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Invalid system disk error.

By klivermore ·
I'm working on a Dell OptiPlex GX1 computer. I'm getting a Invalid system disk error. I have receded the floppy cables and HD cables.I can boot from the floppy drive,but cannot access the HD. It is win95 OS.

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Invalid system disk error.

by paul.gray9 In reply to Invalid system disk error ...

try putting in your win95 emergency startup floppy in before boot up when you get to the command promt type in A:\sys c: if you get a "sytem transfered" message take out floppy and re-boot, if no message or error message run Scandisk from the emergency boot up disk

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Invalid system disk error.

by dmiles In reply to Invalid system disk error ...

1)You may be using a non bootable system disk,you will need the boot disk
2)It may have not copied the required system files,which could have been caused by physical errors caused by the hard drive.
Using the boot disk,at the dos prompt try running scandisk to check for drive errors.

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Invalid system disk error.

by provodnik In reply to Invalid system disk error ...

OS is missing or system files are corrupted. If you boot from a floppy, change to C and still cannot access your HDD and you tried the suggestion in the first answer you may have to reformat (if the partition is still there) and fresh-install Windows.

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Invalid system disk error.

by rgravelle In reply to Invalid system disk error ...

All the suggestions offered are possibilities
A few others would be to make sure your bios
is detecting your hard drive.If you made hardware changes, make sure your drive jumpers are set correctly.
You could also try fdisk /mbr at the dos
prompt.If you run fdisk it should show your
partitions and also if your c: drive is set
to active.If fdisk does not detect your drive then you have a hardware problem.Make
sure you did not reverse your hd cable.On some machines you can do that either onthe
mother board or the drive.Also check to make
sure the hd cable is not shifted on the motherboard hd socket.

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Invalid system disk error.

by rfraysier In reply to Invalid system disk error ...

Since you still can't access the Hdd even after booting from a floppy, I would say your PC isn't recognizing the HDD in CMOS. Go into CMOS and verify the settings match your Hdd, if not make the necessary changes manually or try auto-detect. Then reboot and see if it boots OK. If not or your settings were correct for the Hdd, you actually have a bad Hdd. You don't state whether or not you have a controller card or if it is integrated into the motherboard, but it could also be the controller.

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