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ridma31

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My hp desktop computer is saying there is no boot disk detected or the disk has failed & the computer will not start. Is there any way to turn the computer on & fix this?
 

crjdriver

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You are turning the system ON, that is how you are receiving the msg. Most likely your hard drive has failed however you can do some basic troubleshooting prior to replacing the drive AND reloading the os.
Do the following;
1 System OFF and pw cord removed from the back of the pw supply. Press the ON button 2~3 times. This removes any residual charge from the pw supply capacitors
2 Open the case and locate your hd. Remove then replace both the pw and data connectors. This is also called reseating connectors. Do the same for the end that goes to the motherboard
3 Replace the pw cord in the pw supply and hit the ON button. Hit the F2 key to enter the bios [should be F2 however read your manual] See if the drive is detected in the bios. If the drive is not detected, it has failed and you will need to replace the drive, install windows, install any programs you need, and restore your data files from a backup. If the drive is detected, exit the bios and let the system reboot to see if windows will boot.

If you have data on the drive you need [and you did not backup] you can attempt to boot the system with a linux live usb. Quite often linux will allow you to copy/save data on a drive windows cannot see. Note if the bios will not detect the drive after doing the above procedure, linux will not find the drive either.
 
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