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Drive 0 Seek Failure

At startup, I get an "Diskette Drive 0 Seek Failure" message. I can ignore & proceed by pressing F1, but how do I correct this problem without having to go through this process each time at startup?

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  • GWINI Oct 09, 2008

    This relates to a Dell Inspiron 530 Desktop

  • GWINI Oct 09, 2008

    Thanks Joe for your excellent, quick help!

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    Drive 0 seek failure on booting vistro 200 PC can press F1 to continue but how do I fix it so it brings up my user ID and password screen again

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Do you have a floppy drive on this computer, If so this message means that the drive is bad.
If you want to disable the message or you do not have a floppy drive, do the following:

Go into CMOS setup by hitting F2 key while the unit is booting up, scroll down to disk drives on the page, there you can disable the Floppy drive. Hit ESC and reboot.

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Type password and I have replaced the battery in my computer.The message I am receiving on the screen is Diskette drive 0 seek failure.


For the diskette drive 0 seek failure, does the computer skip past this error without difficulty ? If it does, then you may ignore it. It is caused probably by your replacing the battery having reset the BIOS which is thinking now it should find a floppy disk to boot from. If you haven't a floppy disk, or have floppy disk drive you will get this message. I do, but I ignore it. When you power up, you could try entering the BIOS setup, by pressing for example, the esc, F1, F2 or F8 keys - for your model I don't know which, you may find out from the internet, your manuals, or the Dell website/help or support - repetitively before the computer starts,
( from Dell support - "You can enter the system BIOS or Setup on a Dell PC by pressing F2 at the Dell loading screen").and somewhere the BIOS setup there should be the boot order change this to CD first (no CD inserted unless it is bootable), then USB if available (no media USB inserted, some USB devices are ok), the HDD. You should not set HDD first because this will give you big problems if it goes wrong and you need to boot from somewhere else. Put floppy disk after HDD and the message will disappear.

I don't know about the password issue. I suggest you contact Dell support on this topic.

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and the associated links. In subsequent efforts try joining the Dell Users group (or what ever it's called, probably accessible from the link above and asking there, it might be a common issue that many have experienced and there are well known solutions to)

Sorry not to have been able to answer your questions directly, and to have pointed you in the direction of lots of reading, but I hope the links prove to be quickly useful

Jun 09, 2015 | Dell Dimension 3000 PC Desktop

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Diskette failure 0 seek failure


Do you use the diskette drive? If not remove the power cord, open the case, unplug the cable to the diskette drive.

Apr 01, 2012 | Computers & Internet

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Diskette 0 seek startup failure


restart your system and press delete to enter the bios mode and change the boot options set 1st boot device as cd/DVD rom and 2nd boot device as HDD if you are not using floppy drive just disable it. After finishing the changes press f10 to save the changes and exit

Feb 24, 2012 | Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium with...

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Receive message on startup: Floppy Diskette seek failure press F1 to continue


Just remove the diskette located in the floppy disk by pressing the appropriate button next to it. Reboot and check the results.

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Dec 05, 2010 | Dell Dimension E510 PC Desktop

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Hi, When I try to start my Dimemsion 5150C in Windows XP computer, I received one of the following error messages "Floppy diskette seek failure Strike the F1 key to continue, F2 to run the setup...


The "floppy" disk-drive (3.5-inch diskette) on your computer is broken.
Press F1 to ignore the error, and to boot from your C: drive.
Or, press F2 to enter BIOS SETUP, and then navigate through those "setup" screens to tell the computer to "disable floppy seek", or change the setting from "3.5 1.44Mb drive" to "none".
Or, take the computer to a technician, and buy a replacement disk-drive, and get it installed.

Sep 12, 2010 | Dell Dimension 5150 (DIM515MIN) PC Desktop

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On startup a black screen with message "diskette drive seek failure" what does it mean? Then it says press F1 to continue or F2 to enter setup. I always press F1 and it starts up ok. this has only just...


This indicates that your computer is configured to boot on the floppy drive.
1. At the start of the computer Press F2
2. Go to the Boot Device Configuration.
3. Enable Hard Disk Boot Priority.
4. Set the First Boot Priority to Hard Disk
5. Save and Exit.

Please let me know of the outcome. Thank you and regards.

Aug 28, 2010 | Dell Inspiron 530 Desktop Computer

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Computer: dell dimensio c521 problem: when i turn computer it goes to a black screen stating: "diskette drive 0 seek failure" and below it says: "Press F1 to continue, F2 to enter SETUP. i pressed...


Please follow the below stesp:

Enter the setup, and there will be a setting in there somewhere called "Halt On" and if you set that to "No Errors" the computer should boot fine.
This works with Dell computers.
Diskette drive 0 seek failure — See "Drive Problems" in your Owner's Manual.

Apr 01, 2010 | Computers & Internet

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Boot up screen says "diskette drive 0 seek failure"


Press F2 look through the menus and remove / disable 3.5 floppy drives.

Jan 06, 2010 | Dell Dimension 8400 PC Desktop

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Diskette driv 0 seek failure


press f2 go to the boot priority and select harddrive to the first boot.

Nov 22, 2008 | Dell Dimension C521 PC Desktop

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Diskette drive 0 seek failure


Does the PC have a floppy drive? If it doesn't It appears that your BIOS (Basic PC setup) thinks that there is one! I think that pressing f2 on boot will bring you into the BIOS setup.
In there, see can you locate any reference to 3.5 inch floppy and amend it to the setting which suits the config of your PC.

Please take care as to what other settings you change in the BIOS

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