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Non system disk error on primary HDD

By nevernessit ·
I have been having some problems with a clients machine and could do with your expert help, so thanks in advance.

When I first got it when it booted up it would say non system disk press any key etc error message. So i removed the hard drive and installed it as a secondary on my test machine. I checked the drive for any data and then formatted the hard drive. It had no errors.
I then put it back into the old system and booted up off a Win98 boot disk. I installed Windows ME without any problems.
But as soon as it rebooted (and I had removed the boot disk) it said Non System Disk error again.
The bios is password protected, so Im just working on getting round this (removed the battery) so I can have a look at the settings in there.
Can anyone suggest a reason this Non System Disk error might keep coming back even though I have installed a OS on it with no drama's. Thanks again.

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by TheChas In reply to Non system disk error on ...

Could just be a hard drive that is starting to fail.

Is this a Fujitsu drive?

There are some Fujitsu drives that have a problem with the controller chip on the hard drive that can respond just as you have seen.

Chas

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by ReWrite In reply to Non system disk error on ...

when you formatted it in your system was it formatted as a secondary drive and not as an Active Partition? Boot from a bootdisk and run fdisk to check and see it the partition is an active partition or not.

Cheers.

RW

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by tk3423 In reply to Non system disk error on ...

You have a hard drive starting to fail.

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