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Q: No boot disk found

My hp desktop computer is saying there is no boot disk detected or the disk has failed & the computer will not start. Is there any way to turn the computer on & fix this?

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Only when plugged in and running, the lapop shuts down.  On reboot, Boot Disk Not Found  Hard Disk (3F0) Never happens on battery only. Today, I Performed a hard reset and Restored BIOS default settings.   Tested the hard drive using HP PC Hardware Diagnostics UEFI. Also ran HP PC Hardware Diagnostics UEFI on power supply, system board, and memory.  No problems found.   Happened again tonight. Heat? 

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My computer will not boot. Boot device not found Hard Drive (3F0) I have a G7-3ried reset4OUS WINDOWS 7 64 bit. I have tried to reset BIOs  HELP

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Ok first off I want to say I've searched and searched and searched to no avail in trying to find a solution to this I've come to the conclusion it's software and not hardware based. Let me start from the top.

I've had an older computer (HP Pavilion a408x) out of commission for a while due to a 'sploded psu. I finally get around to ordering one, install it and everything is good. I bring it back to my office and hook it up to the internet and as expected there's updates. So I up date it and after the updates are installed the computer restarts automatically (weird yes) and as it's coming back on it detects errors and runs CHKDSK. So I let it run and it gets to part 2 of 3. At this point in time my partner is really needing to print sometime and all computers print through this computer. So after about 45 minutes CHKDSK is still on part 2 at only 15%. So I'm like "screw it" and manually shut down and restart. It's at this point I get a "primary master hard disk failure" at the boot screen. Letting start up continue I get a "Stop : c000021 unknown hard error \systemroot \system 32 \ntdll.dll" At this point I realize something is delectably wrong.

Found this thread, which didn't help much. At some point the c000021 error stops and I start getting "disk boot failure insert system disk and press enter" and I found this thread, which didn't help much either. I have also been searching other sites as well.

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A:Hard Drive not found "disk boot failure insert system disk and press enter"

Anything would be super helpful, even if it's bad news. I just need to know if I can get this remedied or not.

Another thing I noticed is that the HDD activity light on the front of the computer does not blink or show any activity.


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For a long time now my pavillion has been showing an error message.  It says no boot disk detected or the disk has failed.  It's pretty much a brand new computer.  Help!

A:Boot disk not found

That message usually means the hard drive has failed, but it could mean the boot loader is corrupted.  It could also mean there is a media in a device and the BIOS is trying to direct the bootloader to look in the wrong place.  Make sure there is  no media in any of the card readers or DVD/CD  drives.

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Hello, I suddenly got "Boot Device Not Found..." when I turned on my HP laptop.I went to System Diagnostics , Hard Drive Test, it says: No hard drive installed...I tried everything listed on your site, reseting bios, changing settings in bios, reseating the hard disk and nothing worked.I also took the disk out and tried to use it within an enclosure as external disk on another laptop also didnt work and it didnt make any sound as it do not receive any electrical circuits.The disk is seagate and it came with my HP notebook. I am using it since 14 months only. I am really surprised about the quality.I am very worried about the data within the disk, is there any way to recover or solve this problem (other than the solutions provided on your site..).Thanks.

A:Boot disk not found

Hi,Since you tried almost all the troubleshooting and it seems that hard drive has indeed failed, the only thing left to do is to replace it with a new one of similar form factory.Use Recovery USB that you should've created after first setup of this notebook, to factory reset OS after replacement.For salvaging data, at this point I can only suggest you to use LiveCD and try copying the files you need:https://help.ubuntu.com/community/LiveCDRegardsVisruth

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This is a tough one. After being idle for 20+ minues or so, I get a message that says "Error: No boot disk has been detected or the disk has failed". I then use ctl-alt-del and the system reboots fine. Initially, I received the message "Start PXE ove IPV4" and then "PXE-E18 server response timeout." It then tried IPV6 with the same result and then the no boot disk error. I went into the bios and disabled the network boot options IVP4 and 6 and now I only get the No Boot Disk message.  I ran all sorts of harware diagnostics and everythin passed. Microsoft ran a system integrity check and it passed. The system allways boots up when turned on and runs fine until it is idle. Why is it trying to reboot when it is idle? Do I have a BIOS problem or other chip problem? 

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sirsuddenly my laptop goe shut and its not turning on...a msg is displaying that boot device is not found please install an os. hard disk (3f0) .please assist me to solve the issue.thankyou

A:boot device not found hard disk (3f0)

Hi,            Remove the Hard disk drive and then check if the Hard disk drive is detected in BIOS or not. If the HDD is detected, then run a test as mentioned in the below link http://support.hp.com/us-en/product/HP-Pavilion-g6-Notebook-PC-series/5330578/model/5354728/document... If the test passes, then you have to reinstall the OS and if the test fails, you have to replace the HDD and then reinstall the operating system. You can download the manual from the below link to know how to remove HDD http://support.hp.com/us-en/product/HP-Pavilion-g6-Notebook-PC-series/5330578/model/5354728/manuals

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My speakers were a little staticy, so I did reboot just to make sure it wasn't a static build-up or anything. Upon rebooting I got the "Boot Disk not Found..." error.

The bios sees the drive, and if I put the Windows 7 disc in and select the "install drivers" option, I can browse the drives and it sees the windows folder on the drive. However, if I try to do the startup repair, it does not see a windows file. Also, the Windows installer sees the drive under custom install options.

I'm at a loss. Any ideas would be much appreciated!

Windows 7 RC1
EVGA X58 SLI Board

A:Rebooted machine...boot disk not found :(

I would run a chkdsk on the drive, use the command prompt from the Vista recovery environment.

chkdsk /r

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BootDevice not found please install an operating system on your hard disk hard Disk - (3F0) my computer make beeping sound , and i can't couch the sequence of it. please help

A:boot device not found. hard disk (3F0)

Please see HP Forum thread "Hard Disk - (3F0) BootDevice not found Error Message" for a possible solution to your issue. Please turn on your computer and press "F2" or "ESC" then "F2" to run the system diagnostics. Please test the hard drive in your computer for possible failure. If you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to ask. Please click the White KUDOS "Thumbs Up" to show your appreciation

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Hello HP community,I have a HP 15-af137nr and I've been trying to get it to boot into a OS multiple times but it just won't boot. I tried Linux and Windows 10. They both work but after a reboot or two, it throws it right back at the same error screen. I've tried with a Hard drive and a SD card. Hard drive would boot but after a reboot, it goes right back to the error screen. Both OSes work flawlessly till a reboot. I've tried setting BIOS back to default settings, I've tried multiple hard drives and SD cards. The only thing that it will boot successfully to with no issues are USB devices. This all didn't happen until a month after my sister spilled apple juice and left it on for multiple nights, the hard drive that was orignally in there, died out. I put my own in there and it booted fine for about a week or two. That's when I started to recieve constant errors stating that my Boot device wasn't found even though my desktop could find it immediately. Would be glad if someone were to help ASAP.

A:"Boot Device Not Found, Hard Disk (3F0)

The only logical conclusion is that the spill damaged the motherboard. It can often be delayed as the liquid attracts dust that finally makes an electrical short. Sorry. Post back if you want more help.

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My computer was slowing down so I ran Adawre and it picked up 25 high risk Malware, whilst cleaning it it told me I have to reboot in order to complete the process of removing the malware. When I rebooted this message came up in the DOS screen
"NTLDR is missing,press any key
then when I hit enter this 2nd message came up
Disk Boot failure, insert System Disk + Press Enter
WHen I put in my Win XP Pro, and reached Recovery and selcted option 1 and then the screen just went into the DOS prompt, I then typed "FIXMBR" and in less than second
it said New boot sector was successfully written,
But when I rebooted I keep getting NTDRL is missing press any key, then DISK BOOT FAILURE, insert SYSTEM DISK, I went Iput back the XP CD and it go to the Recovery section it just goes back on the C: prompt, when I type DIr, it says the volume has no label Serial 000-0000
Directory of C:\
No Matching files found
When I try to change the dir to C:\iwindows or any other directory I had it says the system cannot the sprecified file ot directory specified.
I then remove the drive and hooked it directly to the mothrboard of another PC and when that PC booted from its original drive it recognised my drive as E:\ clicked on it in FIle Propertys it said Used space 0 Bytes free space 10Mb
I then ran a program called ****** DAta Recovery Wizard and it recognised the drive as as stated it was (FAT12), it checked the correct size and was able to show the contents of the Drive and ... Read more


Hi <insert name here> and welcome to TSF

It has come to my attention that your computer is missing the all important boot up file called Ntldr. This file is crucial for the startup of any Windows computer. Here are some things to check first before we move on to a fix for your issue:
Make sure that there are NO Floppy Disks, CD's, or External Drives connected to the computer.

Windows XP Users Fix
Insert the Windows XP Bootable CD into the computer.
When prompted to press any key to boot from the CD, press Any key.
Once in the Windows XP Setup Menu press the "R" key to repair Windows.
Log into your Windows installation by pressing the "1" key and pressing enter.
You will then be prompted for your Administrator Password, enter that password.
Copy the below two files to the root directory of the primary hard disk. In my below example we are copying these files from the CD-ROM drive letter "E". This letter may be different on your computer.


copy e:\i386\ntldr c:\
copy e:\i386\ntdetect.com c:\

Once the two files are both copied over Successfully you may then restart your computer as it should be fixed.

Corrupted boot.ini File (Step 2 Fix)

Edit the boot.ini on the root directory of the hard disk drive and verify that it is pointing to the correct location of your Windows Operating System and that the par... Read more

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I got my PC in 2010, it was working fine until tonight when i turned it on it said boot device not found and to please install an operating system on my hard disk- (3F0) I used it this morning before I went to work and it seemed fine.I don't have an operating system disk for my hard drive. What can I do?

A:My PC is saying Boot Device not found Hard Disk 3FO??/?

As per 3F0 error code,I suspect your hard drive might be causing this problem on the notebook.Kindly check the instructions over here in order to run the test for your hard drive Run HP Diagnostics for HDD and see what the results say 

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Boot device not found hard disk (3f0)

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My initial problem was that the notebook wouldn't charge when switched on. I downloaded HP Support Assistant to try and analyse the battery status but when restarting, the display shows Boot Device Not Found. Have tried performing a hard reset but it has had no effect.Error code is 60APTG-73588K-MFGH61-60EB03

A:Boot device not found Hard Disk 3F0

Hi, The 24 character error is not good, most likely hard drive failed but try the following BIOS setup for 3F0:      http://h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/Notebook-Hardware-and-Upgrade-Questions/Re-quot-Hard-Disk-3F0-BootDevic... Regards.

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My laptop is hp Intel Centrino Wireless-N 2230, model: 2230BNHMW; Product nb: A3F49AAR and model: dv6t. In fact since I have upgraded windows 10 the last May, I am facing a lot of problems with my laptop. Knowing that I have called the hp center and they told me that it is a global problem with most hp users with windows 10. But the problem is that suddenly I got this message when starting up : Boot device not found please install an operating system on your hard disk hard disk (3F0) knowing that the laptop was turning to be very warm with an odor.I tried several solutions, finally loading the BIOS setup default settings was the only solution that worked.My question is that what could I do to ensure that my laptop will not show me this problem again or in another way could I avoid such a problem in the future? 

A:boot device not found hard disk (3F0)

Hi,Usually this message appears on a normal system when the hard drive is failing and can no longer boot. I recommend you run some diagnostics on your hard drive such as Crystal info :http://crystalmark.info/download/index-e.htmlor the HP diagnostics to see if the hard drive is failing and if this is the case backuo all your personal files. Hope it helps,David

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  My HP Stream has all the sudden shown this message   Boot Device Not Found ? No Hard Disk (3F0)    and i cannot find any info on how to reset the system.

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My laptop going with the above mentioned problem what should I do to resolve it.

A:Re: boot device not found. hard disk (3F0)

When requesting assistance, please provide the complete model name and product number (p/n) of the HP computer in question. HP/Compaq makes thousands of models of computers. Without this information it may be difficult or impossible to assist you in resolving your issue. The above requested information can be found on the bottom of your computer, inside the battery compartment or on the startup BIOS screen. Please see How Do I Find My Model Number or Product Number? for more assistance locating this information. DO NOT include your serial number.  Please see HP Forum thread "Hard Disk - (3F0) BootDevice not found Error Message" for a possible solution to your issue. Please turn on your computer and press "F2" or "ESC" then "F2" to run the system diagnostics. Please test the hard drive in your computer for possible failure. If you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to ask. Please click the White KUDOS "Thumbs Up" to show your appreciation

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My laptop is only 4 months old. Tried to Return to Factory Settings. It failed and went ton black Screen with the No Boot Device Found Error.. please help me

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Hi,i have this problem on my Notebook, when i start it propt a screen with this message:"boot device not found please install an operation system on your hard disk  hard disk [3f0] F2 System Diagnostic" If i press F2 diagnostic don't return error, so i put a live cd with linux and i see all partition are here but are RAW (only RECOVERY and another one are NTFS but if i press F11 for recovery dosen't start) If i put the hd under windows i can see recovery partition and see all file but the main partion (the one with OS and file) it's RAW and tell me to Format it. How can i fix this problem? 

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upgraded my notebook from Win 8 to win 10, after that, it says "Boot Device not found" Disc error 3F0.  Tried to enable legacy support and restart, but it directly shows Vertical colorful lines.  Updated bios and again got the same error as i stated before, Boot device not found.  esc key does nothing.  Boot menu shows no option.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.  ...Thank You

A:boot device not found hard disk 3f0 hp

Hello Silkaline, Welcome to the forum! Have you tried searching for the HDD in the Boot menu of the BIOS? If not, please do so by verifying the the hard drive is at the first priority boot device. If, by any chance it is not, you have tomanually set it on the first place.If you cannot see the drive listed as an available device, it probably has failed, but still you have to chech if that's the case. Open the laptop, if it's out of warranty and take out the drive to connect it on another place. You can use a SATA-USB adaptor. Good luck!

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i have an hp all in one 19-3013w and i dont have the system recovery disk. I keep getting a boot device not found error 3fo. its a desk top please help.

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My computer Pavilion Notebook Pc show error Boot Service Not Found, Please install an perating system on your hard disk, Hard Disk(3FO)I am using Windows 10 and Office 2013.

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I first got the windows 10 wifi bug crashing windowsThen got the HP bug black screen When I restarted it with the HDD in I get Boot device not found, Hard Disk 3F0 (no OS found) So I connected the HDD to another PC, the drive is fine the OS and data is all still there and I made a back up. So how do I get my OS booting again? HP? Windows 10HP Envy j144na

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Hello,I suddenly got this message on my screen "Boot device not found", "Hard disk not exist", "Please install an operating system on your Hard disk" What should I do to fix this problem? Please help.

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I have installed Ubuntu dual boot alongside Windows 10 on my Pavillion and then I uninstalled Ubuntu. Now I cannot start up Windows. When pressing the start button I get  "Boot device not foundPlease install an operating system on your hard disk.Hard Disk - (3F0)F2  System DiagnosticsFor more information please visit: www.hp.com/go/techcenter/startup"How do I get Windows back? I have already tried steps like this one: http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/how-to-safely-uninstall-ubuntu-in-windows-dual-boot-environment/

A:"Boot device not found" Hard Disk - (3F0) when starting my P...

Hi,Do you have Windows 10 installation media? Did you create a bootable USB pendrive with windows 10 on it? Let me know,David

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hi guys this happened to me a few months back.
this morning i tried everything...nothing works,and i i remember there is a person from dell here at the forum....well this is what happen.
--everytime i reboot i get
;"secondary hard disk drive 0 not found"
;"secondary hard disk drive 1 not found"
if i press F1 it works normally,also i can see the drives listed at my computer labeled correctly,if i turn off pc ,and then, turn on pc everything is ok.,,but at every reboot i have this black screen booting problm.
myp is a dell dimension 8200,xp pro/sp3 768 rdram.
-in device manager everything looks correct..


A:Secondary hard disk drive 0,1 not not found at boot up

ok i swapped ide cables with hard drives..it does reboot properly
it is read in bios.
only problem is that cd/dvd player doesn't "play"..is recognize in device manager..but plays nothing.
-dvd burner,plays record no prolem.

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  Product Name: HP 8470POperating System: Microsoft Windows 10 (64-bit) Hi All  I upgraded my laptop, HP 8470P,  puting a new ssd , making a clean install  and everything is fine EXCEPT : When I first power the laptop I get the message : Boot device not found  -  Hard Disk - (3F0) and it sticks . (My Harkdisk is SSD Toshiba TR150 (256G)If I press any key I get a message to check my hard disk , I go on and I get a message that the wear of the disk is 156% !!!.  Then I choose exit and the boot is normal and fast , and all are OK . I check the disk in win 10 evinroment and I get health 100% - Using Toshiba Check disk , Windows Check disk , HD sentinel , ...While in operation, there is no error at all, and as many times  i restart the laptop, it can boot normaly, But If I shut down and restart after few days ( or the same time if I remove the battery ) I get the same message ,   I have the  newest  bios version  Thanks to all 

A:Elitebook 8470P - Boot device not found - Hard Disk - (3F0) ...

Is your EliteBook 8470p notebook still in warranty?Check your warranty status Here.  It is indeed unusual for  an SSD to fail so quickly.Did you happen to have a habit of defragging your disk? That would cause a failure of the SSD. The SSD can be replaced without any cost if the warranty coverage is still in effect. Otherwise, it is time to purchase a SATA 2.5" format SSD, perthaps a Samsung 840 or 850EVO. and replace the failed SSSD with it. Once you have replaced the disk iit is time to use your recovery media to reinstall the operating system

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start pc up and goes to a black page that says boot device is not found and hard disk 3F0 please install an operating system on my hard disk. i did a memory check and that passed. took both hard drive checks and it says their not available. all i know is i recently installed norton anti virus a few day before this happend. do i have to install from a program cd which never came with the pc and how can i get it? can i download it off the hp site or website?

A:hp 15 notebook boot drvice is not found and hard disk error ...

Hi,  Here`s an article which may help:http://support.hp.com/gb-en/document/c01443463

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Hi there, I am having an issue here. whenever I start my pc it says Boot Device not found.Please install an operating system on your hard disk. Hard Disd - (3F0)  I tried enable legacy support and disable secure boot.but after saving and then restarting it remains as it was before. Every time its reactivating secure boot and disbling the legacy support.  I tried resetting bios, but the problem remains.I tried updating and even roll back to previousbut the problem still occurs. I tried system diagnosics. It says every thing is okay. What should I do now? Bios version is HP n78 v 1.15HP Probook 450 G3, i5 6th gen, 8gb and TB. Windows  10 x64.  Please help me out guys.

A:Boot device not found, Hard Disk (3FO), Impossible to disabl...

Hi,Many times this problem occurs when the hard drive has failed or is failing. However, it could also be a corrupted boot sector.To enable legacy mode and disable secure boot try crating a supervisor password in the Bios, you can disable the password later when you have changed the wanted settings (important, do not forget or loose the password). Now try going into recovery mode "Recovery when Windows 10 does not start correctly" https://support.hp.com/hk-en/document/c04758961 Try to perform a startup repair. Let me know if you need further help,David

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So my problem is that now when I first start up my laptop, it starts up saying exactly:

"Hard Disk Error

Please run the Hard Disk Test in System Diagnostics.

Hard Disk 1 (3F1)

F2 System Diagnostics

For more information, please visit: www.hp.com/go/techcenter/startup"

I press F2 and everything works the same and I run though each test, doing the Hard Drive Check first. Firstly, I do a Quick Check and then it says:
"Testing Drive: 1
Short DST : NOT AVAILABLE"​Then goes to list another FMI (For more information) webside by HP. (If you hadn't guessed yet, my laptop is an HP. It also runs Windows 8 and I hadn't had the chance to upgrade to windows 10, although I have it downloaded. The model number is15-f111dx.) Anyways, I go back to the main menu then exit. and then it shows:

"Boot Device Not Found

Please install an operating system on your hard disk.

Hard Disk - (3F0)

F2 System Diagnostics

For more information, please visit: www.hp.com/go/techcenter/startup"

Then at that point I go back to System diagnostics and try the memory test, which then it says it'll take over half an hour. When it finishes, it shows it passed, so that's pretty much the only good thing that is going on. When I exit again, it shows the same thing as the last time, Boot Device Not Found.

Onto what I did that caused this;
I have hit my computer before on the lower left and lower right corner areas, next to the to... Read more

A:Hard Disk Error, Boot Device Not Found, AND lack of OS

That's a really strange error message. However, reading that
Djracem said:

.. I have hit my computer before on the lower left and lower right corner areas, next to the touch pad before, and it's glitched out my computer to a point of needing to restart (Screen color distortion, forcing shut off, etc...) ...Click to expand...

it hasn't been functioning properly you might need a new laptop.

You can check out this thread on HP as it describes the same issue you're having.

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Hi. I have formatted my hard drive and installed windows XP pro (SP3) on it. It got installed well. However, once I take out the OS cd after completion and restart the system for any reason, the system stays blank for long with a blinking cursor on top left corner and then after couple of minutes goes on to show the above error.

This doesnt happen when I keep the OS cd in the optical drive and then start the system as it goes on to show the "press any key to boot from cd..." thing and then load the OS normally. What could be the reason for this and how can I get my system to boot without the OS cd in it everytime (without having to format it again). Please help.

A:NO BOOTABLE DEVICE FOUND: Insert boot disk and press any key

Try a Repair Installation.

Try this.


Originally Posted by ST&T.com Forums

Disk boot failure
This can be a number of reasons:

1: Your HDD has had it and needs replacing
2: It is trying to boot from another source, i.e. printer with memory card slots
3: A Memory card / usb stick which is in your PC.

It can be a number of things

First thing I always tell customers to do is:

1: Check in BIOS and make sure the HDD IS detected
2: Make sure the boot order seems OK, make sure the HDD is set to first boot device as a simple check.
3: Make sure no peripherals are pluggged in, i.e. printer (to rule out any 3rd booting options)

If everything seems OK, then that's when we'd try a system recovery, stick in the recovery CD / XP CD depending on the OS and recovery method.

If it boots into the recovery and we can do chkdsk /r - If that comes back OK, try and run the complete restore.
If it goes through OK and in to Windows then problem sorted just a software issue.

If it goes through OK but then comes up with the same issue, could be a fault with the HDD / Mobo (Not recognising a HDD is detected properly)

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Something fell on my keyboard and I got a black screen with this error. (Typing this on my tablet.) I do hear the hard drive soon. I'm on vacation so I don't have any OS disks. I have done everything the Support Assistant, forum posts, and other forms say to do.  1) Hard reset. After I did this, the laptop gives 20 rapid, low volume beeps whenever I turn power on. 2) Reset BIOS defaults. 3) Reseat hard drive twice.  (Now the one screw is stripped.)4) Looked under Boot Device Options.  Nothing there. 5) Tried hard drive check under UEFI. Both types say NOT INSTALLED. 6) Tried to go into HP Recovery Assistance (F11) but wouldn't come up. I get the Boot Device error again.  I also called Support - I can't believe how hard they make that - but they asked they were no help. I hope someone here can help.  I have work I have to get done. TIA! 

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Okkk. So I've searched pretty much everywhere and I can't figure out what to do if my laptop doesn't recognize my hard drive. I put the Vista disk in and the only thing I'm able to use is the command prompt because none of the others work since it doesn't recognize hard disk. When i try to do chkdsk/r it says
''the type of the file system is NTFS.
cannot lock current drive.
Windows cannot run disk checking on this volume because it is write protected.''
Is there any way to get past this?
Or some way to get my computer to recognize the drivers?
thanks in advance.

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Please install an operating system on your hard disk. Next line hard disk. (3F0) . I tested in F2 to find memory test on but the storage test failed. I opened this notebook to find all connections tested on. Didn't find any damage of any kind I have been working in the electronic s industry @37 years this is the second the same problem this time it's for me I need a USB bootable with all the right opp system and drivers ok so that is my story Jonathan is my name and I can be reached. 707.655.3351 or the [email protected] Thanks for your help

A:Boot device not found hard disk (3F0) 11-r014wm notebook nee...

thewizzard12345 wrote:Please install an operating system on your hard disk. Next line hard disk. (3F0) . I tested in F2 to find memory test on but the storage test failed. I opened this notebook to find all connections tested on. Didn't find any damage of any kind I have been working in the electronic s industry @37 years this is the second the same problem this time it's for me I need a USB bootable with all the right opp system and drivers ok so that is my story Jonathan is my name and I can be reached. 707.655.3351 or the [email protected] Thanks for your helpHard disk 3F0 means that the Hard drive of the computer gone bad. To check it Simply run a component test and select hard drive test. If you were able to get a failure id number, your only option is to send it for repair and have the hard drive replaced. Call hp support 1800-474-6836.. Once you reach the number get a case number. Regards

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Hdwr: Dell Dimension 8200, WinXP Pro.
System failed with no warning or performance problems.
Can't recall a single warning sign.
Current situation: Can't get past BIOS setup. Drives are not recognized.
an't access CD Rom drive or Hard Drive so I can't use solutions that are CD based.
Attempted fixes:
- battery tested ok, but I replaced it anyway
-downloaded MS XP boot disk. It renamed the CD drive R: and I could read CD's, but it is in Win98 format (dos) and "could not create swap files" to access I386 files
- tried floppy boot with selected I386 files... no good.
- tried switching boot order.
- tried unplugging ribbon cables and power cables
-tried holding "on" button for 30 sec. to "reset"
The hard drive is spinning and the light is on
The CD drive starts, as if in auto run mode, but then stops without reading boot files
The CD drive will run from the Microsoft XP boot floppy, so the drive is ok
Someone a lot smarter than I must have the solution. (No, I don't want to buy a new box right now).

A:?WinXP Pro: boot error "Primary hard disk drive not found"

Hi, Ed from San Diego,
A couple of things that might help.
You say "The CD drive starts, as if in auto run mode, but then stops without reading boot files. The CD drive will run from the Microsoft XP boot floppy, so the drive is ok.". This ain't necessarily so !  Just because the drive is spinning it doesn't mean it is reading. Can you borrow a drive and swap it for your own ?
It's not holding in the 'On' button for 30 seconds that resets it, it is turning the power off from the computer for 30+ seconds that does this. You can turn it off either at the wall or at the switch on the back of the computer's power supply, both have the same effect.
I will admit that I am as much in the dark as you are about what has caused your problem. I have had computers crash and / or just stop running for a number of reasons over the years, but never a time when the BIOS refused to recognise drives. I do have the situation on my own computer, where I have three HDDs two of which are the same model, and the BIOS occasionally has got confused about which is which. All this results in is a message at boot time 'No operating system found'. And all this entails is going into the BIOS and swapping the drive order around.
Best of luck,
Chris Cosgrove

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I have been scouring Google for the last couple days looking for this, but I can not find a thing. I have a Dell Optiplex GX150 PIII 1 GHz, running windows 2000. I had a 20GB drive with my OS, and a 60GB drive for storage. Recently I upgraded to a 120GB drive for the OS, and kept the 60GB drive for storage. I had to re-install Windows 2000 on the 120GB drive, and everything worked fine.

The next day, I started up the computer and I got the message "Primary hard disk drive 1 not found", and the drive was missing in windows. Ok...so I restart and get into the BIOS settings, and the drive is there, and all settings look ok (it's on AUTO, so it's picking it up). I exited and continued to boot up. No error message, and the drive showed up in windows. I thought the problem was solved, but then it happened again the next day. As far as I can tell, if the computer is powered off for more than a couple hours, the drive is not found, but will be found on a immediate restart every time without fail. Windows boots up just fine, but that drive is always missing unless I restart. Ive done this kind of stuff before, and I know the jumper settings on the drives are ok. Any ideas?

A:Primary hard disk drive 1 not found on boot, works on reboot


My first thoughts are that you may have a faulty drive?

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Boot device not found install an operating system hitting F10 to do factory reset and it's asking for administror password my pw is not working it's giving me code 69599233

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I have a Dell XPS 15z laptop, spec. is i7-2640 processor, 8GB memory, 750GB hard drive. The problem is that it often freezes and when restarted it suggests no hard drive, "No boot device found". If I go into the BIOS there is no hard drive, if I boot into the diagnostics screen (F12) and run thr tests on the hard drive it comes up as passed, if I then restart the laptop it will boot into windows 7 Ultimate.
Evertime it freezes it won't boot after a restart unless I run diagnostics then it will start OK.
My thoughts are that it is hard drive, although all tests I have carried out on it suggest its OK, one of the times it booted into windows I ran the Seagate seatools and it was fine.
Anyone any suggestions as to the cause?

A:Laptop hard drive issue -- no boot device found/disk read error

Sorry, message at start is "A disk read error occurred", not sure if that makes any difference to your thoughts.
I reformatted and reloaded the software to see if that made any difference but the problem still persists.

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When I turn on my device I get hard disk error. I try and run my windows install disk computer tells me to restart and put in disk again. Next error is boot device not found.

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I just reformatted a dell dimension L866R and changed the windows to xp pro. Since changing the boot order in the BIOS this message will appear. When you press any key the message just keeps repeating itself in a loop.

When you put the windows cd and don't boot from the disk windows will come up. I cannot access the BIOS to try and change the boot order which I think that it might be.

Previously the computer had windows 98SE but the video drivers would be recognized. Decided to upgrade to newer windows version.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

A:Error message-->incorrect boot disk please insert boot disk into drive a:

Why can't you access BIOS?

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I am wondering if I have a BIOS virus.

A couple of days ago, while booting, I got the message

I inserted my Windows XP Pro CD and rebooted and everything came up just fine. Before that I had put the PC in hibernate mode, and after it booted with the XP CD, everything came as it would when I power up.

So I thought the problem was solved.

I removed the CD and tried hibernating and powering up and it came up fine.
Then I did a restart and again it came up fine.

Then again the next day, I got the same message as above.
This time inserting the XP CD did nothing. I tried to use the Recovery Console, but it won't let me proceed because it is complaining about the password. As far as I remember, I don't have a password set for admin. But it won't accept no password (just hitting ENTER). So, I was not able to use the Recovery Console.

Then I booted with a CD containing Ultimate Boot Disk. And I used the Hard Drive Tools to do a diag on the Western Digital HD. I did the Quick Test and it came up without errors.

After this I removed the Ultimate Boot Disk CD and rebooted and to my surprise, it booted just fine!!

So, at this point, I did not know what to do to fix this seemingly intermittent problem. But I thought at least I have a work-around - i.e. either use the XP CD or the Ultimate BootDisk CD.

But today I am getting this same message and am just not able to boot with either of the ab... Read more

A:Disk Not Found, Insert System Disk And Press Enter

try replacing the hard drive cable. If it is IDE be sure it is plugged in all the way. Try a different plug from the power adapter. blow all fans and computer out with compressed air.

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This sounds straight forward, but I can not figure this out I am new to this. I have a Etower 500 MHz with 192 mb's of memory and 4 gig hard drive. I used partition magic 3.5 to partition the drive inorder to try and install DOS and win98 and maybe linux. I am following the instructions from this web site here>> http://www.xperts.co.za/multi-boot/ I am using the disks that I made from downloading from this site referring to REUEL Boot disk this disk took me through the entire process. It all went great until I rebooted and I keep getting Non-System disk or disk error I have no disk's in the drives. I even installed win98 and all it did was go straight to windows. With in windows I could see the drives I partitioned all of them except the one that windows was actually on. I have done this again and again trying to see if I did anything wrong. Anybody know what is wrong?
Also can anyone tell me how to get free dos I can not figure out what files to download. The one that I am trying to install now is suppose to be mini dos 6.22. I am really new to dos so I am doing a lot of guessing.

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Background: clone the entire contents of the HDD to a SSD with the aim to replace the HDD, including the OS.

After having cloned a HDD with Windows 7 laptop to a SDD successfully, and replaced the HDD with the SDD, resulted in a smooth boot exactly the the same procedure failed with a 2007 laptop Vista 32bit.

Procedure with support of the guidelines of the SSD Vendor (Sandisk):
1. Initialize SSD
2. Clone the entire HDD to the SSD
3. Replace the HDD with the SSD
4. Start the laptop.
5a. Result with a Win 7 laptop: OK
5b. Result with a Vista 32bit laptop: failed

Failure with Vista (I'm not that technical):

The BIOS indicates: no IDE device found.
When starting up, the message 'Operation System not found' appears

A major difference between the Win 7 and Vista laptop is the transfer mode of the (former) HDD and the new SSD: Win 7 had a SATA 300 installed, while the Vista has a SATA 150. The SSD is SATA 600.

What I did?
1) I created a ISO Vista 32bit file to get the laptop into the repair mode. This repair mode does not recognize a drive c: (checking out with the installed DOS).
So, i'm turning in circles. There is no way to get the internal SSD recognized.

2) When connecting the new SSD drive with USB to check the SSD status with the Computer Management/Disk Management tool, this is displayed:
The internal HDD (containing the system) shows: Healty (Boot, Page File, Crash Dump, Primary Partition).The USB connected SSD shows: Healty (Active, Primary Partition). Further, the ... Read more

A:Boot failure after cloning HDD to SSD (no IDE device found; Operating sys not found)

Try using the first sata port. See your manufacturer's documentation on which one that is.

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Hey everyone,
Well I just finished building a new PC today, the specs are as follows.

Gigabyte P-35 DS3R motherboard
Intel Q6600
8800gts 320mb
WD 320gb internal hdd sata 3gb/s
2gb ram

my problem is when I attempt to start the computer and install Windows XP, I insert the disk, change the boot order to boot from the cd/dvd, and when it attempts to boot, I receive the message "Disk boot failure, insert system disk and press enter". I'm baffled on what to do, no matter which disk drive I put it in, what order the bios boot menu is, I get the same error. I would greatly appreciate any help anyone can give me! Thank you!

A:New System Build, Xp Won't Boot From Disk, "boot Disk Failure"

If you are using an IDE optical drive be sure that the cable is not reversed. Do you have the two drives set as master and slave? Is the BIOS set to auto detect for the hdd?

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Ok. I will list every detail of the problem and of my trials to solve it so that you could have as clear an idea as possible. Thanks in advance. I HAVE BEEN WORKING ON THIS PROBLEM FOR HOURS SO IT WOULD BE GREAAAAAAATLY APPRECIATED if anybody could help me out!

I was trying to install Ubuntu, so need to boot from CD ( i know i can do that directly in windows using wubi, but that's not what I want to do. I am just trying to boot from CD and install Ubuntu on an allocation of memory i had set free for it.). I set the boot sequence to be 1.CD-ROM 2.Hard-disk 3.Removable. However, even under this settings my computer still directly goes to Windows. *:I do notice the CD-drive working at the beginning of the start-up, but then Windows comes out eventually *
So I figured the problem might be the system did try to boot from CD but failed, so it then boots from harddisk and found Windows. Therefore I went into BIOS and set all 3 booting devices to be CD-ROM, then restarted. Now I have this error message : disk boot failure, insert system disk and press enter.

The CD is good, because i tried to boot my laptop from it and it works well.

I tried to upgrade my BIOS but couldn't because the system showed the same message when i tried to boot from the BIOS flash disk.

5. I built this desktop from scratch up, and when I first tried to install an OS to it, I used a CD and it booted well.. which is about 6 months ago. I never tried to boot it from CD since then. I ... Read more

A:cant boot from CD "disk boot failure insert system disk and press enter"

After reading through step 4 above, I don't need to go further.

Some optical drives fail in such a way as to work fine reading a disk in Windows but will not boot from a bootable disk. Replace the optical drive with a known-good one you may have access to and see what happens.

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