I want to replace the Hard drive, but the PC does nort "see" the new one.
I have looked in Bios and cannot see any entries for the HDD.
Does this mean the Bios may be locked?
Do I have to use an identical replacement to the original?
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Re: No hard drive page in bios
If the hard drive has not been formatted you will need to boot to the operating system cd. Each hard drive manufacturer has their own drive manager program which you can download and burn to cd on another computer as well. You do not need to have the same brand as the original. If you have any trouble with the formatting please tell me and I will help you. Steve Medley
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This issue is often caused by either an incorrect setting in BIOS or a bad boot device, such as a bad hard disk drive.
Verify that your hard disk drive is setup and detected properly in BIOS. You're computer should list a hard disk drive installed either under the main page or the drives page in BIOS. If BIOS indicates the drive is not installed or not detected skip to Hard Disk drive is bad or not connected properly. Verify the boot options are properly set in BIOS, almost all BIOS setups should contain options specifying how your computer boots. For example, most computers should have their boot options setup similar to the below example.
- Floppy drive - CD drive - Hard drive
Rest your BIOS to default values. Many BIOS will enable users to reset the values to the default settings. If you've tried the above options without success try resetting the BIOS.
Boot from either your emergency repair disk, your bootable Windows CD, or your bootable restore CD. Once boot attempt to repair Windows. If you're able to repair Windows remove the disks and reboot the computer.
If the above fails:
Verify the connections are properly connected to the computer if the hard drive was recently installed or the computer was moved.
If all connections are setup properly and all the above recommendations have been attempted, it is likely that the hard disk drive is bad and it will need to be replaced.
If it says there is no hard drive detected, then the BIOS is looking for one. When you place your system disk in the drive to load on a fresh system, if you are using Windows, it will automatically detect the pressence of a hard drive, initialize it and format it. If it doesn't, put the hard drive in a USB caddy and initialize it from another pc, then place it back in the notebook. Hope that helps.
Start the computer and hit the F2 key until you get into the BIOS. When in the BIOS you can see in the
Main/general page whether the hard drive is seen by the system. You
will see HDD (hard drive) CD-ROM which is the optical disk drive. If
you see the hard drive the look for boot options in the tabs. When you
get to boot options set the HDD as the first boot device, save the
settings and exit the BIOS.
Hopefully the laptop will restart and boot from the hard drive, thus into Windows.
If the hard drive is not seen in the BIOS then the hard drive has failed and needs replacing. If you have a BIOS password then start the computer hit F12 repeatedly until you see the boot option menu and choose the HDD.
Make sure that the IDE channel you are using is turned on in the BIOS. In the optipled line, you press either delete or F2 to enter the bios when the computer is first powered on. If you're adding a HDD, the bios must be set to look for the hard drive. If you're replacing the hard drive, let the BIOS recognize the drive - save the changes and then reboot.
looks as though your hard drive is u/s Try and see if it is visible in the bios pages, if not replace it. Bios being, when you switch on you press f2, or ctl-alt.del or just del key. This puts you into the BIOS which tells the computer what it can and cannot do. The 1st page should have your hard drive listed, if not then replace it.
Press F2 to go into the BIOS and reset it to factory defaults and reboot the laptop. If you still get the same message, go back into the BIOS and see if the hard drive is showing up in there, if it is then that means the OS has corrupt files and you would need to wipe out the drive and restore the laptop back to factory defaults.
If the BIOS doesn't show the hard drive in the BIOS then that means the hard drive is bad and would need to be replaced.
Hi, As the computer starts hit F2 to get you into the bios, look for boot options and set the HDD (hard disk drive) to the first boot device, hit F10, save the changes and exit the bios. The computer will restart and should boot from the hard drive. If it doesn't go back into the bios and look to see if the drive is recognized in the main page of the bios. If the hard drive is not there then there could be a chance that the hard drive has failed. Please let me know how you get on and if you need any further assistance.