Question about Seagate Barracuda ATA IV (ST340016A) 40 GB Hard Drive
System boot-up does not find ahard drive even after restarting and setup utilities startup in safe mode doesn't work as well as the other options system just shows Windows xp screen for a spilt second the blue screen then reboots
Hi, all you need to do is download this program http://www.seagate.com/ww/v/index.jsp?locale=en-US&name=DiscWizard&vgnextoid=d9fd4a3cdde5c010VgnVCM100000dd04090aRCRD insert floppy disk and run it, this will give you a diagnostic program for your seagate hard drive, put the disc in the drive when it starts up and it will test your drive and let you know if its faulty :-) All the best John
Posted on Mar 01, 2007
Can you hear the drive startup? Is the drive present in the BIOS? Press f8 key when rebooting. One of your choices should be disable auto-restart. This will allow the blue screen to stay and you can see what kind of error the machine is giving. Are you pressing f1 to continue with no drive found or drive settings have changed? Assuming your using XP try booting from the CD. Act like your going to do a fresh install. The install should find and existing install. From there select repair. You will have to download all your updates and may need to re-activate XP. But it could get you up and running as long as the the board on the drive isn't fried. Let me know what happens. Good Luck, Tim
Posted on Mar 01, 2007
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During the boot process you will see on the screen to press a certain key to enter setup
Press and hold that key during the boot up process to enter BIOS you can load failsafe defaults or load optimized defaults ,press escape then press f10 to save to cmos to restart
During the boot process tap the f8 button three times this will boot into safe mode where the only things
working will be your mouse and keyboard enabling you to attempt to repair your computer
hope this helps
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