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Pavilion p7-1446s
Microsoft Windows 8 (64-bit)
I get this message when starting computer. HDD us not detected in BIOS boot order. The hard drive does make a clicking noise and the led that shows activity lights up until the clicking halts. I checked the drive cables and rseated them.
HDD appears to be bad but how can I be certain.
Also, is it possible that I'm dealing with a virus?
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Hi

 

Usually pressing ESC at power on and navigating to the diagnostics.

 

 

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Thanks! I am not able to get any HDD activity when pressing ESC or any other F keys after power on. I can get to a BIOS disk check diagnostic and NO DISK(HDD) IS DETECTED. BIOS is as far as I can get. Any thoughts?
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No HDD detected suggests a loss of the device.

 

Can you boot with any Recovery Disk/Media you created?

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Don't have all if it. Found DVD 2 and 4. Don't have 1 and 3.
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Hi

 

This First part only works when a valid Recovery Partition is enabled.

If it displays an error message then move onto the Second part,
OR if you have data you wish to try and save using the XCOPY command.
Then create your own Repair/Recovery/Rebuild/Re-install media or buy a set from HP.

Turn off the computer.

Disconnect all connected devices and cables, Media Drives, USB drives, printers, & faxes.
Remove media from internal drives, and remove any recently added internal hardware.
Do not disconnect the monitor, keyboard, mouse, or power cord.

Turn on the computer and repeatedly press the F11 key, about once every second,
until the Choose an option screen is displayed, and then continue.

On the Choose an Option screen, click Troubleshoot, and work your way through the screens.

Second Part:-
This may require another PC. Find and Download your .iso from…
(You will need a NON_OEM key for W7;
W8.x and W10 should activate automagically from their embedded licence key.)

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows7
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows8
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10

For when it’s a NON MS OS ( iOS / Linux ) creating the install media.
www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10ISO

A 3rd party site like…
heidoc.net/joomla/technology-science/microsoft/67-microsoft-windows-and-office-iso-download-tool

Expand/Extract/Burn the iso Image onto a DVD/USB as needed.
Microsoft’s Creator Tool will make the required DVD or USB.

Even though it has NO actual HP software/drivers included, you may be able to
XCOPY the C:\Users\* area onto a ‘large’ USB stick, via the Command Prompt.

You’ll need to try various drive letters; D:..-..Z: until it’s matched - could be G; mine’s S:

C:\>XCOPY C:\Users\* S:\ /e /i /h (then files like those 3 listed below get copied over)

C:\Users\desktop.ini
C:\Users\All Users\agent.1509128044.bdinstall.bin
C:\Users\All Users\HP Deskjet 2540 series\Help\flash\zoom.swf

Then you can try System Recovery Options / Advanced Options shown in the screenshots.

NB:- W7 Try running a Startup Repair more than once for a full fix.
NB: - W10 Begin with the Automatic Repair, then Startup Settings etc.

From either the C:\ or the X:\ prompt try the following

cd boot
bootrec /FixMBR
bootrec /FixBoot
bootrec /RebuildBCD

If the above FAILS then please try:-
http://www.thewindowsclub.com/repair-master-boot-record-mbr-windows
http://www.thewindowsclub.com/install-windows-7-from-usb
http://www.thewindowsclub.com/install-windows-10-from-usb

 

You may need to change the Secure/Legacy  boot option, and the boot sequence also.

 

 

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> Turn on the computer and repeatedly press the F11 key, about once every second, until the Choose an option screen is displayed, and then continue. On the Choose an Option screen, click Troubleshoot, and work your way through the screens.

 

Sigh.  You will only see that "option screen" if the disk-drive is "detected" by the BIOS, and it is actually possible to read anything from the disk-drive.

 

With a non-detected disk-drive, "you cannot get there from here".

 

Similarly, downloading a copy of Windows is wasted effort, if the "target" disk-drive for the re-installation of Windows is "dead".

 

I am positive that you will need replace the disk-drive, then follow the Other Person's advice, to re-install Windows.

 

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Thanks CF4 and everybody. I'm convinced the drive is dead. I plan to buy a solid state hdd and load Windows 7 onto it. I was previously using Windows 8. Do you know if there are any hassles with getting appropriate drivers? Or is it no big deal?
Thanks so much!
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I do not know of any from personal experience, but W7 can have initial setup/driver issues with new hardware, and a certain amount of searching for the optimum drivers can occur.

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> I'm convinced the drive is dead.

> I plan to buy a solid state hdd and load Windows 7 onto it.

> I was previously using Windows 8. 

 

OK.  Note that Microsoft will terminate all support for Windows 7 in two years -- January 2020.

At that time, you will have to install Windows 8 -- supported until 2023.

 

> Do you know if there are any hassles with getting appropriate drivers?

 

From:

https://support.hp.com/us-en/drivers/selfservice/hp-pavilion-p7-1400-desktop-pc-series/5295962/model...

 

your computer was originally shipped with Windows 8.

 

That web-site does not contain any device-drivers for Windows 7.

 

So, yes, "expect hassles".

 

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