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12-27-2016 09:39 AM
Can anyone please tell me if my hard drive data can be saved from my Pavilion that is currently displaying this message.
BOOT DEVICE NOT FOUND.
PLEASE INSTALL AN OPERATING SYSTEM ON YOUR HARD DISK.
HARD DISK (3FO)
I never reached the end of the month when I normally back up my files and the photo's from Christmas Day are among others i want to save.
Previous laptops i'be taken the drive out and inserted it into a carrier and all has been well but i've never experienced this error message before.
Any info will be appreciated.
12-27-2016 10:22 AM - edited 12-27-2016 10:50 AM
There are various possible causes for the bootmgr being corrupted. One is that the harddrive is broken.However you can remove and attach to different Pc and see if it works. If the hard disk is still working you can recover all the files.
Do you have a bootable copy of windows 10? If not you can download the media tool and create a bootable usb pendrive on a different computer, make sure to download the same edition you have on the computer at the moment. (When asked mark create to install on another PC.
Now you can boot from this pendrive (changing the bootorder in bios) and instead of installing choose the option to repair this Pc and try the automatic startup repair.
If the hard disk no longer works you can change it for a new one and fresh install win10 wit the pen drive.
Let me know if you need any further help,
12-27-2016 11:39 AM
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but that error message means that your hard drive has failed.
It will need to be replaced.
Your best bet for recovering data now is to do the following:
1) Remove the hard drive from the PC
2) Purchase a USB-to-Hard Driver adapter kit
3) Download and install this utility on a working PC: http://www.majorgeeks.com/news/story/recover_data_in_3_steps_with_minitool_power_data_recovery_free_...
4) Connect the old drive to the working PC
5) Run the data recovery utility to see what can be retrieved from the old drive.
If that tools does not find what you need, an alternative is Recuva: http://www.piriform.com/recuva
And, if that does not work well, the best tool out there is this one, but only the trial version is free: http://www.file-recovery.com/
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12-27-2016 12:07 PM
I believe that it is not always the case that the harddrive is broken, there could be loose connections or boot sector errors or other problems. In some cases i have seen that even with this error the hard disk passes the hp disk drive diagnostic tests.
Furthermore, if the disk can be attached externally by usb or internally by sata on another PC and it is recognized and works, there is no need for recovery programs since the files are not deleted or inaccessible. And if the hard disk does not work it will also not work with programs such as Recuva or other recovery programs.