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My hp media centerm7250n computer wont boot up from the recovery dvd sounds as if the hard drive is spinning

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Disconnect the "data" and "power" cables from the disk-drive.
Boot from the Recovery DVD, just to prove that your computer can boot. Of course, you may get an error-message, when no disk-drive is detected, but you will have proved that your computer can boot properly.

Connect a different disk-drive, and boot again from the Recovery DVD, to confirm that it will boot, when some "other" disk-drive is detected.

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Hi I got a set of recovery disk as I have ordered for ma hp notebook15 bt now I dont knw further what I have to do pls hlp me

Does your hp notebook15 have a CD or DVD drive? If so, when you get the recovery disk, put it into the CD/DVD drive. When you turn on your computer, it might start up using the recovery CD by default. If not, when your computer is starting, press the key described in the upper right hand of the screen when the computer is turning on. It says something like "Boot Options" Press the F?? key that is next to the option you want. For example, if the Boot options are next to the F10 key, press that key as the PC is starting up, then tell your laptop to boot, or start, from the CD/DVD drive.

Normally recovery disks erase your hard drive, and and setup your computer like it is fresh from the store. If you have any files that you want to keep like pictures, or other documents, take your hard drive out of your laptop, or have a computer professional do it for you, so that you don't erase all the files currently on your computer.

Apr 02, 2015 | HP Computers & Internet

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Hp omni will not boot past starting windows

windows is corrupted, (guess at huge virus attacks.)
needs fresh load from HP recover CD, lost those,?
if the fresh load fails then the HDD is bad.
i can see you tried safe mode
but fails.
an all in one, quasi desktop, not a true desktop at all.
its like large notebook with legs.
and as such more hard to repair, (parts non standard)
looks like its a 2012 product from HP,
so is supported until 2022.

i guess the F11 key recovery failed.
so page 13 in the book on this PC tells you
how to make recovery media
ah but only works on a running system(must be done day one new pc, so you have this recovery DVD-r or USB stick.

Recovery media can be created on either blank DVD
discs or a USB flash drive (one or the other, but
not both). Create recovery media from the recovery image stored on your hard disk drive.
This image
contains the operating system and software program files that were originally installed on your computer at the factory. You can
create only one set of recovery media for your computer, and the
media can be used only with this computer. Store the recovery media in a safe place.
end qoute.
(wow only one set allowed)
if the hdd is corrupted, even the restore partition can be a wreck.
only real media is good, DVD or USB.

you can also , do it the hard way
call hp and beg for media
or use free micro soft down load ISO, for w7/8 or 10
and install the MS software
then use the COA sticker on back of PC for the lic. activaiton.
W7 in this case.
then down load all hp drivers for w7 and intall them.
there did all 3 ways for you.

Mar 08, 2017 | HP Omni 120-1125 20" All-in-One Desktop PC

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Replaced the MK5065GSX hard drive used the recovery disks but 'no bootable drive' message displayed.

no PC stated
no OS stated
no source of recovery disks stated (HP, MS or
or home made?DVD-R or CD-R?

the answer is all you said and more.
lots more.
bad disks wrong disks
bad CD drive
bad HDD drive.
or if laptop then main battery is bad (bigone) and overloads it.

why not boot to live linux disk (optical media)
See if PC runs ok.
then if that works run DISKtest during the above demo try me.
if that passes we we are at
bad media install disk you have (no os stated or class of media)
bad cd/dvd drive.

Jan 05, 2018 | HP Computers & Internet

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How to restore to factory settings

You should have either a recovery partition on the hard drive or a set of recovery DVDs. HP tends to favor having both available. Power on the computer and you should get options such as Press F9 for boot menu / setup press F# for recovery. Press whichever key it states for recovery (typically it is F11). It will load into a recovery GUI select destructive recovery/restore This will delete everything and restore the computer to factory defaults. If you need to go the DVD route. Insert the first DVD and reboot the computer. Make sure that the computer is in boot from DVD drive first.

Dec 08, 2011 | HP Pavilion dv9310us Notebook

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Hi. When I try to turn on my HP mini it tells me to "Reboot and Select proper Boot device or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device and press a key" I have tried almost everything I know how...

Your hard drive appears to be corrupted. Your computer is telling you that the boot sector cannot be read. If you have recovery discs, you may try a recovery. A full recovery will erase all your personal files. If it gives you an option to restore to an earlier working startup or repair startup, choose those options first.
Since it is an HP, it will give you the option of running the recovery program from the protected area of the hard drive when the HP screen comes up during startup. Pushing F11 during the startup screen on an HP will nomally take you to a recovery mode. F9 may take you to a diagnostic and you can check your hard drive from there.
You can press F10 to enter the Setup menu. You can check your basic settings to see if the computer is registering your hard drive. Do not make any changes in the Setup Menu unless you know what you are doing.
You can boot your computer from a bootable DVD or USB device (press Esc key during startup to change your boot order) and then try to copy your files to a USB drive. Once your files are safe, you can attempt to recover Windows without fear of losing your data.
If you are handy with your hands, you can remove the hard drive and connect it to another computer via a USB adapter to copy your files to a safe location or/and run diagnostics.
Quite often, a virus will target your boot area of the drive rendering it unable to boot your computer, but the drive and your data can be recuperated. USB adapters for laptop hard drives can cost you as little as $10 on Ebay.
Good luck

Jul 31, 2011 | Computers & Internet

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If the computer can still boot into Windows, you have the option to create discs using the HP recovery manager.
If the computer's hard drive is still functioning, press F11 on boot to enter the Recovery Manager interface.
If the hard drive has crashed, go to and select recovery media to order the discs from HP.

Mar 05, 2011 | Computers & Internet

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I have a HP DV2000 Laptop. The DVD Drive of Laptop is not working. When I tried to boot from External DVD Drive it wont work, while it shown in booting also checked in BIOS but still not worked.

You can only boot from External DVD if the BIOS has Boot from USB selected as the first option and you have a bootable CD/DVD for example a Recovery DVD.

I am assuming your hard drive is not working.

Feb 10, 2011 | Computers & Internet

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System recovery for HP Media Center m1070n

Hitting F10 is for creating the disks. To rebuild it, place the first recovery disk in the DVD player and reboot the machine. If the disk does not boot:
1. To check the drive, place another DVD in the drive and see if you get a response. 2. The boot disk check can be tested by placing the disk in your other machine. Good Luck.

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