How to fix floppy diskette seek failure at startup

I have a Dell E520 Desktop running windows 7 that has a "floppy diskette seek failure"  when I boot up. My computer has 1 internal hard drive, a CD ROM drive and a floppy drive. The problem started after I Restored settings to factory conditions  in BIOS setup.

 Any Ideas?



·         Do you use the Floppy drive?


Method 1: Disable Floppy drive

Disable the floppy drive by going into the drive configuration (not sure exactly what it is called because it differs model to model) and selecting FDD. You will then see an option to disable the FDD (Floppy Disk Drive).

a)    Press F2 to enter BIOS

b)    On Boot Devices or Boot Device Priority

c)    Either Set the Floppy Disk Drive to Disabled


Method 2: Change the boot order so that the hard drive is listed first or otherwise before the Floppy Disk Drive.

The boot order should be as follows.

First priority - Hard Drive

Second Priority - CD ROM drive

Last priority - Floppy Disk Drive

Important: Modifying BIOS/complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) settings incorrectly can cause serious problems that may prevent your computer from booting properly. Microsoft cannot guarantee that any problems resulting from the configuring of BIOS/CMOS settings can be solved. Modifications of the settings are at your own risk.

If the issue persists, I would suggest you to contact Dell Support for getting any further assistance.

Dell Support:

Dell Drivers - Product Manuals & Warranty Info (left side) - Tech Support and more

Dell Forums



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Last updated June 27, 2020 Views 23,427 Applies to: