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3 Weeks Ago   #1
ashleyquick

windows 7
 
 
"No bootable device - insert boot disk & press any key" when trying...

NOTE: I've posted this in the CloudReady forum but wondered if it might be more appropriate here.

Here's the scenario: I have two older laptops (and HP and a Compaq CQ57). The Compaq had CloudReady only on it...meaning I chose the option to remove Windows. I'm now trying to swap the hard drives so that the Compaq will have the hard drive from the HP (which has Windows 7). So now when I try to boot this Compaq, I'm getting the aforementioned "No bootable device..." error.

The other hard drive switch is working fine...meaning CloudReady booted with no issues in the HP.

Can someone think of a fix for this Compaq so that the Windows install on that hard drive will boot? It has a setup and files that I REALLY need. I've already tried creating a USB disk with Microsoft's Media Creation tool and using the master boot record repair (which I saw as a suggestion somewhere). That didn't work.


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3 Weeks Ago   #2
samuria

win 8 32 bit
 
 

Is the disk uefi gpt disk or mgr? A screenshot from disk management would help showing all the details
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3 Weeks Ago   #3
ashleyquick

windows 7
 
 

How would I find/determine that?
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3 Weeks Ago   #4
Paul Black

7 HP SP1 64-bit Vista HB SP2 32-bit Linux Mint 18.3
 
 

Hi ashleyquick,

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ashleyquick View Post
How would I find/determine that?
Disk Management

Can you post a screenshot of the Disk Management please => Click Start => right-click Computer => click Manage => click Disk Management.

Screenshots And Files - Upload And Post In SevenForums

This tutorial [Published by Brink] will show you how to upload the file => Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in SevenForums.

I hope this helps!
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3 Weeks Ago   #5
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

You need to have a look with bootable media.

There needs to be an active partition on the windows disk that contains the relevant boot files.

You could try nt6repair ( it is on the desktop of the boot media ). Auto boot repair section.

boot media:

17514x86.iso
17514x64-v10.iso
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3 Weeks Ago   #6
ashleyquick

windows 7
 
 

Will this help?


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3 Weeks Ago   #7
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

CQ57

Quote:
Hi,
This model PC has limited support for Windows 8/8.1. It does not support GPT or UEFI 2.3.1 or later. It is MBR only.
-wes
I am an HP employee.
1. Looks like you would need to convert the HD to mbr partition style.
Then you shouldn't get the no bootable device message.

2. The next thing is that windows is not keen on being moved to different harware.
There are several programs that have modules to adjust to windows to new hardware.

O&O is doing a free giveaway their diskimge pro v12 - which has that function.

Otherwise, the linux boot media included in Paragon free rescue kit 14 can do it.

3. After that, you will need a license for that Edition of windows 7 on that machine.
If the CQ57 came with windows 7 ( same edition ) , then it is very likely an SLP license.
Running 7oeminstaller should sort it out in a matter seconds.

It might sound daunting,but I could probably do all the above in a few minutes.
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3 Weeks Ago   #8
ashleyquick

windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
CQ57



1. Looks like you would need to convert the HD to mbr partition style.

Then you shouldn't get the no bootable device message.

2. The next thing is that windows is not keen on being moved to different harware.
There are several programs that have modules to adjust to windows to new hardware.

3. After that, you will need a license for that Edition of windows 7 on that machine.
If the CQ57 came with windows 7 ( same edition ) , then it is very likely an SLP license.
Running 7oeminstaller should sort it out
Can you elaborate on #1 and is it something I can do with this AOMEI Partition Assistant?
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3 Weeks Ago   #9
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

O&O diskImage 12 GIVEAWAY
Register: (the registration page is in German - don't worry about that)

Registrieren Sie sich hier fur Ihre kostenlose Vollversion von O&O DiskImage 12

They send an email. Click the link in the email they sent you and you will receive another email with your license key

Download English version of the program:
Download Archive

You would need to install the program, get it to make bootable media. Boot that up on the Compaq.

"No bootable device - insert boot disk & press any key" when trying...-o-o-newhardware.jpg


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3 Weeks Ago   #10
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ashleyquick View Post
Can you elaborate on #1 and is it something I can do with this AOMEI Partition Assistant?
Can't recall what version of Aomei part assist I put in there.

Easy to find out.

In that Aomei window you posted, just rt click the disk and see if it offers to convert to mbr.

Don't rt click a partition. Rt click directly on the word Disk 1.


Disk operations are never 100% risk free - good idea to have a backup image, just in case. I have never had a problem with it, but you never know on ancient hardware.

If the function to convert is in that version Of Aomei - it might say there are too many partitions.
If it says that, then you can rt click the second partition, the one that says Other GPT,MSR - select delete, then click the big green Apply arrow at top left of window.
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