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

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.
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Hi imaginetech,

Have you tried resetting your CMOS (hard reset)?

David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
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.
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)
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http://ubcd.mirror.fusa.be/ubcd511.iso                        direct link UBCD

for completeness, here is how i handle disk problems :
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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.
imaginetechAuthor Commented:
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.
i'm sorry, but a correct answer like this deserves an A grade, so i'll object

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