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reboot and select proper boot device error

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May 8, 2013 8:52:36 AM

Hi guys. Ive been facing this issue for a couple of weeks now. Every time i put my pc on it gives me the "reboot and select proper boot device" error. I need to keep restarting it until I can get past.
Im using windows 8.

Can anyone please help?

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a c 464 G Storage
May 8, 2013 9:33:43 AM

This message indicates that your system is set to try only one device (probably your hard drive) to boot from, but it is not responding at boot time so it appears not to exist at all. Either your BIOS's Boot Priority Sequence has been changed somehow, or your HDD is not working. A "failed" HDD may actually have failed. BUT it might just be a loose connector (power supply or data cable to the HDD, or maybe a loose connection at the mobo end of the data cable. Are you comfortable unplugging power and opening the case to check for loose cables?
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May 8, 2013 11:35:52 PM

Paperdoc said:
This message indicates that your system is set to try only one device (probably your hard drive) to boot from, but it is not responding at boot time so it appears not to exist at all. Either your BIOS's Boot Priority Sequence has been changed somehow, or your HDD is not working. A "failed" HDD may actually have failed. BUT it might just be a loose connector (power supply or data cable to the HDD, or maybe a loose connection at the mobo end of the data cable. Are you comfortable unplugging power and opening the case to check for loose cables?


Many thanks. Yes I have tried unplugging and plugging the cables back checking for any lose connection. Also tried a different sata cable but to no success.
I am guessing that the HDD is badly corrupted. But the thing here I want to confirm is that after several restarts the windows would startup, So do I really need to change my HDD and get a new one?
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a c 464 G Storage
May 9, 2013 9:07:18 AM

The fact that it CAN boot sometimes, but not reliably, suggests strongly that there is a loose connection somewhere, not corrupted data on the drive. Now the easiest loose connections to find and fix are in cables, but you've already done that. Other possible sources are in your mobo itself, in your power supply, or in the HDD's circuit board.

Let's try to identify whether the problem is in the drive, or in your machine. Can you remove that HDD from your machine and temporarily install it in another one? Then you can do one of two types of test. The first is just to treat it in the new machine as an extra drive containing data. So you look for it in My Computer and check whether you can access its files. Does it always work? Does it rarely work? The other test is to set the new machine's BIOS Setup to boot from YOUR drive, not its normal boot drive. This may or may not work fully, because your drive has an OS on it that may not have the right drivers for the new machine. However, if it behaves the same as it does in your machine - cannot even find this drive most of the time - you know it's a HDD problem. But if your drive functions perfectly in another machine, you know the problem is in your machine - power supply, mobo, or cables.
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July 17, 2013 10:05:40 AM

press f2 right after you turn on your computer then go to boot menu and on the bottom there is a default boot, click it and your computer will be fine and ready to jump around again.

hope i can help
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July 17, 2013 1:12:22 PM

hard drive firmware up to date? had a similar error where firmware fixed it
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