No bootable device insert boot disk and press any key

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  1. Posts : 9
    Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
       #1

    No bootable device insert boot disk and press any key


    Hi all,

    So I have an iMac and I primarily just used the bootcamp windows
    on it. One day, I was stupidly playing around with the partitions
    (on the bootcamp side) and I accidentally deleted the entire mac
    side of my iMac.

    That's not the issue. Today, I decided to use a tool called testdisk
    to try and recover that lost mac partition. Everything seemed to be
    okay, and it told me to reboot. So I did.

    When I rebooted, all that popped up was the message:
    "No bootable device insert boot disk and press any key" with a
    flashing white rectangle under it. I tried going into safe mode by
    pressing F8, I tried pressing every key. Everything just leads me
    to this same error. How can I at least get my windows side back?
    Is this a lost cause???
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  2. Posts : 16,229
    7 X64
       #2

    Did you run startup repair from the windows installation media/repair disc
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  3. Posts : 9
    Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
    Thread Starter
       #3

    I'm sorry I'm a bit new here... I tried downloading the windows 7 ISO file to my USB to create a windows 7 bootable USB from the windows site but they required a product key which I do not have. Is that what you mean?
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  4. Posts : 16,229
    7 X64
       #4

    Special bootable repair media:
    17514x86.iso

    17514x64-v9.iso
    Last edited by SIW2; 29 Nov 2018 at 02:11.
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  5. Posts : 9
    Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
    Thread Starter
       #5

    Wow thank you so much for this. I will be downloading this and will return with the results of it tomorrow as it's getting pretty late here haha.
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  6. Posts : 9
    Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
    Thread Starter
       #6

    So I downloaded the ISO file onto my USB and then used the Windows 7 USB DVD Download Toal to burn the iso onto my USB. I hope that's how you create a bootable USB. I plugged that USB into my iMac and it's still the same message. It doesn't seem to recognize my bootable USB?
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  7. Posts : 9
    Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
    Thread Starter
       #7

    Also, I need to mention that I am on another laptop (PC) separate from my iMac. I cannot access anything on my iMac at all. I tried running the setup.exe after I burned the iso file, but it says "This version of Bootcamp is not intended for this computer model."
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  8. Posts : 2,798
    Windows 7 x64, Vista x64, 8.1 smartphone
       #8

    ashbod said:
    So I downloaded the ISO file onto my USB and then used the Windows 7 USB DVD Download Toal to burn the iso onto my USB. I hope that's how you create a bootable USB. I plugged that USB into my iMac and it's still the same message. It doesn't seem to recognize my bootable USB?
    You probably just need to adjust the boot option priorities in BIOS, so that the computer boots from the USB stick first.
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  9. Posts : 16,229
    7 X64
       #9

    1. Which iso file did you download?

    2. I suggest using either rufus Rufus - Create bootable USB drives the easy way or usb7ice to create bootable usb.

    Usb7ice.zip

    ashbod said:
    So I downloaded the ISO file onto my USB and then used the Windows 7 USB DVD Download Toal to burn the iso onto my USB. I hope that's how you create a bootable USB. I plugged that USB into my iMac and it's still the same message. It doesn't seem to recognize my bootable USB?
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  10. Posts : 9
    Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
    Thread Starter
       #10

    iko22 said:
    You probably just need to adjust the boot option priorities in BIOS, so that the computer boots from the USB stick first.
    The thing is, I tried pulling up my bios page and NONE of the keys (I tried Esc, F1, F2, F8, etc.) would redirect me anywhere else except that error page.
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