Fix No Bootable Partition in Table at start up

For the last 2 days in my Christmas holiday, I have struggled to accomplish one of my ambition that is having three operating systems dwell inside my new laptop. XP, Vista, and Ubuntu that was the most ideal installation sequence if you want turn your PC into triple boot device, but that is not an option in my case. My laptop come preinstalled with Vista and the stupid product recovery discs will erase all partitions, turn it back into Vista brick. At one point, I face this blank black screen with a message “No Bootable Partition In Table” when I try to boot the laptop.

How to fix this “No Bootable Partition Table” ? If your PC produce this kind of weird message, big chance you have modified your Master Boot Record (MBR) or your PC can’t find one. You don’t need to understand what is this, but it is record on your hard drive that contains boot instruction. These are options that you can do to fix this.

Have a look if you get the right device to boot. New Computers today are capable to boot from numerous devices including CD/DVD drive and Flash Drive/USB devices apart from HDD. if your computer try to boot from flash drive / disc without any master boot record, it will throw this error message. Try to remove any USB devices and CD/DVD from your PC. Try to make sure the boot sequence point to your HDD first in BIOS setting.

If the first step does not solve any problem, you have to recover, restore, or create new MBR by using your operating system disc. This task can be daunting for some people, you may want to get IT Savvy to get this done for you.
Windows Vista installation DVD can be used to fix master boot record of your Vista installation. Other option is installing other boot manager such as GRUB which is used by Linux Ubuntu. You can google “Fix master boot record” to get into detail of this.

100 Responses to “Fix No Bootable Partition in Table at start up”

  1. Chiara Says:


  2. Amber Says:

    Oh my god, I agree with everyone above, you are a total lifesaver. This happened to me on a work computer and I thought I lost everything. As everyone else did, I also had a usb plugged in. Read this, took it out, and it rebooted fine! Thank you so much for posting this!

  3. andrea Says:

    thanks for the life saving, no pulling my hair out information. i too had left usb cables plugged in, but i have always done this, silly me! but from now on i will make sure cables are taken out before start up. thanks again , andrea.

  4. Remco Says:

    Thx!! 🙂

  5. Cindy Says:

    Received this error message, called our IT Help Desk. They didn’t know what was going on. While they were looking for a solution, I did a Google search, found this site. I unplugged my USB jump drive and voila! Problem solved. Thanks! Hung up with the help desk with the rep thinking I was awesome. Ha ha

  6. Niira Says:

    Thank you! Thank you!! Thank you!!!

  7. Avi Maria Says:

    MY GOD!!! It really helps me a lot! I freaked out!! Thank you so much!! :)))

  8. fvd48 Says:

    Hello from RIO, Brazil: – Yes, I had a flash drive connected to the PC and I have not started again without the pen drive, I’m still scared. From what I read in previous posts it solves! Thank you!

  9. adeline Says:

    you are really a life saviour ! im an interior designer working thru midnights and i had a submission due tomoro morning !desktop just went off completely almost cried out ! turn out to be usb issues too ! u save the day =) thx so much !

  10. Sara Says:

    add me to the grateful thanks list, and the diverted a heart attack list…!

  11. tom Says:

    Thanx I had a USB issue also
    Love you for saving time to redo my system

  12. Nicolaj Andersen Says:

    Sometimes it’s just too simple to think of… Thanks 😉

  13. Eddie Says:

    Nice one mate it worked, guess my computer was trying to boot up from a flash drive

  14. rahat Says:

    Thanks…..i solve this problem….

  15. Tam Says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!! My husband’s computer wouldn’t boot up. I was thinking, “Oh god, I have to find someone around this tech-forsaken area to try to help me.”. So, before going crazy I googled the message given on the screen, and got this. His flash drive was plugged in. Removed it and all is fine!

  16. Magnus Says:

    Great, with your help, I got my computer up and running again! Thanks!

  17. randy Says:

    thankyou so much. i was almost pissed at my computer

  18. jose Says:

    i has usb, removed it worked. thanks so much. I had to live without laptop 2 days and had to miss lots of entertainmensts.

  19. Shawn Says:

    Thank you for posting this. its all because of my stupid usb pug in

  20. Jamie K Says:

    I too had a USB in my laptop and once removed worked fine. Thank you so much, I can now continue with my job search. Thank you very much for your good help.

    Best wishes and God Bless.

  21. michael Says:

    This is very good. I so much like it. It helps like a magic. Thanks guys!

  22. Janet Says:

    Thank you sooo much…. i had left a USB plugged in as well. Many thanks

  23. John Says:

    Thank you! I have been restoring 25 computers for my kid’s school, and was 1.2 way through them when I hit this (I feared) anomaly. Removed the 2 USB sticks and I’m bacvk on track. Great post. Saved me lots of heartache~!


  24. Aj Says:

    Worked for me gaga. I left a flash stick and an extarnal it, fixed everything when i unplugged em both. 100th person to say thanks haha

  25. Nadine Says:

    A huge thank you. I had my a usb device plugged in and followed your instructions to remove it. It worked!!

  26. Gaang Says:

    Thank you a lot!!! if i didn’t read your message, I will never get it work again.

  27. Tiffany Says:

    Oh my gosh. Thank you! I was freaking out because I have project due tomorrow. Turns out the usb drive was the one wrong. I thought my computer was broken, again… Thanks again!

  28. Joe Says:

    THANK YOU! my mom was freaking out because she thought that the computer crashed and could get my school off of it.

  29. Cindy Says:

    THANK you! I pulled the stick and presto….it boots.

  30. axel Says:

    Nice one..thanks to u ive expanded my computer logic by unplugging a usb

  31. Samvp Says:

    thank you so much plugged out the usb and problem solved!

  32. Kathleen Says:

    Thank you; you just saved me from s nervous breakdown, having installed a brand new hard drive 2 days ago, already extremely frazzled & I got that error message. While I was on hold with an IT tech waiting for him to research, I removed a USB & it booted!

  33. Paul Says:

    big thanks for help:)

  34. Guest Says:

    Thank you.

  35. Swmbo Says:

    Thank you I was going into meltdown when it happened.

  36. Vic Says:

    I just shat my pants when I saw that error. I thought my HDD crashed cus I had few blue screens and was in the process of a backup. Saved me soo much trouble. Thank u soo much.

  37. Bob Says:

    Thank you! Had a silly USB plugged in. Removed it & worked like a charm.
    Appreciate the help. Excellent advice. Cheers!

  38. VKTHSU Says:

    THANK YOU!!!
    Was stuck doing a tech-support phone call, and couldn’t figure this one out, just a stupid External USB Hard Drive.

  39. Malyn Says:

    THANKS!!! ^^

  40. kiara Says:

    It seems everybody had the same problem. I had a USB plugged in as well. Thank you for your help! I’ve had so much go wrong with this computer, and my dad always has to fix it. I’m glad that I could fix this myself(with your help) 😉

  41. niels Says:

    Same thing for me too, darn usb stick was plugged in. I would be in such distress all the time without sites like this one. Big thanks from me and my wallet! (was sure i needed to buy a new hdd

  42. delroy Says:

    boy you save the day was about to call a computer tech but you save the day thanks much

  43. Mark Says:

    Thanks for this! I also had a USB plugged in 🙂

  44. mogggs Says:

    Yes -the usb stick hanging out the front.

  45. Caleb Says:

    Thankyou soo much, I have a HP Pavillion with windows 8 installed and the same problem occurred, and the USB was proeventing it booting up, thankyou.

  46. Nokwanda Says:

    Thanks that helped.

  47. Raj Says:

    Thanks buddy a simple suggestion yet powefull
    Sometimes we and the computers are so silly
    I literally lmfao after it got started up on removing the flash drive

  48. JHP Bookkeeping Says:

    LIFESAVER! I was working on a client’s books, when his computer gave me this error as I tried to restart due to slow speeds. I was going crazy. I called my hubby, since he’s a SNE and he was unavailable to help. Once I took out the USB and restarted it, it started the reboot process. Blessings to you!

  49. David Otley Says:

    Okay so I am aware that pointing to USB at boot will fail, but how to get around making usb drive act as source of upgrading from Win 7 Home Premium to Win 8.1 Pro with Genuine MS upgrade? What do I need to do to the flash drive and how then to apply win 8.1 Professional in order for the usb to act as the conduit for to upgrade? I am incidentally getting the “No bootable partition in table”

  50. Johnny Says:

    Thanks a mill times! The post it doesn’t helped me 100% as I was trying to install my windows kit saved on a USB flash drive, but certainly it helped me to remove ‘no bootable partition in table’ problem after I took off the USB! So I come next to my precedent replier, David Otley, and I ask if anybody knows how to make a flash drive USB to be bootable as upgrade source or install source on a Toshiba Satellite system please let us know! Thanks a mill’s again to the one who did this post! Is saving lot of people!

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