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When system startup can’t find the boot drive
Reader Norm is facing one of the worst-possible PC failures. His system starts to boot but then stops dead with an error.
- “Not sure what caused it, but I get an error message ‘inaccessible boot drive.’ on start up. I’ve seen reports from others about this problem, but I’ve not run across any clear resolutions.
“When I loaded an Acronis image backup, Windows ran okay again. But the problem came back after a power off/on.
“I went to the BIOS to see the starting boot sequence, but my BIOS reported that I needed higher authority. Really?
“I’m running the Anniversary Update of Win10 Pro.”
That description sounds like you have two separate problems going on simultaneously. First, something’s seriously wrong with your hard drive or with the startup files it contains. Second, you can’t fully access your PC’s UEFI/BIOS.