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Solved Reformat and Reinstall Problem: BOOT DEVICE NOT FOUND

January 2, 2013 at 13:56:11
Specs: Windows 7, Athlon X2

I have an eMachines EL1300G, and it crapped out. So I went to just reinstall Windows. I used the Windows 7 USB/DVD Tool, Made a bootable USB drive like SO MANY TIMES BEFORE for other machines, and went into the BIOS, set the 1st Bootable Drive to be the USB Drive and attempted to boot. Every Time it says BOOT DEVICE NOT FOUND. I verified the USB drive shows up in the Phoenix BIOS as well. But no matter what port I put the thumb drive in, I cannot get Windows to Load. What am I doing wrong?

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January 3, 2013 at 18:08:56

Also test your memory on the machine with Memtest, it also can cause errors like that if you have a bad stick.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.



#1
January 2, 2013 at 15:43:37

If your BIOS options allow for booting from a USB flash drive and you have it set that way, then you created the ISO on the flash drive wrong somehow.

Note: USB drive and USB flash drive are not necessarily one and the same.


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#2
January 2, 2013 at 15:57:36

Let me rephrase: I created a Bootable USB Flash Drive with a Windows 7 Installation on it using Microsoft's USB/DVD tools for doing so. Once I encountered this error, To check for operator error, I attempted to boot other machines in the house using it, and 4 (FOUR) machines boot perfectly from it (2 Laptops and 2 Desktops). So I don't believe I created the Bootable Flash Drive incorrectly.

Any Other Solutions?


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#3
January 2, 2013 at 17:40:28

Since USB isn't working, why are you not booting off the Win7 DVD?

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#4
January 2, 2013 at 20:06:15

If you are getting that message and you know the USB flash drive is valid then the boot sequence must be wrong. The computer is bypassing the USB boot and finding the non-bootable hard drive.

Why did you find the need to perform this operation "SO MANY TIMES BEFORE" ?

Why are you not using the optical drive as asked above?

Do you have legacy USB support enabled in the BIOS?


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#5
January 2, 2013 at 20:24:48

I wasn't aware that my past install would be subject to scrutiny. I have frequently performed Windows Installations via USB as the process is faster and generally more reliable than reading from a CD/DVD. I bought several Netbooks for family members several years ago and switched to Home Premium instead of Starter on them (No Optical Drives). I have worked on a great number of machines and Yes, MANY TIMES I have performed Windows Installations via a USB Flash Drive. Now that we have that out of the way, maybe we can get back to solving this issue instead of breaking down my day to day activities.

I have tried using the optical drive to perform the install but have had several failures due to drive failing to read properly.


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#6
January 3, 2013 at 04:54:00

riider, thanks for trying to help. I have tried the DVD yet again, and it keeps failing as soon as I click to accept the license agreement and click Next.. I get an error on every attempt saying Unknown Error Occured, and the Error Code is 0x0000100

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#7
January 3, 2013 at 09:36:36

You said the eMachines "crapped out". I'm not sure what that means but is it possible you have a problem with the HDD? Did you run the HDD manufacturer's diagnostics to confirm the drive is good? Are you completely wiping the HDD & starting from scratch or are you attempting an 'over-the-top' repair installation? When I install Win7, I always use the HDD manufacturer's software to partition/format in advance rather than using the Win7 disc. That way, the 100MB hidden boot partition doesn't get created.

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#8
January 3, 2013 at 10:16:47

good point. I am using a spare drive, a quality good one, just not one I was using at the time. I am just doing a fresh clean install, or trying to. No, I haven't been using the Manufacturer utility. I will look for it and try that first.

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January 3, 2013 at 18:08:56
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Also test your memory on the machine with Memtest, it also can cause errors like that if you have a bad stick.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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