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"Reboot and Select proper Boot device"


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#1 I love You

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Posted 14 July 2011 - 08:58 AM

Hello all!

Just before I state my issue, I would like to say that I have done some research. I'd like to also say that I'm a complete amateur in this field. I'll just keep it nice and short :thumbsup:

What happened and what I've tried

1. The laptop was running perfectly fine. I wasn't running anything heavy like a game or anything but my laptop suddenly froze. It displayed a blue screen (I believe it's called BSOD?) and gave some kind of report. Unfortunately, it was too quick to capture an image or read from it.

2. After starting up the laptop, it gave a message: "Reboot and Select proper Boot device or Insert boot device and Press a key"

3. I've searched around the net. I've removed everything from the ports. I've accessed the recovery console and tried typing in "Bootrec /fixmbr", "Bootrec /[etc]" and "Bootsect.exe /nt60 all /force". However, it gave a response along the lines of: "The drive could not found or not functioning" (Not really accurate but you get the gist of it). In command prompt it started with the command line: X:/source>

4. Reading the method again provided on the Internet, I had assumed that they had access to C: drive for it to be repaired. Unfortunately, I did not. I went into BIOS setup, checked for the drives and only the DVD drive was visible. No other hard disk was seen.

5. So, thinking the source of the issue came from the internal components, I decided to disassemble the laptop. However, after removing the keyboard, I did not have the courage do dig further. So I'd reassembled it back and it still gives me that error.


So here are the questions:
  • What is happening to my laptop?
  • What could have triggered this problem?
  • Is the problem from the internal hardware?
  • and of course, How do I fix it?

Here are the specs: (I know some are useless information in this case)
Laptop Model: Asus N53S
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit (OA)
Processor: Intel Core-i7 2630QM @ 2.0 GHz
Graphics: Nvidia GTX 540M 1GB
RAM: 4GB DDR3-1333
Hard Drive: 750GB 7,200RPM ← There are two in total {C:/ and D:/}
Optical Drive: CD-R/RW/DVD-R/RW/+R/+RW+R
Display: 15.6" 1366x768
Battery: 3300mAh, 48Wh
Bluetooth: Yes
Communications: Wireless b/g/n+Gigabit Ethernet
Connections: 3x USB 2.0, 1x USB 3.0, HDMI, SD Card Reader, Headphone Jack, Mic Jack
Camera: ASUS 2 Megapixel Webcam
Sound: Bang & Olufsen ICEpower
Weight: 6.4 pounds

Thanks in advance

Edited by I love You, 14 July 2011 - 09:13 AM.


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#2 hamluis

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Posted 14 July 2011 - 09:02 AM

Is the system working/assembled right now?

Did you check Asus support, http://service.asus.com/ ?

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Edited by hamluis, 14 July 2011 - 09:06 AM.


#3 I love You

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Posted 14 July 2011 - 09:10 AM

Wow, that was a fast reply!

Well, I can't boot it up from my hard disk.
Was that the right reply? :mellow:

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Posted 14 July 2011 - 09:22 AM

Sounds like the drive may be dead.

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Posted 14 July 2011 - 09:28 AM

Sounds like the drive may be dead.


Anything but that! :wacko:

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Posted 14 July 2011 - 09:31 AM

Hard Drive: 750GB 7,200RPM ← There are two in total {C:/ and D:/}


This is called Partitioning. You have sliced up a drive virtually into multiple sections and assign different drive letters to each section. Its one physical drive.

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I agree with Allan.

To be sure you would have to remove it and test in another computer since you have zero access to it from yours.

If you would like to know how, please say so.

If the drive went out like that, maybe the cables inside came loose?

Or, if you use your laptop on a bed, or lap, and have been blocking the fan grill of air movement, it could/most likely would have over heated which might be your cause.

Edited by s1lents0ul, 14 July 2011 - 09:34 AM.

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Posted 14 July 2011 - 09:40 AM

Hard Drive: 750GB 7,200RPM ← There are two in total {C:/ and D:/}


This is called Partitioning. You have sliced up a drive virtually into multiple sections and assign different drive letters to each section. Its one physical drive.

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I agree with Allan.

To be sure you would have to remove it and test in another computer since you have zero access to it from yours.

If you would like to know how, please say so.

If the drive went out like that, maybe the cables inside came loose?


It was originally with 2 drives when it first came with it :mellow:

Anyway, I would like to ask how I could remove it and test it on another computer.

Or, if you use your laptop on a bed, or lap, and have been blocking the fan grill of air movement, it could/most likely would have over heated which might be your cause.

That might be the cause as well. What can I do to fix the problem or check if that's the actual issue?


Thanks for your help :thumbup2:

Edited by I love You, 14 July 2011 - 09:41 AM.


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Posted 14 July 2011 - 09:50 AM

It's almost certainly a bad hd if it doesn't show up in bios. And I'm guessing it doesn't have two drives, but rather two partitions on one drive.

Your manual will show you how to remove the drive.

Edited by Allan, 14 July 2011 - 09:50 AM.


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Posted 14 July 2011 - 09:52 AM

It's almost certainly a bad hd if it doesn't show up in bios. And I'm guessing it doesn't have two drives, but rather two partitions on one drive.

Your manual will show you how to remove the drive.


Demotivational :mellow:
I'll search around if I have the manual. Hopefully I'd find it :mellow:

Edited by I love You, 14 July 2011 - 09:53 AM.


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Posted 14 July 2011 - 09:54 AM

If you can't it's not that big of a deal. On the bottom of the laptop you should see a cover for the hd with a screw or two. Just remove the cover and then the hd.

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Posted 14 July 2011 - 09:57 AM

If you can't it's not that big of a deal. On the bottom of the laptop you should see a cover for the hd with a screw or two. Just remove the cover and then the hd.


I've found the user manual but it doesn't say anything about its internal hardware.
There is something under the keyboard and there's a silver plating but I'm not sure how to take it off.
Where is the HD located?

There's no screws at the back except a small square slot(?) and a symbol that says 'do not touch' (a hand with a cross)

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Edited by I love You, 15 July 2011 - 12:26 AM.


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Posted 15 July 2011 - 01:13 AM

UPDATE: Okay, I've got the Hard disk out. What do I do with it now?

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Edited by I love You, 15 July 2011 - 01:18 AM.


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Posted 15 July 2011 - 02:42 AM

I've concluded that my HD is the source of the problem.
Thanks for helping.

Is there any way for me to retrieve the lost data?

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Posted 15 July 2011 - 06:16 AM

If the drive hasnt completely lost its marbles, you can get a casing that you can install that internal drive into, making an external hard drive..attach it via the USB cable that comes with the enclosure and see if you can access the drive.

You can also attach it to a desktop via SATA and see if you can access it as a second internal drive.
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Posted 15 July 2011 - 04:50 PM

Is there any way for me to retrieve the lost data?

I gather from the last pic that you posted, that you were able to use a SATA cable to connect the laptop's HDD (hard disk drive) to the motherboard of your desktop PC (and also use a power cable). Correct?

Depending on the problem with your HDD, you may or may not be able to recover data. If attempting data or system recovery is important to you and worth you expending a little effort, I suggest that you have a look at this recent topic to get an idea of what is perhaps the best way to go about it.

Let me know if you have any questions or need assistance.

Edited by AustrAlien, 16 July 2011 - 12:49 AM.

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