Summary: The ‘Boot Device Not Found’ error usually occurs when there is a problem with the system hard drive. Read this blog to learn about the causes behind this error. This blog also mentions various solutions to fix the Boot Device Not Found error.
The ‘Boot Device Not Found’ error occurs when there is an incorrect boot sequence in the BIOS setup or the system can’t detect the hard disk. Several HP and Lenovo users have reported about encountering this error under different circumstances with a different set of measures. When this issue occurs, any of the following error messages may appear on the screen:
The error occurs when your system hard drive finds difficulty in supporting the boot process. The operating system loads into RAM during the booting process. To complete the process, BIOS takes charge and access certain system files from the internal hard drive. However, when the system can’t detect or access the hard disk, you may find the ‘Boot Device Not Found’ error popping up on your screen. There could be several reasons behind this error, such as:
You can try the following troubleshooting methods to fix the Windows 10 boot device not found error.
When you perform a hard reset, it rebuilds the connection between the hardware and BIOS. Several Windows users have reported that performing a hard reset has helped them fixing this error. Here’s how to perform a hard reset:
You can try resetting the hard drive to fix the error. To do so, follow the given steps:
Scenario 1: Now see if you can boot your device normally
If you can boot your device normally, follow the given methods:
Bad sectors on the hard drive may occur due to corruption, physical damage to the drive, etc. You can try running the CHKDSK command to fix the corruption and bad sectors on the hard drive. Follow the given steps:
Caution: The CHKDSK command with the F and R attribute can fix the corrupted hard drive. However, this command scans and marks down the bad sectors on the hard drive and prevents Windows from reading and storing data on these bad sectors, eventually causing data loss.
Your system may be configured to boot from an unbootable disk. You can try fixing the boot device not found 3F0 error by resetting the BIOS default settings. Follow the given steps:
Scenario 2: If you can’t boot the system normally
If you’re having trouble booting your PC normally, boot your PC with bootable media and then rebuild the MBR (Master Boot Record). Here are the steps:
If none of the above methods work, you’ll be left with only one option – resetting your PC. To do so, restart your PC with bootable installation media and follow the given steps:
Note: To make this method work, it is recommended to choose Remove everything.
Resetting your PC with the ‘Remove everything’ option will cause data loss. However, you can use a powerful data recovery software, such as Stellar Data Recovery Professional to recover the data after resetting your Windows PC. It is a DIY tool that efficiently restores any data from all types of storage devices.
Among several errors, you may find the Boot Device Not Found error quite troublesome as it occurs randomly and doesn’t show any stop code or bug check value. We’ve provided some methods in this blog to fix the problem. A few methods such as running the CHKDSK command and resetting your PC may cause data loss. But you can retrieve the data by using Stellar Data Recovery Professional software.
Moreover, if still the error message ‘Boot Device Not Found, Please install an operating system on your hard disk’ pops up, contact a reliable hard drive recovery service provider.
Mansi Verma is a Technology Writer at Stellar®. She is a Tech enthusiast, holding over 7 years of experience in Data Recovery, IoT, Artificial Intelligence, and the Robotics technology domain. She loves researching and providing DIY solutions and tips & tricks to solve Windows technical issues. In her spare time, she likes reading novels, and poetry. She also enjoys traveling and trekking.