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No boot sector on hard disk. I bought this laptop on ebay and it cam with no OS and when I turned it on, it said "No boot sector on hard drive" and then says press F1 for retry or F2 for setup

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  • Anonymous Mar 05, 2009

    booting from the cd does not work, I can select to boot from the cd in the bios boot sequence and it does nothing.

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Change the BIOS to boot from a CD ROM as it seems ur hard disk is corrupted.
try to partition and format the disk and install the new OS.

  • Until the hard disk is set up, boot from a floppy disk/CD ROM instead of the hard disk to start the system.
  • For a new hard disk, remember to partition and format the hard disk.
  • If this type of error is encountered in an existing system, there is a good chance that the disk has become corrupted somehow.

Posted on Nov 10, 2008

  • Jdish92 Dec 13, 2010

    how do u do that?

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Hi get back to me once you have the cd

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