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No Bootable Device Found

I have an Acer Aspire V3-371 Series laptop here and it can't boot as it cannot find any Bootable device. I originally tried to reinstall Windows, that didn't work. So I tested the original HDD. It was defect to some degree. So I changed it out for a new one and installed Windows again. The PC worked! But just for a week or so before the exact same problem occurred again... Now I'm out of ideas what it could be.

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It sounds like there is a defect in your power supply that is damaging your hard drive. Can you test your other components and see where the problem is coming from. Have you tried posting your question on the official Acer support forums: https://www.acer.com/ac/en/US/

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@lukecetion, what do you mean the original HDD was "defect to some degree"? Have you run a recovery disc like http://www.hirensbootcd.org/? Hirens has hard drive diagnostic tools, master boot record tools, antivirus software, etc.

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Hi @lukecetion ,

Is the HDD being detected in BIOS, you never said?

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@jayeff Yes, it is being detected.

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Hi @lukecetion ,

If UEFI is enabled, what options are available in BIOS for the boot sequence?

Don't know your laptop or BIOS but can you add a boot option at all to the list of options?

Perhaps one that shows Win 10 HDD or Win 10 USB for example.

Just a thought.

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This tutorial works on all brand laptop /desktop working at windows platform. Follow these steps to fix your issue.

If you are getting the error "No Bootable device found"after updating Acer bios from 1.00 to 1.05 then follow these steps :

Forced shutdown your system by pressing the power key for little longer.

Now restart your laptop/desktop.

Press F2 key repeatedly and go to BIOS setup.

Now go into main and F12 Boot Menu: Enable.

Now to go Boot option/menu and change the boot mode from UEFI to Legacy.

Press F10 key and save and exit.

And now reboot your system

Check out the full article and video from the below link

https://techblogchain.com/fix-no-bootabl...

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its working thanks

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How many times do you have to press F2?

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Nvm. Hard drive was loose

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Superb! but now the problem is its just showing a black screen, with mouse movement. :(

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Very helpful thank u,mine develop the problem after cleaning with spirit.

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some misleading and incomplete info in a few of these replies. here are some important points that need clarifying.

  • SSD stands for Solid State Drive. there are no mechanical movements in these hard drives. Even if they fail, there will never be any clicking sounds, vibrations. Think of it like how a usb flash drive works. they are fast! they tend to be included with higher end systems or as aftermarket upgrades.
  • HDD stands for Hard Disk Drive. these are traditional hard drives with mechanical moving parts. Almost like a high-tech record player; there's a spinning platter that stores the data (the vinyl), and a read/write arm with a magnetic head that access the platter (not unlike the tonearm and cartridge-needle on a record player). More often than not, these are standard with many factory systems. and these make a noticeable sound when they are running (smooth high pitched whirling). if you hear clicking, then your HDD is more than likely toast.
  • my Acer has the “no bootable device” error when booting up. With UEFI (and secure boot) enabled, my computer is ONLY looking for the operating system on the internal HDD (or SSD). it doesn't care if I have a windows repair CD, or USB recovery flash drive plugged in.
  • Disabling UEFI and switching it to Legacy (which also disables secure boot) will allow me to tell the computer to look at other locations when booting up.

To do this on my Acer: (firstly, laptop has to be powered off).

  1. Press and hold F2, then power on laptop. keep holding F2 until the UEFI screen (aka BIOS) pops up.
  2. use arrow keys to navigate to the BOOT tab. Press <enter> on BOOT MODE. Change to LEGACY. (A pop up warning should appear. This is normal. just hit OK). Note that the SECURE BOOT option is no longer there! That's normal as secure boot is a feature available only with UEFI.
  3. use arrow keys and navigate to MAIN tab. Press <enter> on F12 BOOT MENU. Set this to ENABLED (may already be enabled for some of you).
  4. Press F10 to save and exit. System will now reboot using the old school CMOS/BIOS some of us are familiar with. this will give you options to boot from CD ROM, USB, Network etc. this is where a recovery usb or disc or windows installation disc will actually work.
  5. Press and hold F12 as the computer starts to boot. the boot manager should appear showing you all the different options on your system. if you have a USB flash drive, make sure that is plugged in before you reboot otherwise it may not show up in the boot manager. same with DVD or CD ROMS. make sure there's something in there before booting. if it doesn't show up or it wasn't plugged in, just try again by pressing and holding the power button for a few seconds to shut off the laptop. Press and hold F12, then turn on the laptop.
  6. now this is where I'm going to stop because depending on the media you have for recovery, the next steps will vary. Just follow the on-screen instructions for your specific recovery tool. so as previous posts have said, Acer has a recovery creation tool that ideally would have been used when the computer was working. back in the day when computer companies cared about us, they used to send computers with a restore CD or USB. but they don't care anymore. so if you are one of the few people if that had the presents of mind 2 use this tool when everything was hunky-dory, then I'm happy for you. for the 95% of us that didn't, well you could try calling ACER and they can mail you one I think (probably for a fee tho). from another computer (does not have to be an Acer) or you could google Microsoft Windows Media Creation Tool (sometimes referred to as MCT). this will allow you to select the operating system version and make a usb or burn a dvd with a bootable copy of windows. For most of you, this should help you repair your windows installation. For the minority of you (like me) this will determine, in no uncertain terms, that the problem was a hardware fault. (my HDD failed-even though there was no clicking sound, there are a lot of other things that may have gone wrong with it.) Replacing the hard drive with a new one, and repeating the steps using the usb I made with the MCT would have installed Windows on the new HDD. but I chose not to do this. see below.
  7. because I like to think of myself as “cool” I actually installed Ubuntu instead of Windows. (I guess I also have trust issues with Windows lol). basically instead of using the MCT to create a bootable Windows usb, i made an equivalent bootable usb of Linux—Ubuntu. same steps to repair the Windows installation allowed me to install Ubuntu.
  8. once everything is operational again, you just need to go back into the BIOS and reverse the changes previously made. Enable the UEFI option. make sure secure boot is also enabled. You could leave the F12 BOOT MENU enabled or disabled (it won't affect anything).

**an important thing to note is that Acer claims that there is a helpful repair partition for fixing problems with the operating system. while booting up, you're supposed to hold ALT + F10 to bring up this recovery tool. obviously since my hard drive was unreadable, this did not help me one iota. this might help a lot of you though … in the bios it should already be enabled. but if it isn't you'll find it in the same MAIN tab. look for the option called D2D recovery—disk to disk recovery. (I probably should have started this post with that eh lol). once it is enabled, hold down ALT + F10 then turn on the computer.

anyways, good luck y'all!

-nick

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Have you tried resseting the bios?

What version of windows are you using?

If you are using Windows 8/8.1/10 have you tried switching between legacy and UEFI?

Do you hear hard drive clicking sounds? if not just try burning a Windows ISO in a usb stick and reinstalling the actual OS

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I've tried to switch between Legacy and UEFI. I also hear no clicking sound, and I've tried to reinstall the OS through a USB stick as well. I have also tried to reset every possible thing on the computer, that also includes the BiOS.

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If No legacy option is showing in boot menu then what to do?

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I took Techblogchain’s advice and changed from UEFI to Legacy. That just made things worse. Could it be that the SSD drive is broke? I can’t tell when all I see a a black screen with :

No bootable device — insert boot disk and press any key

In Legacy BIOS mode it will boot from neither SSD nor HDD. Back to UEFI then.

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I had the same problem as you so I followed the instructions again and change back to UEFI but left the other and my computer came back on. I guess I’ll see how long it works.

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@Mykrashna sateesh here is what I've found, solution to my problem, no bootable device found, well the SSD was burned. Even though I was able to hear the HDD's clicks.

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ssd does not click it has no mechanical features like a hdd.

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I changed to Legacy and got the DOS message No Bootable Device - insert boot disc and press any key.

changed it back to UEFI and it worked again for a a few days then same problem. I kept going through the switching between the two to get it working again and that worked 3 or 4 times. I even reset windows to a previous work point (thinking the problem was caused when I removed ACER programs on the laptop). Anyway bad news is, the switching doesn’t seem to get it going now. I feel pretty silly that I didn’t create a bootable USB when i managed to get it working again

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Help… I have done all of the above but it comes up saying missing operation system but is detecting my USB?

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Did you transfer all the files including windows itself onto the other hard drive ? If yes the program you used is probably the issue.

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Is the SATA cable properly inserted? If there are no clicking sounds coming from the HDD, that could be the problem. Otherwise, if you have an SSD , clicking noises are a horrible sign (I think) , and something is definitely wrong with it.

SSD’s can only last for about a year or two before corrupting. Try a HDD if you’ve had an SSD for a while.

Try downgrading your BIOS or UEFI if you recently updated. This could be another reason for the HDD or SSD failure.

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Hi,

It would indeed be a horrible sign if you heard clicking noises from a SSD.

There are no moving parts in a SSD and therefore it operates silently. It is a completely solid state device.

Clicking noises emanating from a HDD could indicate a mechanical drive problem or head problem.

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I just flashed my Bios with an old (2016) insydeH20 bios and that was dumb-got the error “no bootable device”. I replaced the original her with an sdd a year or so back so changed the boot order, didn’t work. Here’s what WILL get you back to bootable.

When restarting hit whatever f (function) button to get to setup start up screen, arrow right to the last screen and change windows boot to LEGACY. Windows 8 and above warning blah blah then save and restart. Got me back to my original sdd/operating programs so I could flash with a more updated Bios firmware.

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Been there done that, sometimes when my bettery runs out and the pc shuts down the bios changes the boot option from legacy bios to uefi, but you can go to bios and change it back, it goes both ways, it depends in which of them you have installed the windows because the type of format they use for the hard drive is different..

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