Diskette Drive 0 Seek Failure

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Diskette Drive 0 Seek Failure

  • I recently cleaned out the fans on my comp and then when i tried to turn it on i got the Diskette Drive 0 seek failure error message, and below it it says that it was unable to find the SATA Hard drive. I have checked the cables, hopefully someone can help.
  • Hi, I am new to this forum and I have just started using an Inspirion 530 Desktop brand new out of the box for about a week and I shutdown my computer properly last night, when I switched it on this morning a black screen came up with "Diskette Drive 0 seek failure" and I don't know what to do.  Can anyone pse help, thanks

  • Hi I am having the same exact problem and having a realy hard time finding a solution. I was wondering if you found one yet that you would be willing to share?

  • I'm curious to know if you've solved your problem.

    I am also having a similar problem that I have not yet fixed.  But I think I might be on to something just havent' proved it yet.  I wanted to see if anyone on this post might have external "diskettes" (ie. memory card/camera/ipod) hooked up at anytime. 

    After using a system repair disk that I found, I booted from this CD and tried to repair "sytstem startup".  It said that I have an external device it's trying to boot from (ie.  memory card/camera/ipod etc).  After talking to my syster in law, who was the last to use the computer, she said she was last uploading pics to the computer when it didn't work.  I unplugged that device, and I wonder if it's caught up looking for that "diskette". 

    Another weird thing I also found while troubleshooting was that in my bios boot setting that Drive A: was specified as 1.44 floppy, which I don't have. 

    .

     

  • Hello all,

    The error is telling you that your "floppy" drive is not being seen at boot.

    I will assume that most of you don't have a floppy drive. So, you need to restart the system and boot in the the BIOS setup screen. Turn off the floppy disk in startup and check that your hard drive is seen correctly. This most commonly happens when the motherboard battery is removed, or has died. Or when a reset was done within the setup BIOS screen.


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    Darrell

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  • Just to add to what Darrell has advised;  If you don't have a floppy drive in the system, go into the BIOS, and make sure the boot order is set to check your optical drive first (i.e. D:\), the hard drive next (usually C:\), and finally the floppy drive (A:\).

    It doesn't matter then if you don't actually have a floppy drive installed, since the system is never going to be able to check for one after booting from a bootable CD/DVD or your hard drive Wink

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  • Thanks for the input!  I changed the floppy to none, and put the boot order as said.  That helped and got me beyond the diskette drive 0 seek failure and I was able to run a diagnostic test from a recovery cd.  From there several errors were reported, bootconfig was corrupted was one error.  What a mess, but I was able to restore from there.  OS is back in order. 

  • OK then ....

    You are all fixed up now?

    Mis Dos Centavos,
    Darrell

    Gadfly at large

    Helping Dell Customers here since 1998

    My systems ...
    Dimension XPS D266 - Now retired
    Toshiba Tecra M1
    Dimension 4300 - Received DOA as a gift. Reinstalled XP and still working great
    Dimension 9150 - Pent D 3.2GHz, 4GB dual-channel 533 DDR2 Windows 7 Pro, Firefox 3.6.14
      Congrats to Jimmie Johnson #48 - FIVE time Nascar Sprint Cup Champ !!!!  

     

  • Yup,... done. 

  • I went to BIOS set up and removed A drive. Now I only have black screen with white curser in top left corner. Brand new 530 from Christmas. Not sure next step!

  • Hello,

    It would be best for you to start a new question thread. Geeked

    We need to know your system model number, what version or Windows you use, and a description of your problem. Yes

    Mis Dos Centavos,
    Darrell

    Gadfly at large

    Helping Dell Customers here since 1998

    My systems ...
    Dimension XPS D266 - Now retired
    Toshiba Tecra M1
    Dimension 4300 - Received DOA as a gift. Reinstalled XP and still working great
    Dimension 9150 - Pent D 3.2GHz, 4GB dual-channel 533 DDR2 Windows 7 Pro, Firefox 3.6.14
      Congrats to Jimmie Johnson #48 - FIVE time Nascar Sprint Cup Champ !!!!  

     

  • Hello I'm looking to fix my computer. I have a Dell OptiPlex GX260 Series. This Problem occured today. June 12 2009, I got on it this afternoon and everything was fine. I got on line and about 10 mins later it started lagging and having a hard time. So i turn it off (using the button on the tower) and re-started it. It got to the loading screen and right after that it said "Diskette Drive 0 seek failure". Now I've been trying to fix this all day and i haven't found anything. Please help!

     Its been referbished  and i got it not this christmas but the one before it. It has a Intel Pentium 4 processor: 2.66 GHz, Level 2 Cache: 512 intergrated. BIOS Verision: A03. And heres other stuff i wrote down in case.

    Diskette Drive A 3.5 inch, 1.44MB (Not installed)

    Primary Drive 0 .... Hard Drive. Model ST3160021A, Drive Type Auto, Capacity 160GB

    Secondary Drive 0 .... CD-ROM Reader, Driver Type Auto, Capaity N\A

    Boot Sequence, 1. IDE CD-ROM Device 2. Floppy Device (Not installed) 3. HArd Disk Drive c:

  • I have a Dell Deminsion  8100 and i'm having pretty much the same problem, I put a new battery in my computer and now I am getting the Strike F1 to boot and F2 to setup,  It's also not reading the Primary 1 drive either can you please help me.Tongue Tied

    Denise

  • Great worked like a charm

  • dneicey

    I have a Dell Deminsion  8100 and i'm having pretty much the same problem, I put a new battery in my computer and now I am getting the Strike F1 to boot and F2 to setup,  It's also not reading the Primary 1 drive either can you please help me.Tongue Tied

    Denise

    If you replaced the battery, you cleared out the CMOS memory and thus must go into Setup (F2 at bootup) and re-enter the drive settings.