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Boot Device Not Found. Please Help!

Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by bmore, Mar 5, 2009.

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  1. bmore

    bmore Thread Starter

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    After going to sleep and waking up, I turn on my laptop only to find this startup message:
    "Boot Device Not Found Please install an operating system on your hard disk."
    Is there anyway I can save some of my files if I have to do a system recovery?


    Thanks, Bmore.
     
  2. Rollin' Rog

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    One way or another you are probably going to have to remove and reseat the drive since this is a BIOS level message and the drive is just not being detected.

    If that fails the drive probably requires replacement.

    If the drive is not being detected you will not be able to recover data from it -- although you could try to mount it through a USB port computer using an adapter.

    You can also try building a Linux booter and see if it detects it.

    http://www.puppylinux.com/

    If you have an XP disk you can try >>

    http://www.ubcd4win.com/

    However neither of these will be of any value if the problem is truly that the drive is undetectable.
     
  3. bmore

    bmore Thread Starter

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    thanks for your help, but uhh...your computer talk is like another language to me lol, so how do i remove and reseat my drive
     
  4. Rollin' Rog

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    Do you have a manual from the Vendor? This should be a standard procedure that is detailed.

    What is the laptop model?

    I really don't want to buy from a vendor that does not include that kind of basic instruction either with the computer or in online materials.
     
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