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How To Reset Boot From Hard Disk

Q: How To Reset Boot From Hard Disk

Sometimes after a power failure, the computer wont reboot from the hard disk. Instead we get a statement which says, and I loosely quote: Boot hardware not found. Insert disc and press F1 or press F2 for setup.

Last night the disc wouldnt let it boot up either. I went to F2 and tried to change the boot from the CDROM to the hard disk, the problem was HARD DISK was not in the window as a selection. Finally after doing some things that now I cant remember, I went back to the same window and low and behold Hard disk is now a part of the selection. The computer then booted from the hard disk, and is now operating fine.

Can someone explain to me what I did to get it working so that when this happens again I have the method of repair at hand. Thanks so much.


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A: How To Reset Boot From Hard Disk

You probably clicked on Automatically detect hard drive in the Bios. You should purchase a UPS device to stop your computer corruption from power failures. In time your hardware will be damaged.
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A:Couldn't reset hard disk system, save to disk feature is disabled

I'd bet the harddrive has a loose connection or completely failed. If you don't know how to take it apart and check it take it to an expert.
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It sounds like it might be the bootable CD you've created is not picking up the HDD's/partitions.
To eliminate this as a posibility travel to bootdisk and grab the WinME bootdisk and boot from there. If it picks up the HDD you can FDISK and Format from there.
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A:Hard disk boot failure -> computer won't recognise hard disk

Is your Seagate the 7200.11 series?

We've been seeing a lot of harddrive issues layely that has nothing to do with the drive itself but bad SATA cables aas the cause. Do you have another one you can switch out?

When you say the computer doesn't recognize it we're talking the BIOS here, correct?

Another suggestion is what you have already suggested but I would "slave" it in antother system and see if you can access it that way.
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A:Windows Detected a Hard Disk Problem after factory reset?

 I'm afraid it doesn't sound good for that hard drive.  You could run Speccy which you can download from here and look at the SMART data for your drive.    After running it click File -> Publish snapshot... Copy and paste the link it gives you into your next post.  
 For more information about the drive, you could download hard drive diagnostics form the Seagate or Western Digital web site and run them.  I've used Seatools from Seagate a good bit.
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A:PC will only boot after hard reset.

Wow, sounds like you've essentially swapped in a brand new computer.

You didn't put jumpers on the hard drive, did you? I've heard of that messing up SATA drives. Poke around the BIOS and mess with the drive settings, including raid configs that might not exist. it definately sounds like a BIOS problem related to your hard drive.

That does seem like a royal pain though.
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A:Hard Disk Boot Failure Insert System Disk Press Enter

Just go into the Bios and (For my motherbaord) in Advanced BIOS Features, set primary, seconday etc boot devices as you like.
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A:hard disk boot failure insert system disk press enter

Repair MBR:

Boot From the Windows Install Disc
The first thing you?ll need to do is boot off the install disc, and then click through until you see the ?Repair your computer? link in the lower left-hand corner.
You?ll need to choose the correct installation of Windows and then click the Next button.
And then you?ll get to the System Recovery Options screen, where you can get to the Command Prompt.

Repairing the Master Boot Record:

If you want to restore the master boot record, you can simply type in the following command:

bootrec /fixmbr

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A:Hard Disk Boot Failure Insert System Disk


Changed my partition to active and re-booted, gave me this: "BOOTMGR missing"

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A:Disk boot failure and the missing hard disk

Moved to Windows. This is not a business applications issue. Good luck!
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There has to be a setting in the BIOS that is stopping you from booting from the USB or CD/DVD drive. That is IF those to thing actually work.

Have you checked to see if the USB and CD/DVD drive work?

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A:Hard Drive Crash - no boot disk

I'm pretty sure Acer recommends that you create your recovery media during the first week after your computer purchase.....using their pre-installed software to create the media. You can get free vanilla Windows 8.1...... Or purchase orginal factory recovery media from Acer....... Sometimes you can use ALT-F10 at get the computer running again.  Edit: I wouldn't buy a boot disk or recovery media off of E-bay.
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My computer was working fine until really recently when had started having audio problems then freezing someone pointed out to me in task manager that my disk was always at though I think that had always been the case Hard 3f1 re... BSOD boots 1 boot disk 301, and but won't or and since updating to Windows a year ago It continued having these issues until it got worse and I noticed my CPU Hard disk 1 3f1 and 301, won't boot or boots but BSOD and re... ram and disk were all at Figuring I had a virus on my system at this point I had ran a scan but notshing and as I couldn't use any recovery options disk was locked restore point not working etc I did a clean install of windows everything seemed to run soomthly for a day or Then I started getting BSOD bad config info registry etc and these hard disk errors I could sometimes manage to get it to boot back into windows and use it but the next day these errors would return Quick extended and a Linux disk check have cleared my hard and yet I still cannot boot Having clean installed I figure d it was missing a driver or something so today I decided to use my recovery Media for the computer Still nothing I've ordered a new hard drive but Im not Hard disk 1 3f1 and 301, won't boot or boots but BSOD and re... sure that will solve my problem Any suggestions

A:Hard disk 1 3f1 and 301, won't boot or boots but BSOD and re...

Hi, 3xx errors normally indicate HDD is failing. Please try the following fix first: Regards.
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Hi all

This is my first post here and I just want to say hi before I get stuck into my problem of I cant boot up my laptop. Please please can some one help me? I am not familiar with this type of problem.


A:URGENT HELP NEEDED cant boot from hard disk

What laptop have you got???