Hello, just made this account because of this strange thing that just happened to me.
So I was in the middle of downloading something on steam, watching a youtube video, multiple tabs open, and downloading on my browser. Naturally doing that many things (especially steam download for some reason) the resources seemed more taxed than usual and the computer was running slowly.
During all of that somehow I managed to click and restart windows, there was nothing I could do from there so I let the restart procedure took place.
When it was booting back up I got the error message on a black screen, "Reboot and Select proper Boot device". This was obviously cause for alarm, I feared I had damaged hardware. I went into the bios and checked the boot sequence, and my hdd wasn't there!
I took the next logical step and figured it might be bad connection, so I removed the SATA cable from the motherboard and put it in another slot. When I went back into the bios, a new boot option was available, it was my hdd under "Windows boot manager", I set it to first priority and windows booted normally. I then put the cable back in the original SATA slot on the motherboard, and now things seem fine, my hdd is now an option again. Everything seems to be working now. So what caused this? It's not like the computers power was cut off, but I did hit restart it while it was very busy though. Seems like weird timing, so could this have been started as a software issue first? Malware related even? Just wanted to see if anyone here would know if a bad shutdown could make the motherboard lose connection to the hdd somehow. If it could, I didn't know it was possible.
Edited by EthanJM, 04 February 2018 - 01:27 PM.