Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.

Windows 7: hard disk could not be found when doing startup repair

29 Jan 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Prem 64bit
hard disk could not be found when doing startup repair

While attempting to perform a startup repair....I get a hard disk could not be found. I have a HP dv6 -3050 US....I'd like to know if this is for sure a hardware issue...before wasting time and money on ordering HP recovery disks...Any help would be great.


My System SpecsSystem Spec

30 Jan 2012   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient


Will the HD Drive show in BIOS?

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
Boot up using the Startup Repair CD or Windows 7 DVD. (not the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disk) If you have a Netbook, you will need a CD/DVD drive.
NOTE: Make sure no USB drives are plugged in.
Do not use a USB Pendrive for Startup Repair.
startup repair disc-create

Do a Strartup Repair:
Startup Repair
Note: You may need to do startup repair 3 to 4 times.
Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times
My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Jan 2012   #3

win 7 Pro - 64 bit

I don't know how your HP BIOS works but many require you to reset which is your active hard drive after system changes.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

30 Jan 2012   #4

Windows 7 home premium x64

I wonder also if you can get as far as the choosing a driver to load ? if so what then ?
My System SpecsSystem Spec

 hard disk could not be found when doing startup repair

Thread Tools

Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
A hard disk could not be found
Hello there, I have a relatively new PC with Windows 7 on. All has been running smoothly until last Saturday when it failed to boot. There had been no issues when it was shut down or any warning signs. We used the PC on Friday evening and it was fine. On start up I got the message "Reboot...
Hardware & Devices
Startup Repair Infinite Loop, Cannot Find Hard Disk, Registry Corrupt?
So I tried using the Startup Repair Infinite Loop Recovery ( and It did not work for me. I tried the Startup Repair and It said "Hard Disk could not be found" On another instance, It said "Registry is...
Backup and Restore
Startup Repair: bad hard disk: Bugcheck 7a
Hi. So, yesterday, I turned my computer off so it could update. It turned off correctly. The next morning, I turn on my computer, and windows starts, and then configures it's updates. After this windows restarts my computer. When the computer restarted, Windows couldn't start. I tried...
Backup and Restore
Need Partition help? Startup repair says no OS files found on disk.
After running startup repair, the details state the root cause to be "No OS files found on disk. Repair action: Partition table repair. Result: Failed. Error code = 0x3f8" I have Partition Wizard and have a funny feeling that might help, but I'm not 100% sure how to use that software for this...
General Discussion
new hard disk-startup repair loop
Hello, The hard drive on my laptop recently failed and I purchased and installed a new one to replace it. I cloned as much of the data off of the old drive as possible. However, when I go to boot from it, it gets stuck in a startup repair loop. Startup repair doesn't find any problems, but it is...
General Discussion
Hard disk not found
hi i want to install windows 7, but setup can`t vind the harddisk that is needed. it can vind my harddisk with xp, but not my empty one. please help!
Installation & Setup

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:34.

Twitter Facebook Google+

Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App