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Bought a refurbished computer and when i started it up just gave me a message that said disk boot failure insert disk how do i fix this

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  • Mike McWhinney May 11, 2010

    Is there a hard drive included with your PC? I would open up the case and do a quick check. If there is no disc drive, then you will have to buy one. Was it supposed to come with an OS?


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do you have a CD in the drive or a FLOPPY? Remove them and try to start up again.

If you don't have a disc in the drive and you still receive this error, then the windows installation is hosed and you will need the windows installation cd or recovery media for the computer to reload the windows to the computer in order to fix it.

Let me know if you need anything else.


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Windows XP Professional SP2
Step 2: Run the Setup disk program to create the Setup disks

When you download the Setup disks, the download contains only one large program file. When you run the downloaded file, it extracts the files. You receive the following message:

This program creates the Setup boot disks for Windows XP. To create these disks, you need to provide 6 blank, formatted, high-density disks.

Please specify the floppy drive to copy the images to:

Type the drive letter for the floppy disk drive (this is typically drive A). After you type the floppy disk drive letter, you receive the following message:

Insert one of these disks into drive drive letter:. This disk will become the Windows XP Setup Boot Disk.

Press any key when you are ready.

When you press a key, the downloaded file starts to extract and copy the files. Continue to insert the blank disks as you are prompted to do this until all six disks are created. If the process is interrupted, you must run the downloaded program file again to create all six disks.

Make sure that you label each disk appropriately with the number that is specified by the program. You must use the disks in the correct order during the Setup process.

Step 3: Start your computer by using the first Setup disk to begin a new Windows XP installation

After you create all six disks, insert the first disk in the floppy disk drive, and then restart the computer. The computer must be configured to start from the floppy disk drive. You may have to modify the BIOS settings on your computer to do this.

The Setup process starts. Insert the other floppy disks when you are prompted. You must use the Windows XP CD-ROM to finish the Setup process.

hope it helps

May 13, 2012 | Microsoft Windows XP Professional With...

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The computer is having trouble finding the hard disk.
The problem could be a faulty hard disk or a faulty disk controller.
First - re-seat the harddisk and reboot the computer. If the computer does not boot up then reboot andgo into the BIOS configuration to see if the BIOS detects the hard drive. If itdoesn't detect the hard drive then it could be faulty.Then the hard drive needsto be replaced in the computer/laptop, Windows installed and the computer orlaptop's device drivers plus your programs etc. to get a functioningcomputer/laptop again.

Jan 27, 2012 | Computers & Internet

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I have got a dell inspiron laptop..bought just two months back.. when ever i start my laptop an alert message pops up 'Hard disk problem is preventing the windows to start '.

If the computer is under warranty then contact the dealer -manufacturer first-

If not you can use another computer to download a program called sea-tools - burn this to a cd disc - start your computer then go into set-up-usually by holding delete button or some times f2 change your start up boot sequence so your c/d -dvd rom boots first --insert the cd into your cd drive then restart the computer --once the computer boots from the cd follow the prompts from the sea tools program it will run a couple of checks and give you a hard drive report it will also attempt to repair your drive it it can .

I hope this helps

Mar 26, 2011 | Computers & Internet

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When I switch on my pc,it tells me disk boot failure insert system disk and press enter. I have XP proffessional sp3 but only have a xp home disk.

If your computer has just been formatted, your computer might require you to insert the boot CD

to be able to run it. You might hence get the error message Disk Boot Failure- Insert disk and

press enter displayed on the screen every time you will try to run it. This might be linked


* 1. The boot options not correctly set in BIOS
* 2. A non bootable CD is found in your CD drive
* 3. You do not possess any bootable device
* 4. You have installed a new hard disk
* 5. The hard disk is not properly plugged
* 6. Your system files have been infected

Get more help and information for Disk Boot Failure. Hope this helps you....

Jan 29, 2011 | Microsoft Computers & Internet

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I have a error message when I start start my acer aspire 4710 machine. It's stated that "windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause. To fix the problem: 1.insert your...

Oh Boy...

It seems that your computer has corrupted some very important files and thus, just doesn't want to play.

There also lies the possibility that your hard drive is about to completely fail and that the damage (physical damage on the actual Hard drive internally) is what is corrupting/corrupted your data to a point that it may not fix itself.

If you have access to another computer, take your hard drive out of your Acer and have your geek guru attach it to his/her system as a secondary drive. This will allow you to do 2 things, test if the drive is still good and if not you have the oportunity to get your important data off before catastrophic failure occurs.

In either case, you may find yourself having to do a complete system re-install, so best to get you files off before anything else anyway.

At least that's my recommendation from the information that you gave. Hope this helped...

Oct 12, 2010 | Computers & Internet

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"boot failure insert system disk then press enter" my computer can't start normally

Windows is corrupted - you must reinstall it. If you have files that you can't afford to lose then boot from a Linux live-cd and copy them before reinstalling.

Sep 16, 2010 | Computers & Internet

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Disk boot failure

Yes, this is have drive issue. May not be fixable with the restore disk. Test your hard drive to see if it's still in working order.

May 21, 2010 | Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition...

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First you need to make sure that the CD drive is selected as the first boot device.

You can set that by going into BIOS setup by pressing Del/F2 during system startup OR during startup press F12 and select CD drive from the boot device selection menu.

Press Enter.

See if the system is able to start from the disc.


Feb 20, 2010 | Computers & Internet

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Regarding boot failure

If you can boot with a Windows 98 floppy boot disk, then do so, you need to run scandisk. It is also possible that your hard drive has failed, you can go into the bios and see if it is being recognized.

Jul 20, 2008 | Microsoft Windows 98 for PC

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Your hard drive is not being recognised by your computer, so therefore it will not try to boot from it.

The PXE message you can ignore, it's the computer trying ot boot from the network card (because it can't find the hard drive)

You didn't memntion if this is a desktop or a laptop so..

  1. Remove the power cable
  2. Remove the side panel to the case
  3. Unplug the hard drive connectors - There are 2 types in a desktop, IDE has a power cable with a big white plug on it 4 wires, and an IDE cable, flat and wide.
  4. Plug them back in, they willonly go one way then check the other end of the IDE cable
  5. Attach the power cord and try again (leave the side panel off for now)
2 smaller connectors One thin cable (can be any colour but normally red) and one power cable with a thin black connector.Just give these a push back towards the drive to make sure they are secure, do not remove them.

Try to start and see what happens.

It is possible that your hard drive has failed, though they normally start to cause problems before they go.

These can be anywhere in laptops, but normally under one side you will find a panel that when opened will reveal the hard drive. Dell laptops normally put them in the side of the laptop and there is an access panel to be removed there as well.

If you have a laptop, then post back the model number togive a clearer idea of where it will be before you pull the whole thing apart =)

Try that and see what happens. Post back results please.

Apr 16, 2008 | Microsoft Windows XP Professional With...

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