No boot device available

Published on May 13th, 2010 at 8:00 am

Last modified on August 13th, 2012 at 2:30 pm



When starting your computer, you receive the message “No boot device available – strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for setup.” What might cause this error? Pick two.

A) The hard drive has failed

B) The hard drive cable is loose or disconnected

C) The Windows directory has been deleted

D) The device boot order is incorrect

E) As the message clearly states, the computer is on strike


The answers: A) The hard drive has failed / B) The hard drive cable is loose or disconnected

If a boot device isn’t found, it’s because the computer can’t find a bootable partition anywhere. This could be because of a hardware failure or a simple loose cable. If a Windows directory was missing, you’d get a completely different Windows-based message.

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