Not Detecting boot device during system startup

Posted on 2008-11-17
Last Modified: 2012-05-05
I have a Dell Optiplex GX280 Machine that had a BSOD error code of (0xf4) rebooted the device and all was fine. Once the user tried to open up Microsoft Outlook the BSOD reappeared. Tried to reboot again and received a different error. No boot device available - strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for setup utility. I've tried several tools to try and fix this error. I tried UBCD for windows ( all the options). The funny thing about it is that inside the bios it's seeing the sata Hard drive. Any where else it's not detecting it. UBCD doesn't even bring up the c: drive. I tried to boot to the windows repair screen and can not even run chkdsk /r.
Question by:rhellinger
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    sounds to me like you may have a faulty hard drive or controller.  Might try another hard drive first.  
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    try putting this hard drive in another pc to see if it will show up.

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    Itwilliams - Just tried another hard drive in the same system and everything came up fine. Tried to put the faulty hard drive in another system and the same error showed up, "No boot device available".
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    That stinks, at least it wasnt the controller, you can check with dell and they might send you another hard drive (warranty).
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    Remove a coin shape cmos battery onboard for few minutes, then insert back. Try that see if it helps.
    Hook the drive on other system, try access and copy data off. Install it back and do fresh installation.

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