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My laptop does not boot. it always ask for a cd to boot but i already reformat it.someone told me that it is a hard disk problem and advice me to replace my hard drive.

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If you have reformatted your hard disk, then there is no Windows operating system on your hard disk and therefore the laptop cannot boot up. You need to install Windows onto the hard disk using the Windows installation CD with the Windows product code that is on the Windows label on the bottom of your laptop.
If the Windows installation cannot detect the hard disk and if the BIOS cannot detect the hard disk, then the hard disk is faulty and needs to be replaced before Windows can be installed.

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When the computer starts it flashes up press f2or delete or some other key to enter setup. Go through the settings and there should be one that will allow you to change the boot device. It sounds to me like it is set to boot from the cd rom drive only. Change it to boot from the hard drive and save changes to CMOS and restart the computer. The computer should now boot from the hard drive.

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