Invalid / Non-System Disk error
Floppy, CD, or USB device in computer that is not bootable
Verify that no floppy diskette or CD is currently in the computer. If a diskette or CD is in the computer that is not bootable your computer may try booting from it and cause this error message.
If you have any USB devices that store information (e.g. Thumb drive, iPod, MP3 player, etc.) disconnect these devices from your computer temporarily.
CMOS setup is not setup properly
- Verify that your hard drive is setup and detected properly in CMOS setup. You're computer should list a hard drive installed either under the main page or the drives page in CMOS setup. If CMOS indicates the drive is not installed or not detected skip to Hard drive is bad or not connected properly.
- Verify the boot options are properly set in CMOS, almost all CMOS setups should contain options specifying how your computer boots. For example, most computers should have their boot options setup similar to the example below.
- Floppy drive
- CD drive
- Hard drive
- Reset your CMOS to default values. Many CMOS setups allow users to reset the values to the default settings (usually F10 key). If you've tried the above options without success try resetting the CMOS.
Hard drive does not have bootable files on it
The command.com or other bootable file may be missing from the hard drive. Follow the steps below to possible resolve your issue.
Windows 95, Windows 98, and Windows ME users
- Boot from a bootable floppy diskette.
- At the A:\> Type fdisk <press enter>
- If you receive a message no fixed disk present, read Hard drive is bad or not connected properly.
- If you can get into fdisk, choose option 4 to display the partition information. In the partition information, if the System is listed as FAT16 or FAT32 then continue to step 5. If you have a message indicating no partitions defined, no information is on your hard drive and you need to create a new partition. See the fdisk command page for additional information.
- If you see FAT16 or FAT32 in fdisk press the ESC key until back at the A:\>
- Once at the A:\> Type, sys c: <press enter> (only do this command if you are using the same operating system that this diskette was created on).
- This should return a message 'System Transferred', if you receive bad command or file name and have verified you have typed the command properly, you need to obtain a bootable diskette with the file sys.com on it.
- If system was transferred successfully, reboot the computer and issue should be resolved.
Windows 2000 and Windows XP users
- Boot from either your ERD, your bootable Windows CD, or your bootable Restore CD.
- Once loaded choose the Repair Windows option. If you're able to repair Windows remove the disks and reboot the computer.
If your operating system is not listed above or the above steps did not resolve your issue you can also try erasing the hard drive and starting over.
The hard drive is bad or not connected properly
If you have attempted all above suggestions and you are still encountering the same issues, verify the connections are properly connected to the computer if the hard drive was recently installed or the computer was moved.
Unfortunately, if all connections are setup properly and all the above recommendations have been attempted, it is likely that the hard drive is bad and it needs to be replaced.