Toshiba laptop sattelite insert a bootable device and press any

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I have a 4-year old toshiba,bought it used and it worked well til a couple of weeks ago. I used to get occasionally the message, check your cable connection, no bootable device, insert a bootable device and press any key. Now that message comes up all the time and since yesterday, I can't even get passed bringing the computer up. Tried to press the F8 key to reset, but now the message even comes up in that window. I never got a bootable CD. Can this computer be saved? Thanks to anyone who is willing to answer me. Erika

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Hello,

i hope you have a backup of your data because it sounds like your hard drive has failed.

If you can get into the BIOS (F2 or DEL) - You may see the hard disk displayed in there.

if there is no hard disk then it has failed.

i would recommend taking it to a local computer shop who will take out the hard drive and try to read the data from it.

if you can get a new hard drive and swap it with the one thats in there, then reinstall Windows you'll be set. don't let them con you and tell you your laptop is broken.
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I can't believe how quickly the answers came. Thank you so much. I managed to get to the bios?, next to HHD it said:none, I guess that is what you mean by having failed? I am hesitant to invest a lot of money at this point, maybe with a new hard drive it will be worth it. Again, thank you so much, to have gotten this answer I would have had to commit 99.95 from some Tech support who claims they are cheaper than others. Erika
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Please be aware that you will need Windows installation media and a key in order to install Windows. you could try calling Toshiba and asking them if they have recovery CDs to tell you?
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If you look through this forum, Toshiba has been a pain for the majority of laptop owners. I wonder if a new lappy would not be worthed instead of investing time and money into this one. What else will you find wrong with it even after a disk replacement?