Encountering the dreaded “Reboot and Select Proper Boot Device” error on your computer can feel like hitting a brick wall in a virtual race—frustrating and bewildering. This cryptic message pops up when your computer can’t find a suitable operating system to boot from, effectively slamming the brakes on your startup process. But fear not! Understanding why this error happens is key to getting your system back on track.understanding the topic

So, what’s causing this hiccup? Well, it’s like your computer’s brain is playing hide-and-seek with the operating system. The BIOS or UEFI firmware can’t seem to find a device to boot from—be it a hard drive, SSD, or maybe even a USB Flash Drive if you’re unlucky. This could be due to a hardware glitch, a tweak gone wrong in your BIOS settings, or even some unruly software misbehaving.

But fear not! In this article, we’re going to dig into each possible reason behind the “Reboot and Select Proper Boot Device” error. Armed with this knowledge, you’ll be able to troubleshoot and tackle these issues head-on. So roll up your sleeves, because we’re about to get your computer back on track and running smoothly again.

Reasons That Can Cause Reboot and Select Proper Boot Device Error

Now, let’s dive into the world of tech troubles and shed some light on what might be causing this digital dilemma:

  1. Faulty HDD or SSD: It’s like having a grumpy storage device that just refuses to play nice. Whether it’s a cranky hard drive or a moody SSD, if it’s on the fritz, your system won’t be able to find its beloved operating system.
  2. Loose or Faulty SATA/IDE Cables: Think of these cables as the lifelines connecting your storage device to the motherboard. If they’re not snug or they’re damaged, it’s like trying to have a conversation with a bad connection—your bootable device becomes a ghost in the machine.
  3. Corrupted Bootloader: Imagine the MBR (Master Boot Record) or GPT (GUID Partition Table) Bootloader as the bouncer at the club entrance. If it’s damaged, it won’t let the cool OS party inside. Total bummer.
  4. Incorrect Boot Device Priority: Your BIOS or UEFI firmware settings might be playing favorites with the wrong boot source. It’s like trying to start a car with the wrong key—it ain’t going to happen.
  5. Missing or Corrupted System Files: It’s like losing crucial pages of a book; without them, the story just doesn’t make sense. Similarly, without essential system files, your Operating System is left scratching its digital head.
  6. BIOS/UEFI Firmware Issues: Your firmware might need a software spa day. Outdated versions, incompatible settings, or just plain bugs can throw a wrench in the boot process.
  7. Damaged Boot Sector: This is like having a pothole on the road to boot-up bliss. Damage here means your system can’t find its way to the OS-promised land.
  8. Incorrect Boot Mode Selection: Your BIOS settings might be speaking a different language than your operating system. It’s like trying to dance the salsa to a waltz beat—a total mismatch.
  9. Hardware Configuration Changes: Sometimes, a simple hardware switcheroo can throw everything off balance. Installing or removing components might leave your system scratching its digital head at boot time.
  10. Virus or Malware Infections: Ah, the digital pests that wreak havoc on your system. They corrupt files, mess with boot configs, and generally make a mess of things.
  11. Overheating Issues: Things get hot under the hood, literally. Excessive heat can fry components like your BIOS/Storage Controller Chip on the motherboard, leaving your system in a hot mess.
  12. Power Supply Problems: Not enough juice or a wonky power supply can lead to intermittent boot failures. It’s like trying to run a marathon on an empty stomach—not gonna end well.

There you have it—the rogues’ gallery of reasons behind that pesky boot error. Nevertheless, don’t worry! By getting to the bottom of what’s causing the trouble, you can kick those boot blues to the curb and get your computer back in action.

What is Boot, Booting and Bootable Devices?

In a general language, bootstrapping mainly refer to a self-starting process of your computer which doesn’t need any external input command to perform itself. So, in technical language people starts to using the word called booting for this whole loading the software to the memory process and the word booting become quite famous instead using the word bootstrapping… Read More

So, let’s see how to fix this error;

Solution #1: Remove External Storage Devices

One of the common troubleshooting steps to tackle this pesky error is to do a quick scan for any external storage devices hanging around your computer.

We’re talking about those external hard drives (HDDs), solid-state drives (SSDs), or USB flash drives that you might have plugged in for extra storage space. While these devices are super handy for keeping your files safe, leaving them permanently connected to your computer can sometimes cause a bit of a stir during the boot process.

See, the trouble often starts with the BIOS or UEFI firmware settings. These settings are like the conductors of the boot orchestra, deciding which devices get to play first. But sometimes, they get a bit confused and prioritize booting from those external devices over your trusty internal HDD or SSD, where your operating system lives.

And that’s when the drama unfolds—you hit that power button, expecting your system to spring to life, but instead, you’re greeted by that dreaded error message.

But fear not! One simple solution is to bid farewell, temporarily at least, to those external storage devices. By unplugging them from your computer, you’re essentially removing any potential for conflict during the boot process. Your system can then focus solely on finding and booting from the internal storage device where your OS hangs out.

unplug external usb storage device like HDD SSD

Once you’ve given those external devices the boot, go ahead and restart your computer to see if the error vanishes into thin air. If it does, well, problem solved! It means those external storage devices were indeed causing a ruckus during boot time, and it might be time to delve deeper into your BIOS settings, as I mentioned in Solution No. 3 down in this article, to ensure that your internal storage device takes center stage as the primary boot option.

Solution #2: Troubleshoot Internal HDD/SSD Connection

Now, let’s roll up our sleeves and dive into the nitty-gritty of troubleshooting the connection of your internal HDD or SSD within the BIOS or UEFI firmware settings. This step aims to tackle any hiccups related to the detection of your internal storage device, which could be the culprit behind that pesky boot-related error.

Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Access BIOS/UEFI Settings: Give your computer a restart and keep tapping that magic key to access the BIOS/UEFI settings. Look out for keys like Del, F2, F10, or Esc, depending on who made your computer.
  2. Navigate to Storage or Boot Options: Once you’re in the BIOS settings, find your way to the section that deals with storage devices, system inforrmation or boot options. The exact wording and location may vary depending on your BIOS/UEFI version and motherboard.
Storage Information Page In New UEFI
Storage Information Page In New UEFI
System Information Page In Old BIOS
System Information Page In Old BIOS

If you’re scratching your head because you can’t find your internal HDD/SSD listed in the BIOS/UEFI settings, it’s a red flag that something fishy might be going on with your storage device. This absence of your trusty storage buddy from the BIOS/UEFI interface means that your system isn’t acknowledging or detecting the presence of the HDD/SSD.

Now, let’s explore a few possible reasons behind this disappearing act:

  • Faulty or Improperly Connected Data Cable: One potential culprit could be a wonky data cable. That SATA or IDE cable linking your HDD/SSD to the motherboard might be on the fritz—damaged, loose, or not snugly seated. This can cause a communication breakdown between your storage device and the system, leaving it in the dark.
  • Internal Issues within the HDD/SSD: Sometimes, the problem lies within the HDD/SSD itself. Mechanical mishaps like a misbehaving read/write head or damaged platters can render the storage device invisible to the system. Similarly, electronic hiccups within the drive’s circuitry or controller can throw a wrench into the data transmission works, resulting in detection woes.

When faced with this scenario, it’s crucial to dive deeper into your internal storage hardware to uncover the root cause. This might involve checking the integrity of those data cable connections, ensuring they’re snugly attached to both the storage device and the motherboard. Additionally, giving the HDD/SSD a spin in another system or using diagnostic tools can help you figure out if the drive itself is on the fritz.Checking SSD HDD power and data connection

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If your trusty HDD/SSD pops up within the BIOS/UEFI settings, consider it a win for your storage device. This recognition means you can breathe a sigh of relief—it confirms that your storage device is physically hooked up to the system and ready to roll during the boot-up dance.

While the exact cause of the error can vary, potential suspects might include wonky BIOS/UEFI settings, funky boot priorities, corrupted system files, or software shenanigans. These troublemakers, while not related to the physical health of your HDD/SSD, can still crash the boot party and flash that error message on your screen.

Solution #3: Check Boot Sequence

So, you know when you hit that power button and wait for your computer to come to life? Well, what’s going on behind the scenes is a little boot sequence ballet. Imagine your computer as a picky eater – it needs to know exactly where to find its favorite operating system dish before it can even think about starting up.

That’s where the BIOS, or UEFI, comes into play. It’s like the backstage manager of your computer, making sure everything runs smoothly. Embedded in your motherboard, the BIOS holds all the secrets to your computer’s hardware, including the boot sequence.

Sometimes, the boot sequence might get shaken up a bit, especially if the BIOS settings decide to hit the reset button and go back to square one. This reset can happen for all sorts of reasons – maybe there’s a glitch in the hardware, or your system gets hit with a nasty virus.

When the BIOS goes back to its default settings, it’s like hitting the rewind button. Everything goes back to how it was when your computer first rolled off the assembly line, including any tweaks you made to the boot sequence. This can happen accidentally during routine maintenance or when you’re trying to troubleshoot issues, or if there’s some wonkiness going on with your hardware.

To peek into this backstage world, you’ll need to tap into the BIOS setup utility. Once you’re in, it’s like wandering into a maze of settings. Find your way to the boot options section – it’s where the magic happens. Here, you’ll see a list of devices your computer can boot from, ranked by priority. Think of it like a guest list for a fancy event—you want to make sure your primary storage device, whether it’s a hard drive or SSD, gets top billing.

Boot Sequence Option In Old BIOS
Boot Sequence Option In Old BIOS
Boot Sequence Option In New UEFI
Boot Sequence Option In New UEFI

Why does it matter? Well, if your boot sequence is out of whack, your computer might end up trying to boot from a USB stick or an empty CD drive instead of its trusty hard drive. Cue the error messages and frustration.

By fine-tuning this boot sequence, you can troubleshoot pesky startup issues and ensure your computer struts onto the digital stage without missing a beat.

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Solution #3: Check Boot Mode

Making sure your BIOS or UEFI firmware is in sync with your operating system (OS) is a must-do for keeping your system running smoothly. This boot mode setting dictates how your storage devices are accessed and how your OS loads up when you boot your computer.

In the good ol’ days of CMOS BIOS systems, you had the choice between IDE (Integrated Drive Electronics) and AHCI (Advanced Host Controller Interface) modes. IDE mode was all about compatibility with older hardware and OSs, while AHCI mode brought the bells and whistles for modern storage devices.

Fast forward to newer UEFI firmware, and you’re looking at the choice between Legacy and UEFI modes. Legacy mode keeps things old-school, perfect for older OSs and boot methods, while UEFI mode brings speed, bigger disk support, and extra security thanks to the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface.

To tweak these settings, follow these steps:

  1. Restart your computer and dive into the BIOS or UEFI setup utility by hitting the designated key during boot-up. It’s usually Del, F2, F10, or Esc, depending on your system.
  2. Find your way to the storage or boot options section. The exact location and naming can vary based on your firmware version and motherboard.
  3. Look for something labeled “Boot Mode”, “Boot Option”, “Boot Device Control”, or “SATA Mode”—that’s your ticket. This is where you choose the mode that fits your OS requirements.
  4. Now choose the appropriate boot mode option according to your operating system’s requirements.
Boot Mode Option In Old CMOS BIOS
Boot Mode Option In Old CMOS BIOS
Boot Mode Option In New UEFI
Boot Mode Option In New UEFI

If you’re scratching your head about which setting to pick, here’s a little trick: try clicking on the other option next to the one already selected, and then give your computer a whirl. Sometimes, just toggling between IDE/AHCI or Legacy/UEFI modes can magically solve those pesky compatibility glitches and boot hiccups.

But hey, if none of those settings seem to be doing the trick or if they end up making things worse, it’s crucial to hit reverse and switch back to your previous boot mode settings. This way, you’ll kick your system back into a stable gear and dodge any extra headaches.

Solution #3: Try Startup Repair

Startup Repair is like your Windows OS’s personal troubleshooter. It’s there to swoop in and save the day when your computer decides it’s not in the mood to boot up properly. This handy tool can tackle all sorts of boot-related woes, from messed-up system files to wonky boot configurations, or even when your bootloader decides to go MIA.

To wield the power of Startup Repair, you’ll need to whip out your trusty Windows installation setup USB or disc. Here’s how to dive into action:

  1. Stick that Windows installation setup USB or disc right into your computer’s USB port or optical drive.
  2. Give your computer a reboot, and make sure to boot from the Windows installation media. You might need to tap a key (like F2, F10, F12, or Esc) during startup to access the boot menu. Choose the option that boots from your USB or optical drive with the Windows installation files.
  3. Once you’re greeted by the Windows Setup screen, pick your language, set the time, choose your currency, and select your keyboard preferences. Then, hit “Next”.
  4. Down in the bottom left corner of the Windows Setup screen, you’ll see the magic words: “Repair your computer”. Click on that.
  5. In the “Choose an option” screen, click on “Troubleshoot”.
  6. Within the Troubleshoot menu, click on “Advanced options”.
  7. Now, hit up “Startup Repair”.
  8. Follow the prompts that Startup Repair throws your way. It’ll work its mojo to suss out the problem and hopefully patch things up so your system can boot up smoothly again.

Quick tip: Make sure you’re using the same version of the Windows installation setup USB or disc as the one already installed on your computer. This keeps everything in sync and lets Startup Repair do its job properly, fixing issues specific to your Windows version.

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When you start up Startup Repair, it runs a bunch of tests and fixes to tackle the boot-related problems it finds. It might mend messed-up system files, bring back vital system settings, rebuild the master boot record (MBR), sort out issues with the bootloader, or take other steps needed to get your system booting up smoothly… Read More

Solution #4: At Last, Manually Fix Bootloader

If Startup Repair doesn’t do the trick in fixing your boot-related problems, you might have to roll up your sleeves and manually sort out the bootloader. This process is a bit more involved, but it can get your system back on track.

Fixing the bootloader manually means diving into details, like repairing a messed-up Master Boot Record (MBR) or sorting out issues with the UEFI GUID Partition Table (GPT) bootloader system volume.

For a thorough walkthrough on how to tackle this task, you can check out my article titled “Fixing Corrupted MBR or UEFI GPT Bootloader System Volume“. In it, I break down the steps needed to address common bootloader issues and get your system booting smoothly again.

Just follow the instructions laid out in the article, and you’ll navigate through the manual bootloader fixing process like a pro. Make sure to stick to each step carefully to ensure your system’s boot functionality is properly restored.

While manually fixing the bootloader demands more effort and attention than using automated tools like Startup Repair, it’s often necessary for tackling complex boot-related problems that simpler methods can’t handle.

Now It’s Time For: Frequently Asked Questions

Question #1: What to do if nothing works?

Answer: If all previous attempts to resolve boot-related issues have failed, it may be advisable to consider reinstalling your operating system.

Question #2: I fixed the problem successfully, but what should I do to avoid it next time?

Answer: Selecting the best antivirus software is a critical step in safeguarding your system against malware, viruses, and other cyber threats that could potentially lead to boot-related issues.

Question #3: Having a “Reboot And Select Proper Boot Device” Error on a new PC?

Answer: Experiencing boot-related problems on a new PC could suggest that the computer was shipped without a pre-installed operating system (OS). This scenario often happens with custom-built PC or barebones systems, as well as certain refurbished computers, where you need to install the OS separately after purchase.

Question #4: Can’t be able to enter in the BIOS setup?

Answer: If you’re having trouble getting into the BIOS setup on your computer, you might need to reset the BIOS settings to their default configuration. This can fix problems that are blocking access to the BIOS setup menu, letting you take control of your system settings again.

Question #5: Having a “Reboot And Select Proper Boot Device” Error when booting from USB?

Answer: If you run into a boot-related error while trying to boot from a USB drive, it could mean that the software used to create the bootable USB isn’t working correctly. In such cases, it’s a good idea to switch to a different software tool for creating the bootable USB. This can often fix any issues with the creation process and improve your chances of successfully booting from the USB drive.

When making a bootable USB drive, it’s crucial to make sure you’re using the right bootloader format based on the boot mode option you’ve chosen in the BIOS or UEFI settings. If you’ve opted for the UEFI boot mode, it’s essential to create a bootable USB with a GUID Partition Table (GPT) bootloader, and it same goes for the MBR bootloader if you’ve opted for Legacy Boot Mode. This ensures compatibility with the BIOS/UEFI firmware and makes the boot process smoother.

To create a bootable USB with a GPT bootloader, there are several software tools available, such as Rufus, WinToFlash, or third-party bootable USB creation software. These tools typically let you choose the bootloader format (MBR or GPT) when creating the bootable USB.






  1. What to do when diskpart doesn’t show my disk? Only one 20Mb disk appears, even though my ssd is 120Gb. It’s showing in bios, but not in disk list. I have no way of going into disk management.

  2. Thank you very much, kind sir for taking the time and effort to create this very helpful guide! I was able to fix my problem thanks to you!

  3. Hoping you can help…
    Computer boots to windows 10 normally and will function normally for 30mins or longer then will suddenly reset (even if i am not using it at the time) and go to the reboot and select screen. If I power off and on using the on/off button, it will boot normally again. If I use the reset button it goes to the reboot and select screen. If I go to bios after resetting with the reset button, my hard rive is not shown at all. If I go to bios after a on/off button my hard rive is shown. Have done hardware isolation test except for power supply as I don’t have a spare. Any ideas? Thanks

    • This is me exactly!! Sometimes it will boot to windows, but eventually shut off and give the black screen about reboot/select drive.. It is so frustrating. It happens on other drives too. I have tried most of these fixes and I am still stuck. I think maybe my motherboard is bad? I even tried flashing it and clearing the cmos.

    • Is there a solution for this? I’m having the same problem by now. I haven’t tried to update the motherboard’s bios software tho. And I don’t have other HDD for my laptop.

      Anyway, thank you for this wonderful article.

  4. my system is asking for reboot and select proper device ,it all started when i tried to delete system reserved and then my system asked for restart and after that it is showing this,my dvd drive is not connected to the system ,so in this condition can u tell me the process to come up with this problem

  5. I tired to reinstall my OS system, and this happened. Under the BIOS, I can find my hard disk in the section of ‘advance’, however, I can’t find anything in the boot priority section but ‘Windows Boot Manager”. Please help me!

  6. I formar and install OS my SSD in desktop then when i put back in laptop it says everytime >Checking media presence then > Media not presented > “reboot or select proper boot device , but when i run my SSD in desktop its good.

  7. My dell xps 8500 with win10 is no longer booting and I get the message in intel rst option rom that raid0(cache) is disabled. I can also read that my samsung ssd 29.8gb shows type/status(vol I’d) as cache disk (0). How to I resolve. This problem occurred a few days after I installed a software called diamond video capture. Not sure if this is what caused the problem. Can you help

  8. THis was a very informative article, but didn’t quite touch on a problem I am having: After I edit the BIOS to the correct order, something changes it back. My only boot record is on C. Also installed is another internal SATA drive and an external USB drive. These other drives are not bootable. The system will work fine for a few days, and will restart without error and then, I get the iselect proper boot device. When I go into BIOS, USB is now 1st, WD internal HDD is 2nd and ST HDD,( bootable drive) is third. I change the order to the correct order and then the process repeats in a few days. I’m lost. anyone have an idea?

  9. Hi
    i hope u can help
    i just made a bootable flash disk for windows 8.1
    it works correctly with other devices in that the language selection first step shows but on trying to boot on my desktop,a black screen shows for language selection followed by a series of what seems like a cmd prompting one to press enter or esc.

  10. I have this problem when starting the PC, after seeing the black screen and those reboot lines, I reset the CPU and Windows 10 starts normally. I also tried startup repair but it says that it can’t repair after diagnose. In BIOS, my hard drive is set as priority 1 so I don’t know what is wrong with my computer.

  11. This helped so much, thank you! I got this screen after I got a hard drive failure and selected F2 and randomly changed things in the BIOS menu without understanding what I was doing. (Seemed like a good idea at the time, but no). I expect to get the hard drive failure error again soon (Dell Inspiron 2020 running Windows 10). Do you have a repair guide for that, or should I just buy a new computer?
    Thanks again for writing this in a non-technical way so people like me can follow it!

  12. I’m getting the ‘reboot and select’ message. Compaq PC with Windows 7 about 6 years old. If I switch off the power at the plug for ten seconds then switch on the PC again it starts OK. I did once get a ‘primary hard disc failure’ message but then it worked after I switched the power off and on. Hard disc on the way out? Anything I can do please?

  13. I usually dont comment on the website but i just wanna tell u that ur method worked perfectly and thanks a lot .. it did helped a lot..

  14. Hello Sir

    I use a Toshiba Satellite C850-F12S . When I tried to turn it on it showed a black screen which read this towards the end :- Exiting PXE-ROM , Reboot and select Proper boot device or insert boot device media. I don’t understand what this means. Please assist and I can even take a picture of what the screen looks like ….and all the writing there.

    Hoping to hear from you the soonest.


  15. Thank you so much! “#3 Fixing Windows Inactive Drive” actually fixed my issue, and this page was the only place I found that discussed this method. You saved me a lot of further headaches.

  16. hey im jimmy from kenya i installed windows 10 on my laptop to dual boot with windows windows 7 when i deleted the windows 10 it now brings me an error what should i do to it

  17. Hello sir
    I did step 3 on first my driver that my windows is on but it said that it could not find windows so i selected my other drive (ssd) and did the same and i selected a gb one and not a mb, and when I restarted my computer it tells me that i need a windows installation disk so now i cant even acsess my windows anymore. I can acsess my Bios but not my windows, would really appritiate if you answered
    Best regards Viktor from Sweden

  18. My dear dear Madhur TJ thanks thanks a lot for your help.I succeeded in rebooting My pc computer .You are really great,superb infact there is no words to describe how grateful I am to you.May the Creator Of This World bless you and you live along long life full of happiness, luck and all your wishes come true.I am really very proud of your huge computer knowledge,keep it up and again many thanks for sharing your knowledge.May GOD bless you .My love and gratitude to you. Yours Suresh

  19. Hello sir.. i have a question
    I have 2 PC, win xp and win 7
    I moved my win7 hdd to second partition on my xp.
    After i moved it back, my win7 cant boot, and i checked on win7 bios, but i cant found any hdd connected to it.but when i moved my win7 hdd to my xp, my hdd can reconize.. whats my problem? And which step i could try?

  20. What if sometimes windows 10 boots up and other times I get the Reboot and Select properboot device screen. Is that a faulty cable, bad drivers, or bad hard drive. Also I should add when windows does sign in it doesn’t let me do anything after that, the computer just keeps acting as if its loading and stays frozen. Thank you in advance!

  21. What to do if i buy a new hard disk, and i want to install windows 7 on it. But the system show me the error message when i startup my computer. This is the message error i see: “reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected device and press a key.”

  22. Hi there,
    in my case neither both hdd drives nor the dvd-drive are detected (and therefor I can’t conduct a windows-reinstallation via dvd). Could this be caused by a defect of the motherboard or by a software-malfunction as well (as far as I remember I did a “hard” system-shutdown by pressing the power-button a day before) ?
    many thanks in advance.

  23. Uh what if my laptop isn’t turning off in the first place? I wanna try the F2 or Del key thing but I can’t because my laptop isn’t shutting off it’s stuck on the same black screen that says a reboot device cannot be found… What should I do?

  24. Thank you for this guide! Took until the second to last option but that worked. I greatly appreciate the time and energy you put into helping others solve this problem. THANK YOU!!!

  25. Hi mate!
    My system crashed when I was playing a game – black screen GPU fans full speed. It was not the first time. But this time I came to the problem you have described to have fix for in this article.
    I did everything you said, nothing helped so far. Problem is that the last resort fix in Command promt Bootrec /rebuildbcd comes up with “Total identified Windows installations: 1 Add installations to boot list? Yes/No/All”,
    What ever I press it comes up with “The requested system device cannot be found”. On your screen Windows installations: 0.
    What do I do?
    Is there any hope, I can fix it or I have to reinstall the Windows?
    I believe that the initial problem is with my new GPU, because I never had any black screens with my previous GPU.
    Thanks in advance

  26. If you are running more than one hard drive, remove all but the one with the OS and reboot. I have three HDDs, and removed the two disk without the OS and my machine started without issue. One of the disks removed has problems.

  27. happened with a client of mine except that the drive continues to be seen however will not load windows thanks to unhealthy sectors. i have been doing knowledge recovery of her data for the past four days to be return onto her new disk drive that I’ve put in windows on already

  28. go into your bios, re change heritage and uefi, choose your disk drive because the boot device, restart. possibly you will have had a heritage win install and somebody aforesaid use secure boot or quick boot, this can be solely uefi thus prob turned off heritage, currently your laptop sees no disk drive as a result of the opposite is heritage whereas solely finding out a EFI boot.

  29. I tried your solution 3 and 4 both but none worked… In solution no 3 everything worked perfectly untill i gave that ‘active’ command,when i gave ‘active’ command it said “its not a fixed mbr disk,this operation can only be done on fixed mbr disk”… And on solution no 4 “bootrec /fixboot” dint work….please help.

  30. For me, both solution 3 and 4 do not work. None of them do. I have been experiencing this problem for days, and it has been bugging me. For solution 3, it says there are no partitions to show or list or something like that, and in solution 4, it shows that the volume 0, the drive thingy, has no media, and does not let me do anything with it?? Please help.

  31. I simply turned my pc off at the wall ( plug connection) , turned it on again and it came back to life, which does’nt seem to make much sense. I did have a couple of usb connected devices ( phone charger, mp3 player) which I unplugged, but that did’nt help until I turned it off at the mains. Any ideas as to why this simplistic strategy worked? No one seems to have suggested this as a solution.

  32. I’m trying to replace an old HDD (non-boot drive) with an SSD. However, when I disconnected the old HDD and restarted my pc, I got this error (Reboot and Select Proper Boot Device). Take note that the HDD that I’m trying to remove isn’t the one with the Boot drive. When I put it back, the pc boots up just fine. Do you think it is better to simply reformat the pc and re-install windows 10?

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