What is non system disk?

Question

My computer wont start, an error message appears and says 'Non system disk'

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Answer

This question was answered on February 9, 2004. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

Non-System Disk or Disk Error results when the BIOS cannot find the boot sector or the master boot record is missing or damaged; i.e the device does not have bootable media The BIOS searches drives in the order usually specified in the CMOS Setup This order is often, but not always, A: (floppy drive), C: (first partition on the hard disk) The error will occur during startup if the CMOS is set so the BIOS seeks the floppy drive first and a blank floppy was left in the floppy drive Other reasons you can get this error if there is no operating system installed or if you have a defective hard drive or floppy drive or if you have a virus.

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Posted by Student of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on February 9, 2004