You are trying to boot your computer but it gives you a “Checking Media Presence Error”. Although you have your booting device installed on the computer. Then, why this error occurs? In the next few minutes, you will understand why this happens and how to solve it.

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Checking media presence issues require some type of troubleshooting, from easy re-ordering the boot priority to the involved restoration of a boot file, depending on the BIOS settings. To fix it you can, Enable the boot device you want to use, Turn off Wake on LAN in the BIOS and lastly, update the BIOS.

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Why is Checking Media Fails on Windows Startup?

We know that a computer has options of devices to boot from. It can be boot from the following devices:

Hard DrivesCD ROMUSBNetwork BootSSD

This error occurs when a computer is not detecting any bootable device or boot file is missing from the drive. However, it can be solved either by just rearranging the boot menu order or by recovering the boot file.

When you read the “Checking Media Presence” on the screen after startup. Then, there are two cases for the next step. Either you will see “Media present” or “No Media Present”. Each case has different solutions.

Media Present No Media Present
Rearrange Boot MenuCheck Boot Menu
Disable Network BootCheck Drive Health
Update BIOSBoot Files Missing

How to Fix Checking Media Presence Error: No Media Present

1. Check Boot Menu

As we have discussed earlier, there are many options available to boot from. Sometimes, this error occurs when a computer is trying to boot from the wrong device. The computer boot from devices on a priority basis.

For instance, if hard drive is on the top in the boot menu, then computer will try to boot from it firstly. Now, if the drive containing operating system is on the bottom of the list, then it can throw this error.

To rearrange the Boot menu, you have to go to BIOS setup to update it. For this, follow the given steps:

During the bootup process, repeatedly press the BIOS setup button.In this setup, go to the Boot menu tab. Here, you will see the list of bootable devices and their order.Keep the drive, you want to boot from, at the top.Save these settings and exit.Restart your computer to check if it works or not.

On the next window, click on UEFI Firmware Settings. Restart your computer.After restart, your system will be entered in the BIOS setup.

What are BIOS settings?

BIOS stands for Basic Input/ Output System. It is software that is stored in the processor memory. It is responsible for booting up your computer and performs basic input or output functions. BIOS software is non-volatile in that its settings remain saved even after turning off the system.

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How to fix checking media presence no media present in Dell?

To fix this error, you may need to change the boot order menu in the BIOS settings. For this, try to keep the drive, containing windows files, at top of the list. Also, check for the hard drive as if it is properly connected with the motherboard or not.


In this article, we have discussed several reasons for the “Checking Media Presence” error. The causes of this error can vary from system to system. But the most common cause is the disorder of the boot menu, which can be solved by just rearranging it.

Hope this article has been proved very helpful to your problem. If not, let me know in the comments below and I’ll try my best to get it resolved for you.