[nSLUG] Used laptop hard drive with no boot sector

D G Teed donald.teed at gmail.com
Tue Apr 23 22:43:07 ADT 2013

You can try either F11 or F12 to get to boot options for that particular
boot up.

A common problem is the Live CD is burned as a
data CDROM, placing the ISO image file there as
a file rather than using the image.  The CDROM burning software
must have a burning option refering to "Burn ISO Image" or similar
to make the correct bootable format.  Some software
is missing this option.

> Frank Geitzler wrote:
>> I was given a used Dell laptop with a 40GB hard drive.  Unfortunately,
>> when I powered it on, I received the message "No boot sector on hard
>> disk -No bootable devices -strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for setup
>> utility".  I attempted to boot the system with a Ubuntu Live CD, but
>> received the same result -even after changing the Setup to specify
>> booting first from the CD/ROM.  Does this mean that the hard drive must
>> be replaced, or is there a way to replace the boot sector?  If it can be
>> replaced, can anyone tell me how?
>> Thanks,
>> Frank Geitzler
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