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BIOS Detects HDD but windows does not boot

by karelizaac / September 24, 2015 10:03 PM PDT

Was booting my pc and after some time I received a message "Load boot device". I could not locate my HDD in BIOS at first. BUt later it was visible.. now whenever I try to boot it recognizes my hdd but it can't start windows..and starts up again and displays that annoying message..please help..

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Clarification Request
Sounds like HDD is puking
by itsdigger / September 24, 2015 10:20 PM PDT

unless you changed some settings ,or messed with partitions, or ran some "Optimizer" or maybe your AV program is out of date and blah, blah, blah.... but , if you're sure you didn't do anything , I would pull the HDD and replace it with a new one .
Other than that , you should be able to boot up your repair disc and give it a go or try a system restore to a point before this happened...


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Check connections
by jackd1839 / September 24, 2015 10:24 PM PDT

I would suggest you to re-seat the connections and make sure that everything is plugged in. Try connecting the drive using a different SATA cable, Might be the current one is faulty or not providing enough power to the drive.

you can also try plugging the HDD to a different computers and see if its recognized there

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Good advice given so far.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 25, 2015 9:04 AM PDT

My idea is to clone that drive before it's gone. At the very least check your parachute and where the exits are on the plane.
That is, you want to be ready when the HDD fails. No reason to lose it all due to no warning.

-> While it's working grab some USB stick and learn how to make a backup bootable OS like Linux Mint. You do not have to know Linux or even install it to the HDD. It's an escape plan. Read

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Hard Disk Issue
by thedatahospital / September 30, 2015 1:57 AM PDT

It seems that some hard disk issue. You have to check it with another HDD, or scan the former hard drive for presence of virus or not.

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by Mighty_Miro_WD Western Digital staff / October 1, 2015 4:15 AM PDT

Hi there.

I think that something might be wrong with the drive - did you try to run any diagnostic tests on it to see what the results will be? If you did them and there wasn't any bad sectors or other problems detected, and if it still gives the error, there may be a problem with the boot sector on the OS drive. If you can't boot directly to the OS drive and windows repair doesn't work either, I would suggest to make a complete reformat and reinstallation of the OS (and the boot sector) may be in order.

If you have another rig, you could test it in that, and if it doesn't work, temporarily install the OS drive in the working rig (but don't boot to it) and save all your important files before formatting.

In case this doesn't help either, then the best thing would be to look for a replacement drive, or if the hard disk is still under warranty - to RMA it back to the manufacturer.

Hope this helps and best of luck!

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