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Hello. I am receiving the message on my asus x551m laptop, "reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device and press a key"

I have unplugged all usb devices and then I pulled out the hard drive and placed it back in, but that did not work. I tried to access the bios settings using F2, escape, delete, and all of the other function keys (F1 thre F12), but I still cannot access the bios settings. Please help. Thank you!
 
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How to get into the BIOS of ASUS laptop?

Press and hold the F2 button , then click the power button. DO NOT RELEASE the F2 button until the BIOS screen display
 

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Either the hard drive is failing (or has failed) or the operating system is corrupt. What brand HDD have you got?
 

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From what I can determine:
The ASUS X551M laptop is 5 - 6 years old and originally came with Windows 8.1 64-bit and a 500 GB SATA hard disk drive.
 

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Yes, the laptop is 5 or 6 years old (not sure). I swapped the original HDD last year out for a Samsung 500GB 860 EVO SSD. Everything was working well up until recently. I just tried swapping the old 500GB Seagate Momentus Thin HDD drive back into the ASUS laptop, but I am receiving the same boot message. I was able to hook the new SSD up to a USB port on another laptop and I can access the documents on the new SSD.
 

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You can put the SSD back in, use the Windows Media creation Tool to create a bootable flash drive (using another system) and try to run the repair on the drive. Failing that, you can copy all your important files to a backup location and try to reinstall Windows using that same flashdrive.
 
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