Solved hard disk error 3fo

October 26, 2018 at 07:19:53
Specs: Windows 10
my hp laptop is giving me an error that says "boot device not found and please install an operating system" how do I fix this error

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October 28, 2018 at 23:08:22
You get this message because either of these:

- Computer's BIOS is not configured correctly and it tries to boot from a device (not standard HDD) that has no bootable stuff on it (e.g. empty USB pen drive)
- there is no eMMC storage drive present in the PC (less likely because I doubt this person disassembled the device)
- eMMC is present but corrupted (or some connector is not working)
- Operating system (e.g. Windows) is totally corrupt/unbootable

You can review the official HP article about such issues > http://support.hp.com/us-en/documen...

You may also check out other methods to see if they are helpful.
https://www.partitionwizard.com/par...



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October 26, 2018 at 07:29:07
Pressing F2 during boot up will invoke a list of options on HP's. One of those options is to run system diagnostics. Run the Diagnostics and see if your hard drive has failed. If it has, you will need to replace it.

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October 26, 2018 at 14:00:41
That error is typically a dead hard drive.
In addition to or prior to the above test, you can unplug the laptop, remove the battery (assuming it is removable), press the power button 3 or 4 times to help discharge the internal capacitors, replace the battery and try the laptop again. This sometimes fixes some errors and other problems that are caused by a stray bit of current in a component causing the problem and is simple enough and safe enough to always be worth trying.

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October 28, 2018 at 07:14:00
Thank you for your response. I have ran the diagnostic test on my hard drive by using the f2 option and all is well with the hard drive. I ran short and the longer option and they all came back with passed. I also tried the suggestion on pulling the battery, hitting the power 3-4 times then replacing battery. No luck with that option. Is there anything else I can do to get it to boot into windows? I currently have windows 10 on my hp laptop.

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October 28, 2018 at 20:25:07
There should be a recovery partition on the hard drive.
We use HP's at work but we have our own custom image on them so I'm not sure how to access it. If the F2 boot option has the option to do a system restore, try that.

If not, hopefully someone else in here can tell you how. Or you could Google "system restore" for your model of computer. HP's website might offer some help too.

There are usually a couple of options for system recovery, restore system files without deleting data and full system recovery. If you have data such as pictures and documents that you dont want to loose, try the restore option first. It will restore system files but doesnt modify the boot sector so it may not work.

If that doesnt work, you will have to do a full full system recovery. There options to backup your data but we will discuss that later if the restore option doesnt work.

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October 28, 2018 at 21:00:53

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October 28, 2018 at 23:08:22
✔ Best Answer
You get this message because either of these:

- Computer's BIOS is not configured correctly and it tries to boot from a device (not standard HDD) that has no bootable stuff on it (e.g. empty USB pen drive)
- there is no eMMC storage drive present in the PC (less likely because I doubt this person disassembled the device)
- eMMC is present but corrupted (or some connector is not working)
- Operating system (e.g. Windows) is totally corrupt/unbootable

You can review the official HP article about such issues > http://support.hp.com/us-en/documen...

You may also check out other methods to see if they are helpful.
https://www.partitionwizard.com/par...


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