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No boot sector on internal hard drive. No bootable

This message appears after turning machine on:

No boot sector on internal hard drive. No bootable devices--strike f1 to retry boot, f2 for setup utility.

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  • Lynn Bradley Jul 29, 2009

    First Try Unsuccessful: hit F10 after turn on.



    Also tried Function F10 At turn on NO JOY.



    Also tried Holding F10 down and turning on NO JOY.



    Any other suggestions?

  • Lynn Bradley Jul 29, 2009

    What will I lose by hitting F11 and doing a Full Factory Reboot?

  • Lynn Bradley Jul 29, 2009

    Have tried with no success the F10 on startup.
    Am not sure what I'll lose if I do F11 the full factory reboot. Until I can recover all data, I'm not willing to do the F11 reboot.

    On startup > Dell Screen > Windows XP Screen >
    "No Boot Sector on Internal Hard Drive" message.

  • Lynn Bradley Jul 30, 2009

    Yes.
    Gonna try it out.
    Sounds most promising.

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Hi there,

A boot sector is a sector of a hard disk that contains booting programs stored in the other part of the hard disk. You boot sector might have been deleted or corrupted and you can't logon until you repair or recover the boot sector. To do this you must have your OS cd. Boot from OS cd the follow below steps...

Windows Vista
1. Insert the installation disc.
2. Restart your computer
3. If prompted, press any key to start Windows from the installation disc.
4. Choose your language settings, and then click Next.
5. Click Repair your computer.
6. Select the operating system you want to repair, and then click Next.

7.

On the System Recovery Options menu, click Startup Repair. Startup Repair might prompt you to make choices as it tries to fix the problem, and if necessary, it might restart your computer as it makes repairs.


Boot from you hard disk then you're done!

Regards,
Jeep Brainy

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Try F10, when you turn on,

Posted on Jul 29, 2009

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    jim galbraith Jul 29, 2009

    the only other thing i can think of is a full factory settings re-boot........hit F11 on start up

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    jim galbraith Jul 29, 2009

    this takes the pc back to original factory settings, its like starting up all over again from new........but as it will not boot up just now, then you have lost everything already....i know this may sound drastic, but i had the same problem, i tried 3 computer programmers, who had my laptop for a total of 4 weeks....this is what they all ended up suggesting... and this is the very laptop i am using now.....im not saying this works for every pc, but it was recommended to me, and it worked, but if your unsure, then think hard about a full re-boot

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No bootable device usually means that your hard drive has failed. It is either not connected properly to the computer or the drive needs to be replaced.

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