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Boot error: "Reboot and select proper boot device" suddenly after no hardware/software changes

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  • Samsung SSD
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August 22, 2014 8:03:11 AM

(Same issue as this thread, however no answers work http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/answers/id-1765695/window...)

Machine has worked fine for a long time (Samsung 840 240GB installed last year). This morning it didn't boot and there have been no hardware OR software changes made recently.

I plugged in one of my other machine's HDDs and booted up the OS on there, looked in Computer and the SSD reads fine, "WINDOWS" folder is there and looks in order (though I don't know the layout off by heart). So fall-back plan is to load that up and find somewhere to dump all my data and reinstall windows.

So now I downloaded a W7 ISO and put that on my USB, same error so I can't even run that (can't remember if there's a repair feature on the install disk, repair ISO doesn't work anyway though).

Side notes/what I've tried:
- I have no disk drive so repair disk isn't an option
- I put a repair disk ISO onto a USB and booted that, it said I'm not using the correct version of windows (my v: windows 7 x64, repair v: windows 7 x64).
- Boot menu recognises my drive fine
- SATA cable works fine, used the same cable for the backup HDD (also tried other SATA cables and ports)
- Followed this, left the machine for a good hour, doesn't work.

If you need any more information let me know, I've been at this for hours now and need my main machine for work.


DISKPART attempt on another machine:

  1. Microsoft DiskPart version 6.1.7601
  2. Copyright (C) 1999-2008 Microsoft Corporation.
  3. On computer: SHINY
  4.  
  5. DISKPART> list disk
  6.  
  7. Disk ### Status Size Free Dyn Gpt
  8. -------- ------------- ------- ------- --- ---
  9. Disk 0 Online 149 GB 0 B
  10. Disk 1 Online 232 GB 1024 KB *
  11. Disk 2 Online 15 GB 0 B
  12.  
  13. DISKPART> select disk 1
  14.  
  15. Disk 1 is now the selected disk.
  16.  
  17. DISKPART> active
  18.  
  19. There is no partition selected.
  20. Please select a partition and try again.
  21.  
  22. DISKPART> list partition
  23.  
  24. Partition ### Type Size Offset
  25. ------------- ---------------- ------- -------
  26. Partition 1 System 100 MB 516 KB
  27. Partition 2 Reserved 128 MB 101 MB
  28. Partition 3 Primary 203 GB 229 MB
  29. Partition 4 Primary 29 GB 203 GB
  30.  
  31. DISKPART> select partition 3
  32.  
  33. Partition 3 is now the selected partition.
  34.  
  35. DISKPART> active
  36.  
  37. The selected disk is not a fixed MBR disk.
  38. The ACTIVE command can only be used on fixed MBR disks.
  39.  
  40. DISKPART> select partition 1
  41.  
  42. Partition 1 is now the selected partition.
  43.  
  44. DISKPART> active
  45.  
  46. The selected disk is not a fixed MBR disk.
  47. The ACTIVE command can only be used on fixed MBR disks.
  48.  
  49. DISKPART> detail disk
  50.  
  51. Samsung SSD 840 Series ATA Device
  52. Disk ID: {55B1E1E1-49C9-4077-861E-FCF6F6ABBBC2}
  53. Type : ATA
  54. Status : Online
  55. Path : 1
  56. Target : 0
  57. LUN ID : 0
  58. Location Path : PCIROOT(0)#PCI(1F05)#ATA(C01T00L00)
  59. Current Read-only State : No
  60. Read-only : No
  61. Boot Disk : No
  62. Pagefile Disk : No
  63. Hibernation File Disk : No
  64. Crashdump Disk : No
  65. Clustered Disk : No
  66.  
  67. Volume ### Ltr Label Fs Type Size Status Info
  68. ---------- --- ----------- ----- ---------- ------- --------- --------
  69. Volume 1 D NTFS Partition 203 GB Healthy
  70. Volume 2 New Volume NTFS Partition 29 GB Healthy
  71. * Volume 3 FAT32 Partition 100 MB Healthy Hidden
  72.  
  73. DISKPART>

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a b $ Windows 7
a b G Storage
August 22, 2014 8:18:10 AM

Hello... will your SSD boot in the other computer you have?
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August 22, 2014 8:43:56 AM

In the other machine, same error.

I've added a diskpart output to the first post, I'm particularly concerned about these:

"The selected disk is not a fixed MBR disk.

The ACTIVE command can only be used on fixed MBR disks."

and

"Boot Disk : No"

Just copying some important software and data off the SSD now so I can't do anything for a few hours. Since the data reads perfectly fine I'm guessing it's not a major hardware problem, just something screwed up with boot information.
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a b $ Windows 7
a b G Storage
August 22, 2014 8:54:23 AM

Hello... There are SP1 and Standard ISO's out there for Windows 7... Download either version, and it can be burned on a DVD from Windows... Right Click on the ISO file for the option/menu... You shoud be able to do a MBR fix using F8 and a Install DVD.
http://www.thewindowsclub.com/repair-master-boot-record...
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August 22, 2014 9:05:27 AM

Thanks for the link I'll check it out. However, as mentioned, I don't have a disk drive that can burn (and I don't even know if mine reads properly) so burning is impossible, I need to get whatever ISO I acquire booted from a USB as that's the only option.

I have found a windows installation disk that I used to install the OS I'm running on this backup machine but it just shows the exact same error when trying to boot from the disk drive: "Reboot and select proper boot device".

If I plugged my working OS HDD into my machine and booted from that, could I do it that way?
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a b $ Windows 7
a b G Storage
August 22, 2014 9:11:47 AM

Hello... go to your local computer re-cycling store and get a used DVD ( $5-$10 ).
As I understand it at this time, a Bootable USB ISO will not work for the MBR repair option... Am I Wrong? Please let me know... B )
Also I had a Windows 7 SP1 ISO DL that was not in the proper format to Burn a USB stick... Was a DVD burn only option... and worked just fine.
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August 22, 2014 9:16:01 AM

I'll give it a try. I spent my last shred of money yesterday so buying is out of the question (and without that machine earning is also). I'll have to loan some if worse comes to worse. Thanks anyway!
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a b $ Windows 7
a c 268 G Storage
August 22, 2014 11:58:47 AM

Quote:
- I put a repair disk ISO onto a USB and booted that, it said I'm not using the correct version of windows (my v: windows 7 x64, repair v: windows 7 x64).


Are they both SP 1? Very important! If you have installed SP1 on the machine with the problem drive, then the repair disk MUST be from SP1 also!

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August 23, 2014 2:12:42 AM

Y0GI said:
Quote:
- I put a repair disk ISO onto a USB and booted that, it said I'm not using the correct version of windows (my v: windows 7 x64, repair v: windows 7 x64).


Are they both SP 1? Very important! If you have installed SP1 on the machine with the problem drive, then the repair disk MUST be from SP1 also!

Yogi


I'm not sure but I forgot about that! Windows aren't very good at writing error messages as it never mentioned my SP version and I couldn't check.

Now I can since I managed to boot using a hacky method: plugged in my other HDD because the boot record is on there but without that HDD installed it won't boot. Only having 2 SATA ports on my mobo really sucks though because I can't access my work drive. I'll try and find an SP1 repair ISO now...
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August 23, 2014 3:38:52 AM

Okay I downloaded "X17-59186" which supposedly W7 Professional SP1 and it still gave me the "wrong version" error. I got it from this page: https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windo...

This is my machine:



So other than service pack, what else is required to match these versions? Useless windows error messages tell me nothing (as always).

Edit: Maybe I need the version that's on the other HDD? That one is W7 Home x86 I think.
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August 23, 2014 8:20:24 AM

Bought a drive waste of money as the disk still says wrong version (tried both my SSD os and the HDD os)

I really need another solution for this now, uni is coming up soon.
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a b $ Windows 7
a b G Storage
August 23, 2014 2:28:38 PM

Hello... Well... you need your COA for that Windows install... AND then you can fix by a proper install of that Version ( Was it a Upograde Install? ) , or a phone call to the Microsoft Activation Hotline.
You should keep your COA's and Disks in a safe place... like your other important Information. B )
Check the type and failure records on the net for your SSD... they can fail like this, Do a software check on your Drive.
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