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Virus attack closing any access to laptop, threatening to format harddrive... How to recover and restart

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Shutdown and then take your hard drive out, connect it to another PC with a USB adapter/cable, and use that other PC's anti-virus (e.g., McAffee) and anti-malware (e.g., malwarebyte) to scan and clean your hardrive. Make sure your hard drive does not overheat during the scan/cleaning process. After cleaning, re-insert hard drive in your laptop and boot.

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The "no bootable devices found" error can create headaches, as well as occasional heartache if you're a laptop user. This error appears when your computer is unable to find a device or file required for normal operation. It could indicate one of three issues: hard drive failure, software error or motherboard malfunction. Any of these potential problems can render your laptop useless. Hard drive failure or software errors can lead to data loss, which can cause anguish and catastrophe, depending on the files business information, family photos, student projects at risk.
Hard Drive Failure
The interior of a hard drive is akin to a turntable. Most hard drives contain two to three discs, known as platters, which are similar to records. These platters are read and written on by a tiny needle called the read/write head, similar to the arm and needle on a turntable. When a hard drive functions properly, the platters spin and the read/write head accesses the files necessary to boot your computer. Improper function of any of these physical pieces can cause a mechanical failure and result in the "no bootable devices" error. Software Error
In rare instances, a software problem more specifically, a particularly nasty virus may cause the "no bootable devices" error.
Most often, if a virus attacks and corrupts your system, your computer can still detect the hard drive and operating system, and you'll see some attempt at a normal boot.
If a virus attacks certain system and startup files, however, they may not be detectable next time you boot your computer, thus causing you to see "no bootable devices."
This may also happen if you are manually deleting files from your computer and accidentally delete system files.
Motherboard
Sometimes individual components of your laptop's motherboard malfunction, which can cause problems ranging from loss of wireless capabilities to inability to detect an external power source.
If the components that detect your hard drive fail, your laptop is unable to receive signals from the hard drive and therefore may display the "no bootable devices" error.
Repair
Fixing a "no bootable devices" error can prove costly.
If motherboard failure caused the error, you're probably better off purchasing a new laptop; unless it's under warranty; the average motherboard replacement costs $250 to $500.
You can reinstall your operating system to resolve software errors, which is fairly inexpensive by computer repair standards, costing $80 to $130 dollars, but this step may also overwrite your existing data.
In some cases, data may prove so badly corrupted it's not salvageable.
If you can recover it, however, that raises your repair costs. additional fee.
If hard drive failure caused your "no bootable devices" error, you can replace the drive.
If you need to recover data from a malfunctioning hard drive, send it to a clean room for recovery.
In a clean room, technicians disassemble your hard drive and image each platter; this kind of data recovery is extremely expensive, costing up to $2000 depending on the work involved.
Prevention
There is no way to guarantee you will never receive a "no bootable devices" error, but there are some steps you can take to help prevent it from happening.
Keep your laptop on a flat surface when using it, and avoid any bumps that may cause the hard drive's read/write mechanism to lock up.
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Turn on your HP laptop with Windows Vista or Windows 7 and press the "Esc" key repeatedly to access the startup Menu. Press "F10" to access the BIOS.
Press "F9" to restore the BIOS to its default settings. Press "Enter" to verify that you want to restore the BIOS default settings.
Press "F10" to save your changes and exit the BIOS. Press "Enter" to confirm that you want to save the BIOS changes and continue booting up the laptop.
HP Hard Disk Test
Hold the Power button down for 15 seconds when the laptop is turned on to turn off the laptop.
Press the Power button again to turn on the laptop and press the "Esc" key repeatedly to access the startup Menu.
Press "F2" to access the System Diagnostics.
Click "Hard Disk Test" to begin testing the hard drive.
If "Pass" is displayed after all of the tests then the program fixed the error.
If "Fail" is displayed after any of the tests, proceed to Section 3 if you are using Windows Vista and Section 4 if you are using Windows 7.
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Click "Start," "All Programs," "Recovery Manager" and "Recovery Manager" again to open the HP Recovery Manager.
Click "Advanced Options," then click "System Recovery" and "Next."
The laptop will restart and will boot up to the HP Recovery Manager.
Click "System Recovery" and click "Next."
Click "No" when asked if you want to use Microsoft System Restore and click "Next."
Select "Recover without backing up your files" and click "Next."
Click "Next" to begin the recovery process.
When the process is finished the laptop will restart and boot to the Windows Vista setup screen.
Recover Windows 7 Factory Settings
Click "Start," "All Programs," "Recovery Manager" and "Recovery Manager" again to open the HP Recovery Manager.
Click "System Recovery."
The laptop will restart and will boot to HP Recovery Manager. Click "System Recovery," then click "Next."
Click "No" when asked if you want to use Microsoft System Restore and click "Next."
Click "Recover without backing up your files" and click "Next."
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