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Windows 7: Boot fails, no OS found!

04 Jan 2015   #1

Windows 8.1.1
Boot fails, no OS found!

I have/had Win 7 HP 64 on an old HP Pavilion. Someone in the house managed to turn it off while it was completing updates!
Now, it tries to boot but no disk is shown in the BIOS, I've tried doing the three repairs but that doesn't work either. When I click on the option to load drivers in the System Recovery screen should the drivers needed show up automatically? If not, what driver do I need and where do I find it?
This HP laptop is a spare system but I would like to get it up running again, if possible!
Thanks for any assistance.

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04 Jan 2015   #2
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bertie11 View Post
Now, it tries to boot but no disk is shown in the BIOS
Double-check the statement above please.....are you 100% sure the disk does not show in the BIOS?
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04 Jan 2015   #3

Windows 8.1.1

Yes, I've checked several times. The BIOS does not show a hard disk. It isn't shown in the boot order either. The BIOS even flags up a message saying there in no disk. I also just ran Seatools, that also said no NTFS found. It also said MSCD001 not found. Is that the driver for the hard disk? as I tried to instal the driver that Windows wanted but I don't know what it is looking for or where it is even

It looks as though the disk is kaput, but I'm just checking that I've tried all I can. There is no option in the BIOS to enable IDE or anything like that. The laptop is about 5 years old now but it is worth saving as a spare.
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05 Jan 2015   #4
Microsoft MVP


Try reseating the HD in the laptop bay on bottom of PC. Most models can be googled for how to replace HD to see how its done or check the Manual on the HP Support Downloads webpage.

If it can't be made to register in BIOS then you'll need to replace it. The best upgrade that you can have is an SSD which are lightning fast and coming down in price daily: Best deals of the day - Windows 7 Help Forums

Then do a Clean Reinstall Windows 7 with everything provided in the blue link to get and keep a perfect install.

If all you ever had on the HP is the factory install then you've never really experienced Win7 performance on that PC since the bloated HP factory install is the worst install of Win7 one can possibly have. You may think you have a new machine with the Clean Reinstall, especially if you swap in an SSD.
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