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Windows 7: No bootable disk on start up

02 Feb 2012   #1
TWardy

Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit
 
 
No bootable disk on start up

This came up on my friends laptop? What is wrong? What must he do?

Thanks guys


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02 Feb 2012   #2
Hipster Doofus

Windows 7 Pro x64 -- PCLinuxOS KDE4 FullMonty 2011
 
 

Without any further information first thing is to check into the bios & see whether the hard drive is set as 'bootable'.
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02 Feb 2012   #3
gregrocker

 

Check in BIOS setup that the HD is still detected and that it is set first to boot.

If so run HD maker's HD Diagnostic extended CD scan.
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23 Apr 2012   #4
TWardy

Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit
 
 

What does this mean? I have a compaq presario that keeps showing this. I put another HDD in and it is saying the same thing. Does it mean the old HDD was buggered and I need to do something to the new one to sort out boot order or anything? or is this not a HDD issue. I have two broken compaq presarios here. One with no screen working and one saying no bootable disk drive. Help. I must be able to get one going? Thanks
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23 Apr 2012   #5
gregrocker

 

Are you trying to install Win7 on the new HD? Boot the installation DVD and not the HD to try install as shown here: Clean Install Windows 7

If your computer has more than one HD then make sure the one you wish to boot is set first to boot, or unplug the other especially during install.

Not sure why you would expect a new HD to boot or give any more than a message that it cannot boot until it has Win7 installed upon it?
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23 Apr 2012   #6
FliGi7

XP / Win7 x64 Pro
 
 

A little background on this before we end up spinning our wheels in focusing on the drive itself...

Reasons for Screen not working after a knock
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23 Apr 2012   #7
alphanumeric

Windows 10 Education 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TWardy View Post
What does this mean? I have a compaq presario that keeps showing this. I put another HDD in and it is saying the same thing. Does it mean the old HDD was buggered and I need to do something to the new one to sort out boot order or anything? or is this not a HDD issue. I have two broken compaq presarios here. One with no screen working and one saying no bootable disk drive. Help. I must be able to get one going? Thanks
It means that the BIOS did not detect a bootable device during the POST. It could be that the BIOS boot order, or boot device option is not set correctly. Or if it is set correctly, that the hard drive is not bootable. There could be a hardware fault preventing the device form booting. A motherboard fault or bad data or power cable to the drive.
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23 Apr 2012   #8
FliGi7

XP / Win7 x64 Pro
 
 

It could also be that by your friend standing on his laptop he may have damaged the connection from the hard drive to the motherboard, or a number of other things in there.
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24 Apr 2012   #9
TWardy

Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit
 
 

The HDD I tried putting in came straight out of another laptop with Win 7 on it
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25 Apr 2012   #10
alphanumeric

Windows 10 Education 64 bit
 
 

Is this the laptop that was damaged by being stepped on?
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