No bootable device, hard-drive failure (Windows Vista)?
Question: 2 days ago I tried turning on my laptop (Toshiba Satellite A305- S6872) but it led to a black screen that said "Windows Error Recovery Windows Failed to Start" and "no bootable device insert boot disk and press any key.'' I think my hard drive has failed or something though I haven't updated anything to my laptop recently. I still have my Windows Vista 32-bit installation disk so should I just reinstall Windows Vista? or will that delete everything on my current hard drive? what should i do?! Thanks:)
Best Answers: No bootable device, hard-drive failure (Windows Vista)?
It sounds like your Hard Drive Disk (HDD) has failed. If this is the case, you can try taking it to your local computer repair shop and allow them to attempt to copy the data from the dead disk onto a new one, but that could prove to be quite expensive. Unless you have something irreplaceable on the disk, I'd suggest looking online for a quality HDD to replace the one that has failed. Reinstalling vista will do nothing, as the HDD can no longer write information.
The reason you're seeing the 'warning' is hard drives (HDD) have built-in firmware (called SMART) that runs automatic, and detects when certain mechanical aspects are beginning to fail. It is not part of Windows. See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S.M.A.R.T. ------------ You should already have a data backup scheme operational, regardless of virus or smooth sailing...something they forget to tell you when you buy the computer I guess. It is one of the hardest lessons many people learn. Do it right now;, and order a replacement HDD as soon as possible. ----------
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Well one of the possibilities is that your driver for SATA hard drive is broken. If this this the case then you should invert your HDD selection from SATA to IDE temporarily. Go to bios and you will see the HDD options there. If you see something like AHCI mode it means that its configured SATA, so you change it to the other one (IDE or whatever the other option is). Then try to reboot Lets know if your problem get solved.
I use Easeus Todo Backup software. Its very easy to use and completely free. Works for Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7. Can find the download at: http://www.todo-backup.com/download/. Another tip if you have a need for readjusting the partition size of your drive to a larger or smaller one you can use their free: http://download.cnet.com/Easeus-Partition-Master-Home-Edition/3000-2248_4-10863346.html Both softwares are absolutely 100% free and easy to use. You might want to look on youtube to get some ideas on how to work it if you still have problems with any of the steps.
Check your cmos setup, usually tap F8 during boot up to get to setup. Check your settings and make sure your harddrive isnt disabled.
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