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BSOD when formatting or installing on drive drive, error 0x0000003d

Q: BSOD when formatting or installing on drive drive, error 0x0000003d


I've just finished building my new computer and I'm getting BSOD errors when first formatting a hard drive and secondly (after a successful format) installing a game on it.

My boot up SSD drive seems to be fine, it's just my other hard drive.

64bit Windows 7 Home premium. Full version I bought a a few days ago. The whole computer is new. If you need any further information, let me no.

8GB RAM. Intel Core i5 2500k CPU. Radeon 7850 graphics. 120ish SSD. 1Tb hard drive. Asus P8Z68-V Pro gen3 motherboard.

Edit: having just seen a notice, I've updated the post to contain two attachments. Or atleast I think I have :\

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Preferred Solution: BSOD when formatting or installing on drive drive, error 0x0000003d

I recommend downloading and running DAP. It can help sort out any driver and firmware related issues on your system

It's worked out well for many of us in the past.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloaddap.org. (This link will open the download page of DAP so you can save a copy to your computer.)

A: BSOD when formatting or installing on drive drive, error 0x0000003d

We do need the DMP file as it contains the only record of the sequence of events leading up to the crash, what drivers were loaded, and what was responsible.

If you are overclocking STOP

You may be able to get the DMP files without crashing by booting into safe mode (F8) with networking.

To enable us to assist you with your computer's BSOD symptoms, upload the contents of your "\Windows\Minidump" folder.

The procedure:

* Copy the contents of \Windows\Minidump to another (temporary) location somewhere on your machine.
* Zip up the copy.
* Attach the ZIP archive to your post using the "paperclip" (file attachments) button.
*If the files are too large please upload them to a file sharing service like "Rapidshare" and put a link to them in your reply.

To ensure minidumps are enabled:

* Go to Start, in the Search Box type: sysdm.cpl, press Enter.
* Under the Advanced tab, click on the Startup and Recovery Settings... button.
* Ensure that Automatically restart is unchecked.
* Under the Write Debugging Information header select Small memory dump (256 kB) in the dropdown box (the 256kb varies).
* Ensure that the Small Dump Directory is listed as %systemroot%\Minidump.
* OK your way out.
* Reboot if changes have been made.

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I recently had to reset my laptop to factory defaults, before I begun the process I created the recovery disk, only i used a USB drive instead of CD's. This option reformatted the USB drive into a removable DISK DRIVE. After the reset I formatted the USB drive through the properties and reset it to default (which wiped the USB clean of all files). It still was a Disk drive so I gave up on that front, removed the USB and closed the laptop lid and left.
Upon turning on my laptop it froze on the sign in screen so I did a hard reset which then stopped during boot up and displayed this message:

status: 0cx00000e9
info: An unexpected I/O error has occurred

I am running Windows 7 home. I believe the problem is that since i manually removed the USB drive it Un-linked the drive, then i closed the laptop which puts it into sleep/hibernate/standby mode then when i re-opened the laptop it could not find the USB disk drive.

I have tried booting up with the USB inserted and not inserted but still no luck. Also i should mention that I can not access safe mode by pressing F8. pressing F2 for the boot manager only gives me one option which is windows.

A:Boot up error 0xc00000e9 after formatting a usb drive (disk drive)

Hello and welcome betodc mate what is the machine make and model? Because usually to do a factory default you only need to power up and at the same time tapping the default key which is different for different brands, For example for Toshiba it is 0'

That takes it into a recovery partition - I personally have never used a disk or drive when defaulting.

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Total newb here. I've got a 145gb hard drive here that I want to install into my Dell Dimension 9100. It was inside a Western Digital external hard drive/media center setup, but I took it out because the power cord is damanged, and wanted to install it into my computer instead. My main HDD on the system is SATA, and this one is of course IDE. I only have ONE IDE port/connector(whatever) on my motherboard, and it is currently housing my CD-RW and my DVD-RW. I would be okay with removing the CD-RW so I can put the IDE drive in. I was wondering if someone could give me *****-proof instructions on what to do.

Should I set the IDE HD as master and my DVD-RW as slave? Or would it matter? Can I install this drive into my system WITHOUT formatting it? Because the power cord does not seem to work, so I cannot transfer my data from it to my SATA drive. I cannot format this drive, it has very important files on it that I cannot afford to lose. I've Googled quite a few sites and they all end up with you installing a blank IDE drive, and formatting it, but mine is not blank. Any help that could be offered would be grand.

A:Installing IDE drive without formatting?


Are you saying you can no longer power the drive up?

If that is the case, you're a bit beyond formatting, because the drive is dead.

Ideally, you should make that drive the primary master and make the optical drive the primary slave, then ensure your system is still booting from your SATA disk. You will not need to format at all; Windows will detect the new drive and assign it a letter.

However, none of that matters if the drive is dead.

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I've been having loads of problems with my hard drive since the last time I defragmented it. Ever so often, the screen freezes and I end up with a blue screen saying that the drive has encountered problems. Microsoft have suggested that either the hard drive is failing (it's only about a year old though!) or theres a problem with XP. On re-booting, it crashes during the disk check and I have to re-boot again to be able to get into XP. To combat this, I've been thinking about formatting my drive and re-installing XP.
However, I don't know what sort of problems I will encounter by doing this or whether it's even possible to do it. I really don't want to have to fork out for another hard drive but I'm at a loss at what to do.

Any suggestions or advice would be most appreciated!!

A:Installing XP After Formatting Drive

try to run hard drive diagnostics on your HDD. see the link on my sig for a list of diag utils for several brands of HDD. d/load the one for your hard drive

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Hello all,

How to install Windows 7 (say, x86, ultimate) to a machine without formatting the C: drive, that is, installing a new copy of that OS and keep the old OS existing on that machine whether it has been win7 or XP? My goal is to reach the files that are in that old OS after installing new OS.

Thank you.

A:Installing win7 without formatting the C: drive

Hello Khoshtipi,

Do you have another hard drive available to either save your files to or install Windows 7 on?

If not, do you have enough free space on the drive to create another partition to save your files to? This way you will be able to save them to the new partition, and then reinstall Windows 7 on C.

Hope this helps some,

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Hey guys,

I was directed here by forhockey, after his wonderful help trying to fix my computer problems.

Here is what he said to me:

"Well your system may be free of malware, but I believe there may be some major damage to the Operating system. I would recommend a fresh start by backing up your entire hard drive (data) onto DVD's/.CDs, another computer, external hard drive, etc. Once everything is backed up, then format the whole drive and re-install Windows."

My machine isn't running as desired (No Microsoft problems seem to work, problems with Windows Installer etc, I've tried everything) but I'm getting by with it.

So, I figure it's easy enough to back-up my hard drive - I live with parents and dad has a 160GB external hard drive. Why should I not try and re-install Windows after wiping the drive.

Here's where you guys might be able to help :)

What exactly is 'formatting the whole drive'? Is it the same as wiping all information?

Basically, if it is the same, can you guys walk me through the process or recommend a walkthrough on the 'net for wiping clean (PROPERLY AND SAFELY) and re-installing XP?

Thanks in advance :)

A:Formatting whole drive and re-installing Windows XP

Hello Adfro!


Originally Posted by adfro7

Hey guys,

I was directed here by forhockey, after his wonderful help trying to fix my computer problems.

Here is what he said to me:

"Well your system may be free of malware, but I believe there may be some major damage to the Operating system. I would recommend a fresh start by backing up your entire hard drive (data) onto DVD's/.CDs, another computer, external hard drive, etc. Once everything is backed up, then format the whole drive and re-install Windows."

My machine isn't running as desired (No Microsoft problems seem to work, problems with Windows Installer etc, I've tried everything) but I'm getting by with it.

So, I figure it's easy enough to back-up my hard drive - I live with parents and dad has a 160GB external hard drive. Why should I not try and re-install Windows after wiping the drive.

Here's where you guys might be able to help :)

What exactly is 'formatting the whole drive'? Is it the same as wiping all information?

Basically, if it is the same, can you guys walk me through the process or recommend a walkthrough on the 'net for wiping clean (PROPERLY AND SAFELY) and re-installing XP?

Thanks in advance :)

You might just copy (backup) your important data such as documents, photos and that kind of stuff to the hard disk, that would save the most important things, while leaving out the programs (which must be rein... Read more

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hey i have a secondary hard drive that i sold to my friend. i formatted it to remove all content and now how do i install windows 10 onto it, i have another hard drive runnning windows 10

A:Formatting hard drive and installing winnnndows

You can download an ISO for Windows 10; however, you'll also need to purchase a product key to activate the installation.

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I seem to have exhausted my options. I read all the instructions and followed them for formatting my hard drive but am having no luck.

a) When I use an XP cd and get to the point where I have to press 'D' to delete the partition on my C: drive to format, I am not able to do so as I receive the message that I have Temporary Windows Setup files on this partition therefore I cannot delete it. So i'm stuck there.

b) When I go through the recovery option upon installation I reach the point where I type the command "format c: /fs:ntfs" ... the program gives me the option to format (y/n)... I hit Y and press enter and then nothing happens and it returns to the command prompt. So i'm stuck there as well.

These are the only two routes I've seen in my google searches so if anyone could help me get beyond those two problems I'd really appreciate it! Thanks.

A:Re-installing Windows XP / Formatting Hard Drive

you could try boot and nuke. this does a low level format, which will wipe any info on the HD. so be sure you don't need anything on it before you run this. also disconnect any additional HD's that you you do not want to wipe. just to simplify the process.

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I am attempting to install XP Home on a newly constructed PC. I insert the XP disc and boot. I get as far as the screen which says 'please wait while windows formats the partition' and it then justs sits there forever with no activity at all. The progress bar still shows 0% after an hour.

Can anyone suggest what I can do do solve this?

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I had win xp installed on my computer. the boot disk ive for win xp is not the original cd it is a copied version. now when im starting my computer using boot floppy it tells me no cd rom device drivers found. still i continue reformat my hard drive by typing format c: and at some point i also deleted all the partitions and creatd a new fat32 partition but after i format my hard drive and set my bios to cdrom and reboot my computer. it gives me a msg "invalid system disk error".

ive tried all ways to get this done but all in vain and im exhausted. i wud highly appreciate if you can point me in right direction. is the problem due to a copied version of xp that its not right away booting from cd or im missing cdrom drivers in my boot floppy??? or some other problem

A:help installing formatting my hard drive and reinstalling win xp

Help with illegal software is against forum rules, closing thread

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Hi everyone
I'm getting BSOD while playing every game I've tried. It's started about 6 months afer I've got my notebook (HP Pavilion dv6; Win7 Home Premium x64 OEM, 4 GB RAM, AMD Athlon II Dual-Core 2GHz, ATI Radeon HD 4500/5100 series). I've tried to solve them by another FAQs but with no result, so any help will be appreciate.
BSOD reports are attached by directions.

A:BSOD playing everything, error 0x0000003d


Microsoft (R) Windows Debugger Version 6.12.0002.633 AMD64
Copyright (c) Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

Loading Dump File [D:\Kingston\BSODDmpFiles\Rzff\Windows_NT6_BSOD_jcgriff2\030812-17206-01.dmp]
Mini Kernel Dump File: Only registers and stack trace are available

Symbol search path is: SRV*c:\symbols*http://msdl.microsoft.com/download/symbols
Executable search path is:
Windows 7 Kernel Version 7601 (Service Pack 1) MP (2 procs) Free x64
Product: WinNt, suite: TerminalServer SingleUserTS Personal
Built by: 7601.17640.amd64fre.win7sp1_gdr.110622-1506
Machine Name:
Kernel base = 0xfffff800`02c5c000 PsLoadedModuleList = 0xfffff800`02ea1670
Debug session time: Thu Mar 8 10:53:13.960 2012 (UTC - 7:00)
System Uptime: 0 days 0:15:20.490
Loading Kernel Symbols
Loading User Symbols
Loading unloaded module list
* *
* Bugcheck Analysis *
* *

Use !analyze ... Read more

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my problem is the following. I had Windows XP on my Samsung P560 laptop. This week I installed Windows 7 Professional (32 bit) on it. The first time I did it, the new installation did not wipe the computer clean; which is what I wanted. I then found out how to change the boot order to boot from the installation CD. Now it wiped the C-drive clean, but put the old stuff on the D-drive. At least, that is what I am guessing is going on: The files that were on the C-drive are now on the D-drive. When I start up Windows all folders etc. are empty.

To really clean the laptop, I now want to format the D-drive. However, the "format" option in Disk Management is inactive (stays gray). I can only guess what is going on. Is Windows 7 installed twice on my computer? When I start up the computer, on the black BIOS screen, it says Windows 7 twice as well. What can I do about it? If not, why can I not format the D-drive? I attached the a Disk Management screen shot. I hope that helps.

If you know what is going on and even know how to fix it, please use "normal" people language. This is the only computer I have and I need it for work daily, so I really want to prevent misunderstandings.

Thank you! Frauke

A:Problems formatting D-drive after newly installing Windows 7

Hello ekuarf Welcome to the Seven Forums!

With one look the D partition was the original XP C primary. Did you previously have a second storage/backup D partition before installing 7? You installed 7 to a totally separate second primary and didn't replace the OEM XP preinstall when using the custom option during the 7 install resulting in seeing an almost XP/7 dual boot.

You have two options to go with in order to clean all this up depending on how you want to go about it. Each however might involve seeing a second new 7 install however.

1) Nuke both C and D and reserve D for a separate storage/backup partition putting 7 on the first primary. 2)Clean both C and D off entirely to see a brand new larger single C primary with a fresh 7 install go onto that.

Simply nuking the present D and moving C back to the front of the drive is a time consumer and doesn't guaranty integrity due to the large volume of drive space once C is moved and expanded to simply see the enlarged C primary fill the drive. And for the second option you will want to decide if you want to continue keeping the XP Factory recovery partition on the drive or lose that and add another 10gb into the mix.

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Iv recently built my own computer it has an MSI K9A2 Platinum AM2+ Platform it has 4 GB Ram and a 200GB hard drive and a AMD Phenom II dual core processor iv been trying to install windows 7 onto my new computer but when i get the the part where i chose which harddrive to install windows 7 on it come up with and error message saying :

Windows cannot be installed to this disk. this computer's hardware may not support booting to this disk. Ensure that the disk's controller is enabled in the computer's BIOS menu.

i had a look in the BIOS and had no joy so if someone could help me it would be grate

A:>>>HELP<<<Installing windows 7 stuck at formatting Hard drive

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This is my first post so please excuse my tech knowledge.My son;s computer is running a rather small hard drive (15 gigs) so I decided to replace it with a 40gig hard drive (seagate brand) I re-formatted the drive that went ok. The computer rebooted and prepared to start the window XP install.The Windows logo screen appeared then dissappeared and a blue screen appeared telling me that to prevent damage to the computer it would now shut down.I re-tried the procedure a few more times with the same result.I then installed the same hard drive on my personal computer went through the same formatting procedure and it then proceded to instal windows XP without a problem. I tested the windows install by playing windows games (such as solitaire) opening different screens all without a problem.I then re-installed the drive in my son's computer,it looked like it would start up but it just reverted back to the start up screen over and over.Can any one out there have any ideas. I am using a genunine copy of windows XP.

A:Formatting internal Hard Drive and installing Windows XP

If this is an IDE hard drive, is the jumper on the back of the drive set correctly?

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Was solved for about a week, but getting BSOD's again :'(
Attached new SF_Diagnostic file,

the Program BlueScreenView came up with this:
Bug Check Code: 0x0000000a
Caused By Driver: ntoskrnl.exe
Caused By Address: ntoskrnl.exe+75b80

Below is the old information
"hey so i recently built my own custom build PC and i get various Blue screens when i run certain programs for too long. the most affected program is the game "Minecraft" i can't run that for more than 5 minutes or i Blue screen but other games for example "Sonic Generations" and "League of Legends" i can run for a few hours before dying.

could this be a problem with my Hard drive/installed Operating system and it crashing due to a certain file?

steps i've taken:
- re-installed CPU with new paste and tried new CPU + fan
- swapped RAM sticks over, tried 1 at a time + tried replacing,
- tried new Graphics card
- used the windows 7 built-in format option
- used various software to check temperature of hardware and all turned up fine

so i installed my operating system from a second hand disc at first but later on i used a different disc and formatted it through the disc menu.

i had a chat with my nearby computer shop owner and he said this might be the problem as there could be some files that were corrupt from the first installation and weren't overwritten when i tried to re-install?

what do you guys think ?

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A:BSOD when i have certain things open, error 0x0000003d


Your logs show errors with Nividia Drivers and some Problem devices:


* *
* Bugcheck Analysis *
* *
Use !analyze -v to get detailed debugging information.
BugCheck 3D, {fffff80001ab9cd0, 0, 0, fffff88003345d0b}
Probably caused by : nvlddmkm.sys ( nvlddmkm+b4d0b )
Followup: MachineOwner
0: kd> !analyze -v
* *
* Bugcheck Analysis *
* *
Your Nividia Drivers are contributing to your BSOD's:


start end module name
fffff880`03291000 fffff880`03d38000 nvlddmkm
Dated: nvlddmkm.sys Fri Jan 18 13:22:15 2013
Download and install this stable version: Drivers | GeForce

Problem Devices:
Attachment 285128

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Good Evening,

Just turned on my computer, started up chrome clicked onto youtube and the computer bsods.

Windows 7 64 bit, Asus mobo, 16gb ram, wd sata 3 hd, Nvidia Geforce gfx.

Any more specifics required?

I'll attach the dmp file, if anyone can give me a hand with why this happened this would be greatly appreciated, thank you!



A:BSOD, Chrome & Youtube, error 0x0000003d?

Just ran the dbg software via one of your guides.

Says the issue is: Probably caused by : mv91xx.sys ( mv91xx+2fee1 )

Any assistance with this?

Otherwise maybe re-analyse to make sure I did that correctly

Thanks heaps!

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well this started a few months back but it didnt really have much constistency in doing it. I could be playing games or just on facebook doing anything even if i just left my computer on not doing anything it could bsod. Also it comes and goes sometimes it will happen a number of times a day and then it wouldn't happen for weeks. I had my computer since beginning of april when i first built it so its relitivly new, it try to keep as many drivers up to day as possible and i always check for windows updates using the windows updater

Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 86x 64-bit
CPU= Intel core i5 2500k
Motherboard= Asus Sabertooth P67 rev3
Memory= 8GB (2x4GB) Corsair DDR3 Vengeance 1600mhz
Graphics Card= 1GB Gainward GTX 560 Ti Golden Sample
Sound Card= Asus Xonar DX PCI-E Sound Card
Monitor= 24" ViewSonic VX2439WM Monitor
HardDrives= SSD= 64GB Crucial RealSSD C300, SATA 6Gb/s
Internal Harddrive= 500GB Seagate ST3500413AS Barracuda SATA 6Gb/s
PSU= 800W PSU, Coolermaster Silent Pro Gold 80GA-D3, Modular
Case= Xclio Blackhawk Colour, Black, Full Tower Case
Mouse= Microsoft Sidewinder x8

A:BSOD gaming,general,everything error 0x0000003D

Quote: Originally Posted by CarlH67

well this started a few months back but it didnt really have much constistency in doing it. I could be playing games or just on facebook doing anything even if i just left my computer on not doing anything it could bsod. Also it comes and goes sometimes it will happen a number of times a day and then it wouldn't happen for weeks. I had my computer since beginning of april when i first built it so its relitivly new, it try to keep as many drivers up to day as possible and i always check for windows updates using the windows updater

Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 86x 64-bit
CPU= Intel core i5 2500k
Motherboard= Asus Sabertooth P67 rev3
Memory= 8GB (2x4GB) Corsair DDR3 Vengeance 1600mhz
Graphics Card= 1GB Gainward GTX 560 Ti Golden Sample
Sound Card= Asus Xonar DX PCI-E Sound Card
Monitor= 24" ViewSonic VX2439WM Monitor
HardDrives= SSD= 64GB Crucial RealSSD C300, SATA 6Gb/s
Internal Harddrive= 500GB Seagate ST3500413AS Barracuda SATA 6Gb/s
PSU= 800W PSU, Coolermaster Silent Pro Gold 80GA-D3, Modular
Case= Xclio Blackhawk Colour, Black, Full Tower Case
Mouse= Microsoft Sidewinder x8

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Hello, I've been getting this BSOD lately and having trouble figuring out the cause. This happens while I am playing a video game, game doesn't have to be specific. I have done memtest, chkdsk, and a virus scan with malwarebytes and found no issues.

I'm also getting "The following fatal alert was generated: 40. The internal error state is 252." repeated a lot in the event viewer and occasionally "Service 'WMPNetworkSvc' did not start correctly because CoCreateInstance(CLSID_UPnPDeviceFinder) encountered error '0x80004005'. Verify that the UPnPHost service is running and that the UPnPHost component of Windows is installed properly."

I don't know if this would be the cause and I can't figure out what to do to stop the error messages. Any help would be appreciated, thanks.

A:BSOD playing video games, error 0x0000003d

see if either of these links from google will help you sort it out:


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1/ When I try and format a 4TG Seagate hard drive I get a BSOD.
2/ When I initially connect the drive Windows sees the drive as a 4TB drive with a 4TB unallocated volume. I allocate the full 4TB as a GPT Simple Volume and commence a quick format.
3/ During the format a BSOD occures.
4/ After this happens Windows will not boot if the drive is attached. I have returned the hard drive to Seagate twice and both replacement drives have the same problem.
5/ I have attached/uploaded a zip file with the details of the BSOD occurances
Any suggestions would be appreciated

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I have an 8GB Sandisk USB pen drive, relatively new. Recently when transferring some files there was an error and the drive could not be opened, so I tried to format the drive. The Windows utility could not format the disk, so I have since tried using the command prompt and various file format commands:

format F:/q
format F:/fs:fat
format F:/fs:fat32
format F:/fs:ntfs

Each time I get the following results:

Insert new disk for drive F:
and press ENTER when ready...
The type of the file system is RAW.
The new file system is FAT. (or whatever I tried)
Verifying 8064M
Error in IOCTL call.

Its the final line that has got me stumped.
I've had a search and cant find any solution, so I was wondering if anyone else has come across this, and whether anyone knows of a way to solve the problem.

Im on Windows 7. Thanks in advance for any help you can offer.

A:USB Pen Drive Formatting Error

Did it have the U3 software on it? If so you may have to use the U3 Removal utility to clean and format the drive: http://www.sandisk.com/sandisk-support/driver-download-wizard

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This is pissing me off so much you can't even imagine. I've been getting blue screens for months, trying new solutions every day and nothing has worked, and I finally just completely formatted my hard drive (twice). My ram is fine, I do not overclock at all, and I have tried updating every one of my drivers. I switched from 64 bit to 32 bit because some people were having problems with the 9800GTX+ on 64 bit. When I play game I get Blue screens within 10 minutes EVERY TIME. I HAVE been monitoring my cpu temperature. I have turned off cool and quiet and I have tried updating my amd drivers (athlon X2 6000+) but the newest one from the site does'nt work on windows 7. I could launch debugger once to know that amdk8.sys caused one of my bluescreens, but for some reason I cannot get it to install or run again. This install of windows 7 is around 4 hours old, he hardware is less than two years old, My graphics card is 2 months old. I've been throwing things across the out of pure frustration, this is my 3rd post here. PLEASE. someone help me. Even if i can fix this one I'm sure I will get more cause by something else.

A:amdk8.sys bsod after formatting hard drive


The BSOD specialists will get to you as soon as possible.

Don't feel ignored. It has been a busy day for them.


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For some reason my dell laptop has just stopped working...again!!

It came up with the BSoD with something like a unbotable volume image or something close to that.

Ive tried the Windows XP repair console and it came up with 50% and then said about multiple problmes that cant be fixed. Im going to have to reformat it seems.

However ive had to do this before with this laptop and when i did the reformat process never finished and it ended up breaking the hard drive of the laptp and i had to fork out for a ew one. It just seems ad soo as you try and re format and install windows the hard drive fails and thats it.

Does anyone have ay suggestions as to how to fix the problem without having to go down the line of re formatting because i started the process and it took about 3 minutes to simply bring up the list of partitions on the HD.

A:Formatting hard drive is likely to cause an error

the first think you should have done is run->chkdsk /F
this tool finds and (attempts) to fix real hd errors. it may take all day (extreme cases),
but it sure beats reformatting and reinstalling. Normally, it corrects the situation and
you move on.

ONCE you start a reformat, you've begun a one way process where you WILL replace
the system and have lost ALL YOUR FILES.

Ask for help before you even consider reformatting!

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I was doing some programming for school and then the IDE stopped working and so did Windows, itself, but I had to get somewhere, so i forced myself to pull my 1 GB usb drive out without safely removing it. Still it was acting weird, so I just shut it down.

Now i put the usb back in, and apparently I have to format it. I don't want to because I didn't back up recent work but eventually I had to choose to format it.

Initially when i went to format it, the format size was still at "0.98 GB" but now, it changed to "8 MB"
even if i try to format it at 8 MB
Quick format provides a "Windows was unable to complete the format".
Normal format provides a similar error.
Diskmgmt formatting provides a similar error.

I never had a problem like this before (even when pulling out drives at time when it failed to respond) but I would still like to utilize the usb.

Is there a way that i can retrieve the 1 GB back?

A:USB flash drive formatting permanent error?

Try using this free software utility:

Recuva - Undelete, Unerase, File and Disk Recovery - Free Download

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Well, somehow OS got corrupted and all restore options have failed, even ScanDisk failed. So I resigned myself to just reformat and install new. But I am receiving the following error:
Invalid media or track 0 bad - disk unusable. Format terminated.

Is there anything I can do?

A:Solved: Error Formatting a Hard Drive

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Hello, I got a new system assembled a month back and after 15 days the stop error began to happen (this was after my bro tried to transfer files from his iPod & it didn't happen). I looked up a lot of forums but didn't find this one and couldn't figure out what the problem might be. Restored system, disabled services, but nothing worked. Finally I got the C:\ drive formatted and Win XP SP2 reinstalled. Didn't install unnecessary/extra software this time. But I found this site a day before getting it formatted, so saved the last 5 minidump files.

And the day after the reinstallation, it has started happening again. The first time it was the bcmndis.sys file -- Airtel Beetel 220bx modem -- connected with the USB; couldn't find another driver for it online. Next time, it was Multiple IRP Requests Complete; third time I wasn't there to see what it was. Have saved these 3 minidump files too. Attaching all these (in two separate files: Feb Minidump1.zip [before formatting] & Feb Minidump2.zip [after formatting]) and given below is my system config. To my knowledge, I haven't manually installed any additional video/sound driver.

Also, I scanned all the hard drives after reinstallation with Avast! and didn't come up with anything more than some corrupt archives (that I deleted) and two adware *.exe files (which also I deleted). There is of course lot of music and miscellaneous data saved from my earlier computer, but all in the other... Read more

A:STOP Error even after formatting Hard Drive!

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I attached a hard drive as a slave to my computer and I went to command prompt and formatted the drive using format d:.

When I put the hard drive back into another computer as the master drive, I get an error message saying "NTLDR is missing" in command prompt. I tried to search on google, but I can only find solutions for systems that already have Windows installed on it.

I changed the boot device priority in the BIOS, but I still couldn't get the Windows XP to boot.

Not sure what to do...

Thanks for you help.

A:Solved: NTLDR is missing error after formatting drive...

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So I've got one 80GB drive that I use to store my Windows XP operating systems, all my programs, games, etc.

I also have an 180GB drive that I want to partition into possibly 3 drives, one for music, another for movies, and another for game installation files.

My question is, what exactly do I format the 3 partitions as? Extended, logical, primary, I have no idea which will make the drives stay "available." The problem is that once I finished partitioning the drives the first time, the next day the last 2 partitions became unavilable.

Anyone got any ideas?

A:Question about formatting a second hard drive to serve as a storage drive...

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Dear All,
I want to ask if any Microsoft forum or technet mentioned that
Step 1: reinstall the OS drive without formatting the D data drive which is bitlocker encrypted.

Step 2: After encypted OS drive again, the D data drive can be automatically unlocked by reset the password.

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On my pc, I had one drive with Windows 98 on it, and one drive with Windows XP on it
Windows 98 was on drive C:
XP was on D:

They were set up so I could choose which one to boot to at start up

I wanted to get rid of the 98 entirely, so I edited the boot ini, just removing the entry for windows 98

after restarting the computer, everything was fine....going directly to XP

so I wanted to format the 98 drive so I could use it as additional storage,

which I did using norton partition magic,

I then shut down my computer......turned it back on.....and I get an error saying:
NTLDR is missing
what should I do?
the now formatted/blank drive is still as C:\

must the c:\ drive always have the OS in it? am I going to have to convert everything on my D: (XP) drive so that it is C: (if so how)

or what do I do to get back to using my XP again, on drive D:

A:NTLDR is Missing, after formatting win 98 drive and leaving XP drive

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Last night, I tried to transfer a video file as I've done dozens of times. It didn't work. I tried a second time and realized it was because the file was more than 4GB which FAT32 USB drives will not accept.

I successfully formatted the new USB drive to NTFS.

My question is can I convert it back to FAT32? Can I do this using the same method (right-click drive checked off and optimized performance then right-click and select NTFS) I did from FAT32 to NTFS or is something else required?

Is it dangerous to due this? I will only be using this USB stick on my Windows laptops, dvd player and not on my iMac.

A:USB drive formatting back to FAT32 after formatting to NTFS

Hi and welcome to SevenForums,

You are correct, you can just format the drive back to FAT32 and no it shouldn't cause any issues doing this.
I have swapped between file system types many times and never had an issue.


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This version of Lenovo IdeaCenter K430 has a Hot-Swappable HDD. I do not use it so I decided to use the sata cable for an SSD.

I installed an SSD = (SanDisk Ultra II 480GB SATA III 2.5-Inch). I also changed the BIOS to look for ACHII so it would see the SSD.

At Bootup it saw the SSD and I installed a new OS =(windows 7 Professional).

I rebooted again and saw the SSD C: and one of my previous 3.5" drives but the 2nd 3.5" was recognized as F: and was unknown.

I looked in "Manage" and it indicates that F: is RAW. However there are 6 other partitions on the drive.

I will add a pic of how the drive looks in "Manage".
A pic of the Hot-swapplabe drive bay.
A pic of the machine spec's.

Hope to hear from you, Thank you in advance,

A:Installed 3rd internal drive, now 2nd drive say's needs formatting

Welcome to Seven Forums

Post a shot of Disk Management correctly

Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

Pic #1 is not Disk Management

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Hi all ,

Been having these random pc crashes and BSOD , These have happen after i installed a 3tb HDD. I am not too sure if its a PSU issue where as being not enough or a Motherboard issue..... the reason i say motherboard issue is because when i was installing the new 3tb hard drive i had to take out one of my Radeon 7970 cards , in doing so i think i may of pulled out the plastic pci-e port of the board as i never pushed the release lever down enough , the port did seem to go back in ok. But after doing this my problems started to happen....but only when i have both cards in cross fire , single usage is fine , no crashes , but as soon as the second is put into crossfire mode i get crashes , The event viewer gives me a bugcheck code of 278 everytime...so i really dont know weather it is a power supply problem or a motherboard ( due to my carelessness ) below are my specs and the dump zip and perfmon zip.

Hope someone can help.

Corsair Obsidian 800D Case
XFX Radeon 7970x2 In Xfire
i5 2500K O/C 4.5ghz
16gb Kingston RAM
GA Z68x UD3H-B3 Mobo
Xonar DGX 5.1 PCI-E Soundcard
Corsair SP2500 2.1 Speakers
Corsair Hydro H100 Cooler
120GB Crucial SSD ( System Drive )
Seagate Baracuda 2TB HDD ( Storage )
Seagate Baracude 3TB HHD ( storage )
Dell Ultrasharp U2711 Monitor
Corsair 1300 Headphones
Corsair 2500 2.1 Speakers
Razor Death adder 3500dpi 3.5sg Mouse
RazorBlackwidow Mechanical Keyboard
Microsoft HD LifeCam

A:BSOD after installing a 3tb Drive

I forgot to add that my motherboard does accept 3TB Drives..

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I'm trying to reformatt my computer, and my partition C: is [Unkown], but I'm trying to install my XP in drive partition D: so I can back up my files at Partition C:, but whenever I tried to install it on partition D: it said that I need to format partition C: before I install XP in my partition D:, I don't want to because all my files are in partition C:.(the partition D: is marked as [NTFS]).

A:How do I install in drive D: without formatting drive C:?

Are you getting a option to choose " leave the partition without format and continue to installation"?

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I need some information. I put a new Seagate 640 gb drive in my desktop pc and I had a seagate 320 already installed. It had windows xp pro installed and my data on it. When I put the new drive in I installed xp pro on it so I could use the larger drive as the main drive. But when I plugged the second drive back in the seagate 320 I had no access to it. It always comes up and says need formatting. This happens everything I put a new drive in. Can someone tell me why.

A:Formatting a new drive erases old drive

I'm taking guesses here, but I think your primary drive--the 640gb--thinks that the slave drive, the 320, is a separate operating system, so it wants to format it. This sounds awful but I would have saved all my files on a dvd, then erase the 320 drive, and install it.

After that, I would go to the Control Panel to Administrators and assign a drive letter to the empty 320 drive. Windows would format it and see it as a place to store files. If the secondary drive also has an operating system on it--Windows or Linux--then you would have a dual booting thing going. You either boot into one disk or boot into the other.

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How can i recover my data on D drive and E drive which got formatted while formatting C drive?

A:D and E drive got formatted while formatting C drive

Did you use the built-in drive formatter of windows or any data destruction software?
If you used data destruction softwares like DBAN there is no way you can recover anything(at least I do not know the way).
If you used the built-in drive formatter,there are freeware and paid softwares that can recover some of your files but it cannot recover everything in their original state.
If there was any software setups that you installed where stored, check drive C:>. Usually softwares after installation store a copy of the setup in drive C:>.

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Last week I installed my new Hitachi Deskstar 1.5TB SATA 6.0 Gb/s hard drive. Windows recognized it right away and everything went smoothly as I transferred files over. A day later I started getting generic DRIVER_IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL BSOD's, but they only happened right after I woke up the computer from Sleep Mode. Before I installed the HD my computer was absolutely perfect with no problems so this made me think it was a driver issue. Updated all drivers with Driver Genius, but still BSOD after waking up computer (they are random, it doesn't happen after every wake).

My motherboard has two SATA III 6.0Gb/s ports. The first is occupied by my Crucial C300 SSD booting Win7 Ultimate x64, and the other with my new Hitachi. These are controlled by a Marvell 6.0Gb/s driver. I also have two SATA 3.0gb/s devices connected: a WD Black 1TB HD and an ASUS Optical drive. I'm starting to think it has something to do with either the Marvell Controller, or how these three hard drives are configured, but honestly I have no idea at this point. I'm usually well versed when it comes to troubleshooting BSOD's or any general problem with my PC but I cannot figure this out for the life of me so I'm hoping you guys can help me out!


Before you guys ask for a minidump file, trust me, i've tried! I don't know why, but when my PC BSOD's it won't generate a dump file. I have all the settings configured for the memory dump, but it will not produce. I opened up the computer and checked all ... Read more

A:BSOD after installing new hard drive, PLEASE HELP!


WIN + PAUSE/BREAK key combo |
Advanced system settings in left-hand pane |
the System Properties dialog will open with the Advanced tab selected |
in the Performance section, Settings button |
in the resulting Performance Options section, Advanced tab |
in the Virtual Memory section, Change button |
in the resulting Virtual Memory dialog, checkmark Automatically manage paging... |
OK button | OK button | OK button

WIN + PAUSE/BREAK key combo |
Advanced system settings in left-hand pane |
the System Properties dialog will open with the Advanced tab selected |
in the Startup and Recovery section, click on the Settings button |
in the System Failure section, checkmark Write an Event to the system log |
in the System Failure section, checkmark Automatically restart|
Under Write debugging information, select Small memory dump (128K) |
in the Small dump directory: box, enter %SystemRoot%\Minidump |
OK button

If you get a crazy message from Win 7 about your paging file being too small, then just ignore the message since we have already made sure that the paging file is set to be managed by Win 7.

WIN key | type SERVICES.MSC | ENTER key
Scroll down to Windows Error Reporting Service |
Double-click on Windows Error Reporting Service |
In the resulting dialog, General tab |
In the Startup type box, c... Read more

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My error is BSOD -- "Check for viruses on your computer. Remove any newly installed hard drives or hard drive controllers. Check your hard drive to make sure it is properly configured and terminated."

.... it tells me to run chkdsk /f, but then I try that switch and it tells me that it is an invalid switch!
I am really bumming and hope someone can help me ...

Here are my exact error codes and symptoms:

Stop: 0x0000007b (0xf88c2528, 0xc0000034, (last two are all zeroes)

I have tried 2 brand new hard drives on this Compaq laptop.

I install the hard drive, and boot from CD (XP home).

It formats then installs XP.

Upon its own reboot I get the XP logo and then the blue screen with the above error.

If it is a boot sector virus, how do I get rid of it when I cannot boot at all? I'd be willing to try to solve it is if it a boot sector virus -- PLEASE HELP! I have already spent $150 on hard drives!!!!!

Thank you to anyone willing to help here.

Don in Tucson

A:BSOD after installing new hard drive

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I recently got a 2 TB Seagate GoFlex hard drive, and thought it would be cool if I could install a Windows OS onto a partition on it, basically just to see if I could, if it would work well on more than one computer, if it worked noticably better/worse than on an internal one, etc. Not as a replacement for my normal OS, just to do it. So I found this great tutorial: How To Install Windows 7 On USB Flash Drive or External Hard Drive I followed the instructions, using a Windows 7 Ultimate disk. (at this point I don't think I have an available key for it, I just want to install it with the thirty day trial and see if it works before doing anything real with it) Everything worked great, I restarted my computer and it starting installing like it was supposed to, but about halfway through "setup is installing devices" I get a BSOD. Happens no matter how many times I try it. I even read further down that page to a comment that said it might be fixed by disabling SATA controllers in the BIOS: How To Install Windows 7 On USB Flash Drive or External Hard Drive still get this same BSOD. I know this is a really unusual thing to do, but if you have any suggestions or insight into how I could get this to work properly (I know it can be done; it's worked fine up to that point and others have done it. I'm just not sure if it's a problem with the files, the fact that it's 64 bit files, that it's Ultimate, or something else entirely. Maybe my partition is too big?!...) Thanks.

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A:BSOD installing OS on external drive

BTW windows isn't really portable from one computer to another.

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Hello Forum,

I encountered the hex code error 0xc0000428 AFTER installing Windows Server 2012 R2 on the second drive of my dual boot system
Brief History:
I have a dual boot system with the original setup as follows: My primary drive was running Windows 7 Professional while the second drive was running Windows Server 2008
I replaced the Windows 2008 Server by installing Windows Server 2012 R2 by the following steps:Placed the Windows Server 2012 R2 Installation disc into the DVD drive. Shutdown the system.
Disconnected the cable for the primary drive running Windows 7
Rebooted the system, and pressed F8 to enter the BIOS boot options and selected the DVD drive
Installed Windows 2012 on the second hard drive
Shutdown the system
Reconnected the primary hard drive cable
Rebooted the system and when the BIOS boot screen appeared, it had Windows 7 and Windows 2008 (recovered) instead of Windows 2012
I selected Windows 2008 entry as my boot option to see if it would boot the 2012 Operating System but the following error message was returned:File: Windows\System32\winload.exe
Status: 0xc0000428
Info: Windows cannot verify the digital signature for this file

Attempted Correction
Pressed the Windows Key + R and entered msconfigFrom System Config/Boot tab, I deleted the Windows 2008 Entry, checked the 'Make all boot settings permanent' checkbox, and then pressed the OK button
Rebooted the system and the BIOS boot options now display Windows 7 and Windows 2012 R2 (re... Read more

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hi i downloaded sevice pack1 know my laptop keeps going off saying hardrive error can anyone help please

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I recorded some saved programs on my Dish Network DVR 622 to an external hard drive that formatted it for that purpose according to their instructions. Can the external hard drive now be reused by being hooked up to my standalone computer and reformatted or have I lost it because of that use? If so, how do I do it? I do not want to save anything on the drive--just format it and use it for a different purpose. I no longer have the Dish DVR. When I connect the external drive to my desktop I do not even see an icon for it in My Computer.
Thanks for any help.

A:Formatting external drive after dvr formatting


its possible it has been formatted using a non standard file system, use disk manager to view the drive and remove any partitions on it, then use disk manager to recreate parttions on the drive

Start >settings> control panel> admin tools >computer management >disk manager.

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I'm having trouble tracking down the source of my problems here. I keep getting freezes accompanied by a loud annoying noise from the speakers, prompting me to shutdown manually, but occasionally getting a proper BSOD result.
I reformatted and reinstalled the OS first, I've been under too much stress to diagnose properly. After updating and getting my drive back in order, the problems persist. Though this suggests a hardware issue, I can't find any part to assign blame to. I ran a full memtest and came up clear. Long story short, I'm pretty sure it's not a problem with the hardware RAM despite the somewhat random nature of the problem. Even IE likes to crash at random, but high end games might decide to run perfectly for hours.
I now suspect some random driver to be causing trouble. Researching the few BSOD codes I could extract suggest an update from Windows Update itself might be causing trouble, some had success reverting a USB driver. That... seems less likely, but I suppose it is possible.

Well, my head is not in the game so I figure I'll throw up some Diagnostic reports on here and see if anyone wants to lend a hand. I've yet to be steered wrong here, and just discussing it often pulls an idea from my own noggin.

SO: random game/browser crashes (app failure) or full freezes (requiring hard reboot) with occasional BSOD includeing error codes 0x0000003d and 0x000000d1

A:BSOD 0x000000d1 0x0000003d

Seems there's a problem with your GFX card.

Do you have onboard video? If yes, plug the cables and tell us if you still get BSOD

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Hi, i have been getting random bsods for a couple of months now. It might happen once a day or once every couple of days while i am on the internet or not doing anything really. I noticed it happens most frequently if i am playing a video game though. I have attached the dmp files hoping for a solution.

A:Windows 7 BSOD 0x0000003D

Update the software\driver for your Realtek RTL8168D/8111D Family PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet NIC.


Finish with this step and post back with results\news.

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Alright, so I have a primary hard drive that I have my main OS (Windows 7) installed on, and i had a spare hard drive. I decided to install windows 7 on that hard drive also, but after I went through the entire process of installing it, I went back into my primary hard drive and it wouldn't boot! I don't know if MBR is messed up or what, but when I try yo boot into it through the default Windows bootloader, it says that there was a problem and that it shut of the PC so that there would be no damage to it... Please help! I need to get access to that hard drive!! Thanks

A:BSoD after installing Windows 7 on my spare hard drive?

Hi,and welcome to the forums.. Please re-post


Try booting up in safe mode(Keep tapping the F8 key while the machine is booting up, then once at advanced system startup options, select SAFEMODE)

Does it boot?

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i have a HP g61 with a 500 gig SATA drive when i try to install windows XP on it i get a windows stop messsage

Stop: 0x0000007b (0xf78d663c, 0x00000034, 0x00000000,0x00000000)

when googled it says something about the sata drive settings needing to be changed in the bios

chang the setting for the sata operation from Raid auto/achi to raid auto ata

but in the bios of the hp g61 there is no option for that, i verified this will work for the error because i just restored a dell vostro with a sata drive and it did work, now i just need to get this hp to work

it has insydeH20 bios setup utility,

any idea?

A:Hp g61 sata drive Error upon installing windows XP

First check for all the Win XP drivers for your hardware.
You can check your HP/compaq PC here:
General XP Downgrade Guide for HP Laptops - HP Support Forum
NOTE: Please read this thread fully.

If your Win XP CD, does not support your Sata Controller, you will need to load drivers to uses at F6.
Load Sata Controller drivers with a floppy disk is the best way.
SATA Drivers - Load in Windows XP Setup on Dual Boot
SATA Drivers - Slipstream into Windows XP CD
Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP
Use EasyBCD 2.0 in Win 7.
Download EasyBCD 2.1 - NeoSmart Technologies

A bit more reading.
BCDEDIT - How to Use

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I recently purchased an SSD for my PC and then I additionally purchased a USB flash drive of which I then put the Windows 10 ISO on. I then picked a boot option that was for USBs and then I saw a loading screen that I would typically see if I were to boot my PC regularly. I should note that I have an Alienware-based PC and I wasn't able to use AlienRespawn at all if that matters. I then opened a menu using the F12 key and enabled UEFI Boot Mode since that mode must be enabled in order for the USB (I have plugged in with Windows 10) option to appear to me. So when I click the USB boot option, I receive an "error" that states: Reboot and Select proper Boot device or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device and press a key. I have no idea what to do after that, so any help will be greatly appreciated.

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