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#1 larryjerry1

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 06:32 PM

So, my sister turned on my computer, and the screen said "missing operating system." Now, I've done some asking around, and I've seen a few different answers, the most prominent one being that my HDD might have errors/be dying.

What should I do in this circumstance? I don't want my HDD to be dying, although it'd be a nice excuse to get a 1TB WD Black...



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Posted 07 March 2013 - 09:38 PM

Buy a new hard drive and reinstall the operating system.

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 09:46 PM

Yea it sounds like the hard drive is toast. Replace it and reinstall the OS.

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 11:29 PM

Please listen to the other people and waste your money. Do this first, and then if all else fails, I hope you have a backup and the money for a new drive.
Other than missing operating system can you tell us what else it says? Are we talking about a desktop? How old is it?
This is not always a failing hard-drive. It could be a corrupt/damaged master boot record/bad sector/read error. All can be fixed using your (Windows 7 I hope) install disk.
If you want to try it this way:
http://windows7theme...-windows-7.html
http://www.wondersha...ing-system.html
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/321626
http://h10025.www1.h...cname=c00476274
https://www.google.c...chrome&ie=UTF-8

Edited by Blade of grass, 07 March 2013 - 11:31 PM.

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 08:36 AM

Please listen to the other people and waste your money. Do this first, and then if all else fails, I hope you have a backup and the money for a new drive.
Other than missing operating system can you tell us what else it says? Are we talking about a desktop? How old is it?
This is not always a failing hard-drive. It could be a corrupt/damaged master boot record/bad sector/read error. All can be fixed using your (Windows 7 I hope) install disk.
If you want to try it this way:
http://windows7theme...-windows-7.html
http://www.wondersha...ing-system.html
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/321626
http://h10025.www1.h...cname=c00476274
https://www.google.c...chrome&ie=UTF-8


Or it could be a toasted drive. If there's not important stuff on it, and since he already wants a new HDD, it may just be easier to buy a new HDD. I know when one of my computers gave that error it was the HDD. I spent plenty of time trying to fix the boot loader and all that other stuff, but it would have just been easier to buy the new drive right off the bat.

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#6 larryjerry1

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 09:11 AM

It might be important to note that after turning my computer off and back on it was working fine again.

I heard one suggestion that my sister may have accidentally pressed something while my computer was booting up that would have brought that message up.


Lastly, I downloaded HDTune and ran the benchmark and Error Scan. The error scan came up clean, and while I don't know how to interpret the graph that came up for the benchmark, I was told that it looked normal.

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 09:46 AM

So, my sister turned on my computer, and the screen said "missing operating system." Now, I've done some asking around, and I've seen a few different answers, the most prominent one being that my HDD might have errors/be dying.

What should I do in this circumstance? I don't want my HDD to be dying, although it'd be a nice excuse to get a 1TB WD Black...



It might be important to note that after turning my computer off and back on it was working fine again.

I heard one suggestion that my sister may have accidentally pressed something while my computer was booting up that would have brought that message up.


Lastly, I downloaded HDTune and ran the benchmark and Error Scan. The error scan came up clean, and while I don't know how to interpret the graph that came up for the benchmark, I was told that it looked normal.



So it's pretty obvious what the real root cause of all your problems are .... YOUR SISTER .... did you beat knots in her head ? i laways wanted to do that to my sisters, but they always would gang up on me ... it was horrible i tell you .... just horrible !! oh the memories ... lol

this might be a good time to back up your hard drive, and make a restore point for it, just in case you have to go back sometime in the future to a known good starting point.

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 10:08 AM

So it's pretty obvious what the real root cause of all your problems are .... YOUR SISTER .... did you beat knots in her head ? i laways wanted to do that to my sisters, but they always would gang up on me ... it was horrible i tell you .... just horrible !! oh the memories ... lol

this might be a good time to back up your hard drive, and make a restore point for it, just in case you have to go back sometime in the future to a known good starting point.


I didn't beat knots in her head, sorry to disappoint you.


I'm planning on backing up my computer, I'm overdue for it.

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 04:30 PM


Please listen to the other people and waste your money. Do this first, and then if all else fails, I hope you have a backup and the money for a new drive.
Other than missing operating system can you tell us what else it says? Are we talking about a desktop? How old is it?
This is not always a failing hard-drive. It could be a corrupt/damaged master boot record/bad sector/read error. All can be fixed using your (Windows 7 I hope) install disk.
If you want to try it this way:
http://windows7theme...-windows-7.html
http://www.wondersha...ing-system.html
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/321626
http://h10025.www1.h...cname=c00476274
https://www.google.c...chrome&ie=UTF-8


Or it could be a toasted drive. If there's not important stuff on it, and since he already wants a new HDD, it may just be easier to buy a new HDD. I know when one of my computers gave that error it was the HDD. I spent plenty of time trying to fix the boot loader and all that other stuff, but it would have just been easier to buy the new drive right off the bat.

Your right, just because your car won't start, you might have a brokers starter or spark plugs. Then again, it may be because your car is out of gas.

Why go to the extreme and buy things that aren't needed.

all my legos are stored at my parents hose... so that wont be happening....

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#10 larryjerry1

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 05:31 PM

Well I've come to the conclusion that my HDD is probably fine after talking with various people and consulting the interwebs.

Thanks for the help.

Edited by larryjerry1, 08 March 2013 - 05:31 PM.

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Posted 27 April 2013 - 04:19 PM

The only thing I can think of is your sister mashed the keyboard and managed to make it boot from a different drive... If you have 2.




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