By Lily / Last update May 30, 2023

What is hard drive not found 3F0 error?

When starting the HP computer, some users receive an error message: “Boot Device Not Found. Please install an operating system on your hard disk. Hard disk (3F0).” It is a common boot error seen in HP models which indicates your computer fails to detect the hard drive that contains the operating system.

Hard Disk 3F0

Usually hard disk 3F0 error can be caused by following reasons:

  • Wrong boot order in BIOS

  • Hard disk connection problem

  • Outdated or misconfigured BIOS

  • Corrupted or died bootable disk

  • Damaged system files…

For the first two reasons, you should check to make sure that your hard drive is the primary boot device in BIOS and the cables connecting it to the motherboard are tight and secure. For other reasons, please learn how to fix boot device not found on HP laptop in the next part.

How to fix boot device not found on HP laptop

Here I’m going to show you four quick fixes to boot device not found 3F0 error on HP laptop:

Fix 1: Perform a hard reset

1. Turn off the computer. Remove the computer from any port replicator or docking station.

2. Disconnect all external connected peripheral devices.

3. Unplug the AC adapter from the computer and remove the battery (if applicable).

4. Press and hold down the Power button for 15 seconds to drain the electrical charge.

5. Insert the battery (if applicable) and plug the AC adapter back into the HP laptop.

6. Press the Power button to turn on the computer. If a startup menu opens, use the arrow keys to select Start Windows Normally and press Enter.

7. Reconnect each of the peripheral devices. Run Windows Update and HP Support Assistant to update all device drivers.

Fix 2: Restore default settings of BIOS

1. Turn off the computer and wait five seconds.

2. Press the Power button to start the computer and repeatedly press F10 to enter the BIOS setup menu.

3. On the BIOS Setup screen, press F9 to select and load the BIOS Setup Default settings.

Load Setup Defaults

4. Press F10 to Save and Exit. When asked “Exit Saving Changes?”, use the arrow keys to select Yes and press Enter.

5. Follow the prompts to restart your computer.

Fix 3: Test the hard drive using HP PC Hardware Diagnostics

1. Plug the AC adapter into the computer.

2. Press the Power button for at least five seconds to turn off the computer.

3. Turn on the computer and press Esc repeatedly. When the menu appears, press F2 to open HP PC Hardware Diagnostics.

4. On the main menu of HP PC Hardware Diagnostics, click Component Tests. And then click Hard Drive > Quick Test > Run once successively.

Hard Drive Quick Test

5. If the computer has more than one hard drive, select the drive you want to test. To test all the hard drives, select Test All Hard Drives. Then, the Hard Drive Quick Test begins.

6. When the test completes, the results will be displayed on the screen and also in Test Logs on the main menu.

● If the hard drive passes the Quick Test, but there is still a problem with the hard drive, you may run the Extensive Test
● If the hard drive fails one of the tests, write down the failure ID (24-digit code) so you have it available when you contact HP Customer Support.

Fix 4: Run system recovery with HP Recovery Manager

Take Windows 10 as an example. Learn how to fix boot device not found on HP Windows 10 laptop below:

HP Recovery Manager does not come preinstalled on Windows 10 computers beginning in 2018. Therefore, you may download HP Recovery Manager before you use it.
● If the recovery partition on the hard disk drive is not functioning correctly, this method won’t work and an error message will be displayed.

1. Turn off the computer and disconnect all connected devices and cables except the mouse and power cord.

2. Turn on your computer and immediately press F11 repeatedly.

3. When the Choose an option screen appears, click Troubleshoot and then select Recovery Manager.

Recovery Manager

4. When Recovery Manager prompts you to back up your files, select Back up your files first (recommended) and follow the wizard to complete the process. You can also select Recover without backing up your files if you have backed them up before.

Backup Files HP

5. When you back to the System Recovery screen, click Next to start recovery preparation.

Start System Recovery HP

6. When recovery preparation is complete, click Continue to proceed to the installation phase of the recovery process. The computer will restart several times during the recovery.

7. After the system recovery is complete, click Finish to restart the computer. Complete the setup screens and wait until the computer finishes the setup.

8. Once the setup is complete, turn off the computer, reconnect all devices and cables, and then turn on the computer to see if hard disk 3F0 error is fixed.

Tips: Before you can use your HP laptop as usual, you should reinstall all the programs that were added after purchasing the computer and restore the files you’ve backed up.

Fix HP laptop 3F0 error without losing programs

As you see, the process of fixing hard drive not found 3F0 error can be complicated, especially for those who are not too tech-savvy. What’s more, if you run system recovery with HP Recovery Manager, you have to reinstall the programs added by yourself later. That sounds annoying! Is there an easier way?

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To fix HP laptop 3F0 error, you should do following preparations:

1. Create bootable media to boot your computer.
2. Perform system backup when the computer is in good condition. You’d better enable the Schedule Backup feature when creating the backup task, so new changes on your computer can always be backed up.

When you encounter boot device not found error on HP computer the next time, you can fix it easily by booting from the bootable media and performing system restore. Get detailed steps below:

Step 1. Insert the bootable media into your HP laptop and change the boot sequence in BIOS to boot from it.

Step 2. AOMEI Backupper will load up automatically once your computer boots up. Select Restore and then click Select Task.

Select Task Winpe

Step 3. Select the system backup task you created before and click Next.

Select Backup Image

Step 4. Choose Restore this system backup to restore the entire image and click Next.

Select Entire Backup or Partition

Step 5. In the "Operation Summary" page, preview the operation that will be executed. Then, click Start Restore to launch the process. Besides the Windows OS, all your programs and files saved on the system partition will be restored as well.

Preview Restore

Wrapping things up

There are five solutions to hard drive not found 3F0 error offered in this article for your reference. AOMEI Backupper supplies you with a more efficient way to perform HP system recovery. It is easy to use thanks to the intuitive interface. You can also use it to replace C drive with SSD and wipe a hard drive without CD. Don’t hesitate to get this tool!