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Hard drive not detected in BIOS - reboot & select boot device msg

By dabooj ยท 5 replies
Mar 12, 2011
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  1. Hi,

    i have a Advent Atom N270 laptop which has encountered a problem.
    When i boot my PC i get the following error: Reboot & Select a proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device & press any key".

    I went into BIOS to see the Hard Drive status but i can't see any option where the HD is detected (so i assume it is not being detected).

    I thought this issue meant the HD must be the problem. However, i took the HD out of the Advent & tried it on another laptop and it worked fine. Also, i used the working lapyops HD to test the Advent Atom laptop & i get the same error - even though the HD i tried is a perfectly working one.

    I have checked to see if the hard drive has power going to it & i can hear it spinning.
    I have tried the recovery CDs but they won't install (assuiming thatw ithout a drive, the recovery software can't install).
    The hard drives in question are SATA drives

    I'm completely confused as to what the issue can be. If it isn't the hard drive then what can it be?
    Can anyone please help me with this issue?

    regards, Shuja
  2. Mark56

    Mark56 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,880

    This is probably an issue with SATA drivers. One vital piece of information is missing from your post, what version of windows are you using and is it already installed on the hard drive?
  3. dabooj

    dabooj TS Rookie Topic Starter


    The drive already had Windows XP installed on it & it was working fine but suddenly this boot device msg appeared.
    In fact, when i swapped the hard drive from the Advent laptop to a different working laptop, the Windows XP on the drive works fine.
    So it can't be the hard drive that's the issue. I can't see how it could be the sata drivers because i can't get into the system to try & intstall sata drivers. I can't start a windows CD or a recovery disk.

    Regards, Shuja
  4. Mark56

    Mark56 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,880

    Can you get into the Bios and set the CD drive to 1st in the boot order and then try to boot from one of the CD's.

    Does the laptop have more than one memory stick, if so try running it on just one of the sticks and then swap to try the other.
  5. dabooj

    dabooj TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Laptop doesn't have a cd drive - it's one of those small netbooks. I don't have an external cd drive i can try. I did try to run the recovery cd from a USB flash drive but that would freeze on the Freedos installation so didn't get anywhere with that.
    There is only one stick of memory in the netbook. However, i replaced this with a working stick of memory from my other laptop & i still get the same error.
  6. Mark56

    Mark56 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,880

    Taking into account what you have done so far with the hard drive and the memory I suspect there could be a problem with the motherboard.

    Run through this guide to make a boot disc to go on the flash drive, you must set the bios to boot from the USB first. If this does not work I think that will confirm your motherboard is faulty. The only other things you can try is reinstalling the motherboard drivers and flashing the bios.


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