Non-System Disk or Disk Error - uh oh?
November 28, 2006 2:45 PM Subscribe
How can I fix a "Non-System Disk or Disk Error"? Evidence points to hard-drive failure, except for the fact that it's working fine for the moment...
posted by whataboutben to Computers & Internet (5 answers total)
I got a Non-System Disk or Disk Error when I booted up my 2 year old Compaq notebook. After restarting about 50 times over the span of half an hour, Windows eventually started successfully. This has been the case for both of my two most recent attempts to restart. Now, I've read what causes this error and I realize that it could mean my hard drive is bad, but the fact that my system is currently up and running with all programs and files working properly leads me to believe that it is still salvageable. Of course I could be wrong.
While windows is still running, what should I do to try to diagnose and fix this problem before I have to restart again? Next time I might not be so lucky as to actually get Windows to start.
I'm not sure if this matters, but I do not have easy access to my OS/recovery CD as it is sitting at home in the US and I am abroad in Europe for the next several months.