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How do I fix boot device not found on my HP laptop?

Alton Alexander
By Alton AlexanderUpdated on June 4th, 2022

This error code indicates that the computer cannot find a bootable device, which is typically the hard drive. This can happen for a variety of reasons, including a loose or damaged hard drive connection, a corrupted hard drive, or a failed hard drive.

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1. Check to see if the computer's BIOS is set to boot from the correct device

  1. Boot the computer and press the F12 key to open the boot menu.
  2. Select the first option, which is to boot from the hard drive.
  3. If the computer is set to boot from the hard drive, it will display the list of devices on the screen.
  4. If the computer is set to boot from the CD/DVD drive, it will display a message that the boot device is not found.
  5. If the computer is set to boot from the floppy disk drive, it will not display the list of devices on the screen.
  6. To change the boot device, select the floppy disk drive from the list and press the Enter key.

2. Make sure that all cables connected to the computer are secure and properly connected

  1. Verify that all cables are properly connected.
  2. Verify that the computer is properly plugged in.
  3. Verify that the cable is compatible with the computer.
  4. Verify that the cable is properly plugged into the correct port on the computer.
  5. Verify that the computer is turned on and properly configured.
  6. Verify that the boot device is properly configured.

3. Inspect the computer's hard drive to see if it is properly installed

The steps to inspect the computer's hard drive to see if it is properly installed are:

  1. Boot the computer and press the "F8" key to access the boot menu.
  2. Choose the "Advanced Options" menu and select the "Drive Options" option.
  3. Choose the "Check Now" button to inspect the hard drive.
  4. If the hard drive is not properly installed, the computer will display an error message and the boot device will not be found.

Some users might also have success with the following opitons:

  1. If the computer is using an SSD, check to see if the firmware is up to date.
  2. Run a diagnostic test on the computer's storage devices.
  3. Reinstall the computer's operating system.