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    When I turn my pc on I get a message on a black screen saying "no boot device available". I did the diagnostic thing where you click F12 and it said the problem is with the hard disc.

    I put in a windows 7 cd and clicked to repair the computer but it didn't pick up my hard drive.

    Then I put in a hard drive from an old computer* and it said "windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause". So I clicked the option to repair that and it went through it all but then gave me the same message in the end.


    * I don't remember the condition of the computer the old hard drive was in, it may have worked but it may not.


    Any advice appreciated!
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    -checked everything is plugged in correctly?

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    (Original post by Sabertooth)
    When I turn my pc on I get a message on a black screen saying "no boot device available". I did the diagnostic thing where you click F12 and it said the problem is with the hard disc.

    I put in a windows 7 cd and clicked to repair the computer but it didn't pick up my hard drive.

    Then I put in a hard drive from an old computer* and it said "windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause". So I clicked the option to repair that and it went through it all but then gave me the same message in the end.


    * I don't remember the condition of the computer the old hard drive was in, it may have worked but it may not.


    Any advice appreciated!
    Agree with the other user.............check the connections are all in order.
    Then enter via the bios set up and make sure the HDD is what the system is booting up from first.
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    (Original post by Jammy Duel)
    -checked everything is plugged in correctly?

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    I didn't open my pc until I had this problem, but that was one of the first things I checked.

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    Agree with the other user.............check the connections are all in order.
    Then enter via the bios set up and make sure the HDD is what the system is booting up from first.
    Yep done both of those; no luck.
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    Listen for a noise like a chugging or churning sound when you boot up the PC, a severely loud noise is usually an indicator that your hard drive is on the way out.

    If you have access to another computer and a USB stick (about 8GB) you could create a bootable volume of Windows and boot into that, this will let you know if the computer can boot, and if you can mount the hard drive/read any data. You could also run a repair tool for any registry errors as your hard drive just might be corrupt from a bad file write.
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    (Original post by med_soc)
    Listen for a noise like a chugging or churning sound when you boot up the PC, a severely loud noise is usually an indicator that your hard drive is on the way out.

    If you have access to another computer and a USB stick (about 8GB) you could create a bootable volume of Windows and boot into that, this will let you know if the computer can boot, and if you can mount the hard drive/read any data. You could also run a repair tool for any registry errors as your hard drive just might be corrupt from a bad file write.
    The computer doesn't make any noise when it's trying to boot.

    Can you tell me what you mean by bootable volume of windows? I inserted a windows 7 cd and told the pc to boot from cd. It loaded the cd - asking country and language etc, and there was a repair option on the next page so I clicked that. But in the box where it says to repair windows or the hard drive there was nothing.

    I forgot to mention, I also ran a repair tool from a Dell cd I got with the computer. It did that for about 40minutes then quit and went back to the options. With no answers.
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    Seen this problem before, your hard drive is toast and needs replacing, once replaced install Windows on the hard drive fresh and it will be as good as new. Don't use an old hard drive that hasn't been formatted because that will have an operating system on it which is assigned to another motherboard.
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    Yep, your hard drive is probably done. I agree with the poster above, replace the drive and re-install windows. You can attempt to recover any data off the old one once removed. Unless you have backups? (hopefully you do and are able to just restore your data)

    What you did with the CD is basically what I described with a USB so seeing a you had no joy there, a new one is probably the only option.

    I hope you get your data back!
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    (Original post by Thahleel)
    Seen this problem before, your hard drive is toast and needs replacing, once replaced install Windows on the hard drive fresh and it will be as good as new. Don't use an old hard drive that hasn't been formatted because that will have an operating system on it which is assigned to another motherboard.

    QUOTE=med_soc;53127965]Yep, your hard drive is probably done. I agree with the poster above, replace the drive and re-install windows. You can attempt to recover any data off the old one once removed. Unless you have backups? (hopefully you do and are able to just restore your data)

    What you did with the CD is basically what I described with a USB so seeing a you had no joy there, a new one is probably the only option.

    I hope you get your data back![/QUOTE]

    Aw damn, that sucks. Thank you both. Btw is there anything I need to look out for when buying a new hard drive or are they all pretty much the same?
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    Have you dropped the Pc recently, remember that hard drives are mechanical and contain delecate parts inside them. My advice would be to pull the drive out and test it in a desktop system and try to see if it registers in the BIOS there and if you can recover data from it. Then I would go out and buy either a 2.5 inch HDD or SSD and I would recommend going for a cheap 256-512GB SSD and have a hard drive externally for files. Hard drives are just unreliable pieces of tech and are slow whilst SSDs are improving all the time
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    (Original post by marco14196)
    Have you dropped the Pc recently, remember that hard drives are mechanical and contain delecate parts inside them. My advice would be to pull the drive out and test it in a desktop system and try to see if it registers in the BIOS there and if you can recover data from it. Then I would go out and buy either a 2.5 inch HDD or SSD and I would recommend going for a cheap 256-512GB SSD and have a hard drive externally for files. Hard drives are just unreliable pieces of tech and are slow whilst SSDs are improving all the time
    I agree with this guy
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    (Original post by Sabertooth)
    QUOTE=med_soc;53127965]Yep, your hard drive is probably done. I agree with the poster above, replace the drive and re-install windows. You can attempt to recover any data off the old one once removed. Unless you have backups? (hopefully you do and are able to just restore your data)

    What you did with the CD is basically what I described with a USB so seeing a you had no joy there, a new one is probably the only option.

    I hope you get your data back!
    Aw damn, that sucks. Thank you both. Btw is there anything I need to look out for when buying a new hard drive or are they all pretty much the same?[/QUOTE]

    More informed people tend to favour WD over Seagate....1tb is from around £42 onwards.
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    If your definitely going to buy a hard drive i can recommend a WD caviar blue 1tb, had it for 2 yrs and had no problems at all.

    https://www.backblaze.com/blog/what-...-should-i-buy/
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    I agree, WD are usually the superior drives. The caviar range is usually the best but, avoid the WD caviar Green as these are 'eco-efficient' drives and they have lacking performance compared with other drives. I'd recommend the caviar Blue 1TB or if you are willing to go a little more expensive the WD caviar Black. They are by far the best drives. Ebuyer, usually has good prices on them and their delivery is usually within about 2 days: http://www.ebuyer.com/579049-wd-1tb-...ive-wd1003fzex
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    (Original post by med_soc)
    I agree, WD are usually the superior drives. The caviar range is usually the best but, avoid the WD caviar Green as these are 'eco-efficient' drives and they have lacking performance compared with other drives. I'd recommend the caviar Blue 1TB or if you are willing to go a little more expensive the WD caviar Black. They are by far the best drives. Ebuyer, usually has good prices on them and their delivery is usually within about 2 days: http://www.ebuyer.com/579049-wd-1tb-...ive-wd1003fzex
    The green drives are basically slower spinning platters, I think they spin at 5400RPM which is pretty crap and saves barely any power anyway
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    (Original post by marco14196)
    The green drives are basically slower spinning platters, I think they spin at 5400RPM which is pretty crap and saves barely any power anyway
    Agreed!
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    Thanks so much for the advice everyone

    I live in the US so prices are different but you've given me somewhere to start and I really appreciate that. My current hard drive is made by Samsung, are WD drives better than Samsung?
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    have you tried rubbing a magnet on it?
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    (Original post by Sabertooth)
    Thanks so much for the advice everyone

    I live in the US so prices are different but you've given me somewhere to start and I really appreciate that. My current hard drive is made by Samsung, are WD drives better than Samsung?
    Supposedly better but your mileage may vary, I've had WD Blacks fail on me and I still have a Seagate 1TB drive from 2007 that works fine. A good hard drive should last you 5 years at best, anymore and you have got yourself a special drive (just like CPUs that over clock slightly better)
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    (Original post by Thahleel)
    Supposedly better but your mileage may vary, I've had WD Blacks fail on me and I still have a Seagate 1TB drive from 2007 that works fine. A good hard drive should last you 5 years at best, anymore and you have got yourself a special drive (just like CPUs that over clock slightly better)
    Not true in my experience. Had various PC's since 1995 and only had a Mac Mini and Ipod drives fail. Both quite recently.

    Had a 1tb Buffalo ministation for quite a while now with no problems despite a fair few knocks.
 
 
 
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