I have the same problem.i order a new hard drive but it does the same no hard drive in the bios.i try reinstaling windows xp to see if it detects the had drive no luck.i unplug and replug nothing,i unplug and replug the hard drive up side down the pc just show a black screen whith nothing not even a DELL logo
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Re: hard drive not detected
You may try to check the hard drive in the BIOS first.
Turn on (or restart) your computer.
When the Dell™ logo appears, press <F2> immediately.
When you are in the setup look for the Primary hard drive. If it says "none" then the hard drive is not detected by your computer. You may try to reseat the hard drive and check if that could resolve the problem if not you may call you computer manufacturer and check if the system still under warranty to replace the hard drive.
Please follow the link below on how to reseat (unplug/replug) the hard drive
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This sounds like a classic case of hardware failure, try taking the hard out and putting back in again, also check in the bios to see if the hard drive has been detected. if you get the same result the hard drive has failed and you will need another one
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First - re-seat the hard disk and reboot the computer. If the computer does not boot up then reboot and go into the BIOS configuration to see if the BIOS detects the hard drive. If it doesn't detect the hard drive then it could be faulty. Then the hard drive needs to be replaced in the computer/laptop, Windows installed and the computer or laptop's device drivers plus your programs etc. to get a functioning computer/laptop again.
An unmountable boot volume error means that the operating system cannot boot from the hard drive either because the boot files are corrupted, the hard drive is faulty or there is a problem with the cable connecting the hard drive to the computer. If you are booting your PC and come across a Blue Screen of Death stating UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME, don't despair.
You would need to repair the volume inorder to fix this issues.
To repair the volume, follow these steps:
Start your computer by inserting the Windows startup disks or the Windows installation disk if your computer can start from the CD drive.
When the Welcome to Setup screen appears, press R to select the repair option.
If you have a dual-boot or multiple-boot computer, select the Windows installation that you want to access from the Recovery Console.
Type the administrator password when you are prompted to do this.
Note If no administrator password exists, press ENTER.
At the command prompt, on the drive where Windows is installed, type chkdsk /r, and then press ENTER.
At the command prompt, type exit, and then press ENTER to restart your computer.
After you repair the volume, check your hardware to isolate the cause of the file system damage.
If this procedure does not work, repeat it, but type fixboot instead of chkdsk /r in step 5.
Hope this helps . Please let me know if you need further help
Hard drive is not detected. Change the Boot sequence in BIOS
1. To access the BIOS you must tap F2 or delete key upon turning the computer on 2. Try to look for the Hard drive if it is detected by BIOS if not got to step 6 3. Look for Boot Sequence or anything that is associated Boot 4. The Order boot of must be 1st: DVD Drive, 2nd: Hard drive, 3rd: Network etc. 5. Save the changes and Restart 6. If you still get the same message I suggest that you take out the hard drive and put it back in until it is detected in BIOS 7. If Step 6 did not work I think you need to replace the Hard drive
The BIOS, the control program built into the motherboard, is set to try booting from devices in a certain order when the power comes on. Most computers are set to try the optical drive first, possibly a USB device next, then the hard drive, and finally to try booting over a network connection. The error message you're seeing is because it's tried the network boot without success, and is telling you that maybe you have a bad connection.
What this all means is that the hard drive isn't being detected, or something has happened to your WIndows installation. It may be that the hard drive has worked loose from its connector, or has developed a hardware failure. There may be some problem on the motherboard. Or you may have picked up a virus or other malware that has done something nasty to Windows.
The hard drive is under a cover on the bottom of the computer so you can check that it's properly seated. You can also enter the BIOS setup screen when you turn the computer on and check that the hard drive is being properly detected. If you have access to a Windows installation disc, you can use the diagnostic tools it provides to check the hard drive. If you don't feel you can do it yourself, there's probably a computer service shop in your area that for some fee can check the computer for you and tell you what needs to be done .
Hope you can get the problem straightened out quickly. Thanks for using Fixya!
It's possible that your Master Boot Record is corrupted. To fix:
First, restart your computer with the Windows XP setup disk in the CD drive. 2. When prompted, boot from the CD drive by pressing any key. If Windows loads automatically, you will first have to enter the BIOS setup and change the order of the boot devices to start with the CD drive. 3. Once the setup loads, you will see the option to press R to repair a Windows installation. 4. Once the Recovery Console loads up, you will have to type in a number that corresponds to your Windows installation. This is normally just 1. Press Enter and then type in the Administrator password. 5. Now at the prompt, type in fixmbr. Your damaged MBR will now be replaced with a new master boot record and your computer should now be able to boot properly. Also run the fixboot command to repair the boot sector with a new one.
If still a problem, your hard drive is probably faulty and needs to be replaced.
When the computer starts it flashes up press f2or delete or some other key to enter setup. Go through the settings and there should be one that will allow you to change the boot device. It sounds to me like it is set to boot from the cd rom drive only. Change it to boot from the hard drive and save changes to CMOS and restart the computer. The computer should now boot from the hard drive.
on a friend's Windows 98 SE or Windows ME computer, create a floppy "Startup disk". Insert in your pc floppy drive and turn on. If floppy drive was not accessed, then get to BIOS and ensure "Boot from floppy drive" is set prior to "boot from hard drive". Once at first screen, select "Boot with CD-ROM driver". Insert CD-ROM and initiate entire re-install of Windows. Windows may do some self-restarting. At first restart do this: get to BIOS and ensure "Boot from hard drive" is set prior to "boot from floppy drive".