic list of IRQ/DMA info and device list followed by the message in the title menu.

Since then I've got it to boot from the CD and everything looks fine in Windows. Everything is working, I've freed up some drive space, defragged (I was hoping there was some issue about disc space and the page file) turned off and rebooted. No change.

System is -

XP MCE (sp2)

2 Hard Drives -

Primary Master -
C Drive (40GB partition)
D Drive (160GB partition)

SATA 1 - (used for MCE file storage, films, music & photo's)
E Drive (500GB non-partitioned)

Secondary Master -
F Drive - DVD RAM drive

Is this simply a case of my 200GB drive failing slowly? If so I'll copy off all my data (if it lasts), list my software and buy a new primary drive and re-install. If not how can I fix it?

Thanks all,


Answer:Disk Boot Failure. Insert System Disk And Press Enter

Your HDD is probably Failing, Download & run a Free Diagnostic utility from your HDD manufacture.

If your HDD is under warranty you will most likely need to run the utility anyway, if the drive fails the Diagnostics, it will provide a code thats probably be needed for manufactures RMA

I just had HDD crap out two weeks ago, I bought a Seagate 320GB SATA II for $85 at newegg :dancer 5yr warranty too:celebrate

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When I opened my computer, the POST screen showed and a message at the bottom says  "DISK BOOT FAILURE, INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER" and it says that everytime I try to reboot it with the power button. So what does that message mean and how can I fix it? (I cant open my CD rom drive to put in a disk neither nor do I have a floppy disk drive) My pc is a AOL 9.0 Optimized.


 "AOL 9.0 Optimized" is a program not a brand or type of computer.Check for any documentation you got with the computer for the specifications on it or a brand and model number listed somewhere on it.What version of windows where on it?When did the problem start?

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^^^^^^^^^^ yep.. just built a computer and booted it up and it said "disk boot failure, insert system disk and press enter"so i did so, pressed enter, the same thing popped up.. any help please?

Answer:disk boot failure, insert system disk and press enter

Have you installed an operating system on it yet? If so, have you tried reinstalling this operating system?

If you have, the drive may be dead or the SATA controller (assuming that it's SATA because you said you just built it) could be bad. This is only if you've done the above, of course.

:EDIT: Or if you're trying to install your operating system, you probably need to change the boot order of your devices in the bios.

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