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August 2, 2013 12:43:39 PM

I was playing my video game, then my pc randomly shut down (thought it was power outage).
Turns it back on and i got "Reboot and select proper boot device" error.

Apparenty it's not detected. Doesn't show up in BIOS, and when i tried to re install windows it doesnt show up either.
Of course when i plug in a second hard drive that shows up ( though can't boot as i don't have windows 7 installed in it.)
So, i just want to ask if you think my hard drive is dead or not (i think it is). Im only asking because it happened during my gameplay, out of no where - i didn't touch my desktop at all, so im just curious as to why it might be "damaged".

And a thing to note is that i can't go to boot option/menu (f8),


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a c 748 G Storage
August 2, 2013 12:58:19 PM

sure sounds like its dead. Try plugging it into a different sata port and sata power plug. Use theones you used for the other harddrive since you know they work. If the drive is still not detected then its dead.
August 2, 2013 2:20:12 PM

nope.
Still annoyed that it happened of nowhere.
Now my pc is basically dead cuz i can't even reinstall windows 7,
No cd. And my f8 advance option to repair my pc isn't showing up. (it did moments ago, idk how).
So annoyed right now... was just in a good mood since i got my driver license.
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a b G Storage
August 2, 2013 3:31:50 PM

meikaina said:
I was playing my video game, then my pc randomly shut down (thought it was power outage).
Turns it back on and i got "Reboot and select proper boot device" error.

Apparenty it's not detected. Doesn't show up in BIOS, and when i tried to re install windows it doesnt show up either.
Of course when i plug in a second hard drive that shows up ( though can't boot as i don't have windows 7 installed in it.)
So, i just want to ask if you think my hard drive is dead or not (i think it is). Im only asking because it happened during my gameplay, out of no where - i didn't touch my desktop at all, so im just curious as to why it might be "damaged".

And a thing to note is that i can't go to boot option/menu (f8),


meikaina said:
nope.
Still annoyed that it happened of nowhere.
Now my pc is basically dead cuz i can't even reinstall windows 7,
No cd. And my f8 advance option to repair my pc isn't showing up. (it did moments ago, idk how).
So annoyed right now... was just in a good mood since i got my driver license.


The boot opton menu is not related to the Hard Drive, it's in the BIOS, and if it worked earlier and not now, the BIOS could be the whole problem... See if applying the Setup Default settings helps... second reset the BIOS (battery OFF for 5 to 10 minutes), also try replacing the battery. If nothing helps, see if another PSU makes a difference.

Other BIOS settings you can try:
1. Disable the S.M.A.R.T. (Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology) for better chances the HD can be recognized.
2. Check the Boot device order,
3. Try different BIOS settings among the AHCI, SATA and IDE Native options.
4. See if setting Hard Drive recognition to manual in the BIOS helps. If the values don't appear automatically you may have to do some research to know the values like number of Cylinders, heads and sectors, and type them in the manual option.
August 2, 2013 8:21:14 PM

Well, when f8 worked im not sure when it worked.
I was messing with a second hard drive, plugging both drive in, one out, changing cables,etc.
Worked but i don't know under which of the circumstances, can't seem to get it to work again.
Guess it could just stopped working suddenly as a whole.

So, with my old hard drive i can't go to boot menu/options at all.
Meanwhile my new second one goes to boot manager or somehow, saying that "boot selection failed because a required device is inaccessible". Due to no win7 installed maybe?
Did default setting, reset bios but replace battery? are you talking about a laptop because im on a desktop,
I did #2#3, can't seem to find a smart setting option (i swear i seen it before, might have to recheck),
a b G Storage
August 3, 2013 2:50:31 PM

The new hard drive going to the boot menu indicates it is recognized... and "boot selection failure because required device (HD) is inaccessible"... indicates some error in configuration or could be the data cable is damaged or lose. Windows 7 not being installed is not the problem... it's supposed to boot to be initialized (Create and format new volume) from the Windows 7 Disc...
I've been talking about resetting the BIOS on a Desktop PC... The battery is the coin size (CR-2032) cell battery.
Most manufacturers have a web page per motherboard model where you can download drivers, BIOS, and manuals, so try finding your motherboard's user manual which is likely to have the BIOS description and settings instructions... use it to find the S.M.A.R.T. settings, but see if you can find it in the BIOS' Advanced Options menu... there's no guaratee that disabling it will make the old hard drive be recognized but S.M.A.R.T mostly prevents a bad hard drive from booting, depending on the actual HD condition. It's possible the old HD is dead as you suspected from the start, but the new HD having trouble indicates the possibility the old HD may still be good... at least good enough to allow you rescuing your personal data.
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