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Having startup problems

by bloodblade2109 / March 18, 2005 6:55 AM PST

I recently reformatted my whole computer. It reformatted fine, but when it went to restart it so I could get into windows, it said "Non-System disk or disk error, please replace and strike any key when ready." Now it usually does that for floppy disks, but I dont have one in there. I suspect it to be a hard drive burnt out or something like that. Anyone else ever have this problem?

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Did you. . .
by Coryphaeus / March 18, 2005 8:17 AM PST

transfer the system files? Install an OS?

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by bloodblade2109 / March 18, 2005 9:11 AM PST
In reply to: Did you. . .

I installed windows xp home
i dont know what you mean by transfer system files, but I used the restore disk that compaq gave me.

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Blade, I Think You're Right...
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / March 19, 2005 6:38 AM PST
In reply to: ...

If you continue to get the "Non-system disk" error, and you've removed all floppies or CD's, then you probably have a toasted hard drive. You should probably open the case and check all hard drive cables to be sure they're connected correctly. Then I would see if the OS would reinstall again...but I suspect that won't help..

You'll probably need a new HD.

Hope this helps.


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We got a new hard drive
by bloodblade2109 / March 23, 2005 1:41 AM PST

Well we got a new 200gb western digital hard drive, and after reinstalling windows it still gave me the non-system disk error...
We also tried disabling the A: drive and running it but the same thing happened. So I don't know what to do.

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 23, 2005 1:52 AM PST details items so I won't repeat here.

The number 1 issue I run into wtih 200GB drives are people who partition and format BEFORE they install either Windows 2000 or XP. This is an incorrect method and could have been avoided if their XP CD was one with SP2 or they just used XP's installer to partition and format.

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Why don't you save some time by...
by Edward ODaniel / March 23, 2005 1:55 AM PST

presenting the WHOLE STORY which would include the model of Compaq.

Exactly how you went about installing XP Home and so forth.

The message you report is the message one gets if a hard drive cannot be accessed.

One will get this message for instance if one "installs" an operating system to a SATA or SCSI hard drive but has missed the step of installing the appropriate interface drivers.

I do not think anything was wrong with the first drive.

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