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Try to reset the IDE or SATA cable and try and load to default setting in your bios

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How do I fix a problem were a tower computer won't see the slave hard drive.


It sounds like both drives are trying to be the master on the cable. Have you tried setting both drives jumpers to the CABLE SELECT setting. This allows the BIOS to individually identify them and you specify in the BIOS which is the primary boot drive.

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Creating a bootable flash drive


<p><b>Resolution:</b><br /> <p>The USB Flash Drive must be configured with an active primary MS-DOS partition. It must also contain the boot files. Follow the steps below to create a bootable USB Flash Drive. <br /> <p><b>Requirements:</b><br /> <ul> <li> Motherboard with BIOS that supports USB boot. <li> USB Flash Drive that may be erased. <li> Bootable floppy disk or CD with Fdisk and Format commands. </li></ul> <p><b>Directions:</b><br /> <ol> <li> Plug in the USB Flash Drive. <li> Make the USB drive the only bootable hard drive. <b>Method 1:</b><br />If available, change the BIOS settings for the hard drive sequence, making sure the USB device is at the top of the list above all other hard drives. Not all BIOS Setup Utilities have this option. <b> Method 2:</b><br /> Disable all hard drives in the BIOS. In some BIOS Setup Utilities you can disable the individual hard drives, while in others you will need to disable the controller. <b> Method 3:</b><br /> Unplug all hard drive cables inside the case. If the cables are unplugged the computer cannot detect and boot to the hard drive. <li> Insert the bootable floppy disk or CD into the appropriate drive. <li> Restart the computer to the bootable floppy disk or CD. <li> At the command prompt, type: FDisk. <li> Delete and create a new active primary DOS partition. <li> Use FDisk to delete all partitions from the USB Flash Drive. <ul> <li> In FDisk, press the 3 key to Delete partition or Logical DOS Drive. <li> If there is just one partition on the drive, choose 1 to delete the primary DOS partition. If there are several partitions, the extended and logical partitions must be deleted before the primary partition. <li> After choosing option 1, the screen appears with partition information and a prompt for the partition to delete. Choose which primary DOS partition to delete, and then press ENTER. <li> A prompt appears to enter the volume label of the hard drive. Enter the label exactly as it appears on the top of the screen in the partition information. If the volume label contains gibberish or lowercase letters, the partition will have to be deleted as a non-DOS partition. Try using the option to delete a non-DOS partition in FDISK. After entering the volume label, press ENTER. <li> You are prompted if it should delete the partition. Press Y for Yes, and then press ENTER. <li> The screen changes to show only the total disk space and a line near the bottom that prompts that the primary DOS partition has been deleted. Press the ESC key to return to the main menu. </li></ul> <li> Use FDisk to create a primary partition on the USB Flash Drive. The drive letter will be C:, since all other hard drives were disabled in step 2. <ul> <li> In FDisk, press 1 to Create DOS partition or Logical DOS drive. <li> Press 1 to Create a Primary DOS Partition. <li> The next screen prompts if the maximum hard disk size should be made into one partition. Press the Y key, and then press ENTER. <li> The next screen prompts that the computer will now reboot. Press ENTER to continue. </li></ul> <li> Exit FDisk and restart the computer. <li> Start the computer from the bootable floppy disk or CD with the USB Flash Drive still connected. <li> At the command prompt, run Format by typing the following command: Format c: /s. Press ENTER. <li> At the command prompt, run FDisk by typing following command: Fdisk /mbr. Press ENTER. <li> Restart the computer without the bootable floppy disk or CD, and attempt to boot to the USB Flash Drive. If it works, it should go to a C:\&gt; command prompt. <li> Change the settings made in step 2 back so that the computer operates normally again. </li></ol>

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How to disable the realistic card reader in gateway zx4250


if you go to device manager and look under disk drives you should see your hard drive and card reader. If you right click on card reader you can disable it.

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How to disable smart drive if there is no option, pls help


I do not recommend disabling SMART. SMART monitors your Hard drive for any impending failures and alerts you in advance if it detects anything abnormal with the drive. I strongly recommend you keep SMART enabled.

If you still want to disable it, please visit http://sourceforge.net/projects/smartmontools/ to download SmartMonTools.

Try this command set "smartctl -- smart=off -- saveauto=on /dev/hdX"

Where "X" is the HDD you want to de-S.M.A.R.T.

hda is the first drive detected, hdb the second, and so on. You can fish for it.

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XP rebooting again and again


Do you now have both hard drives plugged in? You must have the Master hard drive in the IDE1 slot and the second hard drive jumpered to cable select and put on the IDE2 slot. As you are looking at the cable from the open side of the computer, the IDE cable connected to the hard drive should have the red stripe towards you. The end of the ribbon cable should be plugged into the primary hard drive, with the second hard drive plugged into the second plug on the ribbon cable. On the hard drive there should be a diagram for how to jumper each hard drive for primary or cable select.

NOTE: You cannot put a hard drive into the computer and expect it to boot, even if it has an operating system on it. The OS must be installed onto the hard drive after being installed into the system.

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My Dell Studio 540 blinking hard drive light


the hard drive light blinks whenever the Hard drive is accessed, and sine this is where everything is stored, that happens a lot. the only way to completely disable it is to unplug it from the motherboard.

Jan 15, 2010 | Computers & Internet

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My system cannot detected any hard drive on


go into the bios during rebooting stage and check whether you have automatic detection of drives. If set to disabled or manual change to automatic. You may have a problem with the motherboard interface to hard-drive.

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Dell dimension 2400 diskette drive 0 seek failure


Check your BIOS setting to see if it detects the hard drive (Primary disk 0). If it can't detect the hard drive then the hard drive maybe faulty. Open the case unpluge the IDE cable from the hard drive and reconnect it again, also unplug the IDE cable at the motherboard and reconnect it again including the power connector on the hard drive.
There maybe an option to test the hard drive in the BIOS, if so use it to test the hard drive.
If the hard drive is faulty, you need to replace it and install Windows, the various device drivers and your programs to get a functioning computer again.
You might consider buying a new computer (it will be faster & better than the old Dell) and you have your new monitor to go with it.

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My computer won't boot up


You are having a classic indication of a hard drive failure.

Boot to the BIOS (System Setup) Usually F2, or DEL at boot) and see if the hard drive is seen by system setup (most likely it will not be seen)

If HDD is not seen, the power off, unplug and reseat the power and data cables to the drive. If still not seen, replace the HDD

Jan 22, 2009 | E-Machines eMachines Desktop PC

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Password problem


if you don't care about the information on the hard drive, use a boot cd for your operating system (windows/linux/unix...whatever) to reformat the hard drive and then install it on the newly formated hard drive

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