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Reboot and select proper boot device.

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by bweiser21, Mar 4, 2012.

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  1. bweiser21

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    Hi, so I think my hard drive died but not positive. A week ago I was using my computer and it worked fine, after I was done I shut it down like every time for the past 3 years. The next day I powered my system up and it went to gateway screen and I noticed it was taking forever to jump into windows. Well it never did, it went to a screen saying reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device and press a key. Im not getting anywhere by pressing f8 or using recovery disc. I go into BIOS and my hard drive isn't listed, I've checked and switched cables to make sure it wasnt that. I can also hear the hard drive spinning. Any advice would be appreciated.
     
  2. Oddba11

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    Could simply be a loose cable (data or power) to the HDD. But most likely it has failed, especially as it's not recognized by the BIOS.
     
  3. bweiser21

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    Thanks, I actually switched out the cables using different ones and nothing changed. So if it is the hard drive that has gone bad, what are my options as far as getting my data back or can I just replace the Hard drive? I guess the other question is I didn't get a windows install disc but I do have a product key for vista. How would I go about reinstalling vista on a new HD if I choose just to replace the Hard drive? Or is it reccomended I take it to a computer repair shop?
     
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