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Windows 7: Missing Operating System on Boot

13 Sep 2011   #1
sperry1975

64 Windows 7 Unlimited
 
 
Missing Operating System on Boot

When I boot my machine I get the message: "Missing Operating System"
I checked in the BIOS and the Hard Drive is still listed. I also tried using the Windows 7 Install disc to repair the boot sector/record but that too didn't help. It said it was fine, so just in case I used the command “bootrec.exe /fixmbr”.
Can anyone tell me what the problem is?


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13 Sep 2011   #2
Bill2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

Are you sure you dont have a usb drive plugged in somewhere that the machine is trying to boot from and failing?
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13 Sep 2011   #3
sperry1975

64 Windows 7 Unlimited
 
 
Repair Disc

The Windows 7 Install disc does have a repair disc feature. And as I mentioned before I tried using that to repair the boot sector, but unfortunately it was apparently not a boot sector problem. I could be a problem with the hard disc, but it's not a problem with any usb device. The only usb device plugged in is the mouse and keyboard. Assuming for a moment that it's a problem with the hard drive, such as a fragment or bad sector, what would be the next best procedure? By the way I have no backups of my system so if I must re-install the os then I will have to pull the data directly off the drive before re-installing.
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13 Sep 2011   #4
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

I would Check the hard drive with the manufacturer's diagnostic tools.
Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp.
HD Diagnostic

information   Information
We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
& made the Startup Repair CD.
startup repair disc-create


Did you make the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?

How to use the HP Recovery Partition:
Pressing the f11 key during startup on a computer with an HP factory image will start the system recovery process even if the prompt is not displayed.
Recover Windows 7 Operating System Using HP Recovery - HP Customer Care (United States - English)
Performing an HP System Recovery in Windows 7 - HP Customer Care (United States - English)

How to make HP Recovery DVD disks:
Recover Windows Vista Operating System Using HP Recovery - HP Customer Care (United States - English)

How to make HP Recovery USB disk:
Creating a Recovery Disk on a USB Flash Disk HP Pavilion dv6700z CTO Entertainment Notebook PC - HP Customer Care (United States - English)

or
You can Order HP Recovery Disks from here:
Compaq Mini CQ10-500 PC series*-* HP Notebook PCs - Order Recovery Discs for Windows 7, Vista, or XP - c00810334 - HP Business Support Center
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13 Sep 2011   #5
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

You are going to want to back up your data first, before running diag tools on the drive. If it is going bad, the drive test will stress it, and could kill it completely. The easiest way to get to the data is to use a Linux LiveCD to boot from and copy your files off to an external drive, or connect the drive to another computer.
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13 Sep 2011   #6
sperry1975

64 Windows 7 Unlimited
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
I would Check the hard drive with the manufacturer's diagnostic tools.
Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp.
HD Diagnostic

information   Information
We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
& made the Startup Repair CD.
startup repair disc-create


Did you make the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?

How to use the HP Recovery Partition:
Pressing the f11 key during startup on a computer with an HP factory image will start the system recovery process even if the prompt is not displayed.
Recover Windows 7 Operating System Using HP Recovery - HP Customer Care (United States - English)
Performing an HP System Recovery in Windows 7 - HP Customer Care (United States - English)

How to make HP Recovery DVD disks:
Recover Windows Vista Operating System Using HP Recovery - HP Customer Care (United States - English)

How to make HP Recovery USB disk:
Creating a Recovery Disk on a USB Flash Disk HP Pavilion dv6700z CTO Entertainment Notebook PC - HP Customer Care (United States - English)

or
You can Order HP Recovery Disks from here:
Compaq Mini CQ10-500 PC series*-* HP Notebook PCs - Order Recovery Discs for Windows 7, Vista, or XP - c00810334 - HP Business Support Center
I appreciate the idea of checking the hard drive with the manufacturer's diagnostic tools. I will try that next chance I get. As for this stuff about HP. I don't recall every saying this was an HP which it is not. And as I thought I had already mentioned I don't have any system recovery discs. Therefore if I have to swipe the hard drive clean and start over then I will have to pull whatever files that are important to me off the drive first. I would like to avoid having to wipe the drive clean though.
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13 Sep 2011   #7
sperry1975

64 Windows 7 Unlimited
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DeaconFrost View Post
You are going to want to back up your data first, before running diag tools on the drive. If it is going bad, the drive test will stress it, and could kill it completely. The easiest way to get to the data is to use a Linux LiveCD to boot from and copy your files off to an external drive, or connect the drive to another computer.
Thanks a lot for the advice. I will be sure to do that first before running the diagnostics.
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