Boot Error on Start-up: Cannot boot to disk...

Posted on 2012-09-13
Last Modified: 2012-09-15
I have a clients computer here that was infected. I ran CCleaner, ComboFix and AVG AV. I was forced to do a reformat. The partition wasn't working so I reformatted using Windows 7 Home 32-bit disk. Format went great, went through the windows installation fine. I installed the drivers, the Device manager said all was working. I changed the boot sequence back to the HD. I shut it down to go home for the night.
The next morning I turned it on and during the boot sequence I get the error: Cannot boot to disk...
I cannot get back to the start-up options, it seems to skip past them when starting. I have restarted it several times, tried F8 to see if I could get to Safe Mode. I have tried Esc.
I am assuming it is somehow stuck on going to the CD Drive for start-up and cannot figure out how to move on to the HD.

Any Advice? Thanks in advance.
Question by:imaginetech
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    Expert Comment

    Hi imaginetech,

    Have you tried resetting your CMOS (hard reset)?

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    by:David Johnson, CD, MVP
    boot from the win7 dvd and select repair and then startup.

    This should fix your startup,,

    if startup repair says that it can't fix the problem
    try from a command prompt

    fixmbr /sys /force
    bcdboot d:\windows

    restart pc.. it should boot.
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    i suppose you have a dying disk, so run a diag on it
    best download and make the UBCD, and run the disk diag for your disk brand (in HDD section)                              ultimate boot cd                        direct link UBCD

    for completeness, here is how i handle disk problems :
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    Expert Comment

    My first suspect would be also HDD. Have you tested its surface?
    Also to enter BIOS press Esx or Del or F2 one of them will work for sure.

    Author Comment

    Thank you all for your help. I reset the CMOS and when it booted up again it ran a systems test. Failed the S.M.A.R.T. Test With a 303 Error. Looked it up and it is a common HP HD failure in this model. Usually it happens with in the first year while still under warranty, so yeah! I get to call HP and see what happens next.

    Thank you all again for your help it is greatly appreciated.
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    i'm sorry, but a correct answer like this deserves an A grade, so i'll object

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