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Hard drive problem

Hi guys!
my HD 40 GB on ibm r50e was dead yesterday. i bought new H.D (WD 160GB scorpio). but when i'm trying to install Xp on this laptop. there is a message appear told me there is no hard drive install. the HD is new & checked by usb adapter & also formated. the laptop is not recognize the HD (i also checked it with one more HD 20 GB).
i try to change some elements on bios but it doesn't matter

please i don't know what 2 do.

thanX for your help!

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  • moni7 Sep 05, 2008

    can you explain me how to do this.

    i don't have diskette in my laptop.

    were is the link?!

    help me with instrction....

  • moni7 Sep 05, 2008

    can i use other hardware like disk on key, usb diskette?

  • moni7 Sep 05, 2008

    this software is running on xp. but my laptop is dead. i can't access the HD. what i'm trying to do is to replace him.

    thankX for the link

  • moni7 Sep 05, 2008

    here more detail about my laptop as i understand it's important:

    bios version: 1.19 1WET64WW

    Embedded Controller version: 1.02

  • moni7 Sep 08, 2008

    hi. i tried what you told me with the bios and it's doesn't work.
    do you have any other idea...?!



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I've been wrestling with tw IBM's with similar issues for the last three days, one of which wouldn't recognize the hard drive or the CD drive. I'm going to suggest flashing the bios, this worked on the ones I have. Here's a link to the bios download. I recommend that you use the one for creating a diskette. Try this and let me know.

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  • Ryan Rogers
    Ryan Rogers Sep 05, 2008

    You will need to use a computer with a floppy drive, plus you will need a floppy drive for your laptop. Simply download the diskette version of the bios, then run it. When you run it, it will prompt you to put a disk in the A: or floppy drive, then it will create the disk for you. Then you will need to boot from the floppy drive, and it will install the fresh and updated bios. If you can't get a floppy drive for your laptop, then I suggest that you go ahead and make the disk, and take it to a local shop and have them flash the bios for you. Any decent shop should have the equipment to do this, and shouldn't charge much.

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