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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From time to time you will need a message on your computer when boot that states that your Operating System was not detected or that your primary hard drive was not found. When these messages come up alot of people think that there hard drive had fail. However alot of times it is just because the Master Boot Record on the hard drive got corrpted so the data on the drive can not be read properly. This also is the cause of the flash cursor that people will see from time to time.
Note in these cases you will always want to run a hard drive test before the reinstall of Windows as a drive failure could have caused the problem but run through the below step will alot of times show that the drive is fine.
The steps below will take you repairing the MBR on your har drive. Note to go through this process you will need your Windows XP OS CD.
1. The first thing you will need to do is boot your computer off your Windows XP OS CD. To do this you will need to go into your BIOS and change the boot order to have your ROM drive set as the first boot device. Note some OEM computers have a boot menu set to a hot key like F12. This option sould let you boot from the ROM drive without having to go into the BIOS.
2. After you have selected to boot you computer from the ROM drive with the Windows XP OS CD in the drive you will seee a message that states "press any key". You will need to press any key on your keyboard to have the computer boot off the Window XP OS CD.
3. After the setup loads you will want to select "R" to run the Windows XP Recovery Console
4. After the Windows Recovery Console loads you willl need to type the number that refers to the drive that you are wanting to repair. Note in most cases you will type "1" then press enter. Then you need to enter the Administrator password for the system. If you do not know it or does not work then at this point you will need to look at backing up for files with another computer and doing a full reinstall of Windows on the hard drive.
5. After you are able to enter the Administrator password you will be at a prompt here is where you will type "fixmbr". This will repair the damaged MBR. Inaddition will may want to run "fix boot" this will fix any issues with the boot sector.
Note if you still have trouble getting the system to boot properly after running through these steps you will want to do a backup of your files and do a full reinstall of Windows. Also run any hard drive tests to make sure there is not anything wrong with the hard drive.
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
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.
You mention on boot that the server shows a logical drive of 158GB, which obviously means the server is detecting the drives ok.
Quite often Windows doesn't have the correct drivers to support systems using RAID controllers such as IBM ServerRaid, so this is probably why the setup CD states "No HDD detected, press F3 to reboot". When the Windows Setup CD Boots, it should at some point (on the blue screen) at the bottom of the screen state something like "Press F6 to load additional drivers". If you can get the correct drivers from IBM website, and load them by pressing F6, Windows should be able to see the drives ok. Hopefully it will then be able to successfully repair the error.
This message is displayed the motherboard attempts to preform a PXE
boot. In otherwords, it is attempting to boot from the network.
This message is displayed under the following conditions:
1) No boot device (i.e. harddrive, cdrom) was detected. (Remember, even with a fresh harddrive you will get this message because the harddrive does not have an operating system tellling the BIOS it is bootable.) 2) The BIOS is configured to boot from LAN (PXE) before the hard disk drives.
1) Power down your computer and check all power and data cables (ALSO JUMPER SETTINGS!) leading to the HDD, CD-ROMS, and other drives. 2) Hold down the key to access your BIOS while turning the computer on from a powerless state. 3) Change the boot order putting LAN (PXE) boot last: I would do CD, HDD, LAN. 4) Exit and save the changes.
TIP: HOLDING F12 WHILE WHILE TURING YOUR COMPUTER ON FROM A POWERLESS STATE WILL BRING UP A BOOT MENU AND YOU CAN CHOOSE TO BOOT FROM CD, HDD, ETC.
If the unit detects any form of Hard Drive Error it asks you to format the drive.
Connect the unit to your PC and run ScanDisk or DOS Chkdsk on the drive. Will help to rectify any issues with the FAT.
Windows XP & 2000
Running Check Disk Utility (ChkDsk) ? HARD DRIVE mode only
If you still have problems with the file system on your AV 500 you can try to fix it using the DOS utility, check disk
Do the following;
? Make sure external AC adapter is powering the AV 500.
? Quit all running applications.
? Properly connect the AV 500 to your computer
? Wait patiently (up to 5 minutes) for Windows XP to show the local drive as mounted.
? Open a DOS window. Programs > Accessories > Command Prompt.
? At the prompt, type chkdsk e: /f . Use e: or f: or whatever drive letter is representing your AV 500. The /f
argument tells the program to automatically fix errors.
? Be patient, this may take a while.
? When finished, exit the DOS Window and properly disconnect the AV 500 from your computer.
Now try using the device. DO NOT try to defrag the drive.
Let us know how you get on.
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".