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#1 Whizey

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Posted 12 November 2005 - 06:45 AM

My pc was doing fine then today I turn it on and "Insert BOOT diskette in A:" pops up right after start up begins. I can't get to safe mode, I can't do anything except enter the setup menu. I don't have any boot discs, is there anything I can do? Please help

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Posted 12 November 2005 - 09:36 AM

Go to http://www.bootdisk.com and download the boot disk you need. Make sure it is for your OS.
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Posted 12 November 2005 - 06:02 PM

When you have a working boot disk (Win98?) at the A:\> prompt type DIR C:
If you see a list of directories/folders your hard drive is probably OK. If it says "Can not find specified path" or similar then your hard drive may have died. :thumbsup:

If you do see directories, at the A:\> prompt type SYS C:
This re-writes system files to the C: drive and may enable you to boot again.

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Posted 14 November 2005 - 06:17 AM

Thanks for the replies guys, but how do I know what boot disc I need off that site? Do I need the mirror or the OEM?

Edited by Whizey, 14 November 2005 - 06:19 AM.


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Posted 14 November 2005 - 06:46 AM

Whichever your operating system is, you need the WindowsXX or the Mirror1, or 2, or 3. The mirrors are just alternative download sites - they will have the same files for download there. Choose the OEM version, unless you have a reason not to. The way I read it the OEM is the standard boot disk.

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