I have the Acer aspire 5000, and I have tried several times to format the HD and replace the OS, but when I goto setup, the screen states that there is no HD in the computer. Any ideas? The HD trys to boot, but then stalls and repeats several times with no luck.
goto bios ... in that some wehere there willl .sata support for hdd .. in that make the hard disk .. to native mode or compatibiltiy mode. . then boot .. u can see the hard disk ... just done ... enjoy ..
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You need to format your hard disk. Please note that formatting will erase all you data from the hard disk and all the software including the Operating system.
If you have your OS master CD you can insert it in the cd/dvd drive and restart the laptop. This will detect the OS CD and try to install it. In the installation process there is an option "Format your hard drive". You should select that option. Then it will format, mark the bad sectors, create a new boot sector and install the OS. You will be just fine.
Sorry you are having trouble. I can help you with this. The "Format" command has been around for a long time. It used to be included on the start disks that came with Dos, Windows 95, and Windows 98. Now that the Operating Systems (OS) are much bigger and most pcs do not have floppy drives we have to use other methods to get to the format command. Now comes the hard part. Format is a DOS command. To use you have to be at the c: prompt. It is still included in most OS's but the trick is to get to it. Try this: Boot to the CD that contains your OS. Then search the disk for the format command. Once you know you have it you will have to pick the option to goto the recovery console. Here you will have to have the administrator password to continue. If you need more info please ask
Remove any USB devices and any CDs from drives and try to boot. If that doesn't work boot (Press DEL or F1 when the Acer screen comes on into setup and check that it's seeing the hard drive in the BIOS and is booting from the HD. If the HD is corrupted you may need to use a restore disc
If this a new drive you need to prepare it using a hard drive utility before windows will recognise it. The drive manufacturer may provide this for you. Maxblast is one such program as is Datalifeguard from Western Digital.
Generally the bios setting will be set to check the primary Hard disk for the Operating system and then move to the CD/DVD drive . It looks like your system is not finding the hard disk. Thats why its moving on the CD drive and trying to read it.
Possible issues :
1) Hard Drive crash
Solution : Nothing much. You need to replace the hard drive and reinstall the OS.
2) Hard Drive connection issue.
Solution : Open the chasi and try to figure out if the hard disc is properly connected.
3) Corrupted OS or boot file
Solution : Try to repair the OS use the OS cd and run the repair option.
4) Bios setting to treat CD drive as the primary media.
Solution : Use the F10 option in the Bios to change the primary Media.
reinstall os from cd.by shutting down in that manner he was probably in the middle of something and didnt close the program resulting in missing sys32 files which is why it wont start.this type of thing happens often and not only for that reason.
do you get anything at all on screen .
can u enter setup(bios)
try removing memory ,make sure free from dust and replace.
no screen is either missing memory,fault with hd(bad sectors)
fault with bios(hardly ever),damaged or dislodged graphics card or damaged cpu(processor)