Okay, this is going to seem silly, but...
I have a laptop here (HP Pavilion dv5) that belongs to a friend. I need to just wipe the drive and reinstall Windows, but she bought a retail version of Windows 7 that she wants installed - she doesn't want all the bloatware. I use the @Active KillDisk bootable DOS disk for drive wipes. So, simple enough task, right?
On startup, I press the <ESC> key, which gives me several options. They are:
F1 - System Information
F2 - System Diagnostics
F9 - Boot Device Options
F10 - BIOS Setup
F11 - System Recovery
ENTER - Continue Startup
So, I first pressed F9, which gives me these options:
Internal CD/DVD ROM Drive
Notebook Hard Drive
I highlight "Internal CD/DVD ROM Drive," press <ENTER>, and... The computer boots to the internal HDD.
Next step. I rebooted the computer, pressed the <ESC> key, and entered the Startup Options menu again. This time I chose F10 and entered the BIOS setup. I selected "System Configuration," then "Boot Options," then "Boot Order." I moved "Internal CD/DVD ROM Drive" to the top of the list, pressed F10 to save and exit, confirmed the choice, and pressed <ENTER>.
And, the computer boots to the internal HDD...
The drive is functioning, and the disk is good - it can be read from within Windows Explorer.
Edited by MelissaPleases, 05 November 2015 - 08:16 AM.