No bootable device -- insert boot disk and press any key

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by uclaGirl, May 27, 2010.

  1. uclaGirl macrumors newbie

    May 27, 2010
    Hello Everyone,

    I am about to sell my macbook and wanted to clean all my files.. I reinstalled the mac os snow leopard with no problem. Everything I had was deleted and I have a brand new and clean OS. However, I noticed that my windows partition wasn't deleted so I went on bootcamp and removed that. I saw that the windows hard drive I used to see on the desktop disappeared. I restarted my computer and now I see a black screen saying: "No bootable device -- insert boot disk and press any key"

    Well, my snow leopard cd is inside.. I can't get that out.. and I don't have the windows cd anymore...
    What do I do? Anyone has any suggestions?

    Thank you
  2. flopticalcube macrumors G4


    Sep 7, 2006
    In the velcro closure of America's Hat
    Hold down the option key while booting. You should see your Mac partition there.
  3. balamw Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
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    You also may want to make sure the startup disk is selected properly in system preferences when you get it booted.


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