By Bryce / Last Updated November 18, 2019

Help! My computer says disk boot failure

“When I turn on my HP Pavilion computer that running Windows 10, it doesn’t boot normally but gives a black screen with the error message as follows:

DISK BOOT FAILURE, INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER

Here I want to know how can I fix disk boot failure in Windows 10 effectively? Any advice?”

Analysis of disk boot failure in Windows 10

The DISK BOOT FAILURE, INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER error can be caused by a number of events. And the main reasons are listed below:

  • Boot from an external drive that is without boot files

  • Hard drive cables are not working.

  • Windows system files are corrupted.

  • System hard disk drive or solid state drive is damaged.

How to fix disk boot failure in Windows 10?

Having realized how DISK BOOT FAILURE, INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER error occurs, it is time to learn how to solve this issue. Firstly, you can try some quick solutions

▶ Disconnect all external storage devices like USB flash drive, external hard drive and so on. Then, reboot your computer.
▶ Examine whether cables are loose or dead.
▶ Check the boot order. Press a key (the key can be different on various computers and you can refer to the user manual of your computer if you don’t know the accurate key to enter BIOS) to access BIOS upon rebooting and see whether the hard drive contains Windows is listed first in boot order. If not, set it as the first boot device and reboot your machine.

If these ways are invalid, you can try to settle out the issue with Windows installation disc or third party software.

Fix disk boot failure with Windows installation disc

If you are sure about that computer boot from the right hard drive holding operating system but you still unable to boot laptop or desktop normally, you can insert Windows installation CD/DVD, boot from it and try following methods to fix disk boot failure in Windows 10.

1. Check hard drive error

To check and fix errors on hard drive, do as the steps given below:

1. Go to Repair your computer >Advanced options > Command Prompt

2. Type chkdsk /r c: and hit Enter key.

3. Exit the Command Prompt, remove installation disc and boot from the repaired hard drive.

Notes:

  • The “r” parameter locates bad sectors on your hard drive and fixes errors.

  • If the boot drive is not “C”, you should replace “C” with a bootable drive letter applicable to your computer.

2. Fix corrupted Windows system files

System File Checker allows you to scan for corruptions in system files and restore corrupted files. Follow the steps to run:

1. Access Command Prompt interface.

2. Input sfc/scannow and press Enter key.

After you check and fix errors or repair system files, exit from Command Prompt. Then, remove Windows installation disc and run from system hard drive to see whether you can boot the computer successfully.

Fix disk boot failure without CD/DVD

If you have no Windows installation CD/DVD, you can turn to a free repair tool – AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard to solve disk boot failure in Windows 10, insert system disk and press Enter problem for Windows. It allows you to create a bootable device (USB drive, CD or DVD), check hard drive error, check bad sector and etc. Download it and have a look at how to use it to repair the boot failure.

The first stage: Create bootable USB drive

Warning: All data on the USB drive will be erased.

Step 1. Connect a USB drive to a working Windows-based computer.

Step 2. Install and run AOMEI Partition Assistant. Right click Make Bootable Media.

Make Bootable Media

Step 3. In the pop-up window, choose one proper way and click Proceed.

Formatting Warning

4. Click on Finish.

Finish

The second stage: fix error with the bootable media

After making a bootable USB drive via AOMEI Partition Assistant, connect it to the unbootable computer and boot from it. Then, you will be in the main console of AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard.

Step 1.Right click on system partition and go to Advanced > Check Partition.

Check The C Partition

Step 2. Choose Check Partition and fix error in this partition by using chkdsk.exe among three options and click OK.

Check Partition And Fix Errors

Step 3. After the operation completes, click OK.

Notes:
☞ To check bad sectors, you can choose Check whether there is a bad sector on the partition in Step 2.
☞ If you encounter boot errors like invalid partition table, you can rebuild MBR via AOMEI Partition Assistant.
☞ To solve more problems like accidentally deleting boot partition, upgrading system disk without reinstallation, you can upgrade to AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional.

Wrap thing things up

Now, surely you have realized how to fix disk boot failure in Windows 10. But no one can ensure that the boot issue can be resolved always. When you can’t settle this boot issue, you may need to wipe hard drive and reinstall Windows operating system or you can restore system to boot computer as usual if you have already made a system image backup.