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Windows 7: Startup error "Please select proper boot device"

27 Jul 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
Startup error "Please select proper boot device"


I am in quite a dilemma with my current computer. I have recently purchased a new computer chassis which I transferred all my components to with no new additions.

On startup I was being sent to the Marvell Adapter 98xx which I had never encountered when my components were in my original case. The adapter was saying:

Virtual Drives: None Detected!

Physical Drives: Patriot Inferno SSD (which already has windows installed on it)
Western Digital HDD

It would then proceed to another black screen saying please select proper boot device etc etc.

I have since tried all the different SATA configurations, IDE, AHCI, and RAID. I tried all of these with the Marvell Adapter both on and off. I have tried all of the modes with both drives in each combination possible (SSD in 6Gb port/HDD in 3Gb port , SSD in 3Gb port/HDD in 6Gb port, SSD & HDD in 3Gb port, and the original SSD & HDD in 6Gb port)

I have reset the CMOS in a hope that It may resolve the issue, I have also pressed F8 (boot menu) and selected the SSD directly for startup considering it has windows installed on it.

Originally when the issue started I was able to enter the Marvell adapter and I created a virtual drive with both of my drives. This still resulted in me being sent to the "Please select proper boot device screen" and so I deleted that virtual drive.

In conclusion I have run out of ideas and I am stumped as to what I should do (as I have found similar scenarios in the forums but none quite as complex or exactly the same as mine). The motherboard I am using is the Asus Sabertooth X58 I cannot get past the "select proper boot device" screen at all and If any1 has any clue as to why my computer is having a s**t fit please pleassssse help me out.

Thanks so much for any replies, Drew.

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27 Jul 2012   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Hey again to anyone viewing the thread. I have found out what the issue / resolution was.

In the end I just booted with the windows 7 disk in the dvd drive which enabled me to get past the error and into system repair. The issue in the end was a corrupt MBR section in the 1TB HDD. The system repair removed the corruption and removed the partition.

After that I was able to start up my computer like usual but the HDD had lost its info. Luckily with the program "EASEUS partition recovery" I was able to retrieve the lost data that was originally on my drive as system repair only removed the data instead of deleting it.

Thanks to anyone that showed interest in my thread.
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