Hi my name is Arron and im an IT technician who is rather stumped at the moment, im currently trying to help a friend with his Gateway LT41P05u windows 8 machine. The HDD failed after a hard fall while it was running. Ive replaced it with a new HDD of the same size, 320gb. Every attempt to image the original HDD onto another has failed and the original OS is thus far unrecoverable. Even tried the HDD in the freezer trick. No luck. With that being said my friend wasnt much for windows 8 anyways and has purchased a copy of windows 7 to reload the machine with. Here is where im getting stuck....
I can not boot off of external USB CD drive, or USB flash drive(made a bootable flash with an iso of win7 with RUFUS) no matter what i do. Ive disabled the the secure boot in the bios (InsydeH20 Rev. 5.0). Ive also enabled F12 boot menu, disabled and re enabled D2D Recovery(no idea what this does but doesn't seam to affect booting) tried changing the SATA mode from ACH to IDE and back again, and changed the boot priority so it sees all USB options before anything else. If i let the machine boot by itself it brings up a message saying "Default boot device missing or boot failed. Insert recovery media and hit any key. Then select boot manager to choose a new boot device or to boot recovery media." Once i go to the boot manager my boot options are limited to one option, "1.yes". I can try to page up and down and no new options appear. Same is true if i f12 into boot manager.
Please if anyone has any input into this issue post a reply, any relevant replies are greatly appreciated!
Also i was unsure if this should be in the Win7 or 8 forum. I apologize if ive posted in the wrong section. If so mods please move this post.