Loved this post over at Technologizer, certainly brought back some memories.
I saw this error a lot (from the article),
13. Abort, Retry, Fail? (MS-DOS)
In many ways, it remains an error message to judge other error messages by. It’s terse. (Three words.) It’s confusing. (What’s the difference between Abort and Fail?) It could indicate either a minor glitch (you forgot to put a floppy disk in the drive) or catastrophe (your hard drive had died). And by forcing you to choose between three options, none of which is likely to help, it throws the problem back in your face.
Ah, the glory days with my Amstrad PC 1512, dual 5 1/2inch floppy drives, and a 21MB hard-card.