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My 2007 Compaq Presario PC gives me the message that there

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My 2007 Compaq Presario PC gives me the message that there is a disk boot failure. They want me to insert the system disk. I never got a system disk. Can this be taken to a computer repair shop? or is it worth it.
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Computer
Expert:  Russell H. replied 10 months ago.

Hi, thank you for contacting My name is Russell. I will do my best to provide the right answer to your question.

Whether it is worth repair, is dependent upon three things, I think:

1. whether you feel it is worth it, ultimately, but also

2. whether the cost of replacing the main hard disk (and perhaps of installing/reinstalling Windows upon it, would be too much for you, and also

3. whether the model is a modern or an ancient Compaq Presario - there have been a long line of them and the older ones are worth a lot less.

Let me know, please, and I will advise you further.

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
I do have some pictures and excel reports I would like. Can do without but really don't want to.
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Would you have to install the Vista again or a new version.
Expert:  Russell H. replied 10 months ago.

Examine whether there is a disc in the CD or DVD drives. Or (if its really really old) a diskette in the diskette drive (if, repeat if, it has one.)

If there is a disc in any drive, CD, DVD, or diskette, remove it. Then restart the machine, and see if it starts up OK this time.

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
How can this work - I can't even get it on?
Expert:  Russell H. replied 10 months ago.

The CD/DVD drive will Eject, with the computer On, if you turn the computer On, then press and hold the Eject button for at least 10 seconds. Regardless of the computer's bootup status.

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
I don't understand this. I am writing to you from another computer. I don't have a system disk - can I do this myself?
Expert:  Russell H. replied 10 months ago.

Reformatting the system? no, without a disc, and with the computer not booting up, you cannot.

But - if there is a disc or DVD in the disc drive, it will give similar symptoms to what you are reporting, and if that disc is removed, the system ought to boot up find... if that's all the problem should turn out to be.

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
No disc or dvd in system.
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Expert:  Russell H. replied 10 months ago.

Then the only question is, Would this be a fairly new system from 2007 or so? or an older system?

It will need a trip to a computer shop for basic examination as to whether

- A: it is a destroyed system disk, or something can be gotten off it, of your photos and files,

- B: it just needs a trifle of Startup Repair, perhaps. Or a mere adjustment to the Boot Order in the Setup BIOS settings.

- C: it might need the hard disk replaced altogether ? which is possible, in which case, your data on the computer might be lost... I'm sorry to say this, but it is possible.

You can try to boot it up in Safe Mode now, of course, in which case the mere Startup Repair might be able to be done here and now, by you, under my direction. Would you like to try this?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
No - I think I will go to shop. I am not very good at this.
Expert:  Russell H. replied 10 months ago.

OK. Thank you for asking your question here at, and good luck with the shop (note: if you need the location and number of one near you, just let me know your local postal code, and I'll find that information for you.)

If this completes the question, please rate my work and my answer. A five-star rating would be appreciated!

Thanks again.