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Windows 7: Non system disk, not installed

28 Jul 2012   #1
Mastorna

Windows 7
 
 
Non system disk, not installed

I had problems With iTunes (could not open it) and followed the instructions to take ownership of the iTunes folder. I rightclicked on take ownership of the folder but nothing happened. No message that ownership had been taken, or something like that, and I still Could not open iTunes. So i rebooted the computer. As it Was opening up, the message "Non-System disk or disk error, replace and strike key when Ready" came up, and I can not start the computer anymore. When I run system diagnostics, I get the answer that the disk is not installed.

I am worried that my hard disk is dead and that all My information is lost. I need guidance, thankfull For all your help!

HP Elitebook 8440p, Windows 7, apx 2 years old.

Best,

Mastorna


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28 Jul 2012   #2
Mastorna

Windows 7
 
 

When I start up, I get the following message:

PXE-E61 media test failure, check cable

I have no discs or USB units connected during startup. I have tried startup both With and without the power cable.

Is this a clue to the problem?
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28 Jul 2012   #3
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

PXE is the Pre-Boot Execution Environment. The laptop is apparently trying to boot from a remote server using the network card. This happens when it cannot boot from your HDD and then skips to the second option in the boot order.

Bottom line: Your HDD is either dead or not accessible. Check the connections or take it out and check in a caddy whether it still has life.
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28 Jul 2012   #4
Kaktussoft

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Boot from win7 install DVD or system repair disk. Enter "command prompt"

diskpart
list disk
list vol
exit

post results
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28 Jul 2012   #5
Saltgrass

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Any chance you could link to the directions you followed to take ownership of the iTunes folder? I would not think such an action would cause your situation, but maybe something was done we would not expect.

I suppose you might as well check your bios boot priorities to make sure the PXE option is not listed first. You could also check to see if your hard drive is still an option.
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29 Jul 2012   #6
Mastorna

Windows 7
 
 
Instructions

Here are the instructions I followed. My hard disk had no indikations of problebefordring this. And it also worked after I installed the "take ownership"-zipfile and made the procedure of taking ownership the My Music folder. I used my computer as usual, until I rebooted it. Maybe this Could be a clue to specifying the problem and find solution to it. The instructions came from this site:

Your my music folder location is C:\user\ (username) and iTunes location is C:\Program Files ?

One more question ... How many hard disks do you have, and are the musics stored anywhere other than the disk containing C drive ?

If so , Download take ownership.zip from the second post of the thread, unzip it, there is a file take ownership.reg. Run it as admin and merge it. then there is "take ownership" in your right click context menu.

Right click on your music folders, and take ownership (including my music). Then you should be able to add musics to your iTunes library .

This process worked for me for two times . I have stored all musics in a disk other than the disk with C drive. So for two clean installations, I tunes refused to add musics .
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29 Jul 2012   #7
Mastorna

Windows 7
 
 

"I suppose you might as well check your bios boot priorities to make sure the PXE option is not listed first. You could also check to see if your hard drive is still an option."

How do I do this? Can you give me details? Thanks!
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29 Jul 2012   #8
Kaktussoft

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kaktussoft View Post
Boot from win7 install DVD or system repair disk. select "command prompt"

diskpart
list disk
list vol
exit

post results
Do this first! Can it see the disk?
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29 Jul 2012   #9
Kaktussoft

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Does the machine have a floppy drive? Remove the floppy from the drive.
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29 Jul 2012   #10
Mastorna

Windows 7
 
 
Floppy drive

The computer has no floppy drive. I have removed the DVD and USB units. I have my PC from my company, and I am on vacation s I don't have access to my normal support. And since it is company-connected, I don't hav access to the installation DVD. And I have urgent work to take care of, that is why I try to solve my problems this way. Is there anything I can try on my own without the DVD. Any theories about why the problem has arised?
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