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PapaBearRay
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operating system not found

hp 17 in laptop Vista

 

Half the time when I boot up I get.... Operating System not found.

 

It seems to work ok when I reboot.

 

what is the problem?  Is it serious?  can it be fixed, or is it time for a new computer?  This one is about 5 years old but I love it.  Got it  when visita was brand new.

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CherylG
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Re: operating system not found

Enter BIOS setup by tapping the F10 key immediately after powering on the laptop. Use Diagnostics to test your hdd. If it is failing they can be replaced fairly easily and inexpensive.

You could also try unplugging the hdd and reseat it to be sure it is  connected securely.Laptop hdds have been known to wiggle a bit loose with moving and such. Should be just a matter of loosening the screws that hold the plate on the bottom, pull up on a tab connected to the hdd to remove.


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Re: operating system not found

Thanks, I will give it a try.  If I have to replace the hard drive, can it be cloned so I don't have to set up all the programs... etc... again?  Thanks again..... papabearray

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Yes, I use Macrium Reflect.It is great,even the free version! You make a backup image to DVDs, external USB hdd,etc.Next burn the Boot cd with the app and use it to boot from after replacing the hdd to restore the image.


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Re: operating system not found

I did a little guide on using Macrium that you might find helpful>>>

 

http://h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/Notebook-Operating-systems-and/Custom-Recovery-Options/m-p/329260


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