I've had my laptop since May 2011.
HP Pavilion dv6
500 GB Serial ATA 7200 rpm hard drive.
Originally Windows 7 64-bit upgraded to Windows 10 64-bit
One morning I turned on my laptop and I received the error "Boot Device Not Found Please install an operating system on your hard disk."
The laptop lives on my desk, hasn't undergone any major changes, and I haven't moved or dropped it.
I've run every diagnostic test from the F2 menu. The hard drive and memory both passed, the system tune up passed, and I've restored the BIOS to the default settings with no changes.
If I hold the power button and restart the laptop usually on the 2nd or 3rd attempt the system will start normally with no issues and continue on as if nothing is wrong.
Thinking that a system restore might help I ran a recovery and brought it to an "out of the box" state. After that failed I decided to go ahead and upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10. I performed a clean install keeping none of my programs or personal files. Despite a successful Windows 10 install I still receive the same error every time I restart.
The short version:
- When I turn on my laptop I encounter a Boot Device Not Found Error Message.
- My hard drive passes diagnostic tests.
- My laptop will start eventually if I continue to power cycle it.
Is my hard drive about to bite the dust?