"No bootable device -- insert boot disk and press any key"

I just got a new hard drive for my acer aspire E1-570 and I get this message when I try to start my laptop. I've tried taking the HDD out and putting it back in but that won't work. Any suggestions?

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Clarification Request
Have you

Installed an OS on the HDD ?
If not, you will need a boot disk or bootable usb device for installation

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I haven't

How would I do that? Buy something online?
My old HDD still technically works but it's very very slow and id probably dead before I could back it up. I tried a while ago when it was working but there wasn't enough space on my USB so I can't use that (I've tried)

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Re: new hard disk

That's expected when you insert a new empty hard disk. Now go ahead and install an OS (or preferably: restore from the recovery disks you made, which is much easier and cheaper).

Post was last edited on June 9, 2016 6:46 AM PDT

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would I buy a Windows 10 disk online or something?

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Did this machine ever run Windows 10?

While the best move would be to use restore media from Acer or made when the machine was working, Windows 10 media is free for you to make. Here's the article I used to make mine.

The thing here is that I am encountering a high percentage of folk that don't install Windows often, many it's their first time. Here's the rub,

1. Installing Windows is pretty easy.
2. Getting all the drivers and a few helper apps seems to be where most folk blow up. (they can't do that!)

This is why I've changed my mind about installing Windows a few years back and suggest recovery media for everyone now.

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Yeah, it has run Windows 10 before

I've got Windows 10 on my old hard drive, but the problem is that it's very very very very slow which is why I replaced it. Is there any way to get Windows 10 off that, onto a USB and then onto my new hard drive?

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You could clone it from the old drive to the new drive which will get your drivers and everything copied.

If the slowness is from the HDD, the new HDD will be faster.

Also, I'm doing something RIGHT NOW on a W10 laptop. I'm creating the Recovery Drive so that I can wipe that laptop and recover it with this USB stick. It's an older laptop from 2010 and I took the W10 upgrade and now I want a fresh clean machine.

So you have many options now.

1. Clone from old to new (many ways out on the web. I use the Aprcom USB drive clone kit)
2. Make a recovery drive while on your old HDD.
3. Use the method I noted above and work hard on drivers and apps post the OS install.

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Okay so I've got a boot disk now

I got a.m Windows 8 boot disk from a guy I know but I'm still getting the same message when I start it up: "No bootable device -- insert boot disk and press any key" and it also says "media test failure, check cable" :// idk what to do

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New problem:

I've got to the windows installation part but it can't find my HDD

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Does the BIOS list the drive? If so, you may need to wipe the HDD clean before the OS install.

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Never mind,

I restarted my laptop and it seems to be working now, thanks for the help!

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Just a warning.

Windows 8 isn't free. But, once paid, it's free to first upgrade to 8.1, then to 10, until July 29. It might be cheaper and certainly it's less work, to buy Windows 10.

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Let's hope for the best.

I would have installed W10 and been done with this. That W8 DVD? sounds fishy.

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Factory restore

Put the old hdd back in the machine.

Boot it up....yes I know it's slow.

Look in your manual starting at about page 35.

See if you can create the factory restore media.

You will need a 32GB usb stick.

If you can then you can use that usb stick to restore the OS to the new hdd.

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Need to clone HD to HD

The best answer is to clone from old HD to new HD. I use Clonezilla, a free pgm. Once you properly burn to disc you can proceed. Yes, return old HD to laptop. Next, you new some adpater to access new HD. Either an USB ext. enclosure or cable apparatus. You willmcreate an exact clone of your old HD setup. Once done, replace old with new. If you have gotten a much larger HD than old, to use all of the HD or reduce partitions, you should look into OS expansion of volumes or partitions, but only after reviewing what if any current "recovery partition" is present. During the cloning process be sure of the "source/old" and the "destination/new" HDs in order to start correctly, just review. More commercial pgms. like Acronis or Easus s/w do the same thing if you have access to them.

One key recovery process is provided by the OEM(Acer) and it should be advisable to visit the support website. The instructions for your model# laptop to backup or generate a disc based or flash drive recovery outside of the HD. Doing this is insurance as it were before doing anything above.

tada -----Willy Happy

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