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Hard disk drive not found

I have a dell 8200, it all started when I left my computer on overnite, the next morn. I had the blue screen of death, after rebooting it said, hard disk drive 0 not found, if I unplug the hard drive and plug it back in it still gives me the message not found but will boot and work fine for awhile, I can't figure it out, please help me!

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  • beth1960405 Nov 13, 2008

    I'm very appreciative for your quick response!! You gave me some things to try which I hadn't thought of, I failed to mention that there is also a zip drive as the hard drive 2 and the system also fails to recognize that as well. Could it possibly be the battery is low? The system is 6 years old. I thought it might be the power supply as the hard drive and zip drive are on the same wires as well as the same cord connecting to the mother board, I tried new cord and switched the power around with the cd roms and it didnt change anything so I have eliminated both of those, please let me know if it could be the battery and I will start investigating the other solution trys right away and will let you know, Sincerely, Sondra Hooper

  • beth1960405 Nov 13, 2008

    Here is some new info on this.....My son in law has a fairly new laptop running vista, his was working fine and suddenly did the same thing mine is doing, we have one thing in common, MY DAUGHTER, HIS WIFE ! LOL So he called gateway and they told him it was a very bad virus and are sending him a disk to recover from it, could that be? could it be a virus in the bios causing all this trouble?

  • beth1960405 Nov 13, 2008

    Here is some new info on this.....My son in law has a fairly new laptop running vista, his was working fine and suddenly did the same thing mine is doing, we have one thing in common, MY DAUGHTER, HIS WIFE ! LOL So he called gateway and they told him it was a very bad virus and are sending him a disk to recover from it, could that be? could it be a virus in the bios causing all this trouble?

  • beth1960405 Nov 13, 2008

    Your an awesome person for taking the time to respond to all my emails, I'm pretty good with computers but this one has me stumped, I did reinstall xp pro and it didn't fix it, however I took the battery out to reset the bios and now it only shows that the diskette drive o seek failure, go figure! It's nice to know people like you are around and want to share their knowledge for free, simply to help others, in this day and time it appears to me that most people are out for what they can get not give! You are truly appreciated!!

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It seems to me that the Hard drive or main board is damaged. To try this suggestion connect your hard drive to another computer and hope it DOES NOT WORK reason you are hoping this is cause if it does work you will need a new main board. I'm really sorry I cant do any more than that cause i know parts dont come for free. I have debated your issue for quite some time and i must say that is what is boils down to Unfortunately. When you try this and figure out which of the 2 is bad let me know and i will see how best i can assist. One thing that you may try if its the board is flashing the bios. Search the net for the instructions of clearing the cmos for your particular system. I Do Pray that clearing the cmos will work.

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  • Rishi Roshan Ali Nov 13, 2008

    Hi,, i doubt its the battery if its 6years old its more likely the main board itself its starting to show its diterating signs. If you wish you may check the battery but i hardly doubt that that can cause the problem else you would have had to press F! to start the comp and it would have stated an error concerning the battery. I'm guess here that the HD and ZIP are on IDE1 and the 2 roms are on IDE2 .. i'll still check the jumpers. :)

  • Rishi Roshan Ali Nov 13, 2008

    Well in a way it is possible for a virus to do damages to the bios.. But very unlikely as this has to be infected through a system bios upgrade which must be done via a floppy or usb drive. I thin k the virus gateway is speaking off might be refering to a HD Killer on the harddrive itself. But it mush have a way to spread it cant just jump open space. Vista has fault's it crashes very very very often and its often blamed on a virus rather than incompetence. Some people say vista works good most say it sucks i guess vista boils down to plain luck.As for the Hd killer virus maybe not cause a recovery disc sure wont help. Your son in law's problem is just a crashed OS or simply put VISTA CRASHED. you can try to reformat your hard drive using a windows cd and see if it works but your problem seems to be hardware as stated before. If anything new happens or you need more help please click on my name or ask this expert and i will respond asap.

  • Rishi Roshan Ali Nov 14, 2008

    No problem madam, any time, please keep me posted as to whats happening and if you need any assistance i will provide it for you.

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