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Erased/deleted Hard Drive

Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by Tara82, Aug 13, 2012.

  1. Tara82

    Tara82

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    I was trying to fix my laptop because it was running slow so I deleted/erased the hard drive and now I can't get windows to boot!
    I get something that says " PXE-E61 media test failure, check cable exiting PXE ROM
    Help!!
     
  2. PseFrank

    PseFrank Registered Members

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    Hello Tara, and welcome to Computer Help Forums.


    Could you try and descibe what you done to delete/erase the hard drive please?

    And also could you please tell us the make and model of your computer.
     
  3. allheart55 (Cindy E)

    allheart55 (Cindy E) Administrator Administrator

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    Location:
    Pennsylvania
    Operating System:
    Windows 10
    Computer Brand or Motherboard:
    ASUS M4A77TD AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD
    CPU:
    AMD Phenom II X6 1090T-Thuban 3.2GHz
    Memory:
    Crucial-DDR3 SDRAM 1333-8GB
    Hard Drive:
    WD Caviar Black SE HDD 640 GB - WD Caviar Black SE HDD 500 GB
    Graphics Card:
    Sapphire Radeon HD-7870 2GB
    Power Supply:
    CORSAIR CMPSU-750W
    Hello Tara and Welcome to Computer Help Forums.

    In addition to the questions asked by Pse Frank I have a couple as well. Have you inserted your Windows disk and changed the order of the boot to CD/DVD
    ROM? If you have done so and are still getting this error you may have a hard drive issue. The bios is going through the boot order, looking for a bootable device
    and it is not recognizing the hard drive as bootable. The bios is then moving on to pxe which is a network boot. Make sure the hard drive is plugged in properly.
    If it is then in all probability your hard drive is failing.
     
  4. tecknomage

    tecknomage Registered Members

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    Windows 7
    Computer Brand or Motherboard:
    Gigabyte Z97X-UD5H
    CPU:
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-4690 CPU @ 3.50GHz
    Memory:
    8gb
    Hard Drive:
    4tb
    Graphics Card:
    NVIDIA Corporation GK104 [GeForce GTX 770] 1990mb memory
    Power Supply:
    750w
    Did you check your boot sequence in BIOS Setup?

    The message sounds like your laptop is trying to boot to something that's not connected or not working.

    You SHOULD be trying to boot to the Recovery CD that originally came with your laptop, or a copy of Windows Vista Setup CD. Therefore you first boot device should be your CD drive. OR IF your laptop has a Boot Option Menu, choose your CD drive.

    If you get into BIOS Setup, highly suggest you disable the system's logo-screen so you can see what is happening during boot that the screen is hiding. If possible there will be an option, something like Disable Quite Boot.

    Having said that, your primary mistake was to wipe your hard drive :yks: That is a very last resort.
     

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