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Disk boot problems


FPCH New Member
Nov 8, 2007
I want to repaired used computer, win98 OS. But while I boot up, it always display 'DISK BOOT FAILURE, INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER'. Please help.


FPCH Member
Feb 14, 2007
Sounds like you've got a knackered hard drive to me.

3 things to check:

- Check the BIOS and see what device its trying to boot from. The above message can be as simple as the PC trying to boot from a floppy/CD with a non-bootable disk in the drive. You want the option called "Boot Priority" or similar.

- If its trying to boot from the hard-drive, check the BIOS to see if its recognising the drive. Somewhere in there is usually a screen which displays the IDE devices. It should list your hard-drive (probably) as primary master, and then (probably) your CD drive(s) as secondary master & slave.

- If the BIOS can see the drive (meaning it isn't totally dead) then you could do worse than download (or get a friend to download) the Ultimate Boot CD - http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/. It is a self-booting CD which contains lots of diagnostic tools. Choose one for hard-drives, run a test and see what results you get.

Report back and we'll see what we can do.