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Invalid Boot Diskette Error

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Hello,

My pc crashed and now when I try to boot I get an error - Invalid Boot Diskette, Insert Boot diskette in A:

There is no floppy in the drive.

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by:Callandor
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You probably have the boot sequence set up to include the hard disk and floppy drive.  When your pc crashed, you probably lost the ability to boot from your hard disk, so it's trying to boot from the next device.
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Here's a solution for getting WinXP to boot again, using fixboot from the recovery console: http://www.experts-exchange.com/Operating_Systems/WinXP/Q_20580316.html
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From your link, fixboot didn't work, correct?
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by:Huseyin1
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How to Perform an In-Place Upgrade (Reinstallation) of Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;315341

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by:VTomukas
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Most likely, after computer crash, hard disk boot files were damaged. So if you checked boot sequence from BIOS and you're sure, that HDD is IN boot list, then you need to take Windows XP installation disk, boot from it, choose Recovery Console, and the try fixmbr, maybe even chkdsk /r - it may be, that some HDD sectors went bad during that crash. It should work - worked for me.
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Fixboot may work; it depends on what happened to the drive.  If your partition table got clobbered, it will take more work.
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