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Question: cannot find boot.ini

Dear friends,

I have just installed win2000 in my pc and i cannot find my boot.ini file... I have unhidden all files and yet still cannot find...I use the search function to search for the file. Is there something wrong with my installation??
what r the ways to see my boot.ini


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Preferred Solution: cannot find boot.ini

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Answer: cannot find boot.ini

There are two settings under the view tab in folder options. On is "show hidden files and folders" the other is "hide protected operatingg system files"
Both must be set properly then do a windows search for it..You can also soo it in control panel/ system / advancxed/ startup and recovery / edit .

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My pc (win 8, IE9, 64 bit) started behaving oddly suddenly before refusing to go any further now saying unable to find boot drive, please insert boot disk and press any key.
Is this terminal and have I lost all data on that pc? Will taking it to a pc wizard do any good?
I am in Australia
I hope someone can offer productive advice

Answer:Unable to find boot drive insert boot disk

I'm assuming that you are currently communicating from another computer.
Do you have the installation disk? If not, then the trip to the PC wizard sounds like a wise choice.
The data loss will depend on what is wrong and when you made your last backup. It could be very little to total.
Keep us posted

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hi new here...
two months ago i ran the msconfig and i guess i messed up with the boot.ini my pc had been in a boot loop since then.i have looked for solutions and found them but due to no support for xp,most methods have not been successfull.
and now i read about editing the boot.ini file and decided to enslave my hard drive on a friend's pc so that i can edit the file...
now my question is how to find the file after i enslave it on the pc,and if i edit the file i will be able to boot the pc successfully once more??

i surely appreciate any replies,for real....peace and thanks in advance

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Today when I was surfing on my laptop (G74S Series) I wanted to restart the laptop because the internet crashed and it usually helps to restart. But I restarted it holding down the power button thing.
So, I restarted it and while I was waiting, staring in to the screen, the blinking "_" thing when you start up was doing that for a while and nothing was happening, and a couple of seconds later the computer tells me that it can't boot the laptop/pc because no drive was found. I saw an error code but I didn't catch it, but it was something like "0x0000"
So then on later, it sent me in to "Image Restore" But I have no image to restore with, so I cancel it, and then it sends me into the menu where I can choose to "Restore Computer" or "Scan for startup errors" or something like that (I don't really have a such accurate memory.)
And on the top it also says "os unknown on (unknown) local disk"
Everytime I start the computer it sends me to that menu where I can choose to restore my computer etc..
And I can't really do much about it since I don't have the windows 7 disc/dvd thing either.
And this all came all so sudden I don't really know what to do.
I don't have any backu or anything, and windows can only detect my /D: drive and not /C:, and I have my OS on /C:

Is my hardrive corrupt or what happend?
And what should I do?
Any suggestions?
Hope I posted this on the right part of the forum..

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Answer:Cannot boot my laptop, windows can't find any hardrive to boot OS..

We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
& made the Startup Repair CD.
startup repair disc-create

Did you make the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?

You can order OEM Recovery disks from your OEM manufacturer's website.

Check the hard drive with the manufacturer's diagnostic tools.
Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp.
Hard Drive Diagnostic Procedure

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Ok i made an Xp bootable CD. I did this 2 times and I followed all the instructions, burned it in nero as CDROM (boot) with all the correct settings. I downloaded the XP boot record (bin file) and I used that as the boot image.

However, when I use this on the computer I am tryikng to install it on, it says "searching for Master boot record on CD.." for about 15 seconds on startup and then just boots from the existing hard drive OS because aparently it can't find the boot record.

The cds work fine on my laptop, if i put it in and run it after my laptop is already started up, the windows xp menu for installationcomes up fine.

never had this happen before so i don't know what the problem is.. i changed the boot priority so it is trying to bootfrom the cd rom, but just cant....


Answer:windows xp boot cd will not find boot record, help asap!!!!

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Have a new computer with freshly installed W7 on a SSD drive. The computer boots properly unless external HD are connected. If I have external HDs connected (USB 3) it fails to find windows. I've been into the BIOS and there Windows Boot Manager is set as first choice and I have disabled booting from external drives.

Why is WBM unable to find the installation on the SSD? Can I manually change the settings in WBM to select the SSD?

Going nuts on this so any suggestion is appreciated.


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My PC suddernly locks up when booting. It does the RAM check, finds the hard disks, but don't think it can find the boot record from hard disk. It can boot from boot floppy and can and read the hard drives when in DOS. (I got 2 drives dual booting with 'C' as Win98 and 'D' as Win xp)It tries to search for boot record from A then CD drive then C, screen goes black with small flashing cursor top left and hangs there.Is there a way I can repair without rebuilding?Is it the boot record as I assume?I got second machine to download any fix files if suggested.Help appreciated

Answer:Lock up on boot up - cant find boot record.

Have you done anything to it recently? i mean install new hardware/software etc? or did this just 'happen overnight'?

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I have asus x401a notebook and it was getting slow so I decided to install fresh windows 7 and since this notebook doesn't have cd/DVD drive I burned the windows on USB and when I tried to change the boot option priorities to USB I couldn't find it in the boot setup I only have two other options which are :

Boot option #1 (PO: Hitachi HTS547 ... )
Boot option #2 (Realtek PXE B03 D00)

Please help
Thanks in advance

Answer:Can't find USB boot option

Hi Welcome to Seven Forums .. Look in the Advanced Menu for Configuration for USB ...
It could be set to USB Legacy Disabled ....

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somehow my boot file got moved or deleted i tried to reinstall windows XP but it gets an error any ideas?

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Hello,I saw this in another thread posted today. I have been infected with something and have been unsuccessful trying to remove it with Spybot, Malwarebytes, and Symantec antivirus although the virus doesn't show up in any of them anymore.This morning I could not access any website... just gave me a 'cannot find' message. I ran spybot first and it showed a Virtumonde trojan but could not remove. I then ran Symantec and it could not delete but was able to quarantine. I ran Malwarebytes and nothing showed... I still could not access websites.I looked at my browser properties and it had installed a proxy of or local host. I removed the proxy and am now able to get on the web but still get the error message on boot.My Hijack this log is below... help please.Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4Scan saved at 3:43:02 PM, on 10/1/2010Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Unable to get Internet Explorer version!Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\Program Files\Symantec\Symantec Endpoint Protection\Smc.exeC:\Program Files\Intel\WiFi\bin\S24EvMon.exeC:\Program Files\Commo... Read more

Answer:Cannot find ntdevice.exe upon boot

Hello and welcome to Bleeping ComputerWe apologize for the delay in responding to your request for help. Here at Bleeping Computer we get overwhelmed at times, and we are trying our best to keep up. Please note that your topic was not intentionally overlooked. Our mission is to help everyone in need, but sometimes it takes just a little longer to get to every request for help. No one is ignored here.If you have since resolved the original problem you were having, we would appreciate you letting us know. If not please perform the following steps below so we can have a look at the current condition of your machine. If you have not done so, include a clear description of the problems you're having, along with any steps you may have performed so far.Upon completing the steps below I will review and take the steps necessary with you to get your machine back in working order clean and free of malware.If you have already posted a DDS log, please do so again, as your situation may have changed.Use the 'Add Reply' and add the new log to this thread.Thanks and again sorry for the delay.We need to see some information about what is happening in your machine. Please perform the following scan:Download DDS by sUBs from one of the following links. Save it to your desktop.DDS.scrDDS.pifDouble click on the DDS icon, allow it to run.A small box will open, with an explaination about the tool. No input is needed, the scan is running.Notepad will open with the results.Follow the ... Read more

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I currectly trying to fix a presitant problem on my computer. Often when i boot up my computer, it stops completely just before checking which drive to find the boot record. I reset with ctrl-alt-del and then it repeats and just freezes at the same place. If i shut it down for a 5 mins and then turn it back on it will boot correctly by searching the floppy,cdrom, then harddrive for boot record.

I just formatted my computer and this problem is even more occuring. Does my computer need a bios reset or update?

Answer:fail to find boot log

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I wonder what's wrong with my laptop,'cuase it won't boot to my operating system which is windows xp. I hope you can help me with my problem, thanks.

Answer:my laptop won't boot or can't find the os(xp)

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i want to make a start up floppy for xp. My problem is that i can not find the boot.ini file to put on the floppy. I have found the other two files i need. I have searched my system several times but still no luck. i also have checked all of my hidden files as well. I know it is there because xp boots. So were can i find it? can any body help? I looked at the boards and could not find the topic, sorry if it is there. let me know.


Answer:cant find boot.ini file

Right-click My Computer, Properties, Advanced tab, Startup and Recovery Settings button, Edit button.

That is your boot.ini. Copy and paste it into notepad and save as Boot.ini.

The boot.ini file is in the root directory. If XP is on the C: drive, click on C: in MY Computer and you should see it if system and hidden files are unhidden.

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Hi, my Aspire X3475 can't boot anymore, giving me the error message... "...The Boot Configuration Data file is missing some required information. You'll need to use the recovery tools on your installation media. If you don't have any installation media ( like a disc or usb device ) contact your system administrator or pc manufacturer...." My problem is that I don't have any disks or other medias with the recovery tools, so I wanted to create one, but I can't find anywhere on Acer's web site where to download what I need on that disk. Since my Desktop can't boot anymore, forget the idea of making one disk out of him! I tried the ALF F10 trick, and it keeps starting, saying something is wrong, and then reseting again.... for hours. I tried to boot a Windows 8 install disk, changing the BIOS so it will boot from the DVD first, but it doesn't. It seems to read the DVD but then goes into the page where it says the error message stated earlier, and reboots forever. Any help on what to do would help! Any help on WHERE to find the required Tools (I think it's called eRecovery, but not sure) so I can burn it on a disk, and boot with it, would help! Thanks Andre

Answer:Can't boot and can't find where to download the RE...

Boot to BIOS (press F2 or DEL at boot), on BIOS disable secure boot option, then try to boot from DVDif it bootsFrom the windows 8 DVD: a.     at  windows setup screen click on nextb.    Click on Repair your computer.c.     Click on Troubleshoot and then select Advanced Options.d.    Click on Command prompt and type the following commands and press Enter after each command:Bootrec /fixmbrBootrec /fixbootbootrec /scanosBootrec /rebuildbcde.    Restart the computer.f.      Check if the issue persists.

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Hi; my harddrive seems to have breathed its last. When the computerboots it freezes and says failed to find boot sector press F1 to try again. None of the drives come up in the bios as well. Whats the way forwad from here? If I have 2 buy a new hard drive do I need 2 biy a new OS or can i get my hands on some sort of restore programs that can help re-install Win XP. I have an upgrade version of win XP. Can anyone help.....many thanx


Either your hard drive is dead or the boot sector is corrupt. Either way if you get a new hdd then you will need a systems cd. Just an upgrade is no good.Odd that both drives are not showing in bios

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Hello. I have a problem with my OS winxp sp1. I had a virus, i cleaned him but i had errors when i was accesing drive letter d: or e: (i have 3 partitions), but not with c: drive (os partition).
The error was : Windows cannot find 'Boot.exe'. Make sure you typed the name correctly and then try again.
Since i couldnt fix that message (and accesing drive without Windows Explorer), i reinstalled Windows. And i find a surprise, i still cannot access drive letters d: and e: without right-click -> Explore.
I scanned My Computer with Spybot S&D and Ad-ware and didnt find any ad/spy-ware.
What can i do? Do you guys have a solution for this? :confused

Answer:Windows cannot find 'boot.exe'

What happens when you double-click drives d: and e: Do you still get the same error message?

See the thread below from the Malware forum and see if helps. Be sure to read the whole thread and assuming you don't have any other malware issues, Chaslang's solution in post #8 might work for you.


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"I have a compaq. How do I find the USB in the boot menu." I just tried to find the USB when I did the Boot using ESC but the 3 selection did no point to USB. 

Answer:How do I find the USB in the boot menu.

@Robertrca After pressing power button start tapping F9. REO

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Hi. I have Windows 7 Professional 64 bit. I'm trying to boot Windows after resetting setup options to default in BIOS. When I go to boot option priorities it doesn't find any HDD even though it shows which SATA port they all are under main options. I know the hard drive isn't damaged because I booted with it before resetting the BIOS values to default. The problem is getting them to show up in the boot option menu. Is there a way to do this?

Answer:Can't find HDD in boot menu

you may need to set BIOS to AHCI so your dries become visible

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I posted this problem in the software forum and was advised to post in this forum.
When I double click on the E:\ icon in my computer (which is a partition of my hard disk) and also my portable hard disk's my computer icon (G:\), I get this error message "Windows cannot find 'Boot.exe'. Make sure you typed the name correctly, and then try again. To search for a file, click the Start button, and then click Search."

I am using an IBM Thinkpad T42, running on Windows XP Pro SP2.

I have read and followed the READ & RUN ME FIRST. Malware Removal Guide Thread

Thanks for any help in advance.

Answer:Windows cannot find boot.exe

More logs

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The first sign of my problem was when my computer began randomly freezing. Not just a program not responding, or going really slow for a second, but freezing - no mouse movement, nothing. I put this together myself and it's never frozen before. Then my 3Ds Max 7 stopped starting, giving me an error that

"includes the following:

* Operating System name and version
* Product name and version
* Video driver name and version"

Now, after I've left the system running for a few hours, it restarts and "cannot find the boot file." When that happens, I have to power down and wait about an hour until it will successfully boot again.

The first time this restart and failure to boot happened, the machine started beeping regularly and consistently until I powered down, and I can only assume the beeping was coming from the motherboard (an old asus that only barely meets the requirements of a likewise weak processor). I've been looking into a new motherboard and processor anyway, but I need to know the source of my problem. Of course I've considered the possibility of some virus or failure in windows, but I was thinking (and hoping, I'll admit) that it was motherboard failing or maybe a faulty IDE cable. A chkdsk succeeded only in telling me that about half the problems found couldn't be fixed because of a lack of space on my harddrive (though I have a few gigs of free space). So - what could be causing my system to spontaneously loose tr... Read more

Answer:Cannot Find Boot File

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Im looking for Boot.Ini file. i cannt find it anywhere. i even went into folder tools and enabled to see all hidden system files. Still cannot find it. plz help

Answer:I cannot find Boot.ini file

go to run type c:/boot.ini

press enter

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Hi, hope you can help.

Uninstalled Acronis 10 True imaging software after experiencing problems with failed copies trying to restore.

Now, on startup, I immediately get a message at the top (white letters on black screen) saying,

Acronis Loader fatal error: Boot drive partition not found. Press 'enter' to try to load your OS."

Hit the 'enter' key and system boots up normally and operates with no problems. Tho I've been using computers for years, it's been a long time since I've jumped into the details of software entries, etc.

Anyone know where I can locate the source for this message and delete it?


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Hi I'm new here and I hope I've posted in the right place. When I double click on the E:\ icon in my computer (which is a partition of my hard disk) and also my portable hard disk's my computer icon, I get this error message "Windows cannot find 'Boot.exe'. Make sure you typed the name correctly, and then try again. To search for a file, click the Start button, and then click Search."

I am using an IBM Thinkpad T42, running on Windows XP Pro SP2. Thanks for any help in advance.

Answer:Windows cannot find boot.exe

Does the same thing happen when you right click the drive and the 'Explore"?

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I'm trying to install Vista on new machine and received a "Can't find boot device" error. I went into the bios and set the boot sequence to look at the CD-ROM first then the HD. I still receive the same error. I don't have the machine in front of me so I can't give specifics on bios version, memory and such. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thx.

Answer:Can't Find Boot Device

To start, try with another bootable CD. The CD that you are using can be defective.

Are you dual booting?

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Hi everybody.
I need help again please...
i have another laptop"Dell".
I change setup on startup: ,i set enable ,password on boot,user password,and hdd password.
Know when i open to start say: Enter HDD Password [ ]. bayimg - image: Image029.jpg - free uncensored image hosting

i put the password and hi say: HDD Password Invalidate,Press any key.
How to fin this???
please to all... have best weekend.

Answer:how to find hdd password on boot?

The only way to do this is to clear the CMOS on your motherboard ... Read -=> This

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Hi, i'm new to the forum and require some assistance.

I've just built my second machine and have encountered a problem:

When loading up a new XP OS the system goes through to 'load windows' then says HD not found. I am using a 200GB SATA Barracuda so I tried a refresh and F6 to name the drive but that screen locked out on auto-detect.

I can see the drive on startup and in BIOS. What should I do ?

Answer:Solved: Can't find HD in boot

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I'm using Windows XP sp3 on a Dell computer.  I've had absolutely no problems until recently.  I turned the computer on and I get a message that it can't find the boot device.  I tried starting it again and I hit F12 to go into diagnostics.  Everything passed and it asked if I wanted to reboot.  I did, and it booted up fine.  The next time I shut down, the same thing occurred.  However, this time after starting the diagnostics, I immediately canceled it.  When I rebooted, it booted up fine.  I left the computer running that night, but got up in the morning with the same "no boot device" message on the screen.  I have all the power management settings to not shut down, or hibernate.  There was no power outage here, or my clocks would have been blinking.The only thing I added to this computer recently was a "Clickfree" backup device.  Now this device's drive was corrupt, and I'm waiting for a replacement from the company.  I deleted any software from this device that I could find.  I did not go into the registration.  Could this be part of the problem?  And if so, what is the solution?Thanks for any help you can give me.

Answer:Can't find boot device

(Voice recognition software on.Please pardon grammatical errors.) Welcome to the computer Hope forum.There are volunteers here in willing to help you with your computer problems completely free of any charge or obligation on your part.To start with, as much information about your problem that you can think of will be helpful. And yes, any new hardware or device is added to your computer could affect the overall performance and reliability.But for a start, here is a suggestion. If your computer is more than a few years old it may be time to replace the CMOS cell. This little metal thing about the size of a coin. It preserves the settings of your computer while the computer is turned off. If that little thing has dried out it will affect the way your computer starts up.As to the external backup device, the fact that you say it is corrupted is of concern. Any information you have either the vendor or the manufacture would be of some help. Is it not to pry into your privacy, but the forum is building a database about common problems and  specific details are needed. Namely the make and model of any devices that are known to have a short service life. Categorically, external backup devices are excellent tools and should not cause problems in typical applications. Any additional information you get from the manufacture would be greatly appreciated.Please provide as much additional information that can, in the forum will respond to you as quickly as possible.By the way, do you ... Read more

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Ok my comp is having a problem, it says it can't find "boot disk".

It wont go any further after saying this....



Answer:Can't Find Boot Disk

Do you have a windows xp disk?

If so, boot from the xp disk and it will try to find your c drive.

If it can't find it, you may have a bad drive.

If it does find it, go to the second screen and try a repair to see if that gets you back to normal.

Afterwards scan for viruses and malware, as one of these may have caused your problem.

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made a boot disk after formatting the hard drive and put the XP folder on the hard drive. It boots to DOS but cannot get to C drive.

The hard was used as a slave and have changed the the lil thingumbob correctly for a single drive.

I remember being able to format a drive with the system files so the drive would boot, then simply cd/ into the folder and initializing the install.

Is there any way to do that with XP?

Also have check formatted the floppy and included boot.ini, NTLDR, and bootsect.dos.

What am I doing wrong?

Answer:boot disk will not find c

You're not going about it correctly. Here is a link explaining the install process, which starts from the CD itself. You cannot install form the hard drive you are installing TO.

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Hi everyone I've found this site after MUCH searching for solutions on my problem. I'm not sure of the name of the infection but it stopped me from opening any of my Hard Drives (C, E and G). I've scanned multiple times with Malwarebytes, SUPERAntiSpyware, Spybot Search & Destroy and even AdAware and they've all found various items and then apparently removed them, even if a day later or so they find them again. I now thing whatever I had is gone but it seems to have wiped out some shortcuts. Whenever I try to open a hard drive I'm greeted with -"resycled\ is not a valid Win32 application"I tried to fix it by opening folder options and changing the file type Drive to open with Explorer but it's not helped. I've also tried changing some registry values like HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT/Directory/Shell but still no luck.So I've come to the pros, here's my HijackThis log -Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2Scan saved at 01:33:41, on 23/01/2009Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.5730.0013)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\aawservice.exeC:\W... Read more

Answer:Cannot find 'resycled\'


Sorry for late reply. Forums have been very busy. If you still need help with this post a fresh hjt log.

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Hi All

Ive got a Dell GX260 running winXP that refuses to stop alerting me to the presence of a trojan-horse virus. My anti virus catches and destroys everytime it appears but it still remains. My bruv tells me it might be a sleepy file. I was going to flatten the c drive then reinstall everything but there doesn't seem to be any point if its a boot virus.

Also, has anyone ever encountered a repeated flashing cd disc symbol on the initial load of XP. If so, what is it and how do i sort it out?

Answer:How can i find out if i have a Boot Virus???

Take a look at and follow up with a search for boot virus for more information.

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Hi everybody,

I have two physical drives unpartitioned. First (250GB) where I have XP installed and second (20GB) where I had XP installed. I decided to install Windows 7 at the second drive (20GB) and keep the first drive with XP so that I can dual boot.

After installing Windows 7 at the second drive (C the dual boot screen disappeared.

When I log in Windows 7, I can see the XP as a drive with letter D: but I cannot boot XP.

How can I dual boot XP and Windows 7

Thanks beforehands.

Answer:Trying to Dual Boot with XP but can't find it

Check in Disk Management while booted into 7 - see if D is listed as "System, Active".

If so, open an administrator command prompt, and type : (press enter after each line)

bcdedit /create {ntldr} /d "Windows XP"
bcdedit /set {ntldr} device boot
bcdedit /set {ntldr} path ntldr
bcdedit /displayorder {ntldr} /addlast

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I have read and tried other fixes for this on this forum. None work however. A friend shipped me a used computer. During shipment a wire had come off the main HD. I did try to start the machine without knowing the wire was off. I got the "bootdevice" message. After talking with my friend I found and replaced the wire. I tried doing a "repair" using F8 but no luck. I can however use the option to "start my computer using the last known etc." Everything works fine, but when I shut the machine off I get the "can't find bootdevice" again when I restart. What do I have to change in my bios settings to make the machine boot normally?
Thanks in advance.
Bob G.

Answer:W7 cannot find boot device.

Very interesting. Can you make sure that there's nothing else set to boot first? Check your boot sequence. This may not be the solution but I'd recommend just making sure.

I think I've seen something like this happen before but it was trying to boot from another device besides the hard drive. Interesting to see any responses here.

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I have had this problem before, and after checking all the connections it started working again so I put it down to a bad connection (I found no problems). It has happened again this morning, and I got it to work by turning on & off a couple of times. It sounds like a switch problem to me, can anyone advise easy checks

Answer:Cannot find boot device

what computer have u gt ? what OS, Do you have anti-virus/firewall protection ? how old is the computer ? what speed harddisk do you have what make and model ? and have you got sufficiant cooling ?

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Hi, Having trouble with my PC boot, whether this is normal or not i am uncertain.
After log on for roughly 3 minutes or so the PC load times for most things are quite slower than usual. I can hear the HDD spinning being read and written to i presume.
Under task manager processes tab (inc all users) the main culprits for CPU usage are a few svchost.exe (mainly PID 948 which includes windows audio endpoint builder, which is also the one that uses the most memory)

After i stop hearing the HDD work which is usually when the processes stop jumping around the PC speed ups dramatically and to the speed that it should be.

This happened gradually as the PC got older etc more programs installed.

But this is my confusion, i have NO crap if you like on here just needed programs like office, Norton 360, Itunes, a few games and few others random things.
I watch carefully what i download and scan the whole system every now and then with Norton 360, spybot S&D and malwarebytes. There is usually nothing there.
I use Ccleaner and clear up everything once a month and also clean the registry.

My msconfig.exe boot settings are cut down to barely anything, about 8 things max including my catalyst control centre. The non microsoft services are all enabled currently there is only 9 all kind of essential to me.

One thing that does effect this is if i do not enter password straight away on boot and leave for few minutes it shaves the startup time down alot which doesnt that point to microso... Read more

Answer:Boot slowed down cannot find cause

Hello Matt,

You might see if using the tutorial below for troubleshooting with a clean startup may help to find the cause.

Troubleshoot Application Conflicts by Performing a Clean Startup

Hope this helps for now,

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I recently updated the BIOS from F.1A to F.1C firmware.In BIOS the Only options I have in System Configuration are: Language
Virtualization Technology
Fan Always On
Action Keys Mode

>Boot OptionsAnd in Boot Options menu: POST Hotkey Delay (sec)

Floppy Boot
Internal Network Adaptor Boot

>Boot OrderI can't find secure boot. As you see there are very little boot options that I can choose of... just some devices and not system booting configurations. I tried to use HP System Diagnostics UEFI and the only options that I have are some testing buttons; when I go to HDD Information there is a caption that says SMART: Enabled (and that I can't change - it's just a text) can I disable it? Plus I don't have the BIOS Management button as shown in this picture: Can I downgrade the BIOS firmware?Can I reinstall the BIOS Firmware

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I have a dual boot screen, and I have no idea how a second OS was installed, or if it even is. I dont have a second drive, only C. How do I know if I have a second OS running? the dual boot screen says:

Windows XP Home edition (bootscreen)
Windows XP Home edition
Both seem to run the same if I use one or the other. I cant tell a difference between them. What should I do???

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Allright so i got spybot hijack this avg free and spybot snd ran all of them and nothing was found. 2 of my drives all said windows cant find rescyled
I have a partitioned c drive of like 2 gbs and i also couldnt access that. After tinkering around i got accesses to the partioned drive and the 500 gb drive but i still cant get access to my C drive that my OS runs off. Also at startup it gets stuck at the intel screen a lot and when it dosnt get stuck it goes very slowly and for a split second it says something on the black screen like invalid boot.ini but thats about all i can read. Is this something to do with the Please my computer is like my life and it used to be nice and fast now its slow and very fustrating please please help me get it back to the way it is supposed to be working.
Let me know what i need to do and other infromation and stuff you need from me to help me and i will get back to you asap. Thank you!

Answer:Windows cannot find rescyled ugh please help

invalid boot.iniYour Master Boot Record is corrupt. I'm moving you to the XP forum

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On a Dell Optiplex GX620 running XP Pro SP3 I am getting a Found New Hardware dialog box just after booting into windows that states that there was a problem installing hardware and indicates that it's a battery. The specific error is that "The data is invalid". I looked in the Device Manager and it shows a battery with and Unknown Device and yellow triangle on the icon. I uninstalled it and rebooted. Now no battery shows in Device Manager but still getting that Found New Hardware dialog box with "The data is invalid" error message. Any ideas?

Answer:Desktop PC trying to find a battery on boot

That may have a proprietary driver. Did you check the drivers at the Dell site? It may not be a specific battery driver, but a chipset or other one that includes it.

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When I launched Planetside 2 my computer got a blue screen. Now every time I try to boot windows it says that it can't find wmilib.sys. I've tried all the solutions on this page:
but the last 2 of them didn't work because the command "bootsect.exe /nt60 all /force" in Microsoft OS repair command prompt gives a message about bootsect.exe not being found. I also put the OS's HDD in another computer to take a look at what might be missing, but I'm not sure if I'm supposed to be able to see bootsect.exe, bootrec.exe, or wmilib.sys. Also when I run the windows repair program it says that it can't fix it. The report says something about no OS being installed, even though it detected it before attempting a scan for problems, and a problem with the partition table.
ANY help would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:windows can't find wmilib.sys on boot

Do you have the Vista install DVD?
If you do try booting from the DVD and do a Start up Repair > Startup Repair: frequently asked questions

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i have the problem that when i am starting up my copmuter it cant find my HDD with my System on. under upstart it says cant find boot drive please restart the computer.
Then i start up, push F12 and Select HDD, select my Main HDD and then it starts to windows.

It all started after moving my Main HDD Sata Cable to another plug on the motherboard.

is there anyway to change what disc it boots from first, other than changing the cables ?


Answer:Cant find Boot disk under upstart

Yes it is a BIOS setting.

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I have 2 - T60P's, and one of them just recently stopped booting.  I receive an error message that it can't find NTFS.SYS, and to consider using the original Windows Install disk with a REPAIR process.  I have pulled the hard drive and placed it in the other machine, and it boots fine.  I have even formatted the HD and restored a ghost image of the drive (I run ghost weekly), but same issue occurs.  I am wondering if the disk controller is fried, or if there could be an issue with the Bios. Any ideas or suggestions are welcome.

Answer:T60P Can't find NTFS.SYS for Boot

Have you tried running any of Lenovo's Diagnostics Software on the T60p?  If so, what was the result?
Aryeh Goretsky

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Hello, I hope someone can help please. I got my XPS 15 service tag 64CSYW1 in March 2013.
Unfortunately, not long after it arrived I became ill and didn't really use it, preferring my desk top instead. I did use it only very occasionally until the start of this year when I had a project I needed to use it for. The computer had several updates to catch up on and after updating started to become less stable until it stopped really working at all. It didn't get by POST most of the time.
After contacting Dell I paid over £200 (as it was out of warranty) to have the on-line engineer chats, which did not remedy the issues, and to have it picked up and a cable replaced. This was in March. By the middle of June the computer was in the showing the same signs as before (not getting past POST). This time Dell uplifted it and replaced the hard-drive free of charge.
The computer seemed to be fine after upgrading to Windows 10 but I had no Bluetooth, so one of the Dell technicians sent me a link to get all the drivers and updates to solve my issue. I downloaded and installed all the updates and drivers via the link. After downloading and installing the recommended Dell BIOS update my computer returned to the same state as before.
After contacting Dell about this they have stated the problem is that I now need a new motherboard for £600. My computer cost £1,107.50 and I have already spent over £200 trying to remedy the situation and I ... Read more

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Strange new issue here...when I boot to to my Win 7 Pro 64bit installation DVD...none of my various system image backups are visible.

They are on 2 HDD's in my box (and a backup usb external drive) the past they were always listed...but now none of them are present in the choose image restore window...

Strangely...the only image available/listed is for another PC on the network on a shared usb external drive

Any ideas on why my saved images are suddenly absent from the Win DVD startup screens while attempting an image restore ?

Answer:Win 7 Pro boot disk can NOT find images

One of the dangers of using windows system image gui.

If it loses track - a touch inconvenient.

Can you find them from the command prompt?

wbadmin get versions -backuptarget:h:

Obviously, replace h with the driveletter your images are on - that is the driveletter as seen from the recovery environment - not as seen from windows.

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From display of logo to log-in screen is taking from 2 minutes to 10 minutes. (It caries from boot to boot.) HDD light is so active it seems to burn continuously. It looks like defrag, but neither Windows nor Auslogics defrag has scheduled tasks.

CCleaner shows nothing in Startup that could be an "activity."

Where or how can I find out what Windows was doing all this time?

Answer:Where do I find out what Windows is doing during 10 minute boot?

My first thought would be going here.

Optimize Windows 7

Pay close attention to # 7 & 8

Please read instruction carefully and let us know what you decided to do and the results.

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Answer:Gateway dz4300 won't boot help me find out why

check and make sure all power plugs are connected sounds like maybe one i beleave 24volt could not be making connection and also make sure they are all tight sound like a bad power supply to me.cause power supplys can be bad and still give enough power to spin the fansDavidw

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Hi There Everyone,   If partitioning the hard drive wasn't bad enough my Daughter called me from her Camp Director job four hours away saying that her IdeaPad Y510 wouldn't boot and the screen said cannot find "Boot Record" and what should she do so I told her to disconnect the A.C. and pull the battery and then replace and try to boot again, but to no avail. I gave her the service number for Lenovo and shipped her the recovery disks. She got them the next day and called support and even though I told her and even wrote a note explaining that by default everything you download goes to C drive the support person suggested that she reinstall Vista on D drive(Partition 2) which you can't use to download useable programs on it anyway being a "Logical Drive" and that would free up C drive(Partition 1). He also said that after she installed Vista on D drive she would then be able to go to C drive and get her personal files back and not loose anything! WRONG ! So what do you think happened? Yep it loaded Vista (by default) on C drive and probably ate her personal files,music,photo's,etc., bottom line, support does not have very smart tech's for giving a novice that information and two they rush, rush, rush,.   Because it takes awhile to load all the drivers and settings back to where they were I was trying to get my Daughter to tell her how to expand C drive to the size of D drive. The Y510 came loaded with a 160 gig hard drive partitioned into 29 gigs for t... Read more

Answer:Can't Find Boot Record ! What Support?

I can understand your frustation.The way to resolve your case was simple - strange that tech support was not able to tell it.All you had to do was:1)Boot from Vista install disk2)choose Setup Vista3)choose "Repair your computer"4)if a warning appears just say "no" and continue5)choose "command promt"6) there type <yourCDdriveLetter>:\boot\bootsect /nt60  and press enter7)type exit and after reboot Vista will be loaded from HDD Usually <yourCDdriveLetter> is E or f or G 

//help will save the world

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So the other day, I was in the middle of something VERY important (School stuff) when my HDD (WD Caviar Blue) just failed. Sadly, my mobo does not support SMART so I did not have any clue that is was on the verge of failing. I took my laptop HDD out and put it in my desktop and I'm just using that for the time being. Sadly, I cannot play any of my games because my laptop had a 32 bit OS while my games were a 64 bit install. Also, I cannot install my graphics driver but that is not what I am writing about. I an wondering if this SSD (Transcend Information, Inc TS64GSSD340 - Best Buy) would be a great price to performance drive. since it is 64 GB, I will not be able to install ANYTHING but the OS (I have chosen Windows 8.1 OEM because it is cheaper than the retail and I don't need the support from MS.) Again, does that SSD have a good price-to-performance ratio and, if not, could you suggest a different SSD around the same price and space?

Answer:Boot HDD failed, trying to find a nice SSD.

Personally Duke I like the Samsungs I run both the 840 and an EVO and never had any problems with them.

A bit more expensive but a whole lot better and more space - SAMSUNG 840 EVO MZ-7TE120BW 2.5" 120GB SATA III TLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

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brand new ASUS N750JK notebook with Windows 8.1 OEM pre-loaded (by an official ASUS shop) on a Samsung 840 SSD, while the HDD is still empty (the notebook contains two drive bays).

At start, everything worked fine. I was able to log on to Windows and take a look.
Then, after a reboot, I went to the UEFI BIOS to check out settings and all. I did not save any changes though. Then I tried to reboot, and I got this error 225 message about windows\system32\winload.efi not found.

Tried F8, but does nothing. Tried F9 at POST (should launch the ASUS recovery image in the hidden restore partition) but F9 does nothing. Even disabling Fastboot in BIOS, no joy. All I get is the error screen a few moments after I turn the machine on.

I have no installation/support/recovery media from ASUS, and did not have the time to create my own in the short time before the system broke down.

I tried a Windows setup disk I got from a Toshiba notebook with Win8.1. Tried different Windows repair/recovery options, but nothing works. Good news is I can access the Windows file system on the drive. I tried recoverydrive.exe from command line, but it says it can't find some files it needs.

BTW, I can boot a Linux live system on a USB stick (after disabling UEFI Secure boot) and see all the partitions on the SSD (/dev/sda in GParted), which are listed as follows:

Partition table: gpt

/dev/sda1 file system Unknown size 128 MiB, Used ---, Flag msftres

/dev/sda2 fat32 label SYSTEM size 100 MiB, Us... Read more

Answer:Error 225 at boot, cannot find Winload.efi

Eventually I solved it. I used a rescue CD from Macrium Reflect free edition, based on Win PE 5.0. After booting, I used the Fix Windows BCD feature. At first I thought I did it all wrong, as I got a pop-up message about something done with Windows 7, while I have 8.1.
When I tried to boot the PC, I got a new error message "0000001", instead of 225. I was almost giving up, then I tried the F8 key (which didn't work in the error 225 window) and finally Windows was up again! I tried a Safe Mode boot, then Normal mode, and it seems all-right-
So far the good news. The bad news is I still can't get Windows to use manufacturer's system recovery image on drive. Maybe it depends on the re-installation on a SSD that caused the issue. In short, F9 at boot still doesn't work, neither the system reset or refresh in Windows.

Besied, I later realized that WinPE 5.1 is the latest version for Win 8.1, while I used Win 5.0 because the Macrium Reflect disk creator only has a choice among PE 3, 4 and 5.0.

I would be thankful for any advice from expert users!

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Hi all,

since a couple of months I've been having this strange problem and I hope I'll find an answer here;

The problem first occured when Windows XP was installed: when I started the PC I got an error saying that the location of the bootable device was incorrect. I tried restarting for a few times, without any luck. When I restarted the next day it all worked again.
After a couple of weeks this problem jumped up again ...

This happened a couple of times until I decided to reinstall Windows XP. But even then it still happened every now and then.
So then I decided to do another clean install, this time on a new Hard drive and with Windows 7.
However the problem still persists.

Does anyone have a clue about the possible cause? I'm starting to think this is not a software-related problem?


Answer:Can't find boot drive even after reinstall

Does it really say "incorrect position" or more like "no bootable device"?

Those are two very different things and hide different problems. Can you tell us exactly the message on the screen?


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I have a Dell XPS 8900 i7-6700K CPU @ 4.0 Ghz, 16GB RAM(8gb x 2), 1.8 Tb HD. I think there is a 32 Gb SSD that acts as a Cache?
I been having intermittent Boot issues. Getting Unable to Find Boot Partition. Used Windows 10 USB and have been able to get system back up doing a Restore Point Recovery. 
I've run both BIOS and Dell Diagnostics with no errors. I am just out of one year warranty. 
I've updated the BIOS to current version. 
I am going to make a Windows 10 Media and USB Recovery drive.
I am thinking I am having a short in Motherboard, or possible the SSD?
Appreciate any Community input on Next Steps Or what I should do regarding this No Boot Partition issue.
Next Steps:
Make Windows 10 Media Install and USB Recovery drive
Hardware Modifications:
PCI-E card with M2.2280 X4
Cosair MP500 240 GB SSD
Cyrorig H7 Tower Cooler for CPU
Noctua NF-A9 FLX 92mm Case Fan 3/4 pin power
Upgrade Video Card to 1070 eventually 


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I'm using acoronis Os selector which is suppose to let me install 100's of different os. I'm have MCE 2005 and MAC OS X in no problem. but I install vista and xp home service pack one (for it's speed). acronis doesn't see either and removing acornis it will only show the mac and mce.

now to get to the latter 2 OS's I have to stick the vista dvd in. for some strange reason this bypasses the acronis loader (I don't even hit a key to boot from cd). but then vista and xp home selection shows up

I want all 4 to show up at the same time

Answer:how can I modify my boot ini file to find my OS's

Figure out with the Windows Vista and Home boot.ini file looks like, and then in your main OS, go to My Computer --> Properties --> Advanced --> Startup & Recovery (Settings). Where is says, "System Startup" go to "To edit the start up options manually, click Edit." Click edit, add your new info in. (multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Micr osoft Windows XP Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Micro soft Windows XP Home Edition" /fastdetect /NoExecute=OptIn, or similar) and click save. Reboot and see if that works.

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My Laptop does not boot, can you explain me what to do, please?
I can access to BIOS.
I put an USB key with the OS, but it says that it cannot find the boot file.
what to do?
Many thanks.

Answer:Laptop Does not find the boot file

Make, model, windows op system?
Is the hard drive seen in BIOS?
Is BIOS configured to boot from the USB device as first boot device.
As well as putting op system on the USB did you make the USB bootable?

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Hi, I hope someone can help me out. I am installing a new HDD. It's installed, the wires are in the right place and plugged in all the way. I switched the boot sequence to start the cd rom drive first so i can install Windows 7. But i get a error saying " No boot device available" Please help!!
I found out what was wrong there...the drive isn't a dvd drive and wouldn't read the cd...i am a retard i know. But now i have another problem.....according to the new hdd's manual i need to install sata host drivers since i am using windows xp now. i dont have the disk for these drivers and if i find says that they need to be installed on a floppy drive. I tried installing windows with out doing this and i get an error, saying "a problem has been dectected and windows has been shut down"

Answer:Installing new HHD. Can't find boot device

That's baloney. You don't need SATA host drivers unless you are on RAID. When did it say that error in Windows setup?

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A while ago I was working on my grandpa's computer trying to solve a weird sound issue. Flashing the BIOS seemed to be the best solution at the time so I flashed the BIOS. However, after it was flashed, the computer no longer read the hard drives under a RAID array (RAID 1) and would only boot as IDE in the BIOS setting. I left it at that because correcting back to RAID required the install disc which I thought I didn't have. Anyways, it worked that way for a while and now it just took a dump.

The computer had been acting up lately so I decided to re-flash the BIOS and correct the RAID problem as well. But I was messing around with boot settings in the BIOS and after switching it to RAID, it not working, and then switching it back to IDE, I got an error message.

It said that the computer recognized a recent hardware change or something and needed the install disc to repair it. I put in the install disc and chose to repair the existing operating system (under the RAID configuration), but there was no operating system listed when there should have been. I exited the setup and tried IDE again and got the same error. The error code is 0xc000000e. Is this a deficient memory module issue, or something else? Will I need to do a complete fresh install of the Operating System or will this be salvageable?

Answer:Can't find Master Boot Record?

Progress report, after setting the BIOS to RAID and booting from the install disc, if I choose to install now it sees the hdds with the partitions and all of the files so the data is still there, but I'm having difficulty loading the RAID Drivers from my USB drive so I'm gonna try installing a floppy drive and loading the drivers from the RAID floppy, I'll let you know when that's done and what happened.

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I'm having trouble booting up my computer. when it starts up windows doesn't even begin to try and load. Instead the computer asks for a boot disk. When I insert the windows recovery disk it runs but the following programs won't work: Startup Repair, System Repair, System Image Recovery, and Memory diagnostic.

the problem for all but the memory seems to be that they can't find windows. when I brows the system in the command prompt it looks like all of my drive have been relabled. My cd drive is now e: instead if d:. My c: drive is now d:. there is a boot x: drive and a system reserved c: drive I am un familiar with.

when I browse the current d: drive all my files are present including windows but I can't figure out how to boot into windows. I don't want too lose my files by reinstalling.

Anyone have any ideas how to fix this?

the problem started after the computer wanted to reboot for a windows upgrade.

Answer:computer can't find boot drive

Hi and welcome to TSF possibly this Use the Bootrec.exe tool in the Windows Recovery Environment to troubleshoot and repair startup issues in Windows

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I need some advice please.
I have recently upgraded from an Equium A210-1c4 to a Satellite A300-1BZ.
The equium booted from USB no problem.

How do I set the A300 to boot from USB?

Answer:I cannot find a way to boot Satellite A300 from USB

Have you tried the same way as on Equium notebook? How you have done this with Equium?
As far as I know USB should be offered in menu after you use F12 button at start up.

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Trying to run 7 on an old desktop but it won't find the boot form the hdd with 7 already installed however it will find it with XP so can i just not run 7 on this mobo??

MOBO - ASRock > ASRock > GE PRO-M2
AGP card - SAPPHIRE HD 3450 512M DDR2 AGP
Processor - Celeron 2.80 Ghz
RAM - 1.18
Os - XP

Answer:Old Mobo won't find Win 7 boot files

Use the upgrade advisor to check

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I have a 100gb hdd from a laptop plugged into an external hdd bay, mounted and working from another win7 laptop. How do I fetch the key used to install the windows on the 100gb hdd?

Answer:How do I find the Win7 key of an installation that will not boot?

It will be on a Sticker called a COA sticker on the underside of the laptop from which it came.

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Ok, I cannot think of this for nothing. What is the command that will tell you which (or where) Windows XP your booting from? It's something like %windows...etc. But just can't find it anywhere.


Answer:How to find Windows XP boot directory

Can you rephrase the question? I'm not what your asking here?\

Generally windows boots straight from the c: partition... Are you asking where the windows folder is?

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I am working with this MB:

I was able to install XP on brand new hard drive, it rebooted and all was fine with disk in. I took the disk out rebooted but it says it could not find bootable disk. It kept asking for the XP CD. I check the Bios and made sure HD0 is first boot option, then later I tried HD1. The bios/cmos recognize the HD and the system boots up fine as long as the XP cd is in.

Any ideas how to get it to see the boot HD/disk w/out the CD?

Answer:Element V6FP MB can't find boot HD

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I would like to install a clean 64bit version of lucid lynx or other, and I already have an upgraded Ubuntu 10.04 32bit which for some reason won't let me build a driver for my wireless card even though I've gotten it to work before on 64bit version. I have two options that I know of, if anyone can suggest alternatives, or if this is on the wrong thread, please let me know. I can delete the Ubuntu partition (scary because I won't be able to get into windows 7) and install Ubuntu and thus re-install GRUB and everything *should* be okay, or I can restore the MBR following this or if anyone knows a better guide or mbr restore method, like for-instance booting a recovery cd and clicking on fix problems stopping windows from starting.I'll post more information if needed. I just don't know how to determine my boot device #, and also I would like to add that my I plan on using windows 7 disc management to delete the Ubuntu partition once I am done restoring the MBR because it seems like a little less work then booting the live cd, unless it's less safe and someone recommends using g parted instead. Also, on a side note, I was wondering what would happen if I started the vista loader partition. Or if I could just delete that, I'll probably keep, but I hate vista. Just curious as to what would happen.

Answer:How to I find out what my boot device # is? Windows 7

Please repost here, you will get more specific help,10.0.html

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ok i was doing a virus scan with avast professional 4.8 and it said it found a virus called that and i clicked delete virus and when i tried to go into my 300 gig hardrive it says that error about windows cannot find resycled/ what should i do this is a 300 gig PATA i have windows xp sp 2 the 300 gig is a slave I can go into local disk c but cant go into f which is the 300 gig slave the 80 gig is local disk c which is the ne that works but i cant open loacal disk f the 300 gig what should i do im clueless somebody help me plz.

Answer:windows cannot find resycled\ what to do

you can solve it temporarily by right click your hardrive>explore... so you can open the file you want in your hardrive.

anyway, i hope someone can help us in solving this problem...
ha ha...

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Everytime I restart or turn on the computer, it immediately asks for a password. How can I bypass or find out the boot password? I can get on sometimes, so if it requires me to do something when logged in then I can do that. Parents are mean lol, help please.

Answer:How to bypass or find out boot password?

I don't think we should support something that your parents don't want you to do besides it can't be done.

I am closing this for now.

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After receiving virus notidfications, I restarted my computer and then it wouldn't boot.

I got error codes pxe-e61 and m0f. Tried the BIOS fixes and nothing worked.

Took out the HD and stuck it in an enclosure and connected to another computer. Only the D: drive (recovery drive) showed up.

Is the C: drive (with my files on it) gone or is there a way to find it?

Answer:Can't find C: drive after HD wouldn't boot

First thing to do is check it does not simply need a drive number allocating to it. If you open up the disk management console (probably accessed by going to Start > Right clicking my computer > Left clicking 'Manage' > and then on the left there should be a link to open up disk management.)

There you should see all your drives, and they should all have letters. I.e you will see drives of the computer you have plugged the enclosure into, hopefully you will also see your problem drive with the D: Recovery partition, and you may even see the partition you cant access (your old C: drive). If so you can allocate a drive letter to this, and then should be able to open it up from my computer and access your data.

If this does not work out for you then chances are the bad news is its a problem a little more complex with a bit more doom and gloom surrounding it.

Is the drive physically any different than normal? Clicking, whirling, vibrating more than normal, e.t.c?

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Windows failing to start. Black screen of death. Status 0xc000000f

Boot selection became inaccessible.

Tried using my win 7 repair disk but to no avail. Can I save this PC?

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My Laptop does not boot, can you explain me what to do, please?I can access to BIOS.I put an USB key with the OS, but it says that it cannot find the boot file.what to do?Many thanks.

Answer:Laptop Does find the boot file

When you review the BIOS settings which drive is listed first? Do you see all of the drives listed? Do you have an installation CD for the OS?
Keep us posted

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Hi all, firstly a bit of background..
My computer got infected with "backdoor.tidserv!inf" virus the other day, and after following instructions another user received from "Mark" , I downloaded Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, ran the program several times, and eventually removed all traces of the infection, however, in the process of doing a full scan, I (mistakenly, I think) scanned my F drive - an external harddrive with 50+ Gb of music, as well as 100+ movies and my entire family photo collection on it... Now, when I try to open this drive I get an error mesage - "Windows cannot find "Rescyled\" and have no idea how to fix this one! Please help, I am new to Bleepingcomputer, understand basic computer stuff, but follow instructions very well. I am at a loss and need help....

Answer:Windows cannot find Resycled\

That is a worm. Rescyled\

Please update MalwareBytes' Anti-Malware and retry a scan. Then, post the log in your next reply.

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I am getting an error messager during XP bootup, which stops the boot sequence and informs me to the effect...

Error Loading C:\windows\system32\ixnqebri.dll

I generally click OK and go on. But it's a pain, since it interrupts otherwise okay cold boot.

I can't find that .dll file on google or Microsoft tech support site. Any suggestions? Or at least just how to turn off the error msg.

Many thanks, if you can help.


Answer:boot error msg: can't find ixnqebri.dll

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Hi..Im having problems with my computer that has Windows 2000..Im getting some stop errors..I need to run recovery console but cant find the Setup Disk...any one know where I can find an ISO boot disk ?? any info is appreciated

Answer:Does any know where I can find a Windows 200 boot disk ISO ??

Not sure on this but give a try. Never used it myself.

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I can I verify where Windows XP is booting from? i.e. When I boot up with the Windows XP disc and go to recovery it is listing as D:\Windows. I know there is a command that you can run in Windows to tell which Windows directory Windows is using and I cannot remember what it is. I have Googled it as well, but finding nothing. I guess I am not wording my search correctly.

Suggestions appreciated.

Answer:How can I find the Windows boot directory?

Simplest method:

1. Open a command prompt
2. Type "set"
3. Look for "windir=xxxxx"
4. Profit

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i run cmd as admin and i get the below

The boot configuration data store could not be opened.
The requested system device cannot be found.

not sure why it is not able to locate boot config

gpt partition and UEFI boot

let me know if you need additional information.

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Hi, I was messing around trying to install windows on stupid things like camera cards and it didn't work so now I have 3 boot boot entry's on on my PC and only 1 is working. How do I find out which ones are dead and which entry is good. Also I don't have any special boot loaders, thanks

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Answer:Need to find out which boot entry ID my working XP is

Click Start, click Run, type sysdm.cpl, and then click OK.On the Advanced tab, click Settings under Startup and Recovery.Under System Startup, click Edit. This will open boot.ini file in Notepad.Copy all content, and post it in your next reply.

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My Laptop does not boot , can you explain me what to?

I can access to BIOS.

I put an USB key with the OS, but it says that it cannot find the boot file.

what to do?

Many thanks.

Answer:My Laptop Does find the boot file

Hi can you clear up a question are you trying to install from usb or fix an already installed operating system.

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Hey everybody,

I have an HP pavillion a6200n, but thats not really important as all the hardware is ok as far as I can tell.

For a while I was getting random crashes once a week maybe, but after the last one the computer could not reboot. I get the blue BIOS screen and after that just blank screen as the computer cannot boot vista.

I have tried resetting defaults in BIOS, booting from system restore and checking the hardware (but didn't reformat), downloading and booting from a recovery disc and used the repair.

The repair found a corrupt boot sector but could not fix it. Upon entering the recovery disc it could not find an OS. None of the BootRec.exe commands worked and they could not find the OS either.

I have found people with similar problems, but with dual boot systems, using BootSect.exe but my computer could not find this command and I'm not using a dual boot system.

I also tried BCDedit in the command prompt but I got this response, "The boot configuration data store could not be opened. The system cannot find the file specified."

I would rather not reformat my hardrive as it would take days to reinstall the software and I would lose a great deal of data that isn't backed up (/cry).

Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:Corrupt Boot Sector - Can't find OS

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I upgraded my 9350 SSD to a 960 EVO 500gb. I followed a guide using macrium reflect. After swapping the drives and transferring the data I can't get the new drive to boot. If I leave it on UEFI boot mode it cannot see any drives at all, even when I boot to win10 installation media and look at the available partitions. Doing the same thing in legacy boot mode does enable me to see my drive from the win10 installation media however it still comes up with an error that it cannot find a boot device when I try and boot to windows.
I have tried entering into command prompt to repair the MBR but that hasn't changed anything. I think I need to get a boot record on here that matches what the XPS is expecting to get windows to launch I'm just not sure how.
Anyone had these issues changing out their SSD? Is there a solution for this?

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a78nx Deluxe
2800 barton
512 corsair
40 gig WD <-not new
reveal cdrom <-not new
300 watt power <-not new
I just bought me new system and i decided i would reformat my harddrive. Because i dont have too much of a choice since i switched out motherboards, but when i try to boot from my Windows XP cd, it gives me this error. BOOT: Couldn't Find NTLDR. Whats that mean? and how should i go about fixing it? I'm guessing its a hardware problem, thats why i posted here instead of software, anyway, please help me!

Answer:BOOT: Couldn't find NTLDR

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My friend's computer is getting an error everytime that you turn it on that says
the following is missing or corrupted
<windows root>\system32\ntoskrnl.exe

and just a month before I reformatted his computer because the computer would hang during the windows loading screen until it restarted.
So, I am trying to figure out what is causing his problems. I figured it was the harddrive, but a friend suggested that it might be the ram. So I ran memtest for about 4 hours and it got no errors. So im thinking its the harddrive, but I don't want to make him buy a new harddrive if thats not the problem. So I was hoping someone could confirm my suspicions or offer a new idea. Also my friend said he has heard grinding noises for the past few months when he started up his computer.
Thanks in advance.

Answer:Boot Problems: Help me find the culprit.

The file you wrote in your post---ntosknl or similar-- will get modified if you try to use a custom boot theme. I had installed one and it drove me crazy trying to get it out until I found it had modified that file. I opened it in notepad and removed text that was related to the custom boot image and AOK.

Just my two cents. You may be able to find the original file on WIndows disk and replace it.

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I am attempting to fix someone else's computer that has Windows XP on it. The computer will not boot into any mode, not even safe mode, so booting is out of the question. I am going to attempt a repair install, however, I do not have their XP install disk so I am going to attempt to reinstall using some XP disks that I have laying around. The problem is, I don't know what version of XP is installed (Home or Pro?) or if any service packs are installed. How can I find out what version of XP is installed and what, if any, service packs are installed using either the recovery console or booting from a BartPE disc? Are there registry entries with this information? Maybe a file?


Answer:How To Find Windows XP Version when you can't boot XP?

When you said it will not boot, what do you mean and until how far it goes. You could try pressing F8 until the advance startup option comes up and then select boot into safe mode. After that, there will be a list asking what OS you want to boot from. From there, you can see whether it is a home or an XP

Best to try SP 2 as it is more common. If you try to do a repair install using SP 1 CD, it will tell you that setup has detected a newer version of XP on the computer and can't proceed

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Hi,I am new to this forum. I am getting an error like : 'Windows cannot find resycled/' when i click on my 'C:' drive. I have this problem only with my C: drive. All the other drives are working fine. When I run the antivirus program is detects that there is some trojan in 'autorun.inf' but it is not able to quarantine or correct it. I searched through the forum and got some similar posts. But I dont find the exact solution that can be implemented for this problem. Is it a generalized trojan or how is it?Pls let me know how i can get rid of this problem? I had run the Hijackthis scan and it is as follows:Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2Scan saved at 3:22:07 AM, on 1/17/2009Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16762)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\EvtEng.exeC:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\S24EvMon.exeC:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\WLKeeper.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exeC:\Program Files\Citrix\ICA Client\ssonsvr.exeC:\WINDOWS\Explorer.... Read more

Answer:Windows cannot find resycled/

Hello alexin,Sorry about the delay. If you still need help, please post a new HijackThis log to make sure nothing has changed, and I'll be happy to look at it for you.Thanks,tea

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I had installed ubuntu using wubi but later on uninstalled it now my laptop is stuck on windows 10 spinning circles and does not boot. The laptop had UEFI mode earlier ubuntu migh have done it to Legacy but it does not boot in legacy and if i change it to UEFI it shows no bootable device found.
Is this the mBR issue? cant seem to boot into windows

Answer:Unable to find or boot into windows 10

Hi Ash_win_p,Thanks for posting.Please post the model of your computer so the experts here can assist. 

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So I've had this problem for about a month or so now.. and I'm not really sure if it's something I can fix.

I've got a wireless Belkin keyboard, works fine in other computers and have never given me any trouble in years of use.

A while ago though, after a XP Re-install, every now and then my computer wouldn't find the keyboard on boot.. it would just give me the "keyboard error or no keyboard" message. This then started showing up more and more..

I can solve this by unplugging the PS2 lead, putting it straight back in and pressing alt ctrl del to restart the computer.. then it finds it fine. (also finds it fine if I've just done a restart from desktop etc).

But whenever I actually power the computer down, it now always give me this error and I have to unplug, plug in etc..

I know issues with the motherboard may be at work? After a lot of searching around many answers to keyboard troubles are motherboard related. But other than this, my computer works completely fine and I don't have any troubles.

Just wondering if this is something anyone has come across before or might know how to solve? If nothing else can be done, I'll buy a new motherboard as this is a business computer and I need to know it wont just go up in smoke on me one day.
Any and all help would be greatly appreciated!

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Hey whats up? Well I am building my first computer. Here are teh stats:

1. ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe Wireless Edition Socket AM2 NVIDIA nForce 590 SLI MCP ATX AMD Motherboard

2. XFX PVT71GUQL3 GeForce 7900GT 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card

3. Western Digital Caviar RE WD1600YS 160GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s

4. AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+(65W) Windsor 2.2GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM2

5. Thermaltake ToughPower 750w Power Supply

Ok here is the problem... I built everything up and all the power plugs are in on the motherboard. When I go to power up it will come on for 5 seconds and then shut off? After doing some troubleshooting, I found out that when I pull out the 4 plug power cord for south bride (right next to the PCI slots) the computer powers on and stays on..but no video display!???? Now I tried several PSU's and the same with all..I have run out of ideas..Please if anyone can help I need this computer for school..Thanks!

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Evening all, i have googled the search term and came across another memeber with a similar problem i have had a look and am still struggling to find a solution to this other than to format the pc and start again.i have 3 physical disks and one split for my OSDisk 1 (Old OS) contains a copy of WinXP that i used to use and no longer doDisk 2 (Store) contains all my Pics music downloads etcDisk 3 (OS) Contains my current OS and (Data) contains my documentsI have Symantec Corp installed as well as Adaware, Spybot Search and Destory and Malwarebytes all free and only symantec uses real time scanningI have done scans on all and they all reported back deleting things retstarted and still had the problem, i also booted in to my old os disk where i have mcafee Shield corp installed and run a full scan as well. Again listed loads and deleted it, so i tried again today and i still have the same issue when opening any drive apart from the OS i get Windows cannot find 'resycled\'. Make sure you typed the name correctly, and then try again To search for a file, click the Start button and then click search. i can how ever access the drives through Run or if i type the drive letter directly in the address bar.Any ideas??

Answer:Windows cannot find 'resycled\'

Please post the MBAM log ,thanks
The log is automatically saved and can be viewed by clicking the Logs tab in MBAM.

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This query was initially bumped to the malware forums, but on extensive investigation there was no malware to cause it so i have posted it back here:

WINXP PRO: Please advise how I can find the program or process requesting a .dll on boot so I can remove or disable it.

Error message: windows cannot find pschmdrf.dll

The .dll does not exist on my system and is not referenced in the registry.

Does anyone have this particular dll, and if so what program is it associated with? It may be I have to reinstall and uninstall something again more thoroughly to remove this call.

Using Process Manager, I did a laborious boot log which showed the .dll call itself but not what was asking for it.

Answer:windows cannot find fictitious dll on boot

Try using see if the startup reference remains from a removed malwaare item.

Follow Broni's instructions at .


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My father in law is having a problem with his Vista-powered HP laptop.
On boot, the OS loads up just fine, but as part of the startup it tries to install the 7zip application. He must have run *something*??? in the past which has tried to install the application as part of the installer, but he doesn't know what it was...
Anyway; the installer tries to run, but then it cannot find the .msi file it is looking for. It is looking for a temporary folder which no longer exists, so it fails. There is a 7zip installation package with the correct .msi under a different temporary folder, but manually browsing the installer to this .msi does not work.
I've tried installing 7zip with a .msi downloaded from the 7zip website, but the installer still runs on boot.
So... I'd like to stop the installer running but I'm not sure where to look.
Also, I've tried doing a system restore back to a point two weeks ago when he knows the error wasn't there, but it fails for some reason.
Sorry, cannot comment on what he might have done to get into this situation; he says he doesn't know

Also... is the Windows Install Cleanup utility likely to be able to fix this (can't try until he gets home from work...)


Answer:7zip tries to install on boot, cannot find .msi file - help! :D

The Cleanup Utility should work...make sure to DLoad it from a reputable site.
It certainly won't hurt things.

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I have Windows 7 installed on my computer. I installed a second version of Win7 on a second partition to try it out. When I reformatted that partition to delete that 2nd install, I found out that I still have 2 versions of Win7 on my boot menu when starting my computer.

I want to get rid of the dual boot menu at startup. I tried bcdedit.exe and I got this message.

The boot configuration data store could not be opened.
The system cannot find the file specified.

I also installed and ran EasyBCD and it too asks me for the location of the BCD registry. I do not know why I cant find this file.

Answer:Cannot find BCD registry. Cant change boot record.


I am really not sure exactly how the Win7 System partition works. Mine is assigned a drive letter which I thought was strange since you are not supposed to use it. Just seems like it should be hidden or not show up in Computer.

Anyway, I came across this thread that says the cause of the problem could be that the System partition is not assigned a drive letter. I'd be curious if you have the small 100mb System partition and whether or not it has a drive letter. (Start button/orb>type in Disk Management and hit enter button. Look for the System Reserved partition in the graph.)

I'm not saying assign it a drive letter yet, I just want to see if you are using one.

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Hi Folks,

I installed some system tool trials, and de-installed most of them ...

But now when I boot the Laptop, I see some error messages flash by .. late in the boot process, well after the Windows animation starts.

Is there a way to step through starting of the services to see what is generating the errors ? I tried the "F5" key and the "F8" key ..

My environment:
Manufacturer LENOVO
Model 4239CTO (CPU)
Version ThinkPad T520
MS Windows 7 64-bit SP1
Boot Disk:
Manufacturer Kingston
Product Family SSDNow
Interface SATA-2
Form Factor 2.5-inch

Thanks all ..

Answer:How can I step through the boot sequence - to find what is causing err

What "System Tool trials" did you install, and how were they uninstalled?

Check msconfig>Startup and >Services (after hiding all MS Services) to see if remnants remain. Use google to determine the listings.

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Having an issues with my Lenovo Y580. I recently put a mushkin 240gb SSD (primary hard drive). I did a fresh install of Windows 8 using the laptop key on the device. Copied the drivers folder from the original HDD and then installed all the drivers. No issue installing the drivers. However what ends up happening is that when the laptop is shut down or in sleep mode when it starts back up the SSD cannot be found.Hitting the power button again then finds the SSD and boots back into windows. This does not happen every time. Only when the laptop is 'cold' (has been shut off for > 1hr). It doesn't happen all the time when going to sleep/hibernate/or shutdown. Are there any drivers someone could recommend updating in order for the drive to be seen?Firmware update for the bios?Could this been an SSD issue?Are there any checks I can run on the SSD in order to ensure its integrity?

Answer:Y580 Fails to find boot drive.

It's certainly not a driver issue or OS issue for that matter. Perhaps it's a bad SSD connection or SSD itself.What happens if you put laptop to sleep without shut it down?What if you reinsert SSD after 1+ hour of shut down?HD Tune can show S.M.A.R.T. status and has ability do surface scan.

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I am trying to do a preboot antivirus scan but it does not recognize the Dr Web disk(disk works on my other win 7 laptop). It does have the cd as first option on boot. I am sure it is because of the UEFI/legacy option but I cannot find where to change it to legacy.

Answer:Cannot do boot antivirus scan because I cannot find the lega...

Secure/Legacy started with Windows 8 models. Are you tapping Esc key immediately after powering on? That should bring up a menu with F9 to select a one time boot option change to CD/DVD.

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