Windows XP - No disk

By theo.aku
Mar 9, 2006
  1. Hello, will be extrememly grateful if someone can get to the bottom of this for me:

    (Almost) every time Windows XP SP2 starts, I get an error box which says:

    "Windows - No Disk

    Please insert a disk into drive"

    So I click cancel (a few times - the box reappears on the first cancel) and Windows seems to boot as normal.

    It's not the most life threatening problem in the world but I am concerned it may be indicative of a more deep rooted problem. I think a registry setting has been tweaked somewhere along the line or a there is a problem with a hardware configuration... I have noticed that despite having USB2, the computer is not recognising USB2 when I insert a compatible device. I have tried reinstalling the Windows USB2 drivers but no luck.

    If you think you might know the answer please let me know, any suggestions welcome no matter how dumb (oh... reinstalling XP is beyond dumb I'm afraid!)

    Thanks for your time.....
  2. detrunks

    detrunks TS Enthusiast Posts: 153

    make sure you're booting from your hard drive in BIOS settings as the 1st choice.
  3. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    just put your disk in! IT might fix itself!
  4. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,018

    go to bios make sure the boot and system disc is first boot
    find the page for error stops and untick or disable (this is in your bios)
    disable video shadowing
    disable any type of caching except cpu or processor
    your hard drive may have a cable connection problem ,power or the ide cable
    if sata best go to motherboard website and find the right config to boot the sata channel
    I don't think just running the install disc will fix anything
    you could have corrupt MBR master boot record
    do search here for this typ'o of fix

    the drive may be going bad
    download the lastest utilitys from the hard drive manufactorers
  5. theo.aku

    theo.aku TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 25

    Thanks for replies everyone but still getting error box - BIOS all seems okay and the inserting the disk didn't help. Tried an sfc /scannow but can't find the XP disk I installed from and it's regecting the other copies I'm feeding it!

    Would be very grateful for some more suggestions if people are still reading this thread.

    Thanks everyone.
  6. alidabiri

    alidabiri TS Rookie Posts: 441

    check the I386 directory in your c: drive. your files might be there.
    how did you install this xp?
  7. wlknaack

    wlknaack TS Rookie Posts: 143

    If you do have a corrupt mbr, go to and download and create a Win98 Boot Disk. Boot to the Win98 Boot Disk, at the command prompt run fdisk /mbr, remove the disk, reboot.

    An alternative is to run the fixmbr command from the WinXP Installation CD.
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