Invalid Media Type

Invalid Media Type

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Explanation: The system tried to use a disk or other media that is of the incorrect type.

Diagnosis: Unfortunately this happens to be one of those difficult to decipher messages. What it means is that you tried to use a hard disk volume after partitioning it but before formatting it, or an unformatted or damaged floppy disk. This will also occur if you attempt to boot to an NTFS formatted drive from DOS. As an example, if you are setting up a new system and you partition the hard disk, then boot from a floppy and type “DIR C:”, you will usually get this message. The system looks for the media type descriptor on the hard disk and doesn’t find what it expects, and produces this message.


  • If you are working with a new hard drive, just format the disk and you’ll be fine.
  • If an existing disk produces this error, it usually means that something has seriously corrupted the disk and you should refer to more serious recovery techniques.

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