Why does floppy drive light stay on and cannot read disks?

Question

I have a clone computer, the harddrive became full . So I thought I would do an fdisk on it and reload it. I found that the fdisk would not work because it had a fat16 partion and another partion. when I tried to delete these it had a lock on them. So I went to the IBM web page and got the utility to reformat the harddrive. I did take the hard drive

out because I was just going to go buy a new one. When I went to buy one the sales person ask me what was wrong with the one I brought in to campare, he was the one who had me download the IBM utilty instead of buying a new one. I did download the utility put the harddrive back in and then started the pc back up. now I'M getting an error please insert boot disk in proper drive. and the a: drive the floppy drive and the hardrive lights stay on and I can not get it to read the boot disk. Any ideas??????

Answer

This question was answered on September 8, 2001. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

Hello and thank you for your question.

The light staying on is almost always a sure sign of a reversed cable, and also the fact that it cannot read a disk I suggest you check and reconnect your ribbon cables on your floppy and hard drives This should then take care of your problems.

Good luck!!

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Posted by Lanny of Chandler-Gilbert Community College on September 8, 2001