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Windows 7: No bootable disk drive

23 Apr 2012   #1

Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit
No bootable disk drive

What does this mean? I have a compaq presario that keeps showing this. I put another HDD in and it is saying the same thing. Does it mean the old HDD was buggered and I need to do something to the new one to sort out boot order or anything? or is this not a HDD issue. I have two broken compaq presarios here. One with no screen working and one saying no bootable disk drive. Help. I must be able to get one going? Thanks

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23 Apr 2012   #2

Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit

The new HDD keeps say press alt, cntr, del to restart and then just repeats process
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23 Apr 2012   #3

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit

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thanks, karl
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23 Apr 2012   #4

Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit

Sorry. It's my friends. Compaq Presario CQ43
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23 Apr 2012   #5

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Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1

It means that the BIOS has run it's startup routine and did not detect a bootable drive.

Common causes:
  • Loose cables
  • Power problems
  • Boot partition not marked as ACTIVE.
  • Defective hard drive
  • Defective SATA or IDE Controller.
If you put a bootable CD in the optical drive and the system recognizes it you can usually rule out controller problems.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
23 Apr 2012   #6

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit

Others view this kind of situation differently, but my personal policy is to work with the individual with the problem.

This means that I ask that your friend start a thread stating his problem.

Others may be happy working thru a third party. My experiences have influenced my viewpoint.
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