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Drive Unlocked, Laptop does not recognize HDD now

  1. #1


    Posts : 2
    Windows 8

    Drive Unlocked, Laptop does not recognize HDD now


    HI!
    I was listening to music and surfing net on my Windows 8 running HP 650 laptop, when suddenly everything froze.
    I restarted the laptop by hard pressing the power key. But now at the start-up, the laptop is showing "No OS was found on Boot Drive, please install OS and try again".

    When i used the windows 8 DVD for refreshing/resetting it, it says can not refresh because the drive is locked.
    i tried running linux from a live image, but that linux also does not list my HDD when i use GParted to check.

    I also tried doing a fresh installation from my Windows 8 DVD but when it asks for location to install Windows to, it does not show any drive!

    Please Help!!!

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  2. #2


    Posts : 5,592
    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Welcome to EightForums.

    Check the hard drive with the manufacturer's diagnostic tools.

    Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp.
    Hard Drive Diagnostic Procedure
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  3. #3


    Posts : 2
    Windows 8


    The only hdd related diagnostic laptop offers is "check hdd". I have tried that, it checks two things and then says not installed, not installed!
    Please help
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  4. #4


    Wynnum Australia
    Posts : 466
    Windows-10-Pro-Build-11099.rs1-x64


    - Insert the Windows 8 disc
    - Boot into “Repair your computer” and select Troubleshoot > advanced options
    - Go into the MS-DOS mode by choosing Command Prompt, type the command to run:


    BCDboot c:\windows /s c: /l en-us
    Try the above.

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Drive Unlocked, Laptop does not recognize HDD now
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