Solved

Booting error

Posted on 1998-10-16
2
146 Views
Last Modified: 2013-12-16
Recently one of the 25 computers I have in my classroom says something similiar to the following "Booting Error Insert System disk", preventing me to access the C: drive and starting Win 95.  When I do reboot with a system disk in
drive A:, I'm still unable to access the C: drive; I get the
message "Invalid drive."  Because of this I can do nothing to the C: drive.  I've checked all the BIOS settings, and everything is identical to the 24 working computers. What can I do to get to my C: drive.
0
Comment
Question by:lynn402
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
2 Comments
 
LVL 96

Accepted Solution

by:
Lee W, MVP earned 100 total points
ID: 1758744
Sounds like something may have happened to the C drive.  Boot with an Antivirus scan disk and check for viruses.  I've seen viruses cause this problem..  If that comes up clean, boot with a system disk and type fdisk.  This will display information on the hard disk.  If you get a message "No Fixed Disks Present" then there is something very wrong.  Otherwise you may be able to run a dos version of Norton Disk Doctor or other disk recovery tool.  Failing that, you'll need to repartition the drive and reinstall Windows and your other software.
0
 
LVL 12

Expert Comment

by:mark2150
ID: 1758745
Sounds like MBR (Master Boot Record) is toasted. Drive could also be crashed. At the very least I'd check it with FDISK and see if the partition info matches the rest of the systems. FDISK /MBR (double check this) should reinstall the Master Boot Record. Are you on a LAN? If so, use GHOST to clone another systems HD, boot to LAN from floppy and let Ghost rebuild for your. If this fails, HD is toasted.

M

0

Featured Post

Technology Partners: We Want Your Opinion!

We value your feedback.

Take our survey and automatically be enter to win anyone of the following:
Yeti Cooler, Amazon eGift Card, and Movie eGift Card!

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

If you need to start windows update installation remotely or as a scheduled task you will find this very helpful.
Possible fixes for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 updating problem. Solutions mentioned are from Microsoft themselves. I started a case with them from our Microsoft Silver Partner option to open a case and get direct support from Microsoft. If s…
The Task Scheduler is a powerful tool that is built into Windows. It allows you to schedule tasks (actions) on a recurring basis, such as hourly, daily, weekly, monthly, at log on, at startup, on idle, etc. This video Micro Tutorial is a brief intro…
Windows 10 is mostly good. However the one thing that annoys me is how many clicks you have to do to dial a VPN connection. You have to go to settings from the start menu, (2 clicks), Network and Internet (1 click), Click VPN (another click) then fi…

710 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question