NO BOOT DEVICE AVAILABLE - *******500 POINTS!!!!!!!!*********

i am having problems with my computer when i turn it on i get a message saying
No Boot Device Available
Strike F1 to Retry Boot, F2

I have taken the Drive out of the computer and put it in another as a second drive and i can browse to all the files no problem.

checked all the bios settings and all correct.
checked and swapped the cables over

any ideas?
EncamsAsked:
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Brian PiercePhotographerCommented:
Was it working before? If so what has changed.
It seems that you computer cannot filnd the boot sector on the disk.

Boot from the Windows CD and selecting ‘R’ to enter the recovery console when the set-up program starts.Run FixMBR and FixBoot from the command prompt. and see if that solves the issue.
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EncamsAuthor Commented:
nothing has changed, i came in this morning and it came up with that message.

tried the fixmbr and the fixboot, but no result.
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A1opusCommented:
I guess it is a blue death screen error. If yes then kindly mention the error code.
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and235100Commented:
Have you by chance got a floppy diskette inserted? If so - remove it and reboot. Have you got any bios options like floppy drive seek or swap enabled? If so - disable them, and try again.
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EncamsAuthor Commented:
No it just says No Boot Device Avaulable, Strike F1 to retry boot
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EncamsAuthor Commented:
no floppy disk in as i dont have a floppy disk drive in the computer.
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A1opusCommented:
Can u view your hard disk in bios boot devices?
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EncamsAuthor Commented:
yes, it says its there, its a SATA drive
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and235100Commented:
|I normally don't waste time trying to troubleshoot these kinds of errors - just do a repair install:

http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm

It is easier in the long run - and requires less fuss (you will have to reinstall all your programs and windows updates again)
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EncamsAuthor Commented:
i cant afford to reinstall windows, i have to many programs on there.
eg virtual server is on there and have loads of documents etc

reinstall is the last thing on my mind at the minute, i need to sort this very ugently
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A1opusCommented:
Try the repair method given by and235100 but I think it will not work. I think that fat table became corrupted.
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EncamsAuthor Commented:
i cant afford to do a reninstalled and cant risk things to be come corrupt
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miroofi75Commented:
may be your computer have connected any usb drive or flash and your computer have enabled that option from the bios, don't forget to check the floppy drive. or remove all other devices connected to the system except your harddrive and try to boot.

may be your infected by the boot virus or trojan.

try that and let me know.

regards,
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EncamsAuthor Commented:
no floppy drive on the computer and no usb or flash drives, its really doing my head in now, as you can browse to it if you connect it to another computer so i know its not corrupt. there must be a way of making a drive bootable
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and235100Commented:
It looks like you are going to have to rely on a third-party utility to reapir the fat table:

Something like this: http://www.diydatarecovery.nl/
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Brian PiercePhotographerCommented:
Re-install windows and resore the data from your backup. You do have a backup don't you?
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EncamsAuthor Commented:
i am going to try http://www.diydatarecovery.nl/

i have a backup of data but not of all programs and my virtual servers etc
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Brian PiercePhotographerCommented:
If you can read the files by installing the disk in another machine then do this and copy all of your data from the faulty disk.

Replace the disk in the original machine and re-install windows and your applications, then copy your data back again.
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EncamsAuthor Commented:
i have tried http://www.diydatarecovery.nl/
this doesnt work.

looks like am going to have to reinstall windows, unless anyone else has any more ideas
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A1opusCommented:
Connect this Hard disk with other PC, see whether it is working or not?
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EncamsAuthor Commented:
and235100:
I normally don't waste time trying to troubleshoot these kinds of errors - just do a repair install:

http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm

It is easier in the long run - and requires less fuss (you will have to reinstall all your programs and windows updates again)


thanks and235100 your link guided me the correct way.

thank you

PC all up and running, nothing been lost, fantastic
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and235100Commented:
Great - glad you got it sorted out. Thank you.
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