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How to Fix Reboot and Select Proper Boot Device

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Jan 24, 2024 • Filed to: Windows Computer Solutions • Proven solutions

When you boot your computer to the startup screen and this error message pops up "Reboot and select proper Boot Device", then it is time to pay attention. Apart from the error message, your computer will freeze and the keyboard will not work. This is why you need the methods in this article to help you fix this issue.

The Windows Error, "Reboot and select proper boot device"-Why Does it Occur?

Solution 1: Detection of Boot Drive-by BIOS

This is the first thing you should do if Windows is asking that you select the proper boot device. Follow the guidelines below to do this:

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Solution 2: Check Boot Order and Troubleshoot

Have you set your computer to boot in the order of your installation media (DVD or USB)? You need to check this using the steps below:

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Solution 3: Hardware Check

The solutions in this section revolve around your computer's hardware. Ensure you follow these to the latter:

select disk 0
list partition
select partition 1

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Solution 4: Check BIOS Settings and Boot Order

The basic functions of BIOS are the same so you can use the guidelines here to check your BIOS settings and order, to fix the error:

Bonus Tip

If you are still struggling with the "reboot and select proper boot device" error, then there is one more tip for you. Get a professional tool online that you can use to set your partition to become "active". This is an alternative to using diskpart on Command Prompt. It is important to get a tool that is recommended, reliable, and has a GUI (Graphical User Interface) that is friendly.

How to Recover Data from the Computer when all Solutions Fail to Fix the Issue?

If everything else fails to fix the error, you will lose your data from the computer since it is unbootable and therefore, inaccessible. Do not worry; you can recover those files with a third-party recovery tool like Recoverit Data Recovery. If your Windows system becomes unbootable because errors like virus attack, corrupted registry, motherboard issues, BIOS settings, etc. you can gain access with a bootable drive and recover all the lost data from your system.

Recoverit is a tool that supports both Windows and Mac OS based computers. It recovers data from devices such as flash drives, hard drives, camcorders, memory cards, and so on. You can trust its security process for a hundred percent file recovery.

Below is how you can use Recoverit for unbootable computers:

Step 1: Create a Bootable Drive

Open Recoverit and click the "Recover from Crash Computer" mode. Next, tap "Start"

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Choose the mode through which you want to create the bootable drive. This depends on whether you are using a DVD or a USB drive. Select "Create"

create usb bootable drive

Back up all your important data before you decide to erase the drive with the "Format now" button

format this disk now

Wait for the bootable drive to be created successfully and do not eject it as this will interrupt the process

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Once the drive is created, you will see a prompt directing you to perform the data recovery in three easy steps. Follow this instruction

bootable drive created

Step 2: Recover Data from Unbootable Windows 10

Reboot your computer after setting the boot order to let it boot from the bootable drive you just created. For more details, check out how to set the computer to boot from a USB drive.

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Open Recoverit from this point and copy any data you wish from your hard disk.

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Why do People Experience this Issue for Different Reasons?

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Theo Lucia

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