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Windows 7: Reboot and Select Boot device or Insert Boot Media - Issue

18 May 2014   #1
Billy2025

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Reboot and Select Boot device or Insert Boot Media - Issue

Here is my system:
Whitebox PC, 4 years old
Motherboard: ASUS M4A78 PLUS, Bios: v2101
Proc: AMD Phenom 9550 Quad-Core
Disk Drive: Patriot Pyro 120 GB (just purchased)
Window 7 Ultimate 64-bit 2
3x SATA Drives for Data

I wanted to breath in some new life into this older PC, purchased the SSD just to be the boot drive for Win7. Loaded Win7 on the SSD, no issues. Then I deleted the old Win7 partition on the old C drive so that I could repurpose that 120 GB into a data partition on that SATA drive. When I loaded the new Win7, it made the SSD drive the A: drive. After a reboot I started getting the “Reboot and Select Boot device or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device and press a key” message. I have update the BIOS to v2101. I have changed the boot order from the SSD to the DVD and back again. I have unplugged all the SATA drives. I have 2x of the Patriot Pyro SSD's, so I switched them. I have changed the SATA cables going to the SSD and DVD. I have hit F8 during reboot and try to force a boot from both the DVD and the SSD. I cannot get this to boot from either. I would be happy to get a boot from the Win7 DVD and start the repair process or do the install again.

I have read hours of forums related to the boot error isse, no one seems to have this issue that I can seem to find. Any ideas on how I can get this to boot from the Win7 disk in the DVD drive?


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18 May 2014   #2
Arc

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Microsoft Windows 10 Pro Insider Preview 64-bit
 
 

Hi Billy.

Unplug all other HDDs and SSDs but that one on which you lately installed Windows, and then run Startup Repair for three separate times, with restarts after every single run.
Startup Repair: Run three separate times.

Does it make windows bootable? If so, now attach the other storage devices and see if it continues to boot or not.

If it even does not boot after running startup repair for three instances, better you do another clean reinstall, keeping the other devices unplugged.

If it boots on the SSD but does not boot after adding the other discs with this message "Reboot and Select Boot device or Insert Boot Media" .... then I have a question to you ..... is the new BIOS update is a UEFI one?
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18 May 2014   #3
Billy2025

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Hello Arc. The PC will not boot from the SSD or the DVD with the Windows 7 Disc. I can get to the BIOS, once it is out of that is just goes to the black screen with “Reboot and Select Boot device or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device and press a key” message. I am stuck here. I if I could get it to boot from the Win7 disc, I think I could get through this.
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18 May 2014   #4
gregrocker

 

When you installed Win7 on the SSD with the HDD still plugged in, it only updates the boot files on the HDD and doesn't write the boot files to the SSD, so it can configure a Dual Boot.

To remove the HDD and keep Win7 bootable, you must Mark the Win7 Partition Active,
unplug all other hard drives, then run Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times
until Win7 starts and holds the System flag.

But if you also installed Win7 from the old OS and not by booting its installer, then it locked out the C letter from being available so that Win7 is not on C as it always is if correctly installed from a booted installer. So I would strongly consider doing it over unless you don't care that Win7 is on another drive letter than C.

As to not being able to boot a CD, this is almost always a user failure. Follow these steps: How to Boot A Computer from CD or DVD - YouTube.

If this fails where did you get the Win7 disk? How is it burned?
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19 May 2014   #5
Billy2025

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I had used the power and SATA cable from the DVD drive to attached the SSD. This left me with the Blu-Ray drive. This is where I have the Windows 7 disc and it was showing up in the BIOS. I decided to switch those, so I removed the Windows 7 disc, unplugged the power. I then changed the power and SATA cables from the BLU-Ray and then atttached them to the DVD. Re-plugged in the power, turned it back on. Windows 7 booted from the DVD drive! I then used diskpart to create a partition, make it active, assign the letter "C" to it. Then rebooted again and then Windows 7 installed successfully. Whew. Thank you.
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19 May 2014   #6
gregrocker

 

So you unplugged the old Win7 drive during install? The new install should be marked System Active. Merely formatting it as Active would not prevent the installer from placing its boot files on the first Primary partition in order, which is why its best to unplug all other drives during install, and not keep any Primary partitions which precede the OS partition.

If so you can plug it back in now to repartition in Disk Mgmt.

Please post back a screenshot of Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image so we can look it over for you.
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20 May 2014   #7
Billy2025

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Reboot and Select Boot device or Insert Boot Media  - Issue-screen-shot-2014-05-20-8.20.09-pm.png

Screenshot attached. Seems to be working great now, the SSD is the C drive. One of the SATA drives is fine, the other two show up but are not showing the original folders/files. I think I will try removing them and using a USB Adapter to see if the old folders/files show up.


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20 May 2014   #8
gregrocker

 

C is correctly configured although it's best in DISK0 position if possible, or if not possible I wouldn't have any Primary partitions preceding it as it risks having the System boot files derailed to the first-in-order Primary partition if there is ever a Startup Repair or Reinstall - you can avoid this by unplugging all drives during such an operation, or having only Logical data partitions to precede C. It's mainly a heads-up.

On Disk1 you could set partition as Logical with Partition Wizard which would then allow you to Resize A into the Free Space which is deleted Logical space, or create a new adjacent Logical partition. In order to Extend A as Primary into that Free Space you must first delete the Free Space in Disk Mgmt to make it Unallocated.

The news on F: is not good as a RAW partition almost always means ruined. You can try Partition Wizard Partition Recovery Wizard - Video Help but it rarely works for RAW so you can then move to file recovery from the Partition Wizard program or disk. Hope for the best but expect the worst.

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