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This happens when your computer can not find/read the drive the operating system is installed on.
If you have more than one hard drive and/or optical drives installed your BIOS is probably selecting the wrong one to boot from. Select F1 and go tothe boot menue and ensure you are booting from the drive you desire first, it can boot from several drives but in the order you choose.
Loose/dirty drive connectors are often the cause of this problem, clean/replug them.
A slightly faulty hard drive can also cause this intermittant problem. Go to the Start menu, then Accessories and then Command prompt. Once in DOS type in CHKDSK/F. CHKDSK will report problems but not fix them without the /F after.
All hard drives develope dad sectors which are usually corrected without you knowing about it, fixing it with the above does not neccassarialy mean your drive is bad and needs replacing. I have had to run CHKDSK/F many times in order to repair a small failing section of a drive that has then lasted many nyears
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