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data erased - boot device

Question: data erased - boot device

Ok, my data was completely erased or at least i hope not. when I was scanning for a rootkit with gmer.exe, all of a sudden it said on the side bar that all my data for local drive C was lost and it shutdown on me. All i was doing was doing step 6-9 for Preparation Guide For Use Before Using Malware Removal Tools and Requesting Helpwhich was for to get help with the redirect virus. now everytime i turn it back on there is no device to boot. I knew i had the google redirect virus and a rootkit that did not want to be found. i tried to scan for rootkits with spyware doctor but all i got was error messages. When I used gmer.exe the scan wouldn't finish and when i tried to scan it again with gmer.exe that's when hell broke loose, my entire computer gone with an instant. Is my data still retrievable? I know there must have been a hacker. Even though my data is loss do they still have access to my data? do i have to go to the extent of changing our social security number? right now im worried about my personal information. i am changing all my passwords now. im not sure what kind of root kit it was but all i know is that is started with damn redirect virus. is there any advice or information anyone can give me? i will take any answer PLEASE. For anyone with the redirect virus NEVER ASSUME just because the symptoms are gone that you are fine. get a very indepth analysis from a professional. i don't know how they were erase my data, i hope its still retrievable for me and anyone with advice PLEASE REPLY.

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Preferred Solution: data erased - boot device

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

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Answer: data erased - boot device

Hello, while I can give no guarantee, we can at least try and see if things can be fixed. Try this please. You will need a USB drive.Download GETxPUD.exe to the desktop of your clean computerRun GETxPUD.exeA new folder will appear on the desktop.Open the GETxPUD folder and click on the get&burn.batThe program will download xpud_0.9.2.iso, and upon finished will open BurnCDCC ready to burn the image.Click on Start and follow the prompts to burn the image to a CD.Remove the USB & CD and insert it in the sick computerBoot the Sick computer with the CD you just burnedThe computer must be set to boot from the CDGently tap F12 and choose to boot from the CDFollow the promptsA Welcome to xPUD screen will appearPress FileExpand mntsda1,2...usually corresponds to your HDDsdb1 is likely your USBClick on the folder that represents your USB drive (sdb1 ?)Press Tool at the topChoose Open TerminalType the following and press enter:

dd if=/dev/sda of=mbr.bin bs=512 count=1

Press EnterAfter it has finished a file will be located on your USB drive named mbr.binRemove the USB drive and insert it back in your working computer and navigate to mbr.bin, zip it up and attach it to your next reply.This will allow me to have a look at the MasterBootRecord of your drive and see if it is infected.

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I booted up my Win 7 computer today and ChkDsk said my Ex HDD may have been corrupted and proceeded to delete some files. Those were some very important files - how can I get them back? (Video and Adobe Premiere Pro CS4 files)

I prefer free methods on this - I know I can buy software to do this, but I currently don't have the money. Or a very cheap method, if nothing else.

It's ironic that today was the day I was going to back up this drive.

Please help!

Answer:External HDD data recovery - Chkdsk erased some data!!

"How To Recover CHK Files Created by CHKDSK and SCANDISK ? Raymond.CC Blog"
How To Recover CHK Files Created by CHKDSK and SCANDISK

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I had two hard drives. One had some important data on it the other one had nothing. I opened up manage storage spaces and created a storage space with the two drives and it seems to have erased the data on the drive that had data on it. Any way to recover
this data easily?

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Question: Data Erased

I have erased data from my CD RW by accidently using the quick erase feature in Ahead Nero burning software, Is the any software out there to recover the data.



Answer:Data Erased

Until someone comes along with a definite answer for you have a look at the below link:

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this afternoon i had copied something in to my udf fromatted disk and this late afternoon i tried to insert it and the udf reader doesnt detect it. other cds are detected by my drive instead of this one. whenever i try 2 insert it it is already labeled as cd instead of my assigned label and when i open it it is empty. it is already even in a cdfs format. i didnt reformat it but it seemed that all data were erased.i tried reinstalling the udf reader but it didnt worked either. pls help me.

Answer:all data in cd-rw erased w/o any reason

In addtion there is usually a little check box that asks if you you should delete previous sessions.....

Maybe.... Just maybe

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I was installing mandrake and I forgot to remove my secondary drive while installing mandrake on a foreign drive by pluggin it in where my primary drive would be.

I installed mandrake on the foreign drive and put everything back together.

Now XP shows my secondary drive which I accidentaly left plugged in while installing mandrake as empty. It says its unformatted. This is messed up.

Years of music and family pictures where in that drive someone plz help.

Did mandrake format that drive as well?

Can I use some prog to recover the data?

Answer:Recover erased data

Hi There!

There are a couple programs that can recover data but you're gonna pay for it because they aren't cheap.

You might try searching out a "Data Recovery" company and for a fee, then can most likely get everything back.
Good Luck!


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Hi everyone I'm a newbie when it comes to laptops. I recently purchased a lenovo ideapad u510. I'm haivng trouble making a recovery disk. I'm not sure how to do it and I'm afraid I'm not going to do the right thing. However, my brother was using my computer thinking he knew what he was doing and erased the data that is on the SSD. My question is if the stuff on the SSD going to effect anything such as making a recovery disk or if I ever need to recovery my laptop.  update:I just realized that the lenovo partition was deleted is that bad? Thanks in advance.

Answer:What happens if the lenovo SSD data got erased?

hi Jfranc,
Welcome to the Forums.
The recovery partition is used to restore the unit from the factory condition (this may come in handy if you get a virus or simply just want to restore from the original image). If this image is gone, you may still create a recovery drive using this method.
As for the SSD, it's usually used as a cache drive. See these guides on how it works and how to reconfigure it.
- The Guide on How To Reformat, Repartition AND Get RapidStart & RapidStorage Working
- Intel Smart Response Technology User Guide - UEFI

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I am sorry if this is a wrong section to post this in. I really need help. I accidently erased all files from DVD RW disk. Can anything be done to recover it? Thank you.

Answer:Can I recover erased data from DVD RW?

I would suspect not! But take a look at this link, a friend recovered data from CD's that for some reason started to lose data.

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I'll make this quick, First, I am new to these forums so forgive me if I am not following protocol for posting on here. My dilemma is this: I had a friend send me a video he made on Windows Movie Maker which I tried to save on my computer. When I tried to move it to my desktop, I selected that it be moved into a zipped folder( which I honestly didn't know what that meant) and when I tried to erase the folder and start over, all my information, saved papers, documents, music, etc, was straight erased off my laptop. Even on Internet explorer all my favorites were erased. I have no idea what I did or what I could've done to prevent but I need help. I had a lot of important stuff that was erased and I would love to know how to either recover it, or prevent this from ever happening again. I appreciate any and all responses. Thanks.

Answer:Data and information erased

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Hi, all.

It looks like I accidentally erased a CD-RW that had some personal information backed-up onto it. hehe

1. Is it possible to recover data from an erased CD-RW?

2. If so, is there some software that is recommended for the job?

It would take me quite a while to find some of the information elsewhere; so, I'm just trying to save some time here.

Your input is much appreciated!

Answer:Recover data from erased CD-RW

I found this on a Google search. May give it a go.

Recover a Quick erased CD RW
If anyone has any personal experience with this situation, would love to hear what you have to say.

Thanks again.

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Is it possible to recover data from an erased CD-RW? I have erased it whith the Quick-erase option of Nero. Is there any software capable of doing this?

Answer:Recovering data from erased CD-RW

I doubt there would be any consumer method! Although I have seen places where you can send various types of media for data recovery but it was pretty expensive


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First of all, I did not do anything I wouldn't normally do with my computer. I did however recently update all my drivers/service pack1 because I was having problems which were resolved. (computer wouldn't hibernate, antivirus failed)

Today I turned my Toshiba laptop on, and It announced that it was configuring updates. I let it run and boot up, and my personal data is totally gone. Programs, things of that nature are intact, but anything else was erased. How could this happen? Is this a hard drive failure? Help?

Answer:Personal data totally erased.

I don't think your hdd has failed if everything is intact on the drive minus your personal data. What exactly do you mean when you say your antivirus failed? How did you resolve the failure? Have you since scanned your machine?

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I accidentally erased a cdrw which contained a very complicated original musical composition. Is there a way to restore the file ? Thanks, Treesha

Answer:Can data from erased cdrw be restored ?

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I have a 30 GB apple ipod. Today i attached it to my computer and downloaded some music. I kept it on charge attached to the computer. After 1 hour, it made a beeping sound and the system did not recognise the ipod. The battery was fully drained out. Later, i charged it through a power outlet & loaded itunes on another system. On attaching the ipod to this system itunes gave me the following errors:
The file or directory/ipod_control/itunes/itunes DB is corrupt and unreadable. Please run chk dsk utility (check disk utility)"
It also said the following error :
"The file or directory ipod/ipod_control/Artwork/Artwork DB is corrupt and unreadable"
On ejecting the ipod i discovered to my horror that all my DATA IS ERASED.
When i copy new music to my ipod it copies but the ipod does not show any songs

What has gone wrong & help would be greatly appreciated.

Please help

Answer:ipod data erased. i'm depressed. Plz Help

Awww come on guys i am a little desperate here please help inj any way possible

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I have erased my CDRW with nero and now i need that data back. Can I retrieve it? I really want it! Thanks.

Answer:erased CDRW now want data back

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As I said ...I want to download the Dolby Digital Plus Home Theater  in my computer .. but I don't know where I can do it ! please someone help me, I've tryed everything and I still haven't found it. Thanks - Venícius

Answer:I erased all my data from my computer (Aspire V5-5...

Have you tried to download and install Audio drivers from Acer support website?;-;Aspire%20V5-561

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My dad called an said that last night several updates were downloaded and when shutting down the PC the system apparently installed them.

This morning when he booted up the PC he said all user data was deleted, emails, desktop icons I imagine it looks like it does if one had created a new user account and then logged in with that account. As far as I can tell he is still logged in with the same account name and there are no other accounts to choose from.

any ideas with this one?


Answer:win 7 update apparently erased user data

No chance a Windows Update did that.....more likely, it's a malware infection, which is very prevalent these days. It makes everything on the desktop and Start Menu Hidden.

I would advise visiting our Malware forum on here and following the instructions for posting pertinent logs.

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Hi there guys! After my wireless drama... I decided to switch back to Vista after few months with XP... The thing is, I put my a300 vista recovery CD and apparently the Toshiba Recovery CD erases ALL DATA on my hard drive...!!

Since I'm using XP now I cannot use the second option ie. system recovery so I have to use the 'out-of-box' recovery, which seems to erase all my data.

My hard drive has three partitions, the C one being the system partition. I only want to erase C and leave the other two safe for the sake of my data... but I chose the option that goes like 'erase only the first partition' and the procedure was terminated due to an error.

Is there any other way to install Vista using the recovery CD without formatting my D and E partitions?

Thanks for your help in advance

Answer:Using the A300 Vista Recovery CD without all data being erased

What was the Error Message exactly?

How big is C: Drive ?

If you have important data on D and E, you should backup your data anyway. You never know when a HDD could fail or when the file system could get corrupted.

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Hello, someone i know has totally ignored my advice and used an XP disk to reinstall XP when my advice was try at least try the repair option. Anyway, she is now panicking as it has got to the stage where she has been asked to enter the key. Please can anyone tell me is this too late to stop the reinstallation and revert back to the repair option?

Answer:Fool has half reinstalled XP-is all data erased?

The key of course should be on a sticker on her computer. If no sticker.....BIG Ooooops! I doubt if the procedure can be reversed.

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I accidentally erased all drivers from Network Adapters.
I'm using Windows 10
And I have nothing in Control Panel > Network and Internet > Network Connections.

Help me please!!!!!

Answer:Erased my network drivers from Device Manager

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hi my frenz....i am trying to re install the window 7 with the system image disc. but i have a confusion that when i reinstall then only c drive data will be erased or my D and E drive data will also be erased?so please suggest me......

regards thank you

Answer:which drives data will be erased when installed with system image

When going to restore a full system image backup of the main drive if that was the only drive included in the image you select the drive it will be restored to. The drive selected will be wiped clean in order to unpack the image there and not touch anything on any other drive.

There are two ways to see C restored. 1) Simply go into the Control Panel>Backup & Restore section and select the "Recover system settings on your computer" option just as if you were going to use the System Restore feature but instead select the "Advanced recovery methods" option found on the next screen.(refer to image attached)

Once there you will see the two options for restoring a system image or the need for the 7 installation dvd. Once you select the System image option you may have to browse to the WindowsImageBackup folder depending on where it was originally saved to especially any drive letters were changed inbetween.

2) The second option is seen when booting live from the 7 dvd or USB Install Key many use and right as you reach the Install Now screen look below that button for the repair tools. One of the repair options will be the one for restoring an image backup.

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I unexpectedly deleted a partition, now i want to recover data from it. Please help me !! The data is really crucial for me. Thank you all!

Answer:Recover data of an anallocated partition that was unexpectedly erased

If you've not formatted or overwritten it, but only deleted it, then I would run Partition Wizard Partition Recovery Wizard - Video Help.

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Hi, Is there a software to recover data from a DVD-RW which has been quick formatted / quick erased?

Please help, DVD-RW had my brothers holiday pics/family pics, need to recover by the end of the week before he finds out.

Thanks in advance.

Note: I installed isobuster, but it shows a blank DVD-RW has been inserted. when i right click i cant click on anything, except for properties which is highlighted. Any help or suggestions on how to recover the data would be appreciated. TY

Answer:recover data from DVD-RW - accidently quick erased disc, help plZ!!!

How to recover a Quick erased CD-RW or DVD-RW

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I have an XPS 8500 that will not boot normally. It was running fine and all of a sudden came up with the message "Reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device and press any key". I have figured out if I go into BIOS first the PC will boot up but is very slow in doing so. I googled the issue and found something telling me to default the BIOS. I did this and it booted once. Trying to decide if the HD is out. I ran diagnostics and it does not see a HD. But if that's the case why does it even boot after going into BIOS. I am running Windows 10 Pro. I updated Windows 7 Pro. I am a strong believer in Dell and find it hard to believe that a HD would go out after only 4 years. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Hi There!
I am having a problem starting my PC! I have to start it in the boot menu under the RAID option. If I do not do this a message saying "Reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device and press a key.." comes up, and just keeps popping up regardless of what I press! I would try using my boot disk but for the life of me I can't find it, and as windows 7 was already installed on this computer when we got it 3 year ago, I can't accurately recall if it came with one!
I am no expert on BIOS, but I have read other problems similar to this one, and know that if I don't have the boot disk or the OS disk, I will need to know that at least. So my boot sequence is as follows:
Boot 1: (Hard drive)
Boot 3: USB: Generic-Compa
Boot 4: Lan

I am curious if the (Hard drive) is the issue. The BIOS tells me that anything in parentheses is disabled from corresponding type menu. But I truly have no idea how to change that. Which brings me here.
If anyone can offer any help to this, I would greatly appreciate it.

Answer:Reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device an press a key...

HiYou will have to give a little more information.What is the make and model of the computer?If it isn't a brand name what make and model of the motherboard.Or you can post a Speccy that will give that information.[ Go to Piriform's website, and click the big button.

Next, click Download from (the FileHippo link requires an extra click). Or if you want to use a portable version of Speccy (which doesn't require installation), click the builds page link and download the portable version.

You will now be asked where you want to save the file. The best place to put it is the Desktop, as it will be easy to find later.
After the file finishes downloading, you are ready to run Speccy. If you downloaded the installer, simply double-click on it and follow the prompts until installation is complete. If you downloaded the portable version, you will need to unzip it before use. Right-click the ZIP file and click Extract all. Click Next. Open up the extracted folder and double-click on Speccy.
Once inside Speccy, it will look similar to this (with your computer's specifications, of course):
Now, at the top, click File > Publish Snapshot

You will see the following prompt:
Click Yes > then Copy to Clipboard

Now, once you are back in the forum topic you are posting in, click the button. Right-click in the empty space of the Reply box and click Paste. Then, click Add Reply below the Reply box.

Congrats! You have just posted your specs!... Read more

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Usually when I see this error its the Power supply, or and bios issue. Anyone have any Ideas. I can actually boot to windows but the computer shuts down in about 20 min and give that error. I am use to seeing that when it will not start, but it starts and stays on for a bit but not long enough to save stuff. I even tried to reload it and it wouldn't let me. I am figuring its the hard drive. Any Ideas

"reboot and select proper boot device. Or insert boot media in selected boot device and press any key.

Answer:"reboot and select proper boot device. Or insert boot media in selected boot device

First of all, no one has any idea what we are attempting to diagnose. Post ALL of your exact system specs; ie exact mb, exact ram, exact video card, etc, etc. If this is a big box system, then post the exact brand and model# If you have a service tag# post that as well.

Note do not post "500W pw supply" Post the exact brand and model# Do that for all of your parts.

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As I came back from school and turned on my pc this message kept popping up so I look online and watch some videos people said send to defaul I tried and it didn't work I also read the maunual and nothing is there. some one please help me  

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I was trying to expand the C: drive on my laptop by installing winXPpro on the larger D; drive and then trying to reformat the C:drive... Well now the computer won't start as the boot area is apparently missing.

Half the problem now is that the laptop (sharp) does not have an inbuilt CD-rom or floppy and needs the network to do this or a usb floppy.

Now I have a huge paper weight and can not get into it to work the issue out.

Does anyone please have any ideas??

Help please!


Answer:erased boot area and computer won't boot up

is your c: drive saying boot under computer management - disk management

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Question: erased boot.ini

can you help me recover my erased boot.ini file? the problem is my pc is a laptop and the hdd is internal. what tool can boot and restore this file?

Answer:erased boot.ini


Originally Posted by intensive

can you help me recover my erased boot.ini file? the problem is my pc is a laptop and the hdd is internal. what tool can boot and restore this file?

Does this help:


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I'm doing an upgrade on a computer with a new: PSU/Mobo/RAM/CPU but I get this error upon start up. I've verified that the IDE cables are plugged in correctly and I've tried all the jumper settings on the hard drive but no devices show up in the BIOS. I've set the boot order as CD/DVD, Floppy, Hard drive. I've tried two sets of IDE cables but to no avail. Any other solutions to this problem?

Answer:reboot and select proper boot device, or insert boot media in selected boot device

Make certain your IDE cables are not just plugged in correctly but their also correctly placed. The side of the cable with the color strip is generally closest to the PSU plug up.
The boot order with your OS in your CD drive on boot should be CD - HD and then Floppy. Keep us up to date as to what's happening. There's a lot of folks willing to help. Jazz
I should ask what settings you've left your HDD on with the jumpers? What setting is you CD on with the jumpers?

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I have absolutely no idea what I'm doing. I tried to get my desktop computer set up for the school year, but found myself with a Blue Screen Error every time I would turn it on. I had this problem on my laptop just weeks earlier, and when I turned it into the shop, they informed me that it was caused by corrupted RAM. So, instead of wanting to pay another $300 to get the desktop fixed, I chose to take out the RAM myself. Bad idea...

For some reason, the RAM appeared to be melted or scratched away a little bit at the bottom (gold part that goes into the slot). So I took that RAM out. Only now when I turn on the computer, it gives me a screen saying "reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device". I go into the Boot Menu, and it gives me two options, both bringing me back to the same "reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device" message. I tried taking out a RAM drive from a different desktop computer and putting it into the one I'm trying to fix, but then the monitor wouldn't read the computer being on. I switched monitors, but to no avail. I switched RAMs from other computers, but that doesn't work either. I can't afford to take this into the shop or buy new parts for it, but I really need it for school. I don't even care about it running slower or files on their disappearing forever. I just want my computer to run.

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Answer:Reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device?

I just want to be clear here (point form is sometimes good)

PC Bluescreens
Removed Ram (looks to be physically faulty, gold plate scratched off)
Turned on computer (not sure if you re-inserted the original Ram here again)
Now cannot find HardDrive boot sector
Tried Ram from another (unknown) computer (Note: Ram specs may be incorrect)
Would not POST (Power On Self Test)
Put the original Ram back in
From here, I don't know what's happening, probably not Booting again (ie your long heading)

This is what I recommend (even though I'm still a little unsure where your at!)

Remove the Ram (By the way 1 or 2 Ram Cards?)
Blow out (either compressed air in a can, or just using your breath) the Ram slots
Re-insert the Ram (you usually just need one in there to test with) Note: They click in
Unplug the cables going to your HardDrive (HardDrive end and Motherboard end)
Re-insert the HardDrive data cable (securely)
Do the same for the HardDrive Power Connector (pull it out, then push it in with a little force)
Now do the same for the CD/DVD Drive data and power cables (you can even just leave these cables fully out)

Turn on !

Did it work?

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Hi everyone,

I've been encountering a problem where upon booting I receive the following message: "Reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device."

To provide more context, the computer that is showing this problem recently received a hardware upgrade. I figured out that my PSU was insufficient for some of my current tasks, and decided to upgrade my power supply. Since I decided to do so, I thought of upgrading the video card and the RAM (since it was a rather old computer as well).

Upon installation, I received the following message. The OS is Windows 7.

Thanks in advance for any tips.


Answer:Reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device

Boot into the BIOS, and check your boot devices. It maybe trying to boot from a USB device, or CD.

To enter the BIOS, reboot system then press either the Delete key, or maybe the F2 you will see a message about which key to "enter setup"

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I've come across this error while re-installing Windows 7. I've wiped the drive and started the installation and while installing I got an error stating that there was a required driver missing. When I restarted, I received this error "Reboot and Select proper Boot device or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device and press a key. I've reset the CMOS and checked the cables and drives but still the same issue. Neither my DVD drive or HDD are showing up in the BIOS so I can't boot to the Windows 7 disc to get to the command prompt. I was wondering if I need to replace my HD or would that just be a waste of my time and money?

I have the HP Pavilion p6115y

8GB Ram
AMD Athlon x2

Any feedback will be helpful

Answer:Reboot and Select proper Boot device or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot Device

Welcome to TSF

That message is indicating that it does not see the hard dive to boot to it. Odd the BIOS doesn't see the hard drive or the optical drive. I'm assuming Windows 7 ran successfully prior to the wipe and reinstall? Can I ask why you reformatted in the first place? What driver did it say was missing? Did the install halt at that point requiring a reboot or did you just reboot because of the missing driver message? Make sure you have no USB devices attached to the system as it may be trying to boot to USB device. Also you may want to change boot order in BIOS

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Hey guys, quick question for you.. Now my friend has this error: "Reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device and press any key?" and I've been trying to help him for a while with it. He told me he took out his hard drive and RAM for some reason, then a little bit later put them back in.

And now all of a sudden hes getting this error. He has an HP e9300z computer and I guess has a gaming keyboard and mouse plugged in, which also don't work. So he can't get into his bios to check boot order. He also doesn't have access to a linux live CD or a repair disk CD. He is using windows 7 as well.

So if anyone has any ideas or had this happen to them, any info would be awesome!!

Answer:Reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device...

He may need to connect a PS/2 keyboard to get into the BIOS Setup (assuming his PC has a pair of PS/2 ports for mouse & keyboard). Some computers don't respond to USB keyboard input for BIOS access. Mine is like that and it's a new PC - good job I kept my old PS/2 keyboard because they are difficult to find these days.

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I cannot seem to figure out what's wrong with this computer.

The hard drive is a 500GB SATA. The hard drive is clearly plugged in (both cables plugged in)... Since it's a SATA, doesn't need a pin.

I took this hard drive from a working desktop and put it in a customized desktop... The thing is, it's a partly customized desktop, just a different DVD drive, hard drive, and graphics card. The motherboard and everything else is the same as was in this computer.

Anyways, the hard drive is empty and was working as a slave, simply to put things on it. Now, I'm trying to put it in a different desktop and it's simply not working. Both the DVD and HDD are recognized as the Primary SATA master and slave. This seems correct to me.

Whenever the computer goes past the manufacturer's boot screen, a black screen with "Reboot and Select proper Boot device or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device and press a key"

Any idea what's wrong?


Answer:Reboot and Select proper Boot device or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device and

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The problem is that it won't boot up. After the intel screen loads it shows:

Fastrack... Bios Version 2.00 0.33... then
"Scanning IDE Drives" then it turns to "No Array is defined...
Press <Ctrl-F> to enter FastBuild(tm) Utility or Press <Esc> to continue booting"

That's no problem but I can't press F8 or F2 or anything like that.

Pressing CTRL F is useless because i don't have that fast build thing, and when i press ESC or just wait a short while it turns to a black screen and all it shows is "Reboot and select proper boot device, or insert boot media in selected boot device and press any key" if i press any button it just shows that again but another row and it makes a click sound.

Problem happened after power shortage. No floppy discs or usb devices inserted at the moment. There could have been a CD in there but probably not.

Computer is custom built, don't know specs. is XP, built just for a vet (made by intravet).


Answer:Reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device...


I have similar problem that says: "Reboot and select proper boot device.... "
It's my small cute laptop and I have data on it that I don't want to lose.
If any help can save my data and keep use my laptop after repairing?

Or should I make a new thread for this?


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Today I went out and bought a WD1600JB 160GB hard drive. I installed the hard drive and it was recognized by the bios but not by windows. I went to the western digital website and downloaded the drivers to get windows to recognize the drive. Everything was working fine, I logged out of my windows user (I'm the only user, but I log out anyways). I came back several hours later and went to go log in. I was entering my correct password (i made sure) and it wasn't logging me in. This has happened a few times before, and everytime it was fixed by rebooting. I rebooted the computer properly, and after the BIOS load, where the windows XP loading bar should have come up, i got instead:

"reboot and select proper boot device
or insert boot media in selected boot device"

I have searched the internet for about an hour now, trying different jumper combinations (cable select on both HD's, my master on master and slave on slave) I have even removed my slave drive and tried different jumper settings with my master drive. I have plugged in different power supply cords, set BIOS priority to hard drive first. I took everything off the BIOS boot list except for the harddrive and still no go. I disconnected both HD's and attempted to boot from a CD drive and got the same message. Same with floppy drive. I restored BIOS settings to default and tried again with all of the above. Nothing has worked. I have ensured that power cables and IDE ca... Read more

Answer:Reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device

I forgot to mention, my motherboard IS detecting Both my CD drives, both my HD's and my floppy drive.

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So i am getting this error every time i try to boot up my PC, i use to be able to just go into my bios menu and boot it from there to bypass this error now when i try to do that i get stuck at the "Starting Windows" screen either freezing there or looping back to my ASRock menu. I am a pretty big noob when it comes to PC so was wondering if anyone could help me please?

Answer:Reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device and

there is a good chance the harddrive has taken a dive
looks like u had plenty of "warnings"
go into bios and set "harddrive" as 1st boot device
if u get the same message....... replace harddrive
also go inside of tower and make sure all cables on the drive are tight & snug

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hello ,
so i have this 2 weeks old acer predator pc that came with windows 8 on it. I didn't like windows 8 so i took the hard disk out and put it on my other pc to format it and to install windows 7. everything worked fine windows 7 was installed . I moved it back to the acer and now i have the boot problem . i tried to set it to boot form hard drive but i still have the same problem , i tried to put my other hard drive which is working, but still the same problem. i can see in the bios that there is a hard drive ( AHCI PORT 0 : WDC then the serial number ) anyone can help ???
and sorry for my bad English .

Answer:Reboot and Select proper Boot device or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device and

you cannot install windows on one machine and then move the drive to another machine

it looks for the system it was installed on and then when it does not find it ,it stops dead

you need to install it in the machine you are going to use it on

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I have upgraded the RAM of my pc last friday. I have added another 1GB of DDR400 and everything seems working fine. But this morning, when my brother just informed me. that when he tried to turn on our pc and errors come up:

"Reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device"

I have not had this PC for more than a year now since I bought this from my previous employer.

Here are the specs of my pc:

HP Compaq dx2000 MT:
-Intel Pentium 4
-256 MB RAM (currently upgraded and added 1GB RAM)
-80 GB harddisk
-CDRW combo drive

I don't have WinXP CD.
Maybe interface cables may have become loose when I installed the RAM last friday?
I'm not really sure.. I'll have to check it, once I get back home..

Answer:Reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device

Since you installed new ram and had no issues before that is where I would start, run Memtest. If it shows any faults whatsoever the ram has a problem. New items can fail during initial burn in, Memtest is free and has good approval ratings here and on other boards.Look for "free down load on the left"

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I haven't installed anything new on my computer but today after having my computer shipped to me via UPS I cut on my computer and where the XP load bar screen was I got:

"reboot and select proper boot device
or insert boot media in selected boot device"

Seeing this I knew I went into the BIOS setup and tried to turn the system priority to look at the HDD. Instead I only had the option of the DVD drive and the CD drive.

I have no idea how to solve this problem and don't have any of the recovery CD's!!!! I DO NOT WANT TO REFORMAT because like a bad little boy I did not backup my 4 years worth of work.

I know this problem is often user specific so PLEASE PLEASE HELP ME!!!!

Answer:Reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device

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OK so im currently working on building my own computer. It consists of a(the essential parts to know):
ASUS K8V Deluxe-
AMD 64 2800+
Western Digital Special Edition 120 GB HD- a Serial ATA
Samsung 52x32x52 CD-RW
and some floppy that i dont remember the brand- i believe the link is the right one

So i get my parts and put everything in a Chieftec Dragon case. i start my computer and put in the Windows XP home edition CD (not generic/ripped/hacked) that i bought from My HD did not come with any disks for formatting or anything like that it was only the drive in a anit-static bag so i had nothing to format with. But when i went to install Windows it said that it could not find a hard drive present with my computer. From here i tryed to use a bootable floppy disk. even though the light was on on the floppy drive and the disk was properly inserted i was contiuously getting the message "reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device and press a key." Does anyone know what to do about this probelm or whether it might be a Mobo issue or what.
Any help would be very much appriciated and if drivers are needed i would love it if you would give me the links to the ones you think will do the job.

Thanks agian

p.s. if you want the links to the parts they are all below in the order listed above Read more

Answer:reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device...

XP is a bootable CD. First off, enter your BIOS at boot up and change drive priority so that your CD is looked at before the HDD. Insert XP CD and follow instructions. It will get you to format/partition your HDD. Follow the prompts. You don't need a bootable diskette so leave the 3 1/2 drive empty.

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Now I know this topic has already been covered a while ago on here and I read it from beginning to end and tried everything and it did not fix my issues. So my computer got hit by lighting through the phone line. I have replaced the power supply and the motherboard and cpu which came as a unit. And when I boot up it finds my HDD and both my Cd-Roms but then I get "reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device." I ran Knoppix and looked at the hard drive and everything is still on there. So I am guessing the problem is in the Bios but I have no idea where to go from here.

Here is what I have going:
Elitegroup Goal3+ Motherboard
AMD Athlon Sempron
Master Drive - Hitachi 2500GB HDD
CD Drive 1 - Pioneer DVD-R/RW
CD Drive 2 - Samsung CD-R/RW SW
Generic Floppy Drive 3.5"
1024MB Kingston DDR Ram

Thanks in advance for any help!

Answer:Reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device

When you say you "tried everything," what did you try? Give us a clue regarding your prior efforts so we don't waste time suggesting the same old thing again.

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I just got a new power supply and video card. I unplugged my power supply and hooked up my new video card and power supply and then when I turn it on it says "Reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device."

Im not 100% sure I even hooked up the power supply and video card right, just sayin'.

It does the same thing even if the video card isnt hooked up.

Answer:Reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device

Check the connections to the hard drive and make sure they are still seated properly.
Go into the bios setup and make sure the hard drive is set as first boot device.

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Running Windows XP Home, SP1. Was having a problem where the computer would boot up into the main XP screen, but when you clicked on an account, it would either hang, or it would logon, but no programs would start. I could boot into Safe Mode.

Tried doing a clean boot, and adding things back in one at a time to try to isolate the problem. Everything worked fine until I checked "Load System Services", then the problem reoccurred. From here, I unchecked the box, then started adding the services one at a time to try to find out which service was causing the problem. When I added "Security Accounts Manager" back in, the BOOT.INI was erased. So I can not boot into regular mode, though Safe Mode does work. Can I get this file back??

Also, now the System Configuration Utility keeps "encountering a problem and needs to close", is this tied into the other problem? Or is there another way to solve this problem?


Answer:Solved: BOOT.INI file erased

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Hi everyone, The pre-boot service partition had been erased on my x40 due to the lack of knowledge (The only way to reinstall windows was this hidden partition). Trying to find some other way then ordering a recovery CD from IBM. Maybe someone can provide me with the image of this pre-boot service parttion? Or an image of a recovery CD? Thanks,Craig

Answer:A pre-boot service partition erased on my x40!

You will get that back after restoring by Lenovo disc. I think you can call them and ask for that; again it might cause you a bit. If you are in NYC, I might be able to help.

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i used active killdisk to erase all my partitions to kill a virus now i realise i lost my vista bootdisk to reload windows. ive tried downloading abunch of bootdisks off torrent sites but all have failed booting with f12 at startup. im now stuck in a blank dos screen. how can i reload windows vista?

Answer:erased all partitions cant boot vista

contact computer manufacture for a replacement disk.

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I was dual booting Ubuntu and windows 7. I decided that i no longer wanted the Ubuntu partition so using the windows 7 partition manager i erased it. everything went well until i turned off my computer. when i tried to turn it back on my boot loader was gone. I simply forgot that it was on that partition. I tried using the recovery disk doing essentially this How to Manually Repair Windows 7 Boot Loader Problems - How-To Geek. But i have not had any luck. Just trying to see if anyone else has another idea about what to do.

Answer:Master boot loader erased

i figured it out by using option 2 on this site Recovering the Windows Bootloader from the DVD - EasyBCD - NeoSmart Technologies Wiki

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I have a user that had a 40GB harddrive and win98SE. I used partition magic, and made 2- 20GB partitions, with 98SE on the first, C:.

The second, D:, I installed Win2000 SR2, and set up a dual boot system.

Everything working great, until a week later, norton does a full scan, and says the Master boot record has changed, do you want to revert back to the original. User clicks Yes, reboots, whammo, the D: partition and everything on it is gone, only C: and win98 are present.

What is the easiest, best way to reverse this? He had info on the D: win2K partition he cannot lose.

Thank you for any help!

Answer:Norton erased dual boot partition, HELP!

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I am getting the error loading operating system when i start my laptop. I have tried to reinstall winxp but it will get to the partition ntsf and cut off at at 20% download. what can I do to fix this because winxp is not even loaded on my laptop anymore.

Answer:[SOLVED] I think I erased my boot partition for winxp

You may have to change your BIOS settings boot sequence to have the system boot from the CD-ROM. Insert the Windows XP installation CD and restart the system. When the installation window opens just follow the prompts to re-install windows. Use the interface to allow windows to reformat the disk upon installation.

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I'm not sure if the HDDs are going bad at the same time(the computer is 2 or 3 years old) or what but here is what happened.

I have a 64-bit XP Pro system with RAID(1 HDD mirroring the 1st and a 3rd HDD as a backup/restore HDD)...

I updated my Avast! anti-virus and after it required me to restart it started having this 0x00000080/c000021a stop errors.

As the computer boots up it detects the primary HDD as 'unbootable' and so I do a recovery option when it asks me and it says mirrored HDD status is 'bootable but degraded', when it changed the primary to the backup and the backup(mirrored) to the primary in order to boot the system.

After this it booted to the sign on but then crashed when I went to type in the password. So, we attempted a system restore in Safe Mode to before the Avast! anti-virus updated.

This seemed to have the system stable and working, but Avast! asked to restart shortly after this b/c the update apparently went on through automatically(even though we system restored to the day before the update?)...

Now, when we try to load system restore it just hangs forever and eventually blue screens or restarts on its own. I've tried turning off RAID and booting from the backup(3rd) HDD but nothing. I before the MBR has been effected in some way.

To top it all off, he doesn't have a x64 bit XP CD AND the computer won't boot from CD either. It stalls when it attempts to read the CD and won't continue to boot up until... Read more

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I have a Lenovo H420 Computer since dec 2011 years, and this morning it wants me to optimize the System. Immediately after the first optimizing procedure the browser grafics were partly erased (in IE9, as well as in Mozilla), and also in Outlook (MS Office 2007). After a reboot the Problem persisted. Approx. 5 times optimizing and rebooting nothing changed, then I deactivated, and deinstalled the EE Boot Optimizer. All I found in different Forums was to update the EE Optimizer (what I did - I had the Version 0.2.3), to deactivate it (okay), and use the OKR.I do not want to use the OKR, because I am sure that the Boot Optimizer just deactivated a Service responsible for grafic designs and elements. But, unfortunately, I cannot find something strange. What I did: I erased the Cache and Cookies, checked that Adobe Flash Player and Java Scripting are active, I even looked into the Windows Event list (nothing strange here), and the table of Services (no Service deactivated). i cannot enter the BIOS, when the Computer is booting, there is no sign saying "press F12 to enter Setup"..Does anyone have an idea what went wrong, and what do I have to do?


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Answer:EE Boot Opimizer erased grafic elements

hi TorRo,
Just to verify, are you having issues seing pictures or watching youtube videos on all websites on I.E. / Firefox? If you are, can you try these fix:
For Internet Explorer:
Can't see pictures on websites in Internet Explorer
For Mozilla Firefox:
Fix problems that cause images to not show
Let me know your findings

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So a while ago my computer crashed and I wasn't sure what it was so I tried many things because I wasn't getting any BIOS beeps so I thought it was the motherboard but long story short it's the graphics card, so I've replaced that with my old one for now. But since I took out so many parts so many times I keep getting the

"Reboot and Select proper Boot device" error.
I have a Motherboards - P8P67 LE - ASUS

And I've set the SSD to the primary boot, I've tried to directly boot it via BIOS but they both still give the same result, I've put the Win7 disk in and done a repair but still, no change.

Since my OS is installed to my SSD, is there a chance it could have corrupted the files or the actual drive when the computer crashed? From what I heard SSD's seem to be a bit fragile.

Any help or recommendations would greatly appreciated.

Thank you.

Answer:"Reboot and Select proper Boot device" with only 1 data drive

How many times have you tried startup repair ?

It may take 3 attempts.

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I'll get right to it cause this is serious for me and I screwed up royaly. My original OS Windows 7 was on a normal hard drive and I installed a second copy of Windows 7 on a new SSD drive that I got and used it as my primary and left everything on the old one just didn't delete it. When the time came for me to finally say bye bye to all the previous items on the former drive since I was now using the SSD for OS and applications I formated using the Win7 startup disc. I cannot boot from the SSD nor does it even show in Device Manager (I'm gonna check the connections for that) This information is still recoverable I know but what's the best way to go about it. Will I be able to use the SSD to boot widows again if I repair this one thing? Can I at least get my files back somehow? Any help is appreciated...Thanks

Answer:Formated Drive and erased Master Boot Record

Unplug all other HD's. Boot the Win7 DVD Repair console or Repair CD, press Shift F10 to open Command Box, type:

SELECT DISK 0 (confirm this is Win7 HD #)
SELECT PARTITION 1 (confirm this is Win7 partition #)

Now boot back into Repair console, click through to Recovery Tools list to run Startup Repair up to 3 separate times with reboots to write the MBR to Win7.

To copy out your files if it won't Repair: Copy & Paste - in Windows Recovery Console

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My system is visionman SS300-Tsocket 775 Gamer; intel pent 4 530 3.0GHz;512mb DDR400; 80GB SATA HDD; running Windows XP Home.  I just erased my hard drive I was haveing som many problems with virus etc.. that I just wanted to start over and everything else would not work to get it clean.  But know that I did that and try to reboot to start reinstalling I cannot not get past even the first screen of bootup it will just be a blank screen with a blinking cursor.  I have tried removing the battery from the mobo and then restarting the CMOS but still no change.  Please help I do realize I need more memory etc, and a new HDD but for now I just want to see if I can get this system working again before the virus attack.Thanks

Answer:Erased Hard drive now cannot boot major Problems Help!!!

Are you booting from the Windows CD?Is your CD drive set at the first boot device in the BIOS?

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Help! I just spent about 5 hours inputing data into cells in MS Excel document. And I was on the last 10 minutes, doing final touches, & appearance work (such as adding color to the cells)... and then I noticed that all my data had disappeared! I don't know how to get it back... I think i just wasted 5 hours!Help me!

Answer:Help! My data was "erased" b/c I added color to the cells...

Have you tried Edit/Undo to erase the color changes that apparently caused you to lose your data?

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My computer completely locked up while playing a game and I had to do a hard reboot. Now I continuously get the error:

"Reboot and select proper Boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device and press a key"

The only thing I can manage to pull up is the CMOS Setup Utility. Looking through the menu I found the Boot sequence menu; however, the only device listed is cd/dvd and I read that hard drive should be listed.

Any ideas on a possible problem?

I am thinking that my hard drive might be shot because I am almost positive it is not due to loose cables. On the other hand I was thinking that it could possibly be due to a virus because I had found a Trojan earlier with my virus scanner.

Appreciate any feedback I can get.

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I just recently had a problem with my main hard drive which had a capacity of 20gb and so i decided to take it out and leave my second hard drive ( which was 160GB) in the system. But now i have the problem where the computer asks me to "Reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device and press a key" after 30 seconds of turning on my computer.
What do i do here?
I am completely lost.
Please help.

Answer:"Reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device"

Hello Vinroy

You have removed the "Master" drive which XP booted to.
Now you will have to make the 2nd drive into the "Master"

Connect this 2nd drive using the connector which was used for the drive you removed.
Then change the jumpers on the drive to master.


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I have had my computer since Christmas, It has been working fine. Then I went on this morning as normal as can be, everything was booting up and I opened steam but it said no connection. Then a blue screen appeared and said something like" search DHP watchdog violation" then the screen went black but displayed the text "Reboot and Select proper Boot device or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device and press a key"
I have no idea what to do and I need help. I searched this on tech guy and I tried to boot it with my CD/DVD Drive off which is what I saw worked on another persons thread but to no avail. Please help, also I use windows 8.

Answer:"Reboot and Select proper Boot device or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device.."

The "DHP watchdog violation" could be caused by any number of things, typically within the OS. Which is a non-issue now since the PC won't boot.

What error do you get now when you try to boot? If it's the same or similar to "Reboot and Select proper Boot device or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device and press a key", then it sounds like the HDD (which is the primary boot device) cannot be found. Which typically indicates a HDD failure, but could also be just a loose/faulty data or power cable.

Enter the BIOS and verify if HDD is recognized properly, and if so, verify the boot order.

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Ok...I have a five year old dell dimensions 8200. Three years ago, I added a 250 gig. D-drive. My computer has been so slow that I wanted to reinstall windows. So, erased and formatted my D-drive and put windows on it. I then added a program called "Wipe Drive" in order to erase my C-drive. (I was thinking to use my d-drive mainly and c-drive for backup). I closed my computer, then when I went to reboot, i first got the message "ntldr is missing press control alt delete. " So, I did this. I soon did not get the ntlrd message and got a message saying failure to boot and press contol, alt, delete to restart. I tried to instal windows again and it did not boot. I did the f2 thing and made sure my cd-rom was first. I did the f12 thing and tried to open cd. Nothing has worked to help boot or get to the blue screen that lets me choose drive.
I think I erased important start up info on my c-drive. Can anyone help please?

Answer:Solved: Erased C-drive, will not boot or accept windows instal

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I have the same problem and I am not good at PCCan you  show me , in detail , of where can I download that driver please?


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Answer:Re: Device Manager - Other Device "PCI Data Acquisition and Signal Processing Controller"

welcome to the forum!
the driver that solved the author's issue can be found here:

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I got this error the other outta the blue. I've been searching the web and various other forums and other. I don't have a cdrom drive so no boot disk or recovery disk. just a black screen and
"Reboot and Select proper Boot device or Insert Boot Media in selected."

Great. Its an Asus Eee Pc Netbook 1005HAB 1 year old. WinXP Home Ed.
can a brotha get some help, please??????

Answer:Reboot and Select proper Boot device or Insert Boot Media in selected media device

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the computer was working fine until i added new RAM. when i turned the computer on it popped up with Reboot and Select proper Boot device or Insert Boot Media in selected media device. i went to a website and payed 45 dollars for some techie to figure it out and he didnt even help. i removed the new memory and tried to boot the computer again but the same thing happened. anyone who can give any help will be greatly appreciated.

Answer:Reboot and Select proper Boot device or Insert Boot Media in selected media device

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Computer: Dell Inspiron 1525, 320 GB HD with about 2 GB of free space left, 4 MB memory, running Vista Home Premium 32-Bit, SP1, updates current. Just lately, booting from off, Windows will not load, but instead gives me a \Boot\BCD error (0xc00000f)--an error occurred while attempting to read the boot configuration data. I have repaired this error with my Dell-supplied OS disc repeatedly, and each time I turn off the computer it has the same error at startup. I have read that I may have to rebuild the BCD, but I don't know how to do that. Before I check with Dell, who I suspect will just tell me to reload Windows, I need to know how approach fixing my boot configuration data. The computer has had no new software installations, just routine Windows and Trend Micro Internet Security updates, I checked the disc for errors, and a few files were missing or incorrect, and defragmentation has also been performed routinely. Dell PC checkup finds no issues. How should I proceed?

Answer:Boot\BCD error reading boot configuration data when starting from cold boot

Try this hard drive diagnostic procedure:

Repeated errors on a hard drive usually indicate an impending failure. I'd backup your stuff as soon as possible.

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I have a Win XP desktop which had problems with the hdd. The hdd and disk drive were connected to the same IDE bus(the motherboard only has one), the disk set as slave, the hdd as master. The computer worked fine except for errors with the hdd. I purchased a new hdd, and copied all contents of the old hard disk over using acronis migrate easy. In order to do this, I had to disconnect the disk drive, and connect the new hard drive in its place. The cloning process went smoothly and when I disconnected the old hard drive, I was able to boot into the new one. Everything worked fine, but when I connected the disk drive and rebooted, I got the error message:
"reboot and select proper boot device
or insert boot media in selected boot device"
How do I fix this?

Answer:Solved: "reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot d

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Computer won't boot "Reboot and Select proper Boot device or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device and press a key." everytime i turn on the computer a black screen pop up saying
"Intel UNDI, PXE-2.1 (build 083)
Copyright (c) 1997-2000 Intel Corporation
This product is covered by one or more of the following patents:
US5,307,459, US5,434,872, US5,732,094, US6,570,884, US^,115,776 and
Realtek PCIe FE Family Controller Series v1.27 (10/31/11)
PXE-E61: Media Test Failure, Check Cable
PXE-M0F: Exiting PXE Rom.
Reboot and Select proper Boot device
or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device and press a key."
i can't even do anything on the computer and when trying to use the media disk it stays on a black screen.

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Hey guys,
just reformatted my PC with Windows XP x64 bit edition,
After putting in my Mobo CD and installing the necessary drivers,
I restarted and got this message:
Reboot and Select proper Boot device or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device and press a key
I looked around the internet for a bit, and most said to change the boot sequence in the BIOS to the primary drive,
it was already set to the primary drive, so I disabled the 2nd and 3rd boot choices.
But low and behold, I still got the message.
Although, a couple times, I was able to get to Windows.
Then when I restart, I get the message again.
So I'm not really sure what to do.
Thanks to anyone who would like to help.

Answer:Reboot and Select proper Boot device or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot devic

First...system manufacturer and model?
Just guessing...but I would disconnect the hard drive and reconnect it...then see if the BIOS properly recognizes the hard drive.  If it does, then I would try to boot.
I would also enable all boot options in the BIOS...and try to boot from an option other than the hard drive, if you have a bootable XP CD, bootable USB, etc.  Save all changes made by hitting F10.
If the system can boot from an alternate option but not from the's probably a hard drive situation.
If the BIOS doesn't cannot retain the changed settings or you start getting other hardware guess would be CMOS battery needs replacement.

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Windows Vista 64bit
was HP Desktop m8457c
but motherboard died so I purchased
gigabyte GA-880GM-D2H (rev. 3.1)
AMD 880G socket AM3
I updated my memory with PATRIOT gaming i5 8gb DDR3 1333MHz 9-9-9- kit

I had to change CPU to match
it is AMD phenom II X6 1100T black edition
Everthing worked perfect from Nov 7 until Dec 20
then one morning after internet auto update I found
DMI Pool Data
AMD data change Update new data to DMI!
Boot from CD/DVD
Disk boot failure insert system disk and press enter
I tried many things other have here on this forum
my problem is that in Master 2 is the original HARD DRIVE Slave 2 CD/DVD Master 3 which is the second hard drive, but BIOS sees it as the same hard drive as Master 2. It is a shadow copy of the 1rst HD and is same size.
I have turned each off independently in BIOS, but no OS will boot. Tried original recovery disk with system error not able to recover (BECAUSE OF new motherboard).

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I have an Inspiron 17R. After installing a security update from Avast antivirus, I was told to restart to finish the update. After restarting, I get a blue screen stating that this PC needs to be repaired, the boot configuration data file is missing, and I needed to use recovery tools. The error code is: 0xc0000098
After purchasing the recovery USB from Dell, I ran the recovery tool and it started to scan for errors. After the scan, it said that the Master boot is fine, but the partition has a red X by it. I would have to back up and restore. When I tried to select the files I needed to specifically back up, the computer restarted. I didn't want to factory reset my computer as I still need some book marks and files I can't get any other way on it. Is there anything I can do?

Answer:Boot configuration data file is missing; need to keep data

Remove the hard drive, mount it in a 2.5" external USB shell and connect it to a working system.  Copy what you need.
Before proceeding with the reinstall, run an extended -- not just quick - hard drive test.  F12 at powerup.

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recently i woke up, went in my computer room, and saw the screen was black with the following message displayed
"Reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device"

so i rebooted and windows started fine

couple days later same thing happened, only it won't reboot, just comes back to the same screen

the hard drive is the only thing showing bios (samsung hdd), but when i hook up as slave drive to another comp, it only shows the usb/sata adapter, not the drive, also noticed the dreaded hard drive clicking noise, i really don't want to send to a data recovery company due to cost, but my family photos are on there and i have no backups, are there any other options?

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I'v have just bought a Dell Inspiron N5110 from car boot sale. This laptop turns on but will not get past the screen shown in the photo. Hard drive has been removed, all other parts are still in place. The guy who sold this laptop, had the hard drive removed.
Intel Core i5 Processor (unsure of exact speed or generation because unable to access desktop due to error).
15" Screen
HDMI, USB, Ethernet ports, and SD card reader
1. What does this error mean:
Reboot and Select proper Boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device and press any key.
2. I want to install a 1TB 2.5" hard drive. If yes, which Western Digital hard drive should I go for?
3. Curently it has 4GB RAM installed. Want to install 8GB RAM to optimise performance. please tell me which make/brand should I go for?
4. I also have a Dell recovery operating system windows 7 home premium from another Dell Laptop. Will this Dell recovery opertaing system work and install Windows 7 using the key located underneath the laptop near the battery area of the Dell Inspiron N5110?
Thanks in advance!!

Answer:Error message at boot up: Reboot and Select proper Boot device or insert boot...

The first thing you are going to need to do is to purchase and install a hdd.
Newegg has a Western Digital 1TB hdd for $69.99 plus tax and shipping. 
You will then need to install Windows Home Premium 64-bit.  You can download a ISO image of your operating system here.
You will need to burn the ISO image to a DVD to create a bootable installation disc.  
How to burn ISO image using Windows Burn Disk Image.
Notice:  This applies only to Windows 7 and Windows 8, earlier versions do not have this.  
1.  Place a blank CD or DVD in the tray of your optical drive and close the tray.
2.  After you have downloaded the ISO image you want to burn right click on the Start orb, then choose Windows Explorer.
3.  When Explorer opens click on Downloads in the left pane.  Scroll down till you find the ISO file you want and double click on it.  Click on Burn Disk Image.
4.  In the image below you will see Disk burner:, this should be set to the optical drive you want to use.  Click on Verify disc after burning if you want to Windows to verity the disc image after burn.  Click on burn.

5.  In the image below you can see that the green progress bar, when the image is finished burning the bar will be filled.

6.  After the image has completed being burned click on Close.
If you need a tutorial for installing the operating sy... Read more

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Hi everyoneI have a computer; an Acer Aspire M3641 with OS Vista Home Premium 32 bit.My computer does have 2 harddisks and one of them is defect. So i putted the defect one out.Now I use 1 harddisk of 600gb. After installation of vista, the pc reboots and then i get these error: "Reboot and select a proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device and press any key"My bios drives information:Sata PRI MASTER channel: WDC-WD6400AAKS-22A Sata PRI SLAVE channel: NOTHING Sata SEC MASTER channel: NOTHING Sata SEC SLAVE channel: HC-DT-ST-DVDRAM Before I installed vista and after changing the order and taking off of the defect drive I did get that error too.Could someone help me?Thanks in advance..

Answer:Reboot and select a proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot dev

I've deleted your other post. Only one is needed.

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So basically, my computer has been doing this for awhile:

I will be running my computer, and it will randomly say

"Reboot and select a proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device"
or something similar to that.

It used to only do it about once every week, but now it's up to almost every day. I will post the
? OS - Windows 7? x64 ? What was original installed OS on system? Windows 7 ? Is the OS an OEM version (came pre-installed on system) or full retail version (YOU purchased it from retailer)? pre installed ? Age of system (hardware) ~2 years ? Age of OS installation - have you re-installed the OS? ~ 2 years ? CPU ? Video Card NVIDIA? GeForce? GTX 460M 1.5GB GDDR5 VRAM ? MotherBoard ? Power Supply - brand & wattage - not that relevant ? System Manufacturer Asus ? Exact model number (if laptop, check label on bottom) ASUS - Notebooks- ASUS G73Jw

I will post the BSOD File Collection app as soon as it is ready in the morning. It's been waiting for auto run to complete for a half hour now and it's 3:50 am...

Answer:Reboot and select a proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot

I finished getting the other file, but it is 6 mb, which means it's too big to upload. So I guess I can email it to you if you want it, or if you can provide me another way of attaching it I could do that too.

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I have a Yoga 2 11 laptop and just recently it started giving me the default boot device missing  error. I would just restart my laptop once or twice and it would boot fine.  Soon after,  that solution  didn't work.  So I changed the boot settings to legacy first and that worked for a few days.  Now nothing works.  I've tried resetting the bios settings and redoing legacy support. I've tried using Lenovo button and do a system restore/recovery but it asks for me to restart and choose an operating system first. Ive tried creating a  bootable usb and do a startup repair, but I would get a boot file missing  error. I tried just reinstalling windows completely and every time I try,  it isn't able to detect my harddrive to install windows on.  However if I check Bios, the bios detects the harddrive.  Any solutions?  I do not want to send it in,  I rather repair myself.  Do I need a new harddrive?  

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When I turn on my device I get hard disk error. I try and run my windows install disk computer tells me to restart and put in disk again. Next error is boot device not found.

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I am purchase hp laptop before 2days. in my laptop suddenly occur in the virus then I am os recovery dvd inside the cd driver and run then second dvd is writing suddenly system is interrupted and automatically off. Why I am saying admin plz

View Solution.

Answer:no bootable device--insert boot device and press any key

I am open the my laptop and press logon button then automatically display the no bootable drive--please insert boot disk and press any key then in my point of view what I am saying

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Hi guys, im new here and i wish you can help me cuz im really stucked.

I have a toshiba satellite L350, and it cant boot.
Firstly there was just a blue screen and then it switched to a blaack screen and says no bootable device, please enter e now boot device.
I knew my HDD was gone beause he was clicking, so i bought a new one, but still the same issue.
My cd/dvd doesnt work so i burnt win 7 to usb but my Hard drive was not recognized by the windows.
I resetted the bios te deffault but that didnnt help.
I unpuluged the Ac power, and the battery pluggedt it but same problem.
I want to bios and there was shown Hard Disk Drive, NONE.
I changet from ASPI to compatibiliyt since it is the only one but same prb.

Any suggestion guys ?It is driving me crazy, i have tried everything i knew

Any help would be apreciatted

Answer:No bootable device found-please enter a new boot device

Try, removing the battery, unplug the device and holding the Power button down for at least 30 seconds. Re install the hard drive, making sure of proper connection. Replace battery and Power plug, go into bios and set optimized defaults. Then see if the hard drive is recognized. Try to listen and see if the hard drive is spinning up.

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So I've been using my 64GB ssd as my windows 7 boot drive and i have a 1TB hdd as my data drive. Recently the my computer has begun to freeze up with errors like "explorer.exe" has stopped responding or "windows" has stopped responding and half of the time when i try to boot it says it cant find windows. This has lead me to believe that my ssd is dying despite being only a year old. I need to RMA my ssd but to do that i would be losing my boot drive for weeks. So I thought id try to create a system image so that i can simply put my boot drive on my hdd, but when i try to create the image it says that the image would be 711GB because its including all of my hdd (which contains all my user libraries and downloads). My question is: how do I make windows stop thinking that my hdd is a system drive so that I can create a reasonably sized image, or more generally: how can i easily move my boot drive to my hdd? Also, I've read some posts about using "easyBCD" to accomplish the latter but I'm not sure that's exactly what i need in this situation. If someone can clarify that that would be great too.

Answer:Moving Boot Data to Data Drive

Hello Astronomicat, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Could you post a screenshot of your Disk Management (diskmgmt.msc) screen show the full layout of all HDDs? This may be able to help determine why it is including more than your 64GB Windows 7 SSD in the system image. Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup
Did you move your page file, user profile folder, or user folders to another HDD/partition location other than the default C: ? If so, then those locations would be included in a system image as well, and cannot be unselected until they are moved back to the default location.

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New to this forum, sadly my laptop won't boot....I'm hoping I can get some insight here.
I get the black screen with the following messages:
"PXE-E61: Media test failure, check cable
PXE-M0F: Exiting Intel Boot Agent.
No boot device found. Press any key to reboot the machine."

I can get into BIOS and run diagnostics followed by the prompt: "Success, all tests pass.".....but system won't boot.
I searched and searched the internet and tried various things but no change.
I removed and reinstalled the hard drive twice, no change.
I made sure the HDD is first to boot order in change.
If anyone can point me in the right direction I would certainly appreciate it.
Thank you in advance.

see pix:

Answer:Dell Latitude E6520 won't boot.....PXE-E61: Media test failure, check cable and PXE-M0F: Exiting Intel Boot Agent. No boot device found. Press any key to reboot the machine.

Press F12 at powerup - boot to the Dell diagnostics and run an extended test on the hard drive - this will take a couple of hours (not just the 10 min or so the quick test did).  It'll likely show a bad drive.

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After reading through lots and lots of posts and tutorials, I'm still a little confused. I worked for a carpenter one summer when I was a kid and he stressed the philosophy of measuring twice and cutting once as a rule to live by. So, before I fire up my saw, I thought I would seek a little clarification. I expect to get my new 60GB Intel 520 SSD delivered today and here's what I would like to do.

First, here's my system Info:

ASUS P8Z77-V/Pro/Thunderbolt with i7 3770 (non-K) and 2x4GB Trident X Series 2400 RAM
60GB Intel 520 SSD

Okay. I had Windows 7 Home Premium installed on the HDD, but in anticipation of using the new SSD as the boot drive, I cleaned it with Diskpart>clean all. Now, I would like to do a fresh install on the SSD from the DVD drive and use the following xml (from Keri), that I now have on a USB, to move the User and program data to the HDD.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<unattend xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:unattend">
<settings pass="oobeSystem">
<component name="Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup" processorArchitecture="amd64"
publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS"
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Answer:Boot Priority & Boot Device Control for New SSD as boot drive

We link to tutorials so you'll have illustrated steps for a specific suggestions. It's one of the main reasons we are the top tech forum on the web.

I would not move User folders as we've had feedback indicating unintended consequences. Much easier to copy your User folders to the HD data partition, rightclick each to add to the related Library - Include a Folder - Windows 7 Forums. Keep the emptied C user folder in Library so you can see if anything lands there and drag it over to data drive in same window.

Install most-used programs to C, if space gets too tight uninstall and reinstall lesser used programs to data drive.

To save space you can set paging file to 2gb: Change Virtual Memory Paging File.
If you don't rely on it you can turn off Hibernate in Power Options, though it is perfected in Win7. These are trade-offs that must be decided with a small SSD.

Here are customized install steps for you:

Unplug all other HD's and peripherals,

Check for a BIOS update. If none boot into BIOS setup, reset to defaults, save changes. Next if an EFI BIOS, enable Legacy BIOS, set DVD drive first to boot, SSD second. Then set SATA controller to AHCI. Save changes and Exit.

Then boot into installer DVD or flash stick burned or written using tool and latest ISO for your licensed OS version here.

At first installer screen Press Shift + F10 to open a Command Box, type:

SELECT DISK 0 (after confirmi... Read more

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hey guys i have another one for you, would anyone know how to identify a particular piece of hardware by the ID or something like that (would google be able to do that? still trying to find the id)? maybe a program to do it with?

i just installed windows 7 ultimate 64 bit on a dell xps m1530 and i'm stuck, i cant find out what those devices are

thanks in advance

Answer:Other device - Data Interface

Device Manager > Find entry that's missing the driver > Right click > Properties > Details tab > select 'Hardware ID's" from dropdown list > Post the part that says "VEN_####&DEV####" where #### is some alphanumerical entry.

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I have Comcast internet, which has a limit of 300 GB per month before they start charging more. I also have a housemate who I let use the internet, and who watches a lot of Netflix, so he always pays the overage charges.

Recently, however, another housemate has started using the internet too, and to make the cost-splitting fair, I'd like to be able to track how much data each device is using. Comcast says they can't do that, because it's illegal to monitor my individual internet activity or something, which I appreciate. Is there some other way that I can do it, some downloadable program perhaps?


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Hello,I have a strange problem, which might be caused by some hardware limitation, orby my ignorance in USB protocol (I have no advanced knowledge in USB).I need to read keys from a USB device (some kind of keyboard). When doing itunder Windows 2000/XP, everything is fine. When doing it under GNU/Linux though,I always get a timeout, even though by ignoring the timeout I get the dataright (but it doesn't always work, it varies according to the kernels andarchitectures used). After trying everything I could think of, I finallydecided to dive into intimate USB protocol by snooping over raw USBcommunications. For that, I used the snoop feature in usbcore [1].I wrote a simple program that initializes the USB device, read keys for 10seconds, and terminates. I first ran the program on a Windows virtual machine,and as expected the keys were right. I then compiled and ran the same programon GNU/Linux, and as expected, I got nothing else than timeouts. Then I went tocompare the logs: the working one, and the non-working one. Codes don't seem tobe tampered with in any way; the only real difference seems to lie in a subtledifference at the beginning (interrupt urb instead of urb complete).From this point I'm stuck: I have no idea whether they are correct regarding tothe standard. I have no way to force some kind of trick to simulate the workingone from GNU/Linux, as it would probably mean tampering with the kernel (evenfor testing purpose, I am not exactly confident). Ther... Read more

Answer:Can't read data from USB device

The problem is solved: it was a difference of behavior between Linux and Windows kernels.If a buffer of 32 bytes is provided for reading and only 8 bytes are available, the Windows kernel will provide the 8 bytes and return 8 as the number of bytes read. The Linux kernel will wait for aditional data, won't get any, and therefore return a timeout. Plain and simple...Thanks to people who read

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Hello everybody,

It's my pleasure to join sevenforums.
Thank you to all those who work to build this wonderful forum.

I wish for you success always.

I don't know if i am in the wrong place, but if it is i apologize and please correct for me because i am new.

i work in IT, we are managing hundreds of computers and it is normally they get damage especially the HDD.
As we believe, data is most important for anybody and it is difficult to retrieve it especially if the HDD is completely dead.
Moreover, if we do a try seriously it makes headache and time consuming.

My question is: is there a device (Trusted) that we can buy and retrieve all data even the HDD is damage?

Thank you for your cooperation.

Answer:Device for Data Recovery

Hello and welcome mahmoud mate depends on the amount of "damage" if it is not completely shot then I would suggest replacing it ASAP.

I suppose you could try Recuva but again depends on how damaged it is.

Recuva - Download < from piriform but however this s more of a recover deleted data app.

I have tried an old trick of putting the HDD into a freezer for 24 hours and then powering it up again but hasn't worked for me so far.

The only real and sensible solution is to back up regularly.

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I want to move the app data of cloud raiders to another device
I tried just copying the folder in user\appdata\packages
but no joy
any help would be great

Answer:How do I move app data from one device to another?

That is not possible, and it has been discussed numerous times in these forums (and elsewhere). The only real way for that to happen is if the app has some cloud-based or account-based data, which can be downloaded from a different device by using the same cloud-based or account-based information.
Simply copying the app data will not work, and it will never work (since that would be a huge security flaw).

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So i have had my USB for some time now, and recently i discovered that all files that i had on it (some music and pictures - nothing serious) was corrupted or completely missing. As a man of thought i decided to keep my tears in and format my key, which returned it to it's factory 8GB, good, next thing i do save my pictures (as a test) onto the key, next day, i try to open them, and they are all corrupt.

Any thoughts? all help appreciated.

Answer:USB Device not holding data?

The USB drive is failing, it should be replaced.

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I have a Kingston Data Traveller 512 MB data storage device which is about 3 months old.It had been working fine until it suddenly decided it would not let me write files to it.I copied all the stuff onto my hard drive & decided to reformat the USB device.Trying to format from within Windows XP appeared to be going OK when the message 'device is write protected cannot complete format' appeared.So drop into DOS and enter format f:/fs:fat32 and then the error message'cannot format this volume is write protected' appearsAs far as I am aware this USB device cannot be write protected.If I'm wrong how do I get the thing to format ?

Answer:USB Data Storage Device Problem

You didn't password protect it did you? Looking about it seems that is one of the options to secure your data

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I have been updating a Dell D630 laptop on Windows XP. I have attached a screen shot on what it looks to be a couple of drivers that I am still missing. It's under Other Devices in the Device Manager labeled Data Interface. Does anyone have any idea what it could be? I have installed a driver for the internet, wireless set up, bluetooth, an updated bios, audio driver, chipset driver, video driver, and smart card controller. I appreciate the help!

Answer:Solved: Data Interface Device

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Hi this isn't exactly a virus thing. I've recently decided to buy an mp3-player iRiver T20 to listen to music and also most importantly being able to transport my work files between the Universitys computers and my home computer without having to take 5-10 diskettes with me all the time. Now some of the work material is very personal and even secret from the public eye.

I've recently read somewhere that mounting external devices such as an USB pen device causes the computer's Operating system to cache them long after you have logged out of the public computer system.

I wonder what precautions can one take when using such a device so that no traces of the sensitive data remains behind on the public computers?
Especially when you have some encrypted partitions on the USB stick when un-encrypted some data and information gets cached on the PC without the user knowing so how can one remedy such scenario?

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My Fujitsu data drive and ipod crash/hang my computer when I plug them into the USB ports.  This has only just begun as they worked fine last week.  I can use a mouse or web cam in the ports with no resultant crash.  I am on a Fujitsu amilo D1840W with Win XP Pro.  The crash/hang can only be rectified with a manual reboot and the removal of the devices.Please help.Many thanks in anycase, homercdo.

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Hey there,

Basically, I get that message "AMD Data Change...Update New Data to DMI!" then it just hangs there no matter how long I leave it.

I've been reading this post as it's the only thing I could find on the net about my problem.

Unfortunately some smartypants decided to close the thread (or set automatic thread closing) so no reply notifications can go directly to the people originally dealing with the problem, leaving us with no choice but to have a duplicate thread and a restart on the expertise involved in solving it :wtf:

So here it goes.
I appreciate any time you put in to helping me here. Also, it is quite urgent as I'm the lead modeller on Cypherium and am falling behind schedule.. so if you want to play it sooner you'l help me get this working faster

What's changed since the last successful boot:

Windows Firewall enabled.

Powerquest Partition Magic and their Diskkeeper software that comes with it: PM said it has compatibility issues, opened it but did nothing with it.
Diskkeeper wanted to just back up my system to a floppy drive.. Don't have a floppy drive. Closed it.
About 10 hours later it was still working perfectly, I turned off the computer and went to sleep.

Hardware has not changed at all.

Other recent history:

Installed several programs of the Adobe CS5 Creative Suite.
Had a major virus outbreak on another computer using AV... Read more

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