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Laptop can't find hard drive

My daughter's laptop was slammed shut when the mouse was inside. Of course, the LCD screen cracked. I thought that was all that happened. I replaced the screen, put the battery back in....and now when I power it on it says:

Primary hard disk drive 0 not found

No bootable devices--strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for setup utility

Is there something I can do to get it to find the hard drive or is it broken?

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  • Anonymous Feb 25, 2009

    will start in last working configuration but will not boot as normal whats up?

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First go in to set up utility and see if the harddrive is detected there.
If none is detected, power off, remove battery, remove and reseat hard drive.LINK

Posted on May 27, 2008

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    steve danville Jan 07, 2011

    when my Dell D510 could not find the hard drive, I bought a new hard drive.
    that did not help. then I bought a new computer. that helped.
    Sold the D510 for $50 for parts.

  • tru2012 Apr 17, 2011

    You are a smart ***. You parents are so proud of you i bet.

  • steve  danville
    steve danville Apr 17, 2011

    true 2012.
    I would like to think my parents were proud when they were alive.
    You are very rude.

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Hello,

One thing that's easy to do and will give you an answer to your hard drive question is to remove it from the laptop and gently shake it near your ear. If you hear things moving around as you do this the hard drive is damaged too.

You can find a replacement hard drive at NewEgg.com or TigerDirect.ca.

If you are still under warranty and if you purchased your laptop with a credit card your warranty MAY be doubled and if this is the case you can contact your CC company and ask them if your purchase qualifies for the double warranty on purchases through your credit card.

Hard drives are not as expensive as your screen was. You can get a decent size one for less than one hundred dollars.

If you have further need for clarification or answers to your questions comment back and or select the Ask Me button.

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Posted on May 27, 2008

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We have a Dell Vostro 1510. In bios we see the Opiarc DVD drive and the WDC... hard drive. Under the Boot heading of the bios menu the hard drive is listed. Yet when we attempt to boot from the drive it responds with
NO TPM or TPM has a problem
operating system not found, then loops into
PXE-E61: Media test failure, check cable
PXE-MOF: Exiting PXE ROM.
Operating System not found
and keeps repeating.
If you attempt to boot from the internal cd/dvd responds with a black screen then after about 5 min goes back into the loop stated above PXE-E61: ...

We installed a usb external dvd/cd drive, we were able to boot from the external dvd drive using a bootable disk. But the XP disk could not see the drive. Also, used some other utilities and was not able to see drive. We installed a new hard and same exact issue. See drive in bios but not when using any utility or when booting up with windows XP disk - we attempted to install from external usb dvd/cd drive but when we got " To set up Windows XP now, press ENTER" Setup did not find any hard disk drives. Can anyone assist us with this? We thought it maybe the SATA BUS or interface issue on the motherboard. Replacement motherboard through Dell over $420. DELL VERY CRAZY!!!!

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This was a dual layer issue in my Dell E6520. First of all, the SSD was improperly seated after a RAM upgrade. Make sure you feel the SSD/HDD 'click' into place. If you don't hear the proper seating noise and continue to screwing in the four screws from the bottom, the hard drive will separate because the screws are pulling it into the position it should be in if correctly seated. I popped out the hard drive and snapped it back together and then made sure it was properly seated. Booted up, all good.

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HI ALL I HAVE DELLL 1545 LAPTOP IT WOAS WORKING SLOWLY SO I TRY TO FORMAY IT NOW WHEN I M TRYING TO INSTALL OPERATING SYSTEM IT DOESN'T SHOW HARD DISK FOR INSTALLATION BUT ITS THERE WHEN I CHECK FOR BIOS
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Posted on Jul 02, 2010

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SOURCE: No boot device available

I am using the dell system at XPS710 and i kept getting the bios error:
No boot device available

I tried to hit F1, then i get that message again. I hit F2, then it i didn't see the problem.

PLEASE HELP! 16x16_smiley-mad.gif No ignores!

Posted on Sep 25, 2008

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SOURCE: No bootable devices-strike F1 to retry boot,F2 for setup utillity

Is there a hard disk installed inside the computer? try reconnecting it.

The motherboard, the hard drive, or the connector could be faulty in this case.

Remember to unplug and remove battery if you open the laptop, the hard drive is in most cases in the bottom under a cover with few screws or in some dells its on the side with few screws and comes out from the side instead from the bottom.

Posted on May 22, 2009

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SOURCE: my dell inspiron b130. says no bootable devices

It may be that your hard disk is shot - or its connectors may have come loose or slightly corroded. Remove the hard disk and then reseat it back again. Good luck.

Posted on Sep 28, 2009

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SOURCE: 'No bootable devices

No bootable devices = the hard disk appears empty, either Windows was corrupted or the hard disk has died.
Reinstall. If the install fails to complete or the problem comes back the hd is dead = replace it. 

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