Come Join Us!

Are you a
Computer / IT professional?
Join Tek-Tips Forums!
  • Talk With Other Members
  • Be Notified Of Responses
    To Your Posts
  • Keyword Search
  • One-Click Access To Your
    Favorite Forums
  • Automated Signatures
    On Your Posts
  • Best Of All, It's Free!

*Tek-Tips's functionality depends on members receiving e-mail. By joining you are opting in to receive e-mail.

Posting Guidelines

Promoting, selling, recruiting, coursework and thesis posting is forbidden.


Jobs from Indeed

Link To This Forum!

Partner Button
Add Stickiness To Your Site By Linking To This Professionally Managed Technical Forum.
Just copy and paste the
code below into your site.

Drive not ready Insert BOOT diskette in A:

Drive not ready Insert BOOT diskette in A:

My parents Windows 98 SE will not load windows. I get a dos prompt that says Drive not ready Insert BOOT diskette in A: Press any key when ready. They don't have a boot or startup disk. I tried downloading one from the internet from but when I try to use scanreg.exe /restore the prompt shows invalid directory. Any help would be greatly appreciated as I am stuck at my parents house until i can get them back on-line,

RE: Drive not ready Insert BOOT diskette in A:

First thing I would do is to verify that the "C:\WINDOWS" directory exists, after booting from the floppy, at the DOS prompt enter;

cd \windows

If you get a message saying "Invalid directory" or any other error, then its time to start thinking about reinstalling Windows. This assumes that Windows was  installed on drive C: and not somewhere else, and that the directory it was installed to was "\WINDOWS", neither are necessarily true, but these are the default locations, so it's a pretty good bet.

RE: Drive not ready Insert BOOT diskette in A:

I was hoping there was a way to salvage tonight, but I guess I'll spend it reinstalling their o/s, thanks

RE: Drive not ready Insert BOOT diskette in A:

If your getting the message "Drive not ready Insert BOOT diskette in A: Press any key when ready.", then I am sorry to say there is a good chance that important files no longer exist on your HDD, or that the HDD its self has failed.

Check that the IDE and power cables are properly connected to the HDD and that the IDE cable is pluged securly into the motherboard, there is just a chance that somthing has worked loose.

RE: Drive not ready Insert BOOT diskette in A:

Have you checked for a boot sector virus?

Just a thought!

Red Flag This Post

Please let us know here why this post is inappropriate. Reasons such as off-topic, duplicates, flames, illegal, vulgar, or students posting their homework.

Red Flag Submitted

Thank you for helping keep Tek-Tips Forums free from inappropriate posts.
The Tek-Tips staff will check this out and take appropriate action.

Reply To This Thread

Posting in the Tek-Tips forums is a member-only feature.

Click Here to join Tek-Tips and talk with other members!


Close Box

Join Tek-Tips® Today!

Join your peers on the Internet's largest technical computer professional community.
It's easy to join and it's free.

Here's Why Members Love Tek-Tips Forums:

Register now while it's still free!

Already a member? Close this window and log in.

Join Us             Close