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"No boot device available"?

by cubs123 / July 25, 2009 11:02 AM PDT

My computer went into the blue screen of death a moment ago and now it wont start up, instead I get the message "No boot device available- press F1 to retry or F2 for setup". I recently had a problem with a Trojan horse on my computer and now it looks like it may be the culprit. How serious is this and what can I do to fix it?

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Can you boot to Safe Mode?
by Coryphaeus / July 25, 2009 11:33 AM PDT

If not the hard drive may be toast.

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by cubs123 / July 25, 2009 11:38 AM PDT

First off, thanks for replying.

No, I press F8 which I'm sure is the key to get to the menu to lauch safe mode and I receive the exact same "No boot device" message. Luckily my PC has two hard drives, the second having Documents and Settings backed up on to it. So 1, how can I tell if the main hard drive is shot and 2, if not what can I do?

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I'm afraid . . .
by Coryphaeus / July 25, 2009 1:42 PM PDT
In reply to: well

the drive is dead.

Do you have the Recovery CD that came with the PC? If so you can try to boot with it and see if it can see the hard drive. If so you may be able to do a recovery. If the CD does not detect the hard drive, it doesn't look good. Or, do you have the XP CD? If so try to boot with it and see if it will detect the drive. You may be able to format the drive and reinstall XP. Since you have backups you may be OK.

The only way to test it is with another computer. Use an external USB-2 case and see if another PC can see the drive.

Have you checked the connections inside the case? Have you been doing anything inside the case?

If all the above tests fail you now have a nice door stop. A new drive is in order.


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heres the deal..
by cubs123 / July 26, 2009 12:27 AM PDT
In reply to: I'm afraid . . .

I did a hard drive diagnostic from the boot sequence menu and the drive passed. I'm not going to reinstall the operating system and then restore the backed up files from the secondary drive. I think I got it under control from here.

Thanks for the assistance,

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no boot device available
by ericmaypatricia / March 17, 2010 7:12 PM PDT

My computer went into the blue screen of death a moment ago and now it wont start up, instead I get the message "No boot device available- press F1 to retry or F2 for setup".

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Then the most likely diagnoses are:
by Kees Bakker / March 17, 2010 7:16 PM PDT

1. Hard disk gone south.
2. Motherboard gone south.

Find a tech to:
- find out what's wrong
- tell you how much the repair will be (and advice on doing or discarding the PC)
- save the data you forgot to backup (if possible)


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Solving the problem of no boot device available
by Mpu_Dayat / February 28, 2012 12:42 PM PST

Solving the problem of no boot device available is a substitute for CD / DVD Room.

no boot device available caused by the first computer booting is not detected because no damage or interference with the CD / DVD to your computer room. I suggest to replace the CD / DVD Room on your computer.
This is my experience that is also experiencing the same problem and how it managed to overcome them.

good luck.
hopefully useful

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