Brand new hard drive - my laptop says NO BOOTABLE DEVICE

October 17, 2013 at 11:04:15
Specs: Windows 7
My compaq presario cq56 recently crashed and i was told by a cpu tech that it was a blown hard drive. I got a brand new one and a hp recovery disk but i get a black screen saying no bootable device insert boot disk. What do I have to do to get this thing running again????

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#1
October 17, 2013 at 11:09:29
You need to enter the BIOS (setup) screens and change the boot order to CD first. You are trying to boot to the new hard drive, which of course is not bootable at this time.

Read the POST screens at start up to see what keystroke you need to use to enter the setup.

See the link below for more specific help with that.

I assume you purchased a compatible hard drive.

http://h20566.www2.hp.com/portal/si...

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#2
October 17, 2013 at 11:10:03
Install the new hard drive. Put recovery disc in the drive and press F9 during the startup. This will give you the list of boot options. Select the CD device as the device you want to boot to. Follow the directions..

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#3
October 17, 2013 at 11:40:40
I Did it still says no bootable device insert boot disk and press any key

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#4
October 17, 2013 at 11:53:30
Did you click on the link in #1 above for detailed instructions?

Did you insert the First restore CD in your CD drive?


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#5
October 17, 2013 at 12:45:56
Did you press F9 to get to the boot option menu? Did you put the right DVD in the drive? HP systems come with 2 recovery DVD's, one is the bootable recovery disc and the other is a driver and programs disc.

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#6
October 17, 2013 at 17:06:49
I ordered this disc from amazon.com its the drivers recovery and restore DVD

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#7
October 17, 2013 at 18:15:26
could try booting from the dvd in another computer just to see if it is bootable.

larry


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#8
October 17, 2013 at 20:34:05
You should probably get the recovery disk from HP to be sure it is the right one and a good copy. They are not that expensive and if the machine is not that old, they might wave the fee.

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


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#9
October 18, 2013 at 04:21:52
is a windows installation CD the same as the HP Restore Recovery disc? should I try that one too?

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#10
October 18, 2013 at 10:57:26
If you have a Windows 7 CD you will probably need to have a installation key to activate it and it can only be run on one computer at a time.

If you bought the hard drive and the restore disks from the same place, post a link to the site so we may see what you have to work with.


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