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  • longaxe May 11, 2010

    Have you verified:

    -that the ribbon cable is in tight and properly plugged in on both ends?

    -that the power connector is properly plugged in?

    -that the master/slave jumpers are properly set?

    -that the hard drive is good by trying it in another machine?


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Ok, let's assume that this is a system that was "cookin' with gas" one day and just wouldn't boot the next, and you saw the message that the hard disk cannot be found. There are not many possibilities, but one is the failure of the drive itself. Meaning a device on the pc card on the drive failed, the drive no longer reports it's presence to the bios, and the drive may no longer even spin. If the drive is spinning, and eminates a brief ratcheting noise at application of power, perhaps the bios has a problem, and is just not seeing the drive. If you feel that may be the case, boot from cold, look for a prompt "press xxxx to enter setup" and select that key to enter the setup of the bios. If you see a prompt in the bios for "load defaults" select it, and then "save and exit". Reboot the system and see if the problem is corrected.

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Did the machine recognise the drive before, or is this a new build?Is it a SATA drive, and how many other devices are running into the ribbon. Try clearing the cmos, and try again if it worked before.

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If you get message: " boot disk failure" then follow this tip

1)If any cd or dvd is there in the cd or dvd drive remove them first then try booting
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2)check the boot device priority in the BIOS menu,change the boot device priority if required(change to 1 st boot device floppy, 2nd harddisk drive,3 rd to cdrom drive something like this)
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3)check whether the harddisk is detected or not in the bios setup
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if required then replace with the new ones ....
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