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Windows 7: No Boot sector main hard drive


11 Oct 2011   #11
FliGi7

XP / Win7 x64 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
Quote:
I had been receiving the error message about no boot sector for about 3 months
That is a sign of a bad HD Drive.
This is true. Sounds like more serious problems are occurring with the hard drive itself rather than just a singular booting issue.


My System SpecsSystem Spec
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11 Oct 2011   #12
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

You should boot the Win7 DVD Repair console or Repair CD to run Startup Repair. All bootrec, bootsect and other repair commands, tests and fixes are automated in Startup Repair. Run it several times then post back what it reports.

Next make sure Win7 or its 100mb System Reserved partition (preferred) are still marked Active: Partition - Mark as Active (Method Two). You can also use free Partition Wizard bootable CD to mark Active, then click on HD to highlight it, from Disk tab select Rebuild MBR, Apply steps, reboot. This may preclude the need to run Startup Repair.

If these repairs fail then after confirming HD is good you'll need to run full Factory Recovery from its partition at boot, or from Recovery disks you have made or order. Or find a Win7 installation DVD to clean reinstall using the Product Key on COA sticker: Reinstalling Windows 7
My System SpecsSystem Spec
11 Oct 2011   #13
GMadd

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
Quote:
I had been receiving the error message about no boot sector for about 3 months
That is a sign of a bad HD Drive.
Ok I'll try to Fix the MBR again and see what happens.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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11 Oct 2011   #14
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
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Have you run the Dell diagnostic tool?
If NO, Press F12 at boot, & run the Dell diagnostic tool.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by GMadd View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
Have you run the Dell diagnostic tool?
If NO, Press F12 at boot, & run the Dell diagnostic tool.
I ran Dell diagnostic and it did not find anything wrong.

1) Make sure the HD Drive is showing in BIOS.
2) Check all the cables.
3) Check the hard drive with the manufacturer's diagnostic tools.
Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp.
HD Diagnostic
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by GMadd View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
Quote:
I had been receiving the error message about no boot sector for about 3 months
That is a sign of a bad HD Drive.
Ok I'll try to Fix the MBR again and see what happens.
Trying to fix MBR will not make the BIOS see the HD. As your HD turning on/off.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
11 Oct 2011   #15
GMadd

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
You should boot the Win7 DVD Repair console or Repair CD to run Startup Repair. All bootrec, bootsect and other repair commands, tests and fixes are automated in Startup Repair. Run it several times then post back what it reports.

Next make sure Win7 or its 100mb System Reserved partition (preferred) are still marked Active: Partition - Mark as Active (Method Two). You can also use free Partition Wizard bootable CD to mark Active, then click on HD to highlight it, from Disk tab select Rebuild MBR, Apply steps, reboot. This may preclude the need to run Startup Repair.

If these repairs fail then after confirming HD is good you'll need to run full Factory Recovery from its partition at boot, or from Recovery disks you have made or order. Or find a Win7 installation DVD to clean reinstall using the Product Key on COA sticker: Reinstalling Windows 7
The only disks I have for this computer are the ones I made using the Dell Data safe back up. I did this just before I started messing with this drive. I know I can use it to install Windows back on the computer because I tried it once already but did not try to use the repair console. I am not sure I saw that as an option. I have my Windows 7 professional 64 bit from my new computer; can I use it to get the repair console up?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
11 Oct 2011   #16
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

You can use any Win7 installation DVD for repairs as long as it is the same 32- or 64-bit version.

Try also rebooting and tapping the F8 key to see if Repair console is on Advanced Boot Options menu
My System SpecsSystem Spec
11 Oct 2011   #17
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by GMadd View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
You should boot the Win7 DVD Repair console or Repair CD to run Startup Repair. All bootrec, bootsect and other repair commands, tests and fixes are automated in Startup Repair. Run it several times then post back what it reports.

Next make sure Win7 or its 100mb System Reserved partition (preferred) are still marked Active: Partition - Mark as Active (Method Two). You can also use free Partition Wizard bootable CD to mark Active, then click on HD to highlight it, from Disk tab select Rebuild MBR, Apply steps, reboot. This may preclude the need to run Startup Repair.

If these repairs fail then after confirming HD is good you'll need to run full Factory Recovery from its partition at boot, or from Recovery disks you have made or order. Or find a Win7 installation DVD to clean reinstall using the Product Key on COA sticker: Reinstalling Windows 7
The only disks I have for this computer are the ones I made using the Dell Data safe back up. I did this just before I started messing with this drive. I know I can use it to install Windows back on the computer because I tried it once already but did not try to use the repair console. I am not sure I saw that as an option. I have my Windows 7 professional 64 bit from my new computer; can I use it to get the repair console up?
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
You can use any Win7 installation DVD for repairs as long as it is the same 32- or 64-bit version.

Try also rebooting and tapping the F8 key to see if Repair console is on Advanced Boot Options menu
Trying to fix MBR will not make the BIOS see the HD. As your HDis turning on/off.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
11 Oct 2011   #18
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

If the HD is confirmed good then these are the repairs needed first to know that Win7 is bootable.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
11 Oct 2011   #19
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Quote:
I am getting an error message while booting up it states
"No boot sector on internal hard drive"
"No bootable devices--strike F1 to retry boot"
Quote:
I had been receiving the error message about no boot sector for about 3 months
Are all signs of a bad HD Drive.

Hopefully not a bad MOBO.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Oct 2011   #20
GMadd

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by FliGi7 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
That is a sign of a bad HD Drive.
This is true. Sounds like more serious problems are occurring with the hard drive itself rather than just a singular booting issue.
Can anyone suggest a good tool to check and see if the hard drive is actually bad?? I have a program called HD Tune 2.55 that has an Error scanner on it but I am not sure if that is what I need to use.
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