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Old 15. Dec 2015, 09:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Blocked From Using Hiren's Boot CD By Strike F1 Error

I have used Hiren's Boot CD a great deal, but now I am unable to. Whenever I click Enter on USB Flash Device in the menu, instead of opening up Hiren's Boot CD, it is giving me the message:

Strike the F1 key to continue, F2 to run the setup utility.
When I strike F1, it just repeats the same message ad infinitum.

I have Hiren's on a 4GB flash drive. (My old computer won't let me boot from CD or DVD.)

As for the context of this, I have replaced an old hard drive that was clearly on its way to failure with a larger unused IDE drive. The BIOS seems to recognize that there is a new hard drive, but elsewhere I see non-recognition, including within MiniXP on Hiren's before this error shut down my access to Hiren's.

Computer: Dell System B3 Desktop
CPU: Intel Pentium 4-2667 (Northwood, D1)
2666 MHz (20.00x133.3) @ 2657 MHz (20.00x132.9)
Motherboard: DELL 0G1548
Chipset: Intel 845GEV (Brookdale-GEV) + ICH4
Memory: 2048 MBytes @ 166 MHz, 2.5-3-3-7
- 1024 MB PC3200 DDR-SDRAM - Kingston K
Graphics: Intel 82845G/GL/GV Graphics Controller [DELL]
Intel i845G(L) Integrated, 64 MB
Old Drive: ST380011A, 78.1 GB, E-IDE (ATA-6)
New Drive: Western Digital Caviar SE (WD2500JB) 250GB 8MB Cache 7200RPM ATA100 (http://www.goharddri...-0311&CartID=10
Drive: HGST HTS545050A7E380, 488.4 GB, Serial ATA 3Gb/s <-> USB
Drive: SAMSUNG CD-R/RW SW-252S, CD-R Writer
Sound: Creative Technology SB Live! Series Audio Processor
Network: RealTek Semiconductor RTL8139 PCI Fast Ethernet NIC [A/B/C]
Network: Broadcom 4401 10/100 Integrated Controller
OS: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition Build 2600 SP3
Antivirus : Advanced System Care Ultimate (Bitdefender engine)
Firewall: Windows Firewall
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Old 16. Dec 2015, 05:34 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Unless your hard drive is formatted, it won't be visible by stuff like Hiren's Boot CD, because it is in raw factory state. It will be detected in BIOS though.

If it's detected in BIOS, you can go ahead and install an OS on it, at which time it will be formatted.

About the error, check the boot list from BIOS. USB drive should be first to boot in that list, followed by optical drive (or whichever you prefer), and then the hard drive.

See if the error goes away after that. If not, report back with any error messages that you see.
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Old 16. Dec 2015, 06:32 AM   #3 (permalink)
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that error means that it is not seeing any boot-able device,
including your USB Flash Device.

check the boot order in BIOS, again
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