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Lee Logan
Posted on Monday, November 25, 2002 - 4:18 pm:   

Hello everyone, and thanks for your valuable time.
I have been trying to format my hard drive, but my floppy drive was not working, under control panel, it was displayed as "removable disk", so I thought maybe my floppy drive was broken. Then I got some drives from my friend, and tried them each, with the same result. Then I just decided to format the hard drive without the floppy drive. But when I was formatting, it said something about cluster lost, then I did a scandisk, but it stopped at 82% because it was "out of memory". Then I tried to defrag the hard drive from Windows, but everytime I tried doing so, an error screen comes up that says "system error, the operation will be terminated", or something like that. Then, the next time I restarted my computer, it said "Invalid system disk, replace the disk, and then press any key". But I did not have a disk in there, so then I just took out the floppy drive, and restarted, with the same results. Then i tried to disable the floppy from the BIOS and CMOS, agian with same results...what should I do? HELP!

my computer was bought in 2000, with a K7 processor running at 1ghz. I only have one hard drive...if that helps.

Posted on Sunday, December 1, 2002 - 1:24 pm:   

As far as I can gather, you actually started the format process on your hard drive, which means that it would have wiped some of your windows information off it which is why, when you turn the computer on it says 'invalid system disk' because since you wiped it, there's no OS left on the drive. All you need to do is reinstall windows. As for the floppy drive problem, I'm afraid I have no idea. Sorry.
Jay Meahl
Posted on Monday, January 13, 2003 - 3:49 pm:   

i hate to tell you this, but your floppy, cd-rom, and zip drive (if you have one) are all considered to be a "removable disk." there is no problem with a floppy to think it is a removable device. put a 3.5 drive back in, reactivate it in your bios, and install a new os.

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