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.

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

  1. Robert Howdle Says:

    Hey thanks for posting this, i had a usb plugged in and nothing was on it but i think it must of been trying to boot from it, thanks soo much!


  2. Jean Says:

    Thank you! That was very helpful! Turns out I also had a USB plugged in.

  3. Stacey Says:

    Ditto. You saved me with the simple suggestion of checking for USB drives. I had unplugged a RAID drive in order to make a backup, then when I tried to boot, got this message. I, of course, assumed that I had in some way corrupted the boot sector of the RAID in the process and after fiddling with it for quite a while, finally got online and found this post. It never occurred to me that the computer would change the boot drive selections in its own BIOS, but it did, and the hard drive was no longer even listed. When I removed my USB drive, it then re-added the hard drives in the sequence and booted fine. Whew. Never dreamed it was anything that simple.

  4. admin Says:

    It was also got me to scratch my head, and go through series of reboot. It turns out to be simple usb drive problem :D
    Happy to help others through this blog.

  5. lorelei Says:

    thank you so much i had a usb plugged in too, panic over!

  6. Rob Says:

    I too had a USB device plugged in, and removing it solved the problem. Thanks!


  7. Kim Says:

    Omg! You saved me man. I thought i was going to break it forver! LOL. Wow. Thanks.

  8. Fan Says:

    Omg i was in shock, THANKS !!

  9. Ixchell Says:


    I had a usb plugged in!
    You’re a life saver!

    Thank you sooo much!!

  10. Subterfug10 Says:

    Thanks, was having the same exact issue, Problem Solved !

  11. Todd Says:

    OMG!! To think I was going to wipe everything, or reset the HD array, when it was a flash drive!!! You should have seen my terror! Thank you soooooo much!

  12. Romaine Says:

    Hooray…I too had a usb in and all was fine when I unplugged it. Thank you.

  13. Alem Says:

    Thank you!

  14. Jessica Says:

    I also had a USB flash drive plugged in and as soon as I took it out, windows started up normally. This was very helpful! Thank you so much for this post! I’m so happy my problem is fixed!

  15. Joe Says:

    dah! who would have thought one little usb drive could cause so much of a problem.

  16. nata Says:

    another usb plugged in, thanks for the help

  17. ryan Says:

    thank you, you are my hero :)

  18. Andrei Says:

    i have a problem with the same error message “no bootable partition in table”. I have a dell laptop without cdrom with windows xp but windows stoped working. I tryed to reboot using the usb and i keep getting that can i reboot my pc?

  19. Tony Says:

    i have a problem with this error :no bootable partition on table.I was trying to copy an image clone and after i copy it when the pc is restarted it shows this message.It seems like it doesn’t boot on HDD but only on CD-ROM.I disconnected everything :usb and removed cd from cd-rom.And after this still shows the same error message.I tried every position of jumpers ,and on BIOS in b ooting options i have put the HDD only.Pls can anyone help me with this problem ?

  20. admin Says:

    Are you using image clone on HDD? my guess is that you image clone doesn’t include the boot partition.

  21. Ed Says:

    Add me to the “me too” list. My wife is soooooo thankful that it was something so simple as we really can’t afford to get the computer fixed (and I don’t want her using mine). Gotta love Google for pointing me in the right direction, and you folks for giving me the answer. Peace reigns in our house once. Thanks once again.

  22. MasterJ Says:

    hahaha. I was just bout to get frustrated, then I read this, and noticed my flashdrive still plugged in. Bingo.

  23. Ed K. Says:

    Whew! “That was easy!” I had just copied my old hdd onto a bigger, faster one. And was using a thumb drive to transfer other stuff that wasn’t originally on the old hdd. I had forgotten that I had the thumb drive plugged in for like a week. At first I thought that something “didn’t take” when I copied the hdd! I would try restarting the machine to rid myself of the error and it would resume booting up! I googled this error message when I came across this awesome page! THANKS FOR POSTING THIS! YOU’VE SAVED ME A BUNCH O’ FRUSTRATION!!

  24. Paul Says:

    This worked for me too, but I checked the boot sequence and it was not set to USB as #1. Stranger yet, the machine booted and has been running fine.


  25. thau Says:


  26. michelle Says:

    Thank you so much! I thought I had buggered up my pc again…

  27. myname Says:

    Thanks alot!

    Just got this error, freaked me out! :D
    atleast now i know how to deal with it :D

  28. Chris Says:

    THANK YOU! I was about to have a user ship a laptop back but a google search brought me here. Thanks again

  29. Salvi Says:

    Thank you for sharing your solution. There was a USB device plugged in in the back of our loaded lab computer too. It saves a lot of time and no frustration :)

  30. Tony Miles Says:

    You saved my life! Just off to Paris to do two days’ training and thought I had big problems. This is what the internet is all about – helping one another. Unplugged USB key and bingo!

  31. Desire du Plooy Says:

    Thought I damaged my son’s PC now… Relieved to find out that it was indeed a USB that caused a few extra grey hairs!

  32. ashish Says:

    thanxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx ure a savior!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  33. Olivia Says:

    Thankyou so much! Turns out I had left a usb stick in overnight that I forgot about. I removed it and it worked fine! You’re a saviour!

  34. Mario Says:

    Thank you very much. Like a lot of other people that have visited you here, I also had a usb device plugged in. I don’t fully understand most of what you said, but however it worked, it worked. Thanks again, you saved me a lot of trouble.

  35. chriztian Says:

    tnx! for the help!!! appreciate it s0 much!!!

  36. Ali-OOOP Says:

    Most excellent advice. Thanks a million!

  37. Gene Says:

    Yep, USB issues!! Thanks, certainly saved the day – cheers:)

  38. anon Says:

    thanks so much i was so scared when this happened as i am 12 but it was so simple :D

  39. gilberto Says:

    hey thanks i also had a ubs pluged in my labtop

  40. gilberto Says:

    hey thanks i also had a usb pluged in my labtop

  41. Richard Says:

    removing usb drives did the trick. A huge thank you for that. Solved the problem before reformatting for recovery and hours of re-installing programs.

    Thanks again.

  42. mal Says:

    Ha wow, just ran into the same problem. Thankfully the same solution saved the day!

  43. John Says:

    Yep same problem here, found it out before finding this site although I had both a USB drive and an external HD plugged in, have to change boot sequence since it’s all out of order due to it being a new rig. Thanks

  44. stephen Says:

    same problem solution acceptable…………………….any solutions for an fully install os that does not want to run

  45. Dominique Says:

    Thanks alot!!!

  46. pandu Says:

    Thank you

  47. Dan P Says:

    Thanks. I had a USB with pictures that I removed, and afterwords the computer was fine.

    Thanks again :-)

  48. J Says:

    Ok — I’ve been in a panic for about 2 hours — left my office with my system running a bunch of diagnostic tests. I had a USB plugged in and was working on it when it went into the scheduled company backup. I am hoping now that I took the USB out that I can get it to reboot when I get back to the office. Thanks for the suggestions.
    At least I have a direction to point my IT guy — thought for sure I had completely wiped out the computer again.

  49. wilfredo Says:

    ohh my god i am an I.T. student but i dont knw how to operate this i feel so scared that i destroy the one of the pc on our neighbors internet cafe i took the usb but it doesnt work what will i do the owner are so very mad at me

  50. Beth Says:

    Ah this saved me!! I have a usb stick in. I was so worried for minute there. Thankyou :)

  51. Chiara Says:


  52. 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!

  53. 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.

  54. Remco Says:

    Thx!! :)

  55. 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

  56. Niira Says:

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

  57. Avi Maria Says:

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

  58. 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!

  59. 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 !

  60. Sara Says:

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

  61. tom Says:

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

  62. Nicolaj Andersen Says:

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

  63. Eddie Says:

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

  64. rahat Says:

    Thanks…..i solve this problem….

  65. 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!

  66. Magnus Says:

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

  67. randy Says:

    thankyou so much. i was almost pissed at my computer

  68. 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.

  69. Shawn Says:

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

  70. 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.

  71. michael Says:

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

  72. Janet Says:

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

  73. 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~!


  74. 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

  75. Nadine Says:

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

  76. Gaang Says:

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

  77. 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!

  78. Joe Says:

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

  79. Cindy Says:

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

  80. axel Says:

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

  81. Samvp Says:

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

  82. 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!

  83. Paul Says:

    big thanks for help:)

  84. Guest Says:

    Thank you.

  85. Swmbo Says:

    Thank you I was going into meltdown when it happened.

  86. 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.

  87. Bob Says:

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

  88. 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.

  89. Malyn Says:

    THANKS!!! ^^

  90. 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) ;)

  91. 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

  92. delroy Says:

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

  93. Mark Says:

    Thanks for this! I also had a USB plugged in :)

  94. mogggs Says:

    Yes -the usb stick hanging out the front.

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