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Hard drive not installed

I have a D-2400 that boots to the BIOS and when looking in the BIOS it says there is no hard drive installed and yet it is in the comp and spinning, I know this HD works so I am trying to figure out why the comp will not pick up the HD.

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  • tazcat1869 Jan 17, 2009

    ok,the cmos battery was replaced and still the same thing. I turn on the comp and it goes right to a black screen saying that there is no hd installed.

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Has this drive worked before or is this new to the machine? you might want to check the jumpers on the hard-drive.

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It might be the partition is damaged, if u have a windows cd, you can booth to that from the CD drive and see if u have to recreate your partition

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Check if the jumper is set to master or cable select...

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Did you install this Hard drive,,,did you set the jumper pins in the proper position i.e: Master - Slave - cable select??
If you did nothing to the computer and it's losing the hard drive,,then it could be the Cmos battery going dead,,make thge bios lose it's saved settings.

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    Alex M Jan 30, 2009

    If everything else fails..try replacing the cable that connects the hard drive to the motherboard.
    Sometimes they can go bad.
    Another thing to try would be to borrow someone else s hard drive and try to install that one,,if it still wont recognize the borrowed drive then you can be reasonably sure your own hard drive is ok and that there is something wrong with your IDE connection on your Motherboard.


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