No boot device available

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  1. notrustinsasuke
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    Got a new hard drive for my dell inspirion 5737 to replace my broken one but then its saying no boot device available, when i scan the hard drive in diagnostics its says nothing is wrong with it.
     


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    Um... is windows on it?
     
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    sorry but what do you mean by "is windows on it?"
     
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    Is there an OS on the hard drive (EG Microsoft Windows)?
     
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    And if so, what version of Windows is on it?
     
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    You are lacking a MBR install an operating system.
     
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    so what am i supposed to do then? I'm not very good a computers i tried taking computer class but failed
     
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    Buy Windows on a disc and put it into your computer, it will boot up to the CD and install Windows.
     
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    seriously? I have to buy the disc is there no usb option or anything?
     
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    You can get a USB but you need a computer to put it on the USB... just google "install windows on usb"
     
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    This, or put it on a USB with a Windows 7 USB tool and boot it via USB through your BIOS (You can also get a *nix operating system, such as Ubuntu, for free if you need at least something for the time being until you can get your hands on a copy of Windows). The reason it says there's no boot device is because you don't have a bootloader on your hard drive to boot any operating systems. When you install an operating system, it will create a bootloader, and subsequently, a Master Boot Record (MBR), which will link operating systems and give you options to boot from.
     
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    I was going to suggest he might have the wrong boot mode his operating system, but I guess he doesn't have an OS.

    I sort of think this guy is a troll though. He knows how to install a fresh HDD, but he doesn't know that Windows isn't built-in?
     
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    nope I'm not a troll I'm just a dumb person
     
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    I once had a similar bout myself, but it was because I changed from UEFI to Legacy BIOS and locked myself out of my Windows install, and without any OSes that run Legacy BIOS, I couldn't boot anything, nor could I access the BIOS for some reason. But after downloading a Windows ISO, burning it, then getting it running the Command Prompt, I was able to run a BIOS update file that factory reset the BIOS and reset all the settings, allowing me back into Windows 8 because UEFI was enabled.

    It was really messy though. Never again do I want that to happen.
     
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    You don't need an OS to access the BIOS. In fact, you don't even need a HDD. You could have just pressed F2 before it searched for a bootable device. I swap between UEFI and CSM a lot when testing out bootable images.
     
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    I tried that, and it didn't work. I literally had no way to access the BIOS. Acer's BIOSes are really terrible, not allowing a backdoor like that in the event such a disaster happens.
     
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    It's not a "backdoor". That's just the way a BIOS works. It's part of the motherboard. Some are really difficult to access because the timeframe for pressing F2 is literally less than half a second, but it's still always there.
     
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    Could you have reset the CMOS by removing all power and the backup battery?
     
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    Probably, but I didn't feel like disassembling my laptop to access it.
    I literally tried everything, including going to the Acer support forums (Even after sequentially mashing all my F buttons). Apparently it's an issue that many people had, and that they couldn't find any way to get in. It's really poor design. The way this BIOS is designed is only to be accessible from Windows 8 software when using advanced boot options by rebooting from the OS, whether it's BIOS or UEFI. Even in UEFI, I can't access the BIOS settings unless I boot into Windows 8 first, then reboot and tell it to boot into the BIOS. Quite frankly, I hate it, and I wish they'd correct this and release a new BIOS revision. I'd update it in a heartbeat.
     
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    lost my product key can i just use a product key from another computer?