Diskette drive 0 seek failure

Updated: 11/13/2018 by Computer Hope

Computer hard driveWhen starting up your computer, if you experience the diskette drive 0 seek failure error, it is due to an issue with the computer booting from a floppy disk drive or bootable device. However, this doesn't necessarily mean there is an issue with the floppy drive itself.

Remove disks, discs, and drives

Make sure the computer is not booting a non-bootable device by remove any floppy and CD in the computer. Also, disconnect any external drives any other USB device (except the keyboard and mouse). If this resolves your problem, your computer was trying to boot from a non-bootable device.

Fix boot options

If there were no disks or drives connected the computer, make sure the boot sequence is properly set in the computer's CMOS (BIOS) setup.

Once you are in the CMOS setup, navigate through the setup and find the section that allows you to set the boot devices that your computer will check when starting up. The floppy drive is likely one of them (probably the first on the list). Remove the floppy drive from the boot up list or change the order, so the floppy drive is last. Instead of having the floppy drive as the first boot drive set your hard drive and CD or DVD drive as the first two boot devices.

Once you have made those changes, save, and exit the setup (usually by pressing the F10 key).

The diskette drive 0 seek failure error message should no longer be seen when your computer starts up.

Bad hard drive

If you've tried the above recommendations, but the problem persists, there may be a problem with the hard disk drive that is preventing it from booting. Unfortunately, this is often an indication that the hard drive has failed and needs to be replaced.

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