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Boot Manager missing when no disc in disc drive

Q: Boot Manager missing when no disc in disc drive

So I have an bit of an odd and I think unique problem (as many searches came up with no solutions). Simply put, my boot manager is missing, but only when my windows install disc is not in the disc drive. It started several months ago and I just left it be, let the disc it int he disc drive and it was not that big of a deal. But just did a clean install couple days ago I re-installed windows 7 ultimate 64-bit on my computer (using an upgrade disc if that makes a difference). I formatted the drive with what I guess is a quick format (the option the install disc gives you). I have tried doing a repair with the install disc but no problems are found every time I try.

Anyone got any ideas how to fix this problem? Or I guess another way to ask, how do I get the computer to look for the boot manager on the hard drive and not in the disc drive?

EDIT: Also sorry if this is in the wrong section, I didn't really see a section that fit this problem, but if there is a better section for it, could a moderator please move it.

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Preferred Solution: Boot Manager missing when no disc in disc drive

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A: Boot Manager missing when no disc in disc drive

Hello Thamorian, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You might see if running a startup repair may be able to help.

Bootmgr is missing - Fix

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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Hello all ... Hope someone can help-

My nephew took my laptop and instead of asking me to sign in using my own PW he somehow set up two additional accounts. When I got it back from him it was missing the boot manager. I got my recovery discs for the laptop I'd purchased last year thinking it would do the trick. I can't seem to get it complete a repair or complete system restore. It keeps giving me the following error messages:

REPAIRING C DRIVE:

Your C: drive is too small or may not exist.

Click OK to return to the Vaio Recovery Center main menu. From the menu select "Restore Complete System" to perform a complete system recovery.

COMPLETE SYSTEM RECOVER ON DISC 3 first time, then Disc 5 on all other attempts. Both are readable on other PC's and Laptops with the ability to open files I can open.

An error occurred while executing an application.

While attempting recovery a necessary file was not found. Check your recovery disc's condition and try recovery again. If this error occurs again the recovery disc may be corrupted or damaged.


I checked the DVD and it runs fine. Checked the hard drive and its reporting no problems.

I suspect its the missing boot manager situation or maybe something my nephew did to make it possible to by pass my admin account and set up additional admin account and a guest user account. I'm not sure, but I didn't think it was possible to set up additional user accounts without signing in.

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A:Boot Manager Missing/Recovery stalls on Disc 5 - readable on PCs

Without going into the details, it's safe to tell you that with a 5-minute Google exercise, you can easily find websites from which you can purchase a CD that will allow you to BLANK the Admin password on a Windows PC. Once you do that, you can eventually log in as the Administrator and do whatever you want. Not saying they did that; just saying it's not hard to do if you know how. When I used to work in InfoSec, we had a saying "Once they have access to the hardware, they can do anything they want".

As to your problem, if you have Win7 install DVD, you could try booting from it and running Repair to see if it will restore the loader files and repair the BCD.

If you don't have such a DVD, you can purchase the ISO image for a Win7 Repair CD from the link, burn that to a CD, boot from that, and run Startup Repair: Download Windows 7 System Recovery Discs — The NeoSmart Files

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I really need some help with my Toshiba laptop.Ok here it is last thursday my Toshiba laptop was working just fine.I just got off of the internet.Itook my laptop with me in the room to listen to some music.When I put the cd in it was skipping a lot so I took that cd out and put another cd in and it played just fine.A few minutes into the cd playing the battery started getting low it was on 48%.I went to go get the plug to charge it and the computer went off.so I turned the laptop back on and plugged the cord into the laptop only to see the error this disk needs to be checked for consistency.It went through stages 1-3.It took forever for the computer to load to windows,so I powered off and ran it again and the same error came up.It took almost 1 hour and this was after it already went through the stages 1 of 1,2 of 2,3 of 3.so I put my Windows recovery disc in and boot from the disk.When I went to reinstall windows a error came saying that it could not find all of the files that were required.I went through all 5 five of the windows vista home basic discs.The windows files were copied but when it got to the 1 cd to expand the files it would not get past that.well the guy that helped me from microsoft windows told me toclick on install now.when it was time to get to the screen that asked for my information he told me skip that and delete my partitions that was listed.so I delete all both of the paritions and created a new one that said Disk 0 and I told him that.After I told hi... Read more

A:Computer will not boot disc and boot manager is missing

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Working on a spiffy e-machine with Windows Vista Home Basic that runs pretty well.

After reading multiple posts where the advice usually begins with suggesting a 'boot disc' or a 'recovery disc', I guess what I'm looking to find out is:
1) what is the difference between a boot disc and a recovery disc?
2) How do I go about making one on this machine (or if I even can)? << I did read through Grinler's tutorials regarding System Restore points and all that seems to in good order. But I guess I'm not sure on the relationship between that and my post (or if there even is one).
3) a best practice regarding these type of discs
I don't have any pressing issues at this time, but I also don't want to wait until I do.

Everything I've learned here at BC has been so great & helpful, I would like to stay on that path, so any links/apps/ideas/suggestions and/or insights would be greatly appreciated.
Winterland

A:Boot Disc, Recovery Disc, Frisbee Disc

1) what is the difference between a boot disc and a recovery disc?Boot disk vs recovery disk. Let me see if I can phrase that in a way that makes some sense.A recovery disc is a generic term for the disk or media containing a backup of the original factory condition or a specified condition of a computer as configured by the original equipment manufacturer or an end-user. OEM supplied recovery media is sometimes shipped with some computers to allow the user to reformat the hard drive and reinstall the operating system and pre-loaded software as it was when it was shipped. This is not as common a practice today as it was in the past. I won't confuse the issue, but google recovery partition for more information.A boot disk is a removable data storage medium, i.e. DVD or flash drive from which a computer can load and run 'boot' an operating system or utility program. The computer must have an installed program or application which will load and execute a program or application from the boot disk. This will enable you to boot an otherwise unusable machine to be able to troubleshoot the OS or non-working application as necessary.Hope that gives you a better idea of the difference.As to how to create a boot disk? I will let more knowledgeable staff or members assist you.

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Working on a spiffy e-machine with Windows Vista Home Basic that runs pretty well.
After reading multiple posts where the advice usually begins with suggesting a 'boot disc' or a 'recovery disc', I guess what I'm looking to find out is:
1) what is the difference between a boot disc and a recovery disc?
2) How do I go about making one on this machine (or if I even can)? << I did read through Grinler's tutorials regarding System Restore points and all that seems to in good order. But I guess I'm not sure on the relationship between that and my post (or if there even is one).
3) a best practice regarding these type of discs
I don't have any pressing issues at this time, but I also don't want to wait until I do.
Everything I've learned here at BC has been so great & helpful, I would like to stay on that path, so any links/apps/ideas/suggestions and/or insights would be greatly appreciated.
Winterland

A:Boot Disc, Recovery Disc, Frisbee Disc

1) what is the difference between a boot disc and a recovery disc?

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Over the last couple of weeks my disc drives disappear and reappear in Task manager. Network, CPU and Memory are still there.

Ran the SFC but no integrity violations.

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Hi All,
I know this is 'against the rules' as I have posted this in another section as well but I got no replies so thought I would try this instead.

I have a toshiba satellite L750 running Windows 7 home premium, when trying to burn anything onto a blank disc I get as far as selecting my items and asking it to burn but it keeps telling me to insert a blank disc (which obviously I have). I have tried several different types of blank disc but it dosnt seem to recognise any of them.

Would be very greatful if someone could help.

Many thanks in advance!

A:Burning content - disc drive not recognising blank disc

Hmmm tricky are you sure they are blank? your drive also may need a firmware update.

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I've spent hours and hours trying to fix it, and have found nothing really worthwhile online. I'm coming here in the outside chance someone else may have experienced something similar.

Basically, my Windows 7 laptop will no longer allow me to play dvd/cds (burned or store bought). The drive shows up in My Computer, is enabled, bios look good, etc, etc, but if I put a disc in it never autoruns or shows up with the disc name in My Computer,
and if I double click the disc drive I get a "please insert disc" dialogue box and the drive door pops open. I've tried absolutely everything I can think of, and (for what it's worth) I don't think its a hardware issue because after I sent my computer off
to Samsung for this same repair it came back completely reformatted the disc drive worked for a second. Then I started getting rid of some of the bloat ware in here (bought it at best buy... big mistake) again, and it shut down.


Here's what I've done or tried so far:
- Uninstall, reinstall the drive
- Updated the drivers
- Updated dvd/cd drive firmware
- Ran Microsoft's "Fix it" utility
- Cleaned the lenses/laser
- Remapped the drive to a different letter/path
- Checked registry to ensure filters weren't an issue (the upper and lower)
- Restored the laptop back to just after I received it back from the Samsung repair people (didn't work)
- Undid the restore
- Checked BIOS (I'm by no means BIOS-savvy, but it appeared that everything was in line with ... Read more

A:DVD/CD Disc Drive Installed, But Doesn't Recognize Disc In Tray

You could try a system recovery back to factory specs. Here is a link to show you how.
http://support-us.samsung.com/cyber/popup/iframe/pop_troubleshooting_fr.jsp?idx=149520&modelname=&modelcode=&session_id=P1DDpTBkyfLnGygkJJrp71DVF33RGYnkhGyyzQH1qrvVMnYZvC22!-581493343!1005328399!1337918275957

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hi, my friend gave me his old VAIO, cause my computer was shot.
It has a pentium 2 in it and 233MHz(66x3.5),sometimews it says(266mhz(66x4.0)) with 512mb Ram. It origionally had a 2gig hard drive with windows xp prof. on it. the hd kept on filling up almost immediatly so I put my 80gig(westernDigital Caviar-100mbps-7200rpm)hard drive in it as the slave to beef it up.
What i origionally wanted to do was leave the 2gig in with only the operating system in it and use my 80gig for everything else,(completely bypass the 2gig.) But could not figure that out. If that is even possible I would still like to do that.
Now I have formatted my 80 gig hd, and the comp no longer has the 2gig drive in it. I have the jumper set to master(80GIG), with the master ide line in it. I have a win xp home disk, and I want to install it to the 80gig drive. my cd rom is working as well as the hard drive. (as seen in windows with the 2gig drive). I changed the First boot device to the cd-rom in the advanced BIOS features.
(second boot device:HDD-0
Third boot device:LS/ZIP
Boot other device Enabled, Everything But first boot is default.)
When comp starts up it goes to the memory test screen and reads my 80gig hd fine, then: PRIMARY HARD DISC FAIL. Or sometimes: Cpuis inworkable or has been changed, check cpusoft menu.
I press F1 to continue: blah blah verifying Dmi pool data....
Disk boot failure, insert system disc and press enter. I press enter and goes to blank screen the s... Read more

A:disc boot failure, disc is in, still wont work. need help.

Welcome to TSF

Doesn't seem to be booting to the cd rom, try tapping the F12 key to boot from the optical drive in order to install windows.

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Is there somewhere to request the disc? Msg.   Secure boot violation

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 Is there somewhere to request the disc? Msg.   Secure boot violation

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After MUCH searching, I've yet to find info on this issue. Many similar, but nothing specific. Please bare with me if this is a known/solved issue.

Okay, old C drive was failing, so I decided on a new OS copy and new HDD. Bought an OEM Win 7 Home Premium 64, and installed.

Little did I know, but I should have had only one HDD hooked up!!! When I installed Win 7, I had 2 HDD's installed, and as a result, Windows installed the main files on my C drive as desired, but put the boot (MBR?) on my other HDD, F drive. Now I have 2 physical HDD's that are listed as Windows drives. So when I went to do a system image backup, all that came up was my DVD burner as a save location. My secondary HDD (F drive) was not shown. Now I know why!

Currently...

Disc 0 - (Boot, Page File, Crash Dump, Primary)
Disc 1 - (System, Active, Primary) Also shows this as having unallocated space of 9MB.

I want ALL of Windows on my main C drive.

How can I fix this without having to re-install all programs etc on my C drive?

Can I do a repair of some type?

Could I install a 3rd internal/external HDD and use that to do a system image backup, then shut down, disconnect F drive, then do a system restore/repair using the OEM installation disc?

Any ideas/fixes?

A:Win 7 installed boot on Disc 1 and system on Disc 0 separate HDD's

Yeah, by having that other drive connected, you now have your boot files on the old drive and the rest of Windows on the new drive.

Post a screen shot of Windows Disk Management.

Normally, you'd want C to be disc 0, but that isn't critical.

You can fix this by using EasyBCD to copy your boot files from the old drive to the new. I think there is a tutorial on this site on how to do that.

Edit: here's the tutorial;

Bootmgr - Move to C:\ with EasyBCD

Probably can also fix it by disconnecting the old drive and then running startup repair multiple times, using your Windows installation disc.

Post the screen shot to confirm what's going on.

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Hey guys, I am having somewhat of an issue with my disc partitions after backing-up data and reinstalling windows 7-64bit.

I have included a picture to help explain.

Here's the issue, my PC had a virus I was unable to resolve. I took it to an "expert" to see what he could do. He backed-up my data and re-installed windows 7. The problem is that I had a disc partition set up with my OS and program files on a C: partition, and a partition, D:, labeled DATA, for all of my data etc..

I'm not sure exactly what he did but it looks like he reinstalled windows to the DATA drive instead of the OS C: drive. Now making the DATA drive, effectively the C drive (and Boot, Page File, Crash Dump, Logical Drive). It looks like after restoring the backed-up data the original install of windows was also restored to the Old C: drive (now named D), this partition is also the System and active Partition.
See picture:

So does this mean that windows is booting from the DATA (C) drive now but running the original install of windows 7-64bit from the OS(D) drive (old C)?

I have been reading over a lot of forum posts and I'm not really sure what to do here. I understand I can only extend a drive to unallocated space that is shown to the right in the disc manager. I have thought about backing everything up on DATA(C) and extending OS(D) into it, but I am concerned that I will not be able to boot since DATA(C) is now the boot disc. I do not have a windows recovery or boot disc. ... Read more

A:Disc parition issue, want System and Boot to be same disc

  
Quote: Originally Posted by Garrett7


Hey guys, I am having somewhat of an issue with my disc partitions after backing-up data and reinstalling windows 7-64bit.

I have included a picture to help explain.

Here's the issue, my main PC had a virus I was unable to resolve. I took it to an "expert" to see what he could do. He backed-up my data and re-installed windows 7. The problem is that I had a disc partition set up with my OS and program files on a C: partition, and a partition, D:, labeled DATA, for all of my data etc..

I'm not sure exactly what he did but it looks like he reinstalled windows to the DATA drive instead of the OS C: drive. Now making the DATA drive, effectively the C drive (and Boot, Page File, Crash Dump, Logical Drive). It looks like after restoring the backed-up data the original install of windows was also restored to the Old C: drive (now named D), this partition is also the System and active Partition.
See picture:

So does this mean that windows is booting from the DATA (C) drive now but running the original install of windows 7-64bit from the OS(D) drive (old C)?

I have been reading over a lot of forum posts and I'm not really sure what to do here. I understand I can only extend a drive to unallocated space that is shown to the right in the disc manager. I have thought about backing everything up on DATA(C) and extending OS(D) into it, but I am concerned that I will not be able to boot since DATA... Read more

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Hello.I have been trying come up with a solution for this issue for awhile and am at my wits end.After upgrading my PC:http://h20564.www2.hp.com/hpsc/doc/public/display?docId=c03685096...to Windows 10 a few months ago, my PC will randomly not boot (more often than not) and I will receive the following error message upon booting:Error: No boot disc has been detected or the disc has failed.I then have to manually shut down the PC.When I select F10 upon booting and enter through the bios and simply select "ignore changes and exit" the PC will then load normally.It happens seemingly at random. Sometimes I can restart the PC a couple times in a row without issues. Typically I have to go through the bios though and I avoid powering down the PC at all if I can.I have done numerous tests on the hard disks and they have all passed. I have checked the connections from the HD to the motherboard and there are no issues there. I flashed the bios to the newest version as well. I tried downgrading as well as refreshing Windows to no avail.Help?Thank you in advance.

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Ok.. Well, I bought Final Fantasy IX (11) for my PC. The game disc reads only on PC-DVD-ROM Software. I don't know if I have the right kind, this is what disc drive I have

HL-DT-ST RW/DVD GCC-4320B

Is that the correct one?
 

A:Disc drive wont read my game disc.

Looks like the right kind... It might be worn out
 

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HELLO FRIENDS , i am facing issue regarding not able to boot from recovery disc provided HP dealer while purchasing .Since i had formated my PC  now i am trying to recover it through disc but actually disc no 5 is coming out of drive .Even i had made new Copy of that disc from nero software .Please help me to recover my licence OS and from where i will get my Original OS back now since i do not have Original cd provided by dealer but it was genuine before formating .Also provide me th ebest possible solutions if it was not dobne from since i m new in this .

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Hi, a buddy of mine's POS laptop isn't booting since he lent it to his friend. (Great friend huh?)

It's got Vista home premium, I've had a play with it and it wont boot in safe mode, the recovery tool fails, he has no restore points, and it's basically bricked. (BIOS sees the hard drive, the memory test tool doesn't report any problems, so HD is fine as far as I can tell)

He's happy to lose his C: drive, and I'm not willing to spend any effort on it. However, he's not happy to spend any cash on it, which is a problem because he doesn't have a windows disk.

The hard drive also doesn't have a recovery sector.

Is there a way to legally download Windows Vista? If I'm going to go through the effort of pirating a copy of Windows Vista, to then use a legal key he has stuck to bottom of it, then I might as well just download a OS that isn't terrible tbh.

So yeah
TLDR:
Vista Broke. Need disc, is there a way to download a .ISO for Windows Vista without infringing copyright laws? Or is it a case of "Put hand in pocket."

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hey
my dvd/cd drive stoped reading discs and isnt showing up inn my computer its in device manager but says this device cannot start iv tried updating driver my drivers are up to date iv tried uninstalling and reinstalling and its starting to get on my nerves

Thank You
Kallum

A:Disc drive not showing up in my computer but in device manager

try this: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314060

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My Disc Drive (idk f its the right term) gone missing .

Even if i insert a dvd disc (os installer) it doesnt show nor autoplay. i check the autoplay config and its fine. BUT, when i insert the dvd disc at boot, the installer loads.

my problem is, i cant use my disc drive when windows load.

Thank you!

A:[HELP] Disc Drive Missing

Check your Device Manager. Is your disk drive present? Are they any warning icons associated with the disk drive in Device manager?

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I have an older PC that i want to use again. The Disc drive, however, is missing in my computer and it shows p in hardware manager as not being able to find the driver. But I can't find the driver to go with it. Can anyboby help me?

Drive: COMPAQ DVD-ROM GDR8160B

Thanks
 

A:Missing Disc Drive

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I'm having an odd problem on two different PCs. Both are WinXP and clear of spyware. They share very few other details, making it odd that they have the same exact problem.

Once I insert a CD into the optical drive (a Pioneer 108 DVD+-RW on one machine and a LiteOn DVD ROM on the other), the computer reads it and then ANY OTHER disc I put in after the first one seems to go unrecognized. Not only that, but bringing up "My Computer" shows that the drive is saying the FIRST disc's directory.

The only program I have on both which I suspect is CopyToDVD. Any suggestions? (I've already tried uninstalling it and it didn't solve the issue).
 

A:CD/DVD Drive recognizes first disc then sees all others as the first disc

Sounds like you have auto run turned off. My pc does the same but i dont want cd's auto running so i just put up with it.
 

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I have a HP laptop running Vista Home Premium. I have a DVD+/- R/RW with Lightscribe drive.

After I burn any type of CD or DVD, either in iTunes or using the default program that came with my computer, no CD or DVD will be recognized by my computer until I restart the computer.

If I go to My Computer after inserting a disc it will show an icon for "CD-Rom" (i put in a audio cd) and if I double click on it will prompt with "Insert a Disc" and eject my drive.

The fact that if I restart and it works is alright, but it's stupidly annoying if I'm trying to back-up my computer and I have to restart every time I want to burn another CD.

What can I try to do to fix this?
 

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Hi everyone. I just bought a new ASUS laptop last week but then I found out that the optical drive is not working. Here's the specs: ASUS A52F-XT22 Laptop Computer - Intel Core i5-480M 2.66GHz, 4GB DDR3, 500GB HDD, Blu-ray/DVDRW, 15.6 Display, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, Gray, 1-Year Warranty / 1-Year Accidental Damage at TigerDirect.com

At first when I started it up, the E drive showed up in "My Computer", but when I put a dvd or blu ray disc in, it wouldnt read it. The disc would just show up as a file with folders. Then the next day, when I installed some ASUS updates, the E drive icon disappeared from my computer. I pretty much tried every possible solution out there: deleting upper and lower filters (i had no upper or lower filters btw), changing the driver name path (did not work), uninstalling and updating the drive (did not work), Windows 7 troubleshooting (did not work), microsoft mr. fix it (did not work) and so on. The weird thing is that when I open device manager, it shows up there and it says that 'This device is working properly'. Also, when I uninstalled the drive and booted it up back, then when it automatically restored the drive, it said that the problem has been fixed, but it was not, there was a dialog box that said "Searching for preconfigured driver folders", but it did not finish searching.

Heres some pictures that I took while trying to fix it. (the order of the pictures go from right to left btw)

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A:Missing E Drive (does not ready any disc)

In disk management, try reassigning it a letter. It's listed as drive 0. Then check the physical connection of the cd/dvd drive, a wire could be loose, or bent. Than again the drive could just be bad. It happens. If still under warranty, take it back and have them fix it. A temporary inconvenience but might be worth it.

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Hi There,

I have a HP Mini netbook which is just out of warranty. When I start computer i get a black screen with the message bootmgr missing.

I have tried recovering system using start up recovery, etc, etc but still end up at same screen.

I can get into the command prompt screen but have no idea what to do next...

All the help i have found on the web is for laptops/pcs with a disc drive, mine doesnt have one.

I am not an expert on computers so please make everything easy to understand. I dont have any friends/family running windows 7 either so they cant help.

Thank you iin advance for your time.

Bex

A:Bootmgr missing HP Mini no disc drive

Here are the steps for Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Boot.

If it's infected it may not ever repair until it is cleaned up. However you can try triggering Startup Repair from F8 System Recovery Options to see if you can get an easier fix first. It may need to run a few times though.

If not everything you need including an installer to do the advanced repairs or if necessary reinstall is in the blue link.

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I have no disc or anything my p.c. & laptop came factory like this. I have product code on pc, what are my options?s64xypbv

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PC is 4 months old. New custom-build.

Primary SATA. Secondary (old) IDE/PATA.

This week, I did move my PC from home in Chicago to here in Maryland. Very carefully. No jostling. Packed in original box with foam padding. I was extra-careful.

Upon boot today, everything was fine, but I noticed the disc light never flickered on/off after the desktop came up as it usually does. The disc light was HARD green the whole time the PC was up. And there's this "scratching" RHYTHMIC sound from one of the 2 drives. Sounds like the old days when a floppy disc was read (that scruff....scruff...scruff... sound).

I open up task manager -> resource monitor and the disc I/O section is dead blank. NOTHING showing at all. I close task manager, play with some windows and come back to RM and now it DOES show the disc I/O activity and all looks normal. But I still get that scruff...pause...scruff...pause. The rhythm is about once per second.

I also noticed that my IDE drive is NOT seen.

So, I restart/reboot and try to get into BIOS and it NEVER gets past the bios screen that shows you which drives have been detected. It just hangs. So, I shut down again, unplug and remove my IDE ribbon cable from the MB. It now boots but very strange.

NOTHING in event viewer (appl, system, security).

I will try physically unplugging the POWER from the IDE drive prior to next boot. Maybe it's trying to spin up and dying??

Ideas?

A:Missing 2nd (IDE) drive, SATA, weird disc sounds

Confirm that the noise is coming from your IDE drive and if it is put it in the bin it's on its last legs.
Hard drives are not that expensive today BUT recovery of lost data on a failed hard drive is VERY expensive.

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Hi, I have a Toshiba Laptop that runs Windows 7. Recently I've tried inserting various discs in the drive and they do not register in the computer file or anywhere else. I've investigated and it shows the disc driver intact with no reportable problems but still no discs make an appearance once inserted. Please help!
 

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boot mgr missing install disc brings process initialization failure i have windows home premium 7 and factory asus install disc. I wanted to wipe system and reload. after a very short time in the install process i got a failure warning disc didn't read. So i re-booted and now without install disc i get prompt of missing boot mgr. with install disc it does bring up windows but then BSOD failure process initialization failure. Any help dearly appreciated

A:boot mgr missing install disc brings process initialization failure

You shouldn't make multiple threads on the same problem, it will just cause confusion.
Its hard to tell from what you posted but it sounds like either your install media is scratched or dirty, your optical drive is dirty, or your hard drive has issues. We need to know what disk didn't read, the optical disk (DVD drive) or the hard drive. Posting the exact error message word for word might help.

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I got a compaq v6000 notebook. its about an year old, and cluttered to the brim. i need to make a fresh xp install and have a disc with me.

issue is that its dvd drive is screwed. so, i got two options. one, to get a new internal drive, which in india (thats where i live) is hard to come by. plus, i plan to sell the notebook, and that means the drive goes with it. i want something i can keep. two, an external usb drive. i can keep that.

in the bios boot order, there are the following options:

ATApi dvd drive (something like it)
notebook hard drive
usb diskette on key
network adapter


so, is it possible to boot the disc from a usb disc drive? with this bios that is. its the latest version of bios, i checked. instructions will be appreciated.

thanks in advance.

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A:XP boot.....usb disc drive?

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I am running Windows 7 64 bit and Windows will never start without the Windows 7 disc in the DvD Rom drive. Almost as if my computer doesn't realize that Windows is installed on my HD. Has anyone else had this problem or can anyone offer a solution? I do have my HD set as my primary drive and my DVD Rom as my secondary drive.
Any help would be appreciated.

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A:Won't boot without disc in drive.

could you be a little more specific as to your hardware?
If it's prebuilt just model number is fine
If you put it together more detailed information would be nice.

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hello

I am trying to run memtest on a new build and for some reason, the machine will not boot from the disc drive. I'm positive that it CAN boot from the disc drive because I just installed windows 7x64 on it last night. I have already configured the BIOS to boot from CDROM as it's first choice and selected to boot from CDROM thru the boot menu. I am 100% positive that this memtest disc is good because I just successfully ran it on my main machine with no problems. What do I do? Thanks for your help in advance!

-RW

ps. to power the disc drive I am using a 4-pin molex to SATA adapter since my PSU only has 2 SATA pwr connectors and they are being used to power my 2 HDD's. I don't know if this has to do with it...could it be a bad adapter not powering the drive at initial startup? Bear in mind that the drive works fine once I'm in the OS.

A:Computer won't boot from disc drive

If you were able to boot from a DVD recently, its probably the DVD. Try again.

Guide to using Memtest86+ - Geeks to Go Forums

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why would WinXP only recognise a dvd if it is in the drive at reboot?

have a Hival 16x dvd player.
seemingly out of the blue, this starts happening.
used to play fine.

i did update 4 in 1 drivers about a month ago.

any ideas?
 

A:xp only recognise dvd at boot with disc in drive

Did you update to the 4.44( or whatever the latest drivers are)? I found them to be a major pain for me. They were causing my system to randomly reboot without any warning. Went back to 4.35 and it's been stable since. I would re-install your older 4in1 drivers since you had no problems before you upgraded them.
 

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Hey guys, i just built my computer and all works PERFECT.. except 1 thing. If i leave a disc like for example i left far cry 2 in the tray, then it wont boot the os, it gets past the windows loading screen but fails to boot the logon screen and will just hang there until the disc is taken out.
Im running windows vista 64bit with 12gb RAM, a core i7 extreme, asus p6t deluxe mobo and all bios settings are set to boot from HDD. Any help would be ace thank you.
 

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ok very strange problem, i installed windows and set it up and drivers the whole lot installed. but for some reason it say boot disc failed in the bios if i dont have the windows disc in the drive on bootup. i dont boot from the disc or anythin, just when it says press any button to boot from the cd i just leave it and windows boots up fine.

i have tried to change the boot priorty in the bios and remove the cdrom from it and still i get the same problem. have tried alsorts of different settings in here. but only thing that works is if the cdrom is set as the first boot drive then hdd as second. and then to have the windows disc in the drive.

any help would be much apreciated.
tom
 

A:Windows will not boot unless i have disc in the drive

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hello

I am trying to run memtest on a new build and for some reason, the machine will not boot from the disc drive. I'm positive that it CAN boot from the disc drive because I just installed windows 7x64 on it last night. I have already configured the BIOS to boot from CDROM as it's first choice and selected to boot from CDROM thru the boot menu. I am 100% positive that this memtest disc is good because I just successfully ran it on my main machine with no problems. What do I do? Thanks for your help in advance!

-RW

A:computer won't boot from disc drive

In the past I had a problem with an older CD-ROM not being compatible with an RW disk that I had burned. It would only take a regular CD-R to boot.

Can you access the disk when booted into Windows on that machine?

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This started happening since I tried to make a [email protected]!nt0sh out of my PC. I think it might have have happened because I changed the disk to HFS+. Well, enough speculation. It's as the title says. I think it might be because the partition isn't marked as active, so it cant get the attention of the BIOS when it tries to boot. Does anyone know how to mark a partition as active. I do have access to the windows xp installation, what can I download or what can I run to do this?
 

A:Windows will not Boot off of HD unless XP Disc is in CD Drive

I marked the partition as active in windows, but now when it boots it says NTLDR is missing? What should I do? Run Fixmbr?
 

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Hi,

I'm looking at getting a new desktop as my current one doesn't support more than 4GB of RAM.

I'd like to get an SSD for faster boot times and faster programs so am planning to use it as an OS boot drive.

Probably a ~64GB SSD as at the moment my C drive which has Windows installed and all programs and is around 35GB, so that should provide enough space.

My slave would probably be a standard mechanical HD at around 500-1000GB to hold my data.

I currently run full disc encryption via TrueCrypt on my mechanical drive which as OS and data. However, I've read that using FDE on an SSD doesn't play very well so planning not to do this.

That means my primary HD would be unencrypted, but my data drive encrypted. I'm hoping this will give me the best compromise between speed and security.

Any thoughts on whether this set up sounds like a good idea? Would it be better to install everything on the mechanical HD and use an SSD cache drive for example?

Any thoughts/input would be much appreciated.
 

A:SSD Boot drive and full disc encryption

The problem with using TrueCrypt and encrypting your entire data drive is that it won't be mounted until after you boot into Windows. If you relocate your system folders like Documents and Music to the data drive and encrypt it, Windows won't see those folders when it boots, and you could see some strange behavior.

I'm surprised to hear that TrueCrypt doesn't work well on an SSD. I too use TrueCrypt to encrypt my entire system drive and all externals. Where did you find this info?
 

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I have two HD drives, one SATA and one IDE, plus one SATA CD/DVD drive. Firstly I used to have XP on the SATA and Win7 on the IDE, but the IDE drive is smaller and slower and I wanted to essentially swap them over. The boot devices are set in the bios as CD/DVD first, SATA second, IDE third.

So I have installed XP first on the IDE and now Win7 on the SATA, but after I removed the Win7 DVD and restarted it is refusing to boot saying NO BOOT DEVICE DETECTED, INSERT SYSTEM DISK. Now if I place the Win7 dvd in the drive and ignore the PRESS ANY KEY TO BOOT FROM CD/DVD...., it will book fine.

This will surely fustrate non-technical users no end and some may not even think to try and replace the OS disk and try again.

I think I know what has happened, but more importantly how do I go and fix it to just boot without needing a damn boot disk everytime!?

Any sugguestions would be greatly appreciated.

A:Unable to Boot without a Bootable Disc in the Drive

  
Quote: Originally Posted by Okran


I have two HD drives, one SATA and one IDE, plus one SATA CD/DVD drive. Firstly I used to have XP on the SATA and Win7 on the IDE, but the IDE drive is smaller and slower and I wanted to essentially swap them over. The boot devices are set in the bios as CD/DVD first, SATA second, IDE third.

So I have installed XP first on the IDE and now Win7 on the SATA, but after I removed the Win7 DVD and restarted it is refusing to boot saying NO BOOT DEVICE DETECTED, INSERT SYSTEM DISK. Now if I place the Win7 dvd in the drive and ignore the PRESS ANY KEY TO BOOT FROM CD/DVD...., it will book fine.

This will surely fustrate non-technical users no end and some may not even think to try and replace the OS disk and try again.

I think I know what has happened, but more importantly how do I go and fix it to just boot without needing a damn boot disk everytime!?

Any sugguestions would be greatly appreciated.


Check you BIOS and make sure that it is set to boot from the Win7 Drive first

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I got error code b10hd8, I took my hard drive to be tested, it failed so I bought a new one, Identical WD internial hard drive I installed it.I don't haave the disc for the operating system that it came with.It was genuine windows 7 home preimum. I was told I have to install the originial operating system that it came withCan I down load it from the internet to a thumb drive so I can transfer it to my desk top?

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Hi guys,
Is there a way I can remove all the partitions from my Hard drive and do a full format (not quick)? The windows 7 install disc does a quick format but I would like to clean it thoroughly. Is there a utility I can use at boot time to do this?

Thanks!

A:Full Format Hard Drive with Windows 7 Boot Disc

Why do you want to do a full format? What is wrong with quick? Anyways this question was answered before...

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Hi,

My Acer netbook has developed some kind of fault and I am unsure as to what I ought to do,

The netbook does boot to BIOS and also will boot up from an external drive...but will not boot normally.

I am thinking of replacing the hard drive but don`t know if there could be something else wrong...it says sometimes that it can`t read it and from this I am not sure if there is something else wrong...if I change the drive does it sound as though things will work ?

I realise that there`s not much to go on here but would appreciate a point of view...there are also a couple of other intermittent faults such as certain letters and numbers not working and then everything is fine for a while...but this hard drive thing has be wondering if it is time to get a new device !

Hope you may be able to help or give some advice,

Many thanks in advance,

Steve

A:Boot to BIOS and boots from external disc but not from Hard drive

Hello Steve and welcome to Seven Forums.

It's possible that something may have damaged or corrupted the boot info contained on the hard drive. One of the Forum experts prepared this troubleshooting guide for failure to start issues. It's time consuming but has helped many solve startup problems.

Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Boot

Another possibility is that your Acer has a hidden recovery partition. If it does, another option could be to restore your computer to factory specs. It would erase everything on the hard drive and make your machine exactly like it was the day you brought it home from the store. It's called the eRecovery Management Program.

Acer Support - Answers, E-Mail, Chat - How do I restore my computer using the eRecovery Management program?

Please post back if anything helped or not, or if you have any other questions..

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Hi, thanks for looking at my question.
I just built a new (and 1st) computer and am having trouble booting with my hard drive. I have a SATA drive (detected in the BIOS) and an ASUS motherboard, heres the messages I get.

It starts up, showing the motherboard graphic
Then says the BIOS is Initializing...

Then it displays 2 messages on the screen saying
(The |'s indicated where the screen cuts off)

|pter 1
|ks Information:
| No hard disk is detected!
|
|pter 2
|ks Information:
| No hard disk is detected!

Then goes on to the next screen and says
Reboot and Select proper Boot device
Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device and press a key

I put my windows vista install DVD in my cd/dvd drive (also detected in BIOS) and pressed a key but the message just repeats 5 seconds later.

In the BIOS is says

Primary IDE Master/Slave are both [Not Detected]
SATA1 shows my hard drive I have

The SATA drive is detected in the Boot Device Priority and is set to 1st and the DVD drive is 2nd. Still wouldnt run the disc even when I switched it to the 1st. Maybe my drive is screwing up?

I have no idea how to fix this so any information would be great, thanks!
 

A:Solved: Built my first rig, cant get SATA drive to boot or disc to start.

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Hello All,

I just replaced the power supply in an old tower with Windows XP and it is asking to boot from the A: drive floppy. All cabling seems to be installed correctly but I don't know how to get it to boot off the hard drive. The PC has been unplugged for about 2 months and I have no idea if the MB or HD were lost when the PS went out.

Any help would be appreciated, Thanks
 

A:Boot failure. put boot disc in a: drive ??????

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I have a circa 2003 Pentium 4 HP Pavilion desktop. It won't boot, recognize an XP disc in either the CD or DVD drive, or send a signal to the monitor.

Let me tell you how it happened, which may clue you in as to what might have gone wrong. Yesterday morning upon starting up, the system froze after the desktop had already come up. There was no signal to the mouse or keyboard. Several hard reboots resulted in the system freezing each time, sometimes earlier in the boot process, sometimes later. I finally decided to do a chkdsk /r from the recovery console (via XP disc). Afterwards, the computer started fine and did not freeze -- at first. But perhaps an hour later, it froze again.

I decided this time to try a System Restore. From safe mode with command prompt, I started System Restore and selected a restore point from two days ago. The restore was nearing completion when the system froze. After waiting a bit to make sure, I had to do another hard reboot. But now the system seemed truly screwed. It powered on (somewhat more loudly than usual), but nothing happened. No signal went to the monitor. It wouldn't even boot from or recognize an XP disc. Repeated boot attempts failed.

The personal data is backed up, so that's not a concern. My question is, what's next? What's probably wrong (or how do I find out what might be wrong), and how can I get the old system running again? It's worked fine until now. Thanks for your time.
 

A:Doesn't boot, reognize disc in drive, or send signal to monitor

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On my Acer Laptop (with NO disc drive) I was listening to a song on youtube while playing an online game in another tab. The laptop started to freak out on me and suddenly I heard a loud buzzing sound as the screen froze and the colors started to go crazy. I immediately tried to shut it down as I held the power button off, but it didn't seem to work, although I may have not pushed it down long enough. So I let go of the power button and pushed the battery off of the laptop. Of course it immediately shut off. When I put the battery back in, I went to start the laptop again, only it went to the screen giving me options to start in safe mode, last used start up mode, etc... None of the options have worked. It keeps trying to start up Windows XP, but then it goes straight to the blue screen of "Unmountable Boot Volume." So I'm wondering how to get windows xp from my pc onto a usb drive or something like that so I can fix my laptop. I can't seem to find a clear enough answer online. Please help! Thanks!
 

A:Unmountable Boot Volume Error Windows XP Laptop No Disc Drive

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Hi,
I burned a system repair disc in Windows 7 from an iso file but it won't boot the Windows Systems recovery options.
I've tried booting this cd from the cd drive in both legacy and UEFI mode.
When I boot from legacy I get an error message saying that there is a system file error and to replace the disc and try again. When I boot using UEFI mode, it says press any key to continue, the windows bar starts loading but instead of going to the windows boot loader screen and giving me Windows Setup [EMS Enabled] option to boot into the System Recovery options, a command screen pops up and it then redirects me to the Asus Preload Wizard instead. This wizard wants to do 1 of 3 things only:
Recover Windows to first partition only
Recover Windows to entire HD
Recover Windows to entire HD with two partitions.
I don't want to do any of the above - I just want to access the command prompt in the recovery tool and run 2 prompts to remove the grub bootloader from the MBR.
Help!

A:Unable to boot Windows System Repair Disc from CD Drive ASUS N56VM

Hello Staarlite and welcome to Seven Forums.

Two thoughts come to mind.
1. You had a bad burn of the ISO. Try burning another disk using a different burning app. I prefer the free ImgBurn and try burning at no more than 4x speed.
2. Is BIOS set to boot from CD/DVD optical drive as first boot option?

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