computer says no boot device available

October 11, 2010 at 07:52:56
Specs: microsoft

microsoft locked up, power down, black screen showing no boot device available, SATA0 installed, SATA1 installed

Is it software windows start up or a hardware problem? Can windows VISTA or & be reinstalled? Will personal data be lost?

HELP. THANKS!


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#1
October 11, 2010 at 08:49:04

Have you removed all usb connected devices as well as any cds/dvds and tried again to boot?

Which drive contained your data?

Do you have your windows 7 dvd?

Have you reviewed this?
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/...


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#2
October 11, 2010 at 08:54:52

drop in the repair dvd if you have one, or get one here http://neosmart.net/blog/2009/windo...
run a repair that may solve this.
if not:
try the drives in another computer to save your data, just plug em in and you should be able to see the data.
then you can try to install win 7 or vista.

is this a manufacturers machine, you may be able to press an F key, and get into the proprietry factory restore/repair app.

i hate computers!
but cant help myself....


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#3
October 11, 2010 at 09:28:32

C: drive contains data
windows 7 upgrade disk available, tried to use to repair, cannot access drive. Is the windows structure corrupt?

Tried drive in a portable device and plugged into another computer. No acknowledgement of drives presence. Could this be a software issue? Related to windows?

If not. data retrieval is the last resort from the pros.


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#4
October 11, 2010 at 09:54:57

sounds more like the drive died if its not see in two different systems

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#5
October 11, 2010 at 13:17:26

Just to be sure, try a different SATA data cable(especially if you are using the same cable to try it in the other machine), you could have a cable that has gone bad. Likewise, if you are using a SATA power adapter cable, try another one.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.
If all else fails, read instructions.


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#6
October 11, 2010 at 22:43:12

it may not be a dead drive, go the drive manufacturers site and download all the recovery tools from the site, it may be that you have damaged the drive id data which you can fix quite easily.
even if you need reinstall the drive and format it, you can still recover the data with tools like file scavenger and recover my files.

there is little need for professional data recovery unless the drive is totally dead,

i doubt this is a windows problem.
do you use any partition software programs, like acronis/diskpart you can try starting from disk and running the acronis disk recovery/installation tools they may also work.

finally invest in a new drive, install your windows, it can be installed from a update dvd,(check the net for that), use the new installation to work on your old drives, there is almost always a way to recover them.

i hate computers!
but cant help myself....


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