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Boot Device not found. A consistent problem on my new PC that I'm looking for help with

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I usually try and solve technical issues myself, but the answer to this has eluded me. Hopefully someone here can help me.

I built a new PC a month or two ago. Everything was fine until one time when I started up the PC and it said it couldn't find the boot device. I went in out of options and I finally fixed it or it fixed itself. I go to shutdown my computer a week or so later and it says It wants to install an update (I have it selected so it won't install anything without asking me), and the next time I power the system on I get the same message.

The bios sees the hard drive. I can select it as the device to boot. I have problems where it doesn't see the Windows 7 parition when trying to do a recovery. I think this might have to do with the system being in AHCI Mode and not having the drivers (I think I had a similar problem at setup). It is an Asus Mother. I try and see if I can load drivers off of the disc that came with the motherboard, but there are hundereds of files in folders on the CD and any of the ones I select it doesn't like. My previous comp could detect partitions without drivers. When I was fixing it the first time I noticed switching to IDE would allow me to see the Windows 7 parition in recovery, but trying to load Windows with IDE causes a blue screen as Windows is starting.

The times when Chkdsk was working it didn't find anything wrong with my OS Hard Drive, a Samsung 830.

The other thing that might be messing up certain portions of me trying to get it to work is that one of the hard disks in my computer was a part of a Vista desktop and when I try to do recovery it fixes the partition table, but only does that.
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I'm going to try and see if I can load drivers during the Windows 7 repair section, so that I might be able to see the Windows 7 partition, and select that to fix.

I've asked where to find the drivers to use in the Asus Z77 Motherboard thread.
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Remove all the other hard drives in the computer and see if the problem still happens. Also when you did the install were those other hard drives connected?? Windows likes to put the boot file on the other drives sometimes.
 
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Remove all the other hard drives in the computer and see if the problem still happens. Also when you did the install were those other hard drives connected?? Windows likes to put the boot file on the other drives sometimes.

I'm going to try that when I get a chance. I was trying to resist opening it back up since the PC is in a space where it is very hard to get to it (I live in a very small apartment so maximizing space is essential). I can't even up the front cover of the new R4 Case I bought so that I can put CD inside without moving the desktop around.

I tried for 3 hours last night to fix it to no avail. I got to the point where I could load the drivers, and I was able to select the drivers I downloaded from Intel's website, but the proper AHCI drivers failed to load. The only thing I could possibly guess for why it failed was that the CD was scratched that had the files on them, the files were corrupt, or the 64 Bit files I downloaded don't work in the Windows 7 Installation CD environment. Is it possible that even though I'm booting a Windows 7 64 Bit installation CD, that the actual environment that install Windows 7 64 bit uses 32 bit (x86), which means I would need the x86 Intel Drivers?
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