I have a dell Inspiron 3521 that I purchased in December 2013. A couple of days ago upon starting up the computer, after the dell logo, the computer displayed, "Check Media: Fail" twice and then the following message: "NO Boot Device Found. Press any key to reboot the machine". I restarted the computer, pressed the F2 button to see if the hard drive was detected as as you can see on the pic below the "Fixed HDD" reads "St500LT012-1DG142 (4GB).
Then I ran the ePSA Pre-boot System Assessment and as you can see in the second pic below next to the hard drive is a blue circle with the letters "NA" even though this diagnostic tool runs to completion and states that "All tests passed".
So, what should I do? Reseat the hard drive? Buy a new hard drive?
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I see you have a 4 GB drive for your primary .. probably not relevant, but something to keep in mind.
Could you get a picture of the Boot page in the Bios and what is showing as primary and other devices which might be available?
Excellent point about the 4 GB drive. Here are the pictures you requested.
I never could find the "Windows Boot Manager" like this forum post suggests: http://en.community.dell.com/support-forums/laptop/f/3518/t/19518806
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You’ve reached the right department and we are here to assist you. We request you to try the below mentioned steps and let us know the outcome.
1. Power ON the machine and start tapping F2 key on the startup Dell logo.
2. It takes you to the BIOS screen.
3. Move to "Boot" tab, Select "Boot list options", and change the option from "Legacy" to "UEFI".
4. Restart the machine, it should load fine to Windows.
I did not have time to work on this yesterday. I tried the legacy boot, but the very last line of the legacy boot is "No Boot Device Found. Press any key to reboot the machine." (See pic below). After this, I disconnected the battery, reseated the harddrive and tried starting it back up. As before, I heard a series of beeps (about 1 every other second). I would assume at this point that this is a failed hard drive. Any other suggestions before I buy a new hard drive and install it?