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Windows 7: No Bootable device - Insert Boot Disc error.

16 Dec 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
No Bootable device - Insert Boot Disc error.


I have Windows 7 on a AMD Phenom Machine.

Hard Drive died so I put another one in and restored Windows with Acronis True Image.

When I leave the Windows repair disk in the drive, the restored system starts perfectly, runs perfectly etc. But if I pull that repair disk out of the drive I get this error about "No Bootable Device" "Insert Disc". So in other words that repair disk has to be in the drive, else I get the error.

I have already:

1. Verified that the boot sequence points to my Windows Drive
2. Run system repair. That's useless. It just tells me everything is fine.
3. Run bootrec fixmbr, vixboot, rebuildbcd. No problems found
4. Run Chkdsk. No problems found.

And about a million other things.

What should I do?



My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Dec 2012   #2

Windows 8 Core X64

Just a guess, but it sounds like there were two partitions on the old drive, the System reserved partition, usually around 100MB and your OS partition. You restored the OS partition but not the System Reserved partition, which is where the boot files were.

Running Startup Repair from a booted Win 7 install DVD should fix that. You may have to run it up to three times.

If you do not have a Windows 7 installation DVD, you can download a legal copy with SP1 integrated from here: Official Windows 7 SP1 ISO from Digital River.
Make sure you get the same version you have, Home Premium, Pro or Ultimate and 32 or 64 bit. Note that Basic or Starter is not available.

I recommend using ImgBurn at 4X speed (or the slowest available) to create the DVD from the downloaded .iso file.

You can do this on any computer capable of burning a DVD.

For techies or folks who work on computers: Create Windows 7 Universal ISO With All Editions Selection On Install with ei.cfg Removal Utility.
This will fit on a 6GB flash drive or can be burned to a DVD.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Dec 2012   #3
Microsoft MVP


You already have a thread for the same issue at: Insert Boot Disc
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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