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Celestia... please help me... · 3:54pm Nov 10th, 2012

*casts eyes skyward*

Princess... I'm a good pony. I eat my vegetables. Spread kindness. Contribute to the overall total dictatorship regime that is Equestria. I'm a good pony.

I mean, yeah, I like Luna more than you... but still a good pony. So why do you torture me so? Send a hurricane and flood my house? Yeah, I can accept that. Keep power from me days afterwards? Bearable. Proceed to throw some snow at us and knock power out again? I can bite my lip and bear it...

But fuck up my laptop now... oh come on... thats not fair...

Honestly, I should probably STOP pestering you folks with these. But in attempt to get some work out today, I'm gonna need help. Srsly, Nitrox, John Perry, vouch for me here. I do have work done. Scheduled for yesterday release.... damn Skyfall getting in the way of writing... oh who was I kidding, it was sooo good! Okay, back to the issue at hand. Faster I resolve this, faster you folks get early christmas presents and faster I can breathe normally again and NOT PANIC.


....sorry, the stress is claiming me. Ahem.

I got a black screen saying: internal hard disk drive not found. To resolve this issue, try to reseat the drive.

No bootable devices--strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for setup utility. Press F5 to run onboard diagnostics.

I tried pressing F1 and it gave me:
No bootable devices--strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for setup utility. Press F5 to run onboard diagnostics. Ran the F5, did it scans, nothing out of the norm.

I've never encountered this and anything I look up on google isnt helping. I have no idea if its hardware, virus, what... and yes, a hearty amount of everything is saved on google docs, but the finished, polished versions are on my laptop... as well as like, everything I ever written.


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Internal hard rive disk not found? I can't claim to know much about computers, but if it's a software problem, you may be kinda screwed. If it's hardware, you can probably take it somewhere for the computer expert people to dissassemble and figure out. Either way, I recommend you send it in somewhere to people who can give a proper diagnosis.

Do you at least have a backup?

Well, no offense, but you are serioulsy screwed...

However, not everything (at least I think/hope) is lost. If try to boot to Linux from a Live CD it MAY, work, but I'm not completely sure (I'm just throwing things at a wall and seeing what sticks).

If you are still interested in trying, feel free to PM at any time, and I will gladly help you:pinkiesmile::pinkiesmile:. But I must warn you, it is a quiiiiite long process...


I've found a method that is waaay easier, and it seems to work! :pinkiehappy::pinkiehappy:

All you've got to do is remove the hard drive from your laptop, and then reinsert it again! (I know it sounds scary, but most laptops have its internal hard drive in a location of easy access; in most of the cases, this location is right behind the battery).

In case you want to read the original thread, here it is:

I really, REALLY hope it solves your problem. If it doesn't, then my Linux-tutorial offering is still up, so, again, feel PM me...

Now if you'll excuse me, I've got a certain Sun-Goddess to punch in the face...


Sounds to me like your comp is simply not recognizing that there is a hard drive there. May sound silly, but open up your comp and see if the hard drive connection didn't simply come loose. If that's not it, try unplugging and replugging it in. If it still doesn't work, then you may be up shit creek without a paddle, cuz your hard drive might be dead :fluttershysad: My sympathies friend, best of luck

So yeah, that's a hard disk problem; go into your BIOS and double-check to see if your motherboard is even seeing the hard drive. I can't really give you specific instructions for that, BIOSes are all a bit different from each other, but just page through and look for stuff about hard drives/bootable devices.

If it's not seeing the HD, you can try to re-seat it. If the BIOS can't see a device, there's almost certainly a hardware failure. That could be in the physical connection, the chip on the motherboard that controls the device, or in the HD itself.

If it is seeing the HD, it's a software problem, which is actually pretty good news. The simplest way to fix it would be to boot a Linux live distribution (boot into linux off of a CD, DVD, or thumb drive without installing), use that to pull all your files off the HD, and then reinstall--there are ways to rescue a borked install of Windows, but it can be a pain in the butt.

I would try that F5 option first, though. You could also try F2, but I'm not sure what it means by 'setup utility'. It could just mean the BIOS, or it might be something the manufacturer of the computer loaded up to repair/reinstall windows (a restore partition)--in that case, I would be careful to understand exactly what it says its doing before using it, as it might overwrite your data on the disk.

nuuuu! your computer's broken.:raritydespair::raritycry::fluttercry::fluttershbad::fluttershysad:

OK, several thoughts:-

Firstly, looking at Google this appears to be a problem on Dell laptops where your HDD may become unseated. That's the good news - earth yourself on something metal, take off the bottom panel, remove the screws on the HDD caddy (See your manual if you don't know where to look), remove the HDD (There's usually a pull tab - you'll either go ALONG or UP), then reseat everything, close it back up, and see what happens.

My second thought is less fluffy - catastrophic disk failure. The only solution there is to buy a new HDD and start from scratch. Still, no worries, you backed up, right? Right? :facehoof:

Third thought (Probably before the second one, really) - I keep a Linux install on a memory stick for just such occasions. If there is a less-than-catastrophic disk failure, i.e. it has lost its MBR, etc., you can boot off a stick, mount your internal HDD, and then either repair the problem or at least recover your files. You will need a 2GB or larger USB stick, Universal USB Installer, and your choice of distro (Personally, I like Linux Mint). When you're done, plug it in, set your laptop to boot from USB first, then reboot. You'll end up in a Linux desktop environment.

Is this thing under warantee? If so, you could return it to Dell - but beware; they will almost certainly nuke your HDD. Try the Portable Linux thing first!

Hope this helps - and don't stress, after surviving a hurricane and a plague of mice, this will be peanuts :pinkiehappy:


Try taking apart the laptop and plugging the harddrive in.img10.imageshack.us/img10/5562/spikey.png

My computer literally died 20 minutes before season 2 premiered... Oh Luna, it was unbearable. Luckily, I had a shitty laptop to use.

Okay, not to add to any madness here but I went through something somewhat similar. Long story short I accidentally began to format an external 1 tb archive drive, then proceeded to further mess things up by botching the format process. the thing that saved my bacon was zero assumption recovery, or zar. the free trial version can look at a really goofed up drive and still manage to pull data off even if windows says the drive does not exist, must be formatted etc. mind you the free version can only pull about five files at a time, and then must be re-run from the beginning where it scans all the drive (which might take an hour or more per run). If you only have a few things to save this'll work. otherwise a license to use zar and all its permutations and updates until the end of time is $60.

Also if you know what connectors your laptop drive has you can get a laptop to usb connector. I don't know if you have serial, laptop serial, sata whatever but i know they have connectors on amazon.

by putting these two together you should be able to get your stuff back. anything beyond this would most definitely be a hardware problem. just remember don't panic, i've been there before and thought i lost $2300 worth of data, most of it not mine, you can get it back, i did.

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