What does it mean?
The hard drive of the computer or the hard disk is the device where
the computer stores the secondary memory. All the movies, music, and
games in short everything stored by the user in the computer gets stored
in the hard drive. The operating systems are also installed in the hard
drive. So when the computer cannot find the hard drive during startup,
proper startup becomes impossible since the windows cannot load. The no bootable device error is then displayed on the screen.
Troubleshooting steps for desktops
The no bootable device error normally gets fixed by
rapidly pressing the F1 button. If it does not work, try and press F2.
The user shall be then redirected to the BIOS setup. In the BIOS setup,
if under the primary hard drive window, “none” is displayed, it means
that the computer cannot recognize that there is a hard disk connected.
This may be done due to some loose connections in the SATA cables which
can be easily fixed. If still the no bootable device error persists, this means there may be some problem in the hard disk.
Troubleshooting steps for laptops
If the F2 button trick does not work, you should check whether the laptop is still under the
warranty period. If it is, then the service provider must be contacted
since it is not wise to open and try to repair laptops without proper
training. If the warranty period has skipped and there is no option for
free repairing, the user may try to repair the laptop himself to solve
the no bootable device error.
First of all, the power plug should be unplugged and the battery
should be removed. Hold the power button for a few times and ground the
motherboard, then if you don’t know how, get instruction manual from a
proper laptop disassembly guide and remove and reconnect the hard drive.
If there is no problem internally with the hard drive, the no bootable device error shall be fixed the next time you start the laptop.
Why does reconnecting hard drive works?
Sometimes in computers, due to some reason, the connection between the motherboard and the hard drive gets loose and the no bootable device error
is displayed. Removing the plug from the port and inserting it back
makes the connection firm and stable and the error is thus solved.
Sometimes, simply restarting the computer works too. Now, let’s move on
to the tricky part, i.e. steps for removal and reconnecting hard drive.
Proper procedure for removal of hard drive
- Hard drives are usually connected to the motherboard by SATA or IDE connectors. Before solving the no bootable device error
you need to check with version of SATA is supported by your motherboard
in case you have to get a new hard disk this is important.
- Next, you have to properly handle the electronic components.
Mishandling may cause damage to the component and also the chance that
you may get electrocuted. You should make sure that you are properly
grounded before opening and removal of components. It is best to power
off the computer. Still, if you intend to do it while plugs are
connected, use anti-electrostatic wrist straps and wear rubber sandals
- All safety precautions ensured the next step to fix the no bootable device error.
Open the computer cabinet by unscrewing both sides. Locate the hard
drive. If in any case you have two hard drives you have two try and
remember on which one, the operating system is installed. Check and
remember the proper cable connections and disconnect them. Remove the
screws connecting the hard drive to the cabinet and remove the hard
- If you have not cleaned the inside of the computer for a long time,
you will notice a lot of dust. This may also be another cause of loose
connection of hard drive and causing the no bootable device error. Properly clean the inside of the computer with a very soft brush. Make sure to be careful which cleaning the CPU fan.
- Now it’s time to reconnect the hard drive. Properly connect all
cables either SATA or IDE to the motherboard and hard drive. Be extra
careful and check the connections. If any ports are wrongly connected,
there is a chance that your motherboard may get fried. After all
connections are properly done, screw back the hard disk to the cabinet
and screw back the lids of the cabinets again. Restart the computer and
if luck favors, the no bootable device error will not be present this time. Your computer will run properly.
Fixing the error by reinstalling the operating system
Sometimes, the no bootable device error occurs due
to crashing or certain mishap with the operating system. Reinstalling
the operating system fixes this problem. You need to check whether this
is happening first.
Insert the operating system setup disk inside the DVD drive and
restart the computer. When the BIOS screen appears, rapidly press F8.
You will enter the windows installation menu. In every windows setup, it
comes with proper instruction for installing windows. Follow the
instructions and go to the hard drive option. If you see all the drives
with their original size detected, you are sure that there is no problem
with your hard drive.
Select the drive where previously the OS was installed and format it.
After formatting, rename it and select it to be the new directory for
installing the OS. Proceed to the next option and you will see that the
OS is automatically being installed. At a point of time you will be
prompted to give the username and password. After the operating system
is installed properly, which will take a maximum of 30 minutes; if you
restart the computer you will no longer face the “no bootable device” error.
By following this guide, you can easily mend the no bootable device error.
If any of the above solutions does not work, it is better to contact a
proper service center or the service provider of your computer’s brand
where the experts will handle and take care of this problem.