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#1 Knotsolas

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Posted 10 January 2017 - 09:43 AM

Hi there. I'm running into a problem with my dell, it's a modified computer with two hard drives a Samsung 1.2tb and some other, they were working fine until the other day, I shut it down and moved the machine (it's a desktop) and received the the boot error please insert bootable device and restart. I tried going into my bios and changing the boot order to no avail. It's windows 7 and it runs the aptio setup utility bios, so it looks rather different than the usual bios.

I don't understand why it would have a boot error if it is still recognizing both Hardlines.

I opened it up and unplugged and replugged everything that I could reach to no avail.

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#2 Knotsolas

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Posted 10 January 2017 - 09:51 AM

The exact prompt is
"reboot and select proper boot device
Or insert boot media in selected boot device and press a key"

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Posted 10 January 2017 - 09:54 AM

Have you got a bootable Windows 7 USB or CD/DVD?

If so you could try booting from that, then doing a windows repair.



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Posted 10 January 2017 - 09:56 AM

No, but I was thinking about trying it. I just need to find a USB that will fit the download. If I do that what does a windows repair do?

Also would an SD card work? External hard drive?

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Posted 10 January 2017 - 09:58 AM

When using a USB/SD Card you mus use the Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool to put the .iso on the device.

 

View this link, I'm sure this will help you!

 

http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/32523/how-to-manually-repair-windows-7-boot-loader-problems/



#6 Knotsolas

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Posted 10 January 2017 - 10:23 AM

So I should download win 7 and follow that guide. Okay. Can I use a external hard drive?

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Posted 10 January 2017 - 10:28 AM

Yes follow that guide, Ive only ever used a USB stick, it requires you to format the drive so its best to use a USB stick



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Posted 10 January 2017 - 10:40 AM

Okay so.. I guess my version of windows 7 was preinstalled by manufacturer. So I can't simply download using my product key.

I might have to get a new copy of windows 7, is this a legit site?

Www.windows7-8key.com/windows-7-home-premium-p-123.html

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Posted 10 January 2017 - 10:43 AM

Personally, i would purchase from a site like ebuyer, amazon, ebay

 

That link requires you to download eMule which is used to illegally download files etc, so no i would'nt trust that site!

Are you in the US or UK?



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Posted 10 January 2017 - 10:53 AM

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Posted 10 January 2017 - 10:54 AM

try this link!

 

https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/software-download/windows7



#12 Knotsolas

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Posted 10 January 2017 - 10:58 AM

I've already done this. My product key was a manufacturer install so I can't download it.

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Posted 10 January 2017 - 11:19 AM

still seeking help on this issue



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Posted 10 January 2017 - 12:45 PM

Boot device errors...may occur when any number of things may happen...weak CMOS battery, loose cables connecting com-onents, scrambled Windows, etc.

 

Reinstalling the O/S won't necessarily solve many of the possible situations.

 

I would check the cables (disconnect/reconnect the cables to the hard drive) and replace the CMOS battery, were it my system.

 

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Posted 10 January 2017 - 01:00 PM

I will try this. I'm not sure where the CMOS battery is on the system. 






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