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Boot Divice Not Found on a HP Pavilion

Hi

I have a customer with a HP Pavilion 15 Notebook PC that is showing the following error message.

Error
The customer is far away so we are trying to fix this on the telephone.
Because he does not have any important files we already tried to do a HP factory default restore (F11).
Also this does not work. He has closed the Laptop during the Windows 8.1 update.

Thanks a lot in advance!
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*** Hopeleonie ***
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Tony GiangrecoCommented:
I would run the Diagnostics shown in that menu. I suspect the hard drive has failed and the diagnostics will show it failed if I'm correct.

If it did fail, call HP if it's in warranty and get an RMA and replace it.

If it's out of warranty, pickup a replacement laptop hard drive and replace it. Install the OS with the Windows CD that came with the laptop.  If the user had to make recover DVD's but didn't. you can order them from the HP website for that model and O/S.

Let me know what toy find.
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WalkaboutTiggerCommented:
At a guess, the hard drive has either failed, or the pro-OS boot sector is corrupt, essentially making it unrecoverable without the reload/repair optical media (usually a DVD for these).

If the client has important data on the drive, the best thing to do is to remove the drive from the machine, connect it to a known-functioning computer running Windows 7 or later, and recover the data.

After you've ensured important data is backed up, then, and only then, attempt to use the repair/recovery media.

Doing so prior to backing up the data risks losing everything.
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web_trackerCommented:
3F0 can be caused by 3 things

 1. Bad hard drive or partition structure, erase the entire hard drive then use HP recovery discs to attempt reinstall of the OS and all partitions.

 2. Bad hard drive data cable that connects it to the motherboard, replace the cable

 3. Bad sata controller on the motherboard replaces the motherboard or laptop.
 
See the following article: http://h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/Notebook-Operating-Systems-and-Software/quot-Hard-Disk-3F0-BootDevice-not-found-quot-Error-Message/td-p/2443931
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bbaoIT ConsultantCommented:
if there is no bootable disc in the CD/DVD drive when powering up the laptop as shown in the picture, the computer's BPR or UEFI boot loader of is empty or corrupt.

first try starting laptop with a bootable OS disc and check if it is possible to clear the partition table and reinstall the OS from the scratch. Of course, the BIOS must have set CD/DVD drive in higher boot priority than local HD in order to boot from the OS disc.
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web_trackerCommented:
Change the boot configuration in the bios may also do the trick, try changing it to a legacy setting such as AHCI, you may need to play with the settings to find one that works for you.
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*** Hopeleonie ***IT ManagerAuthor Commented:
@TG-TIS

HP quick Diagnostic test is fine. Running the advanced test now.

@WalkaboutTigger , web_tracker & bbao

We don't have repair/recovery media :-(
Shall I order a set?

@web_tracker

"Bad hard drive.... "

Can we rule out this because the quick Disk diagnostic is fine?

Change the boot configuration in the bios may also do the trick, try changing it to a legacy setting such as AHCI, you may need to play with the settings to find one that works for you.

No luck. Tried also default settings :-(
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WalkaboutTiggerCommented:
If the laptop is under warranty and you cannot use the built-in utility to create recovery media, order the media from HP.  They will require the serial number of the unit when ordering this media unless you are an authorised HP Service provider.

Again, I stress that nothing should be done until any critical data is backed up from the existing hard drive.

Personally, I would have the user ship you the laptop.  If they need a loaner, either go purchase one at the local super store (Walmart, Selfridges, etc.) or ship the customer a loaner.

Trying to resolve this remotely is not going to end well.
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Tony GiangrecoCommented:
I would download a utility to make a bootable Linux DVD that checks the Windows partition. I suspect it been changed or damaged to some degree. It may have been changed to Not-Active.  If that's the case, change to to Active and restart from the hard drive.

There are many utilities that will do this. Some free and some not free. I normally use Paragon Partition manager because if there are any questions or problems, they have live US help to walk you though problems over the phone.

Here are a few others:

Ultimate Boot CD
http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/

Parted magic
http://partedmagic.com

Runtime
http://runtime.org/

Hope this helps!
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_Commented:
Just to make sure all the bases are covered, there's nothing plugged into a USB port, correct?
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*** Hopeleonie ***IT ManagerAuthor Commented:
@WalkaboutTigger

Yes I also have less hopes now

@TG-TIS

Will try to fix the EFI Bootloader

@coral47

No nothing is plugged into a USB port.
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nobusCommented:
if the user can take the drive out of the laptop, he can connect it to a working system, and test it.
that is the fastes way to diagnose !
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*** Hopeleonie ***IT ManagerAuthor Commented:
Hallo Friends

Easy Recovery Essentials done the job!

https://neosmart.net/EasyRE/

But Windows was damaged. After Windows booted I created a new Recovery Media Set and did a complete recovery.

Thanks to all again and have a wonderful day!
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*** Hopeleonie ***IT ManagerAuthor Commented:
Thank you again!
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Thank you much.    : )
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