When you start your computer, you see the message “Operating System not found.” Which of these would be the best next step to troubleshoot this issue?
A) Rebuild the MBR
B) Run CHKDSK on the boot volume
C) Make sure that no removable storage devices are connected
D) Rebuild the boot sector
E) Run a hardware diagnostics
F) There’s usually an operating system hiding somewhere in the pantry
The answer: C) Make sure that no removable storage devices are connected
Your computer’s BIOS will try to boot from the first device in its list of boot devices. If a removable device contains any type of media, it will attempt to boot from that device. To fix this problem, simply disconnect the removable media so the boot process will continue to the correct drive.
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