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Windows 7: no bootable device

07 Oct 2010   #1

windows xp,home edition
 
 
no bootable device

when i turn on thers a blank screen saying f2 and f12,iv,e pressed both and nothing happens,just a other blank screen saying no bootable devices, i connected a external hard drive and put a windows disc in to try reinstall windows,but still nothing ,windows goes through the motions,and then says something about not been able to find a hard drive, please help

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07 Oct 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Sounds like your Hard drive is toast. Did it make any noises?

Please fill in your system specs and give more detail like did it work fine one time and next boot it didn't, or did you try to reinstall and it won't? It could be your HDD cable(IDE or SATA cable). We need more info to really help you though.
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07 Oct 2010   #3

windows xp,home edition
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by housry23 View Post
Sounds like your Hard drive is toast. Did it make any noises?

Please fill in your system specs and give more detail like did it work fine one time and next boot it didn't, or did you try to reinstall and it won't? It could be your HDD cable(IDE or SATA cable). We need more info to really help you though.
it worked fine untill my neice knocked it,then it just wont bring windows on,just black screen saying press f2 or f12,so i thought i whould try to install windows again,but like i said it wont let me.i have been talled to look at the sata driver,but i can not find it
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07 Oct 2010   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Maybe it jarred the cable loose. Have you opened up the case to check all the cable running to your HDD? It shouldn't be the driver because it would ask for it. If it says it doesn't find a disk then your cables came loose or your hard drive is toast. If it has a DVD or CD drive you could run hirens boot cd to check the hard drive for errors, or run a live linux distro to check. http://www.hirensbootcd.net/download.html
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07 Oct 2010   #5

windows xp,home edition
 
 

its a zoostorm freedom,mini laptop,160gb sata,processor intelatom,60gz,ram 1gb,windows xp with no cd,dvd drive,from argos,page568, thanks
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08 Oct 2010   #6
Microsoft MVP

 

Enter BIOS setup using key given on first boot screen. See if your HD registers in SATA devices. If not, go to the Support Downloads webpage for your exact model computer and read the Manual for how to reinstall or replace your HD.

If the HD registers in BIOS, download and burn to CD the HD maker's diag/Repair CD scan, boot and run a full scan as it can repair or tell you what's wrong with your HD: Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp.

Next try booting the Windows 7 DVD or Repair CD to run Startup Repair repeatedly to see if it can fix the problem: Startup Repair
System Repair Disc - Create

Now boot back into DVD/Repair CD to open a Command Line to run Disk Check
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08 Oct 2010   #7

win7
 
 

Just a dopey thought..you haven't got a non-bootable CD or DVD in the drive and the drive selected as first in the boot devices list have you?
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08 Oct 2010   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

It is a netbook and has no DVD or CD drive. Can you open it up and make sure the Hard Drive hasn't been knkocked loose? Longshot since in lappy's they are pretty secure, but worth a shot. Is it still under warranty? You may have to buy a new laptop Hard Drive for it if it is broke. Is it registering in BIOS? You could still download Hiren's Boot CD and put it on a USB stick after making it bootable, plug it in, start up netbook and go into the BIOS and select USB drive as first boot choice. Then use Hiren's to scan drive for errors. I seriously think that dropping it make your hard drive fail.
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08 Oct 2010   #9

windows xp,home edition
 
 

when turned on,it says f2 go to set up utility.or f12 go to boot manager,then if you leave it it comes up no bootable device found if you press f12 it goes to boot manager,and asks to select a option,but thers nothing to pick,if i conect my external hd,it comes up on the screen,and i select it and start the windows instalation, but when it gets to the bit where u pick install or repair,it just says cant find hd
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08 Oct 2010   #10
Microsoft MVP

 

What were the results from following each of the steps below, and those given by Housry?

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Enter BIOS setup using key given on first boot screen. See if your HD registers in SATA devices. If not, go to the Support Downloads webpage for your exact model computer and read the Manual for how to reinstall or replace your HD.

If the HD registers in BIOS, download and burn to CD the HD maker's diag/Repair CD scan, boot and run a full scan as it can repair or tell you what's wrong with your HD: Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp.

Next try booting the Windows 7 DVD or Repair CD to run Startup Repair repeatedly to see if it can fix the problem: Startup Repair
System Repair Disc - Create

Now boot back into DVD/Repair CD to open a Command Line to run Disk Check
This is an interactive troubleshooting process here: we suggest steps to try, you report back with results or ask more questions on how to do each step. Then we can give you more steps.
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