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Non-system disk or disk error - Remove disks or other media.

My laptop has no drives, so I have to use an external cd/dvd drive. I have recently reformatted laptop since it would only boot with BartPe when it felt like it. The bios is set to firstly boot from the CD-Rom and on each attempt I get the above msg. I thought it might be my drive so I tried a different one and the problem is still there. What can I do to resolve it in order to reinstall windows all over again.? Since I reformatted the FAT HDD the only button that I know to work is the F10 Bios Configuration. If anyone knows the answer it would be gratefully appreciated. Thank you

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  • June Brown Jan 09, 2008

    Hi McIndia

    I have checked the boot options in the BIOS & the usb is already enabled as the first option. Although the HDD is now blank since its format I have even enabled that. too. Everything is enabled. Except Floppy Drive which I do not have.

    Hi Dionnow.

    I know I should be able to boot from usb with any disk but I have tried 2 different ext.drives and neither pick up any of th cds inserted. When I try to reboot the drive briefly lights up then goes out again followed by that error message. I don't have an external floppy drive. A flash dirve I don't know what it is and if I were to buy one would it definitely resolve the problem. I have a Notebook NIC don't know what that is, probably some type of internal but it doesn't boot it up either. Just a moment Bartpe started to install but then it failed half way through computer crashed. So what next? Any other solutions. Someone mentioned using a HDD IDE Adapter Cable does that make any sense?.

  • June Brown Jan 09, 2008

    What with my computer being temperamental I somehow finally managed to boot up BartPe but that is the only disk that boots. I have even tried Knopix. Does anyone know if and how you can install windows with BartPe? Much appreciated

  • June Brown Jan 09, 2008

    I have checked the bios and the usb usb port is set as the first to boot from an external drive. I tried a linux disk too and got to the first screen where it says boot and pressed F2 then something started loading before it crashed and with that disk whenever it does decide to load it continally crashes. BartPe occasionally works without crashing. Can I boot from BartPe or can I stop it from crashing with Knoppix boot disk?. If anyone know your help will be appreciated. Many Thanks

  • June Brown Jan 10, 2008

    I do have another laptop can I insert the HDD from that and put it in my Evo N410c or do I have to use the adapter cable.

  • abeeshmkjust Feb 01, 2009

    how i format N410c from USB? Do I have to copy Windows XP to USB first?then what i do? pls help me to resolve this problem..



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Wat da hell solutions am jus't gonna kill ma self cuz of **** sumthin' called bios i got a shock cuz of it am professional in sumthin' called computers but the hell sumthin' which i have no idea about is BIOS
ppl say with me ******** bios try to do computers without bios lol

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Enable the option to check other boot devices, it should be the next option after the third boot device, also select the first device as USB DVD/CD

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    M Karthikeyan Jan 10, 2008

    if you have an extra hard disk. Replace the external usb cd/dvd. drive with the harddisk, this is compatible(dont worry, just unplug the cd/dvd drive in the casing and plug in the harddisk, this is compatiable, no problem) it would be better if you install win98 on the extra disk on another computer and copy the winxp installation files from the cd to a folder on the extra harddisk.

    Now boot your system with ext usb hdd in the bios setting.

    win98 should come up, then run the setup file for winxp from this drive. this will copy the installation files for winxp and then the system will restart. dont remove the ext. disk untill you windows installation is done.

    Kindly POST back with you results.


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SET THE LAPTOP TO BOOT FROM USB or what ever connection you are using to conect the external drive to the laptop. setting it to boot from cd will look for an internal drive
to boot from the external drive you need to set it to boot from usb

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Well if you have the BIOS set to boot from CD you should be able to put in any bootable CD (windows installer, Ubuntu livecd) and install a OS....But it sounds like you are getting this Non-system disk error everytime w/ more than one CD drive correct? If so, thats not good. You will have to boot up using a different device.. If your bios allows you can boot to a flash drive to get by the issue. Or a floppy drive, if you have access to one.

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