No boot device found

July 18, 2010 at 08:29:45
Specs: Windows XP
Hi i have a Dell Dimension 9100.My old Harddrive failed on me so i brought another one.Problem is the Pc turns on great but just comes up with No Boot Device found press f1 or f2.Ive tried different things but nothing is helping me.

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#1
July 18, 2010 at 08:41:40
i assume the new drive is detected by bios.
U need to install os on a new drive.

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#2
July 18, 2010 at 09:39:47
Thanks for getting back to me how do i install the os i'm no pc wiz kid.All i get is no boot device found where do i go from there.

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#3
July 18, 2010 at 09:45:03
Do you have any restore disks or a full version of Windows?

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#4
July 18, 2010 at 09:50:54
if u have a dvd of the operating system use it to install new OS to ur hard drive since bios is not detecting the new device installed if u also have wut the above response said a restore disk would be good too

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#5
July 18, 2010 at 10:00:40
Hi ye i have the Reinstallation CD for the os which i had when i brought the pc.But how do i install it again.

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#6
July 18, 2010 at 10:09:51
Go to bios and change boot order eg.Fdd, cd rom, hdd etc. Then insert the disc save changes and restart the system. If the disc is bootable u will see "prey any key to boot from cd drive" from there follow simple instructions.

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#7
July 18, 2010 at 10:13:51
I think your Dell disk is bootable. Set the boot order in the BIOS (setup) to boot to the CD drive before the hard drive. Then insert the restore disk in the CD drive and reboot. Watch the screens for a message to hit any key to boot from the CD. Do that when prompted and then just follow the onscreen prompts.

If by chance the restore disk is NOT bootable, then watch for onscreen prompts on how to perform a factory restore.

All that is dependent on the BIOS properly configuring the new hard drive. What are the capacities of both the old and new drives?

Are both of them the same type of interface (connect to the same cable as the other)?

If the drive is an IDE ATA type you may need to reposition a jumper on the back of the drive to match the old drive settings.


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#8
July 18, 2010 at 11:10:52
Firstly thanks for all your help.
Right so far ive tried to reboot using the disk it starts to work then says there's no hard drive installed.
What ive done.......
I replaced my old hard drive which was a maxline plus II 250gb sata.I was told by the shop all i needed to do is unplug this one and too put the same connector into the new harddrive which is a Hitachi 1TB with all the same connectors.Ive done all this with no joy i'm no pc know it all so i'm totaly lost and getting a little fed up now.

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#9
July 18, 2010 at 12:31:23
Is the other end of the data cable connected to the same SATA controller port as the original?

You may not have all SATA ports enabled in the BIOS screens. Those settings can be found in later screens than the basic hard drive configuration screen.

It is also possible that your original issue was a failed SATA controller. Either instead of the drive, or in addition to it.

Are you seeing a screen that states "hit any key to boot from CD"? If not, then either your disk is not boot able or you don't have the boot order set to boot to CD drive above the hard drive.

Do you understand what the boot order is?


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#10
July 18, 2010 at 12:48:09
"Dell Dimension 9100"
Apparently it's a Desktop -
Manuals....
http://support.dell.com/support/edo...
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"...i have the Reinstallation CD for the os which i had when i brought the pc...."

"Right so far ive tried to reboot using the disk it starts to work then says there's no hard drive installed."

"...old hard drive which was a maxline plus II 250gb sata.I was told by the shop all i needed to do is unplug this one and too put the same connector into the new harddrive which is a Hitachi 1TB..."

So the new hard drive is SATA too.

The SATA hard drive must be detected in the bios Setup fine.

If it isn't....

Check your SATA data cables. The connector on each end should "latch" into the socket on the drive and on the mboard, or on the drive controller card - it should not move when you merely brush your hand against it near the socket - if it does, mere vibration can cause a poor connection of it - use another SATA data cable that does "latch", or tape the connector in place.
(There is a slight projection or bump on one side of the outside of the connector that "latches" it into the socket - it's easily broken off or damaged)

The same thing applies for the SATA power connection.


The new drive is probably SATA II (300 mb/sec max burst speed) . Some older main chipsets that support SATA but not SATA II will recognize a SATA II drive, as a SATA drive, but some will NOT recognize a SATA II drive at all, unless you can install a jumper on two pins on the drive to limit it to SATA specs (150 mb/sec max burst speed). Some SATA II hard drive models have that capability, some do not. E.g. Seagate desktop drives do, and two different Seagate 500gb SATA II models I've bought already had the jumper installed when they were new.
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According to what I've seen, many Dell models that have XP on them originally come with a Reinstallation CD for the XP OS that is merely a slightly modified version of a regular Microsoft OEM XP CD. You may have also gotten a Drivers and Applications CD or similar along with that CD.

Assuming there's nothing else wrong, the Reinstallation CD for the XP OS does NOT have SATA controller drivers built in, so when you have a SATA hard drive, and if the bios has the SATA controllers in a SATA mode, the (2000 or) XP CD will NOT find any SATA drive by default.

The easiest way to get around that is...

- go into the bios Setup and set the SATA controllers to an IDE compatible mode of some sort. There will be a changable setting that is presently set to SATA or AHCI - change that to IDE Compatible, or Compatible, or EIDE, or IDE, or ATA, or PATA, or similar, Save bios settings

We usually cannot tell you which IDE compatible setting to look for, because there is usually no info online that fully describes what you see in a brand name computer's bios version.

When that setting is set to an IDE compatible mode, then the (2000 or) XP Peinstallation CD WILL detect SATA drives, as IDE (EIDE) compatible drives, no problem.
When Setup has finished, after you have loaded the SATA controller drivers for your model, you can go into the bios and set the SATA controllers to a SATA mode again, if you so wish.
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or - more effort required.
You leave the SATA controllers mode in the bios set to a SATA mode, and either...

- provide the SATA controller drivers while using the Reinstallation CD.
- You must have a legacy internal floppy drive installed and hooked up to the mboard - the Reinstallation CD cannot recognize almost all USB connected floppy drive models, and it cannot recognize driver files on other USB connected devices, or on other hard drives, or on other CDs or DVDs.
- you must have the proper driver files for the SATA controllers that are on the mboard on a floppy disk. If you got a Drivers and Applications CD, those may be on that. If not, those may be on the Dell site in the downloads for your model. If not, you need to go to the maker of the main chipset's web site and get them. You would need to copy the files to a floppy disk on some other computer.
- Very early in the loading of the files from the Reinstallation CD, you will see a line "Press F6 to load drivers for..." or similar. While that line is still on the screen, you need to press F6 - later on, you will be asked to provide the drivers - you insert the floppy disk with the driver files on it at that point. Then later on, XP's Setup will find the SATA drives fine.

- or - you make a "slipstreamed" CD, preferably a CD-R, on someone elses's computer, that has the contents of your original Reinstallation CD with the SATA controller drivers integrated into the contents of the CD. If you do that, you might as well integrate the SP3 updates into the contents of the CD at the same time.
You boot with the "slipstreamed" CD rather than the original Reinstallation CD, and use the Product Key you use for the original CD.

Instructions for how to do that are available many places on the web.
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In any case,

- you use the Product Key found on the official Microsoft label that's on the outside of the case.

- after Setup is finished you must load the drivers for the mboard, particularly the main chipset drivers, in order for Windows to have the proper drivers for and information about your mboard hardware, including it's AGP or PCI-E, ACPI, USB 2.0 if it has it, and hard drive controller support. If you have a generic system and have the CD that came with the mboard, all the necessary drivers are on it. If you load drivers from the web, brand name system builders and mboard makers often DO NOT have the main chipset drivers listed in the downloads for your model - in that case you must go to the maker of the main chipset's web site, get the drivers, and load them.

Load the main chipset drivers first. after Setup has finished

If you have a Drivers And Applications CD or similar that came with the XP Reinstalltion CD, use that.
If you didn't you need to get the drivers from the Dell site in the downloads for your model.

When Setup has finished, if the network adapter drivers required for your system are not built into XP, you will not be able to access the internet or Activate Windows over the internet, until you have installed at least the network adapter drivers you need.
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If your XP Reinstallation CD does not have SP3 updates included.....

See Response 6
http://www.computing.net/answers/wi...
starting at
"If your XP CD does not have SP3 updates included, the best time to load them is right after you have installed Windows from scratch...."


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#11
July 18, 2010 at 12:59:31
Tubes

Why wouldn't a Dell restore disk have the SATA controller drivers integrated into the files? I don't think that is the issue.


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#12
July 18, 2010 at 13:29:12
OtheHill

"Why wouldn't a Dell restore disk have the SATA controller drivers integrated into the files? I don't think that is the issue."

The ones I've seen don't.
These were not the older type of Recovery CDs where you boot the first disk and everything is installed automatically, you are prompted for the second disk, etc.

I used FC to compare the CD contents. All files on the OS Reinstallation CD are identical to those on a Microsoft OEM XP CD of the same version with the same SP updates included, except for a few (no more than 3) OEMxxxx.xxx files that are the same size or close to the same size, the content of those files were very different. The Dell CDs were missing a few non-essential folders and their files that are on the OEM XP CDs. There were definately no additional driver files.
Mind you, the merely two CDs I examined for different Dell models were for XP Home, but the same probably applies to the Dell XP Pro Reinstallation CDs.

The same applies to a similar XP Home OS Reinstallation CD Ive examined for a HP laptop.


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#13
July 18, 2010 at 13:43:53
That seems idiotic on Dell's part but if you say that is the case then JAS may need to slipstream the SATA controller drivers.

Dell have always used Intel processors. Intel went the AHCI route before AMD. So, the issue may simply be one of BIOS settings for the drive.


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