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My laptop was dropped and now when i boot it up it says theres no operating system found and too check cable disconnect and it will not let me go into the system restore menu?

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Your hard drive sounds like it was damaged and the heads are now out of alignment. If it comes up with no operating system then your best bet is to buy another hard drive and reinstall. Also, buy an external enclosure for the damaged hard drive, plug it in to another working computer and hopefully your data is still retrievable.


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You could be havind a dameged Hard diak or some cables loose.

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if HDD is good,you must install your operating system again.

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This means that your pc didn't found operating system in the drives that tried to boot from. To make it simpler:
1. Your hard disk isn't accesible by the system (solution: check the bios settings)
2. You haven't installed (or it's disconnected) a hard disk (solution: install one or check the connections)
3. You're trying to boot with a non bootable cd (solution: use a bootable one)
4. Your cd/dvd rom is not accessed by the system (solution: check the bios settings)
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The operating system not found error message is one commonly seen by techs and non-technical people alike. If you run into one, it may not be a problem at all. Here's an example:

If you're installing a new operating system to a hard drive or partition, or have just installed a new mother board, chances are you aren't alone. Most of the occurrences of the operating system not found error occur during these processes. In many cases, this is simply BIOS related, and can be changed very quickly (and remedied) during the Boot process. There are a wide variety of occurrences of this error, so if you have recently been "tinkering" or have installed a new operating system, take heart, there are many computer forums on the subject which may be able to point you to an answer.

Another reason why you may get an operating system not found message, is due to a damaged or incorrectly formatted partition. If your computer can't read the partition, then all data stored within that partition cannot be found. This includes your operating system. To solve the problem, you may need to look into partition recovery.

There are instances, however, when the operating system not found error occurs because of file system error, or worse, hard disk drive failure. If this is the case, you may require professional hard disk drive recovery, especially if you were not changing the system details recently, and were just working as normal.
When To Suspect Hard Disk Drive Failure Certainly, there is an explanation for everything, and the operating system not found error can be explained very easily. First, check your floppy disk drive. Is there a disk in it? In cases where this occurs, simply removing the floppy disk will likely solve your problem. Your computer may have been looking for an operating system on the floppy, and as a result, you were handed an error message. Removing the floppy disk should fix your issue.

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If you've done these preliminary checks, and are still receiving the operating system not found error, you could be facing hard disk drive failure. If this is the case, remember : DO NOT PANIC. 99 times out of 100, your hard drive's data can be recovered by a professional firm. So rest easy. Then try this test if you have another computer system available.

First, disconnect your hard disk drive from your system, and connect it to a system you know works as the slave drive.

Second, boot up the system and go into Windows explorer. If you can see the drive, you may not have a problem at all, or have one which can be fixed with simple data recovery software tools (Do a search on Google for data recovery software tools for a selection).

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