Insert Boot Disk and Press Any Key
Insert Boot Disk and Press Any Key

No Bootable Device Insert Boot Disk And Press Any Key

When your HP laptop fails to boot and displays the message “No bootable device. Insert boot disk and press any key,” it indicates a problem related to the laptop’s boot process. This guide will walk you through troubleshooting and resolving this issue.

Troubleshooting Steps

  1. Check the Boot Order:
    • Access your laptop’s BIOS or UEFI settings by pressing a specific key (F1, F10, F12, or DEL) during startup.
    • In the BIOS/UEFI settings, locate the device boot options and ensure your Windows system drive is the first in the boot order​​.
  2. Check the Hard Drive Cabling:
    • Inspect the hard drive’s power and data cables for proper connection.
    • Look for any damage to the cables, as loose or damaged cabling can prevent the hard drive from functioning correctly​​.
  3. Perform a Hard Reset and Restore BIOS Defaults:
    • Turn off the computer and wait five seconds.
    • Press the power button and repeatedly press F10 to enter the BIOS setup menu.
    • In the BIOS Setup, press F9 to select and load the BIOS Setup Default settings, then save and exit​​.
  4. Run Diagnostics on the Hard Drive:
    • For non-removable drives (like EMMC or SSDs), running diagnostics is crucial.
    • Boot into the laptop’s diagnostic mode (usually by pressing Esc and then F2) and perform a quick test on the hard drive​​​​.
  5. Addressing Corrupted Boot Records (BCD):
    • In cases where the boot records are corrupted, a full restore may be required.
    • Use the HP Cloud Recovery option with a 32GB USB stick to create recovery media and perform a full restore​​.
  6. Considerations for Non-Traditional Hard Drives:
    • Some HP laptops use EMMC memory instead of traditional hard drives. These drives are usually smaller (around 32GB) and cannot be replaced by the consumer.
    • If diagnostics indicate a failure of such a drive, the laptop will need to be taken to a repair facility for SSD replacement​​​​.


Troubleshooting the “No bootable device” error on an HP laptop involves checking the boot order, ensuring proper hard drive connections, restoring BIOS defaults, running diagnostics, and potentially restoring the system if boot records are corrupted. For laptops with non-traditional hard drives like EMMC memory, professional repair may be necessary if diagnostics indicate a drive failure.


  1. What does the “No bootable device” error mean on an HP laptop?
    • It means the laptop can’t find a drive with a bootable operating system, potentially due to misconfigured boot order, loose cabling, or drive issues​​.
  2. How can I fix this error?
    • Start by checking the boot order in BIOS, inspecting hard drive connections, performing a hard reset, running diagnostics, and considering a system restore or professional repair if needed​​​​​​.
  3. What if these steps don’t resolve the problem?
    • If these methods don’t work, especially for laptops with non-traditional drives like EMMC, professional repair may be required​​​​.
Eric Chan

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