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Windows 7: Reboot and Select proper Boot device

06 Oct 2013   #1
Olly711

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Reboot and Select proper Boot device

Earlier today my computer froze and wouldn't do anything at all, so I had to turn it off via the power button, but ever since then it wont boot. When I turn the computer on I get the message,

"Reboot and Select proper Boot device
Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device and press a key"

I put in my Windows 7 install disc and went into the Startup Repair tool but the operating system isn't detected and I have no idea what to do.

I have lots of important files on the hard drive that I really need ASAP so any help is VERY much appreciated. Thank you!


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07 Oct 2013   #2
Olly711

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Update - I decided to format an old different hard drive and then I could reinstalled Windows 7 fresh onto it. It all installed fine but when I restarted the computer I got the message again!

"Reboot and Select proper Boot device
Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device and press a key"

A different hard drive, new Windows install but the same message
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07 Oct 2013   #3
archer

Windows 7 ultimate x64
 
 

Hi Olly, Welcome to SF.

first you need to go to BIOS settings. For this when you start your PC keep pressing DEL key (mostly that is the key used to access BIOS. Key can be F8 or it depends on your motherboard).

Once you are in BIOS, go to Boot options and select the hard drive on which your OS is installed as your first boot device. Select your DVD/CD ROM as your second boot device. This way, if your PC is not able to load OS from your hardrive. It will automatically go to your DVD. Keep the Win 7 DVD inserted.

Keep us posted.
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07 Oct 2013   #4
Olly711

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Hi, thanks for the reply :) Before I managed to get back online, I tried the reinstall process again, and this time as soon as Windows was installed I inserted the driver disc for my motherboard and installed all the drivers etc (which I forgot to do before) and this time Windows is working fine. So that's good that I use my computer again for now.

Now, back to the hard drive with all my files on. When I have just the hard drive that my fresh installation of Windows is on attached, Windows boots fine. But, when I also attach the non-working hard drive with all my files on Windows wont load, and just stays at the Starting Windows screen. I went into the boot menu on my Motherboard and specifically selected to boot from the Hitachi drive (the one with Windows on), but still it wont boot.

However, while both are attached I can boot into Safe Mode. So I did that and went into the Computer Management tool to see if the hard drive was there, and it was... kind of. Here is what it showed when I went there.



The ST_M13FQ under Disk Drives in Device Manager is the Seagate hard drive with my files on, and I'm assuming the "Unknown" Disc 0 in the Disk Management is it aswell, but it's only showing 3.86GB that's unallocated, even though it's a 500GB drive
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07 Oct 2013   #5
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

1. Switch the Sata ports between Disk0 and Disk1 so that the current Disk1 with the OS ends up on port0.

2. It looks like the disk with your data is damaged. I would try to get the data off with a live Linux CD or stick - but there is no guarantee. Here is one option I can suggest:

Emergency Kit - save your files from a dead OS
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07 Oct 2013   #6
Olly711

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I switched the SATA cables and rebooted in Safe Mode but this time the hard drive didn't show. Also I have a Ubuntu 12.04 disc, and used that to boot into it but it only showed the hard drive with the fresh Windows installation not the other one

I'll try the things at the link you posted, thanks!
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07 Oct 2013   #7
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Hmm, maybe your Sata port0 is defective because the drives on that port don't seem to be showing. I suggest you try another port and set the BIOS boot sequence accordingly.
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07 Oct 2013   #8
andrew129260

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Based on that message,

"Reboot and Select proper Boot device
Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device and press a key"

do you have a flash drive or wireless adapter connected to the pc? Remove it. Sometimes the bios gets confused and tries to boot off of it.
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08 Oct 2013   #9
Olly711

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Sorry all, been away for a few hours. Thanks andrew129260, but I haven't got that message for a while :)

A small update with this;

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
1. Switch the Sata ports between Disk0 and Disk1 so that the current Disk1 with the OS ends up on port0.
I retried this using again, but used the SATA cables that I was using for my disc drive, and the non-working hard drive did show up as Disc1 and the main one as Disc0, but still it showed up as only unallocated ~4gb.

Also, I installed Recuva for something else last night, and just a few minutes ago decided to run it while in Safe Mode (as that's the only time it'll boot with that drive attached) to see if it saw anything, and when it asked me to choose the drive to scan, there was the usual C: drive, but also D: came up, but it wouldn't let me select it, it said something about being unavailable I think. So, along with that and it showing up in the device manager, it is working and being detected to some extent, but not fully.
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08 Oct 2013   #10
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Boot the HD maker's HD Diagnostic CD to run the Extended test on the problem HD, with only it plugged in.

You can also boot Partition Wizard bootable CD to see if the HDD is detected and run Partition Wizard Partition surface test

Next try running Disk Check from the booted Win7 installer or System Repair Disk.

Make sure the problem HDD is set first to boot in BIOS setup and try booting it again.
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