Non-system disk or disk error

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Crystal, Dec 4, 2007.

  1. Crystal

    Crystal Guest

    I restarted my system and got this message:

    Non-system disk or disk error
    Replace and strike any key when ready

    I do not have a floppy drive and there was no cd in the cdrom drive. I did
    a hard power down "pressed the power off/on button" and left the system down
    for a few minutes. When I powered the system back up it booted fine.

    Anyone heard of this before? Causes? Solutions?
    Crystal, Dec 4, 2007
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  2. Crystal

    M Guest

    This could be caused by NTFS file corruption. Can you access the disc with
    from the Vista DVD using the System Recovery Option Menu?
    M, Dec 4, 2007
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  3. Crystal

    Crystal Guest

    It seems to be fine now. I haven't gotten the error again. But apparently it
    may happen again if it is a corrupt system file. This is a brand new
    computer from Dell. Maybe I should go to XP, it seems to work a lot better.
    Crystal, Dec 4, 2007
  4. Crystal

    AJR Guest

    Crystal - "Non-system disk" error mean that at boot the HD was not "found"
    and not due to a corrupted system file. A common problem when the computer
    does not power up correctly - if it occurs again check cable connections.
    AJR, Dec 4, 2007
  5. You probably want to talk to Dell and see what their policy is on
    this. Some companies drag their feet about rolling back your OS. When
    I asked BestBuy about replacing vista with xp, they told me it wasn't
    a good idea because some of the newer hardware on my laptop might not
    be supported under xp. Yeah, I know. They were just stalling, but the
    truth is they are kind of in the driver's seat. If you do something
    they tell you not to do and the system gets hosed, oops, no more

    But, the one thing you can't do is ignore this. That's a pretty
    serious problem and most machines don't fix themselves. They just wait
    until you really need them and die.

    Good luck.


    Andy C.(never #)
    Andy C.(never #), Dec 4, 2007
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