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"No bootable device. Press any key to reset.

So... Yeah...

I kinda messed up. Bad.

See, I have experience with computers. I've built my own, assembled other people's, fixed hardware issues, and even taught myself LUA.

So I'm pretty computer literate. So I decided, "Hey. My wires are all bundled up right beside the motherboard. This thing is gonna overheat. Let's clean up the wires a bit!"

So I did. I unbundled everything, used zip ties to tie different pieces behind the case in designated spots, and moved my cathode switch to the front.

While doing this I had to unplug almost everything. Then replug it. Don't even ask, I made sure to plug EVERYTHING back in in the right place.

When I was done, I accidentally broke the cathode's inner tube, so I unplugged it and the converter and threw the cathode out. Switch stays in the frame. It was hell to set up.

And then, I just had to start the computer, didn't I?

My MSI Stability Mainboard start screen comes up, it does it's normal beep, and then goes black with one little white bar up in the top left corner blinking.

"Ahh! It's starting perfectly."

Then it flashed "Graphics Console..." I can never read the rest. It flashes so quick. I think the last word is "Disabled." It then does some more blinking with the command prompt cursor, and then I get a surprise. It says something like "2.2 TB Infinity" and tells me I can press any key to enter boot menu. And then, it says that awful, AWFUL message.

"No bootable device. Press any key to reset."

If I press a key, it does just that. Resets. It turns off, and does it all again.

I've tried different SATA cables, both power and data ones, and nothing has changed. Even found out the data cable was broken. Chip was taken out of it.

But nothing has worked. I have a year and a half worth of work on this computer, and no backups. Don't have any spare hard drives or disks to backup on to!

The worst part is I no longer have my windows 7 disk!

I'm worried that I've just lost everything.
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  1. Try this http://www.ubuntu.com/download/desktop/create-a-usb-stick-on-windows

    You can boot ubuntu from a pen drive and check if there is something weird on the hard drives.
  2. Best answer
    check you are booting from thr hard drive, check the BIOS for the boot order
  3. mlga91 said:
    Try this http://www.ubuntu.com/download/desktop/create-a-usb-stick-on-windows

    You can boot ubuntu from a pen drive and check if there is something weird on the hard drives.


    Oh man! I totally forgot about that! I dual boot Ubuntu 12.04 with 5 different UI settings plus windows 7! How could I have forgotten the jump-drive trick?! Thanks. Going to try that the second my dad leaves!
  4. megagabobe1 said:
    check you are booting from thr hard drive, check the BIOS for the boot order


    Well, I never mess around with BIOS, so I'm not sure where I would look for that. I know how to get in and navigate it, so that's no problem. Just where in the BIOS menu would I look for the boot order?
  5. a possible explanation would be that it is trying to boot from another device, the other would be that your hard drive is not connected properly, just double check that, navigate though the options in the bios and you should find something called boot order, check is the hard drive is the first one
  6. I JUST CHECKED MY BOOT SEQUENCE! WHEN I UNPLUGGED MY HARD DRIVE, IT SWITCHED THE ORDER SO THE SATA PORT BOOTED SECOND! MY HARD DRIVE IS FINE AND FIXED! THANKS GUYS! I'm backing up EVERYTHING the second I have disks.
  7. mustang-wolf said:
    I JUST CHECKED MY BOOT SEQUENCE! WHEN I UNPLUGGED MY HARD DRIVE, IT SWITCHED THE ORDER SO THE SATA PORT BOOTED SECOND! MY HARD DRIVE IS FINE AND FIXED! THANKS GUYS! I'm backing up EVERYTHING the second I have disks.


    GOOD I COULD HELP MAN!! happy for you
  8. how do i check my bios sequence? im in the exact same boat but dont know much about computers
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