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Re: hard drive will not boot, seen by bios but not seen...
If you can get into safemode
click start then run
in general tab click normal startup mode load all drivers etc.
then click okay or apply
restart and then if a box appears click do not show again
hope this helps if not let me know
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1. Your hard drive has gone bad or the connectors have.
2. Your bois is set to boot from the network card, and not the hard drive.
1. boot to the bois, and look to see if it "sees" your hard drive. If not replace the hard drive. This will require you to install the OS and software.
2. Boot to the bois, check the boot order and remove or disable boot from LAN or PXE. If this is the problem you should now boot from the hard drive, if not you will probably still get the no OS found error indicating a bad hard drive (see 1 above).
I would try this, unplug the computer from the wall, reopen the case and you should see a small "watch" battery on the motherboard. This allows the computer to save the bois when there is no power. Pull the battery out, now before doing anything else; hold the power button in on the front of the computer for about 30 seconds. Let the computer set for a couple of hours (the bois at this point should be cleared, by I have seen were you have to leave the computer sit, so I added this). Put the battery back in the computer, turn it on and try to get into your bois setting. It accually should come up with an error to enter the bois because the date and time are way wrong.
The problem is that XPinstallation CD does not have a SATA driver, unless you have a SATA drive on adisk etc. and can install the driver when XP asks for a hard drive driver then,XP cannot detect the hard disk and therefore won't install XP.
Go into the BIOS anddisable the SATA drive (enable IDE emulation), this will make XP think it is aIDE/PATA hard disk. Then you can install XP normally. When Windows hasbeen installed then install all the device drivers (including the SATA driver),then shut down and boot up and got into the BIOS and enable the SATA drive.
if you have a new hard drive you will have to install the windows operating system from an external source such as a cd drive
go to bios --boot settings and change from 1st boot hard drive to 1st boot cd
install the win os and then you can install the rest
when finished go back to bios and -boot and change back to 1st boot hard drive
sound like you either have a dead SATA socket on the board, use another one, or at worst try a PATA hard drive, second thought is possibly go into the bios and make sure you have no previous hardware raid arrays left behind, sounds odd.. but i have seen it cause similar problems before.
youre hd needs an os installing on it.first partition,then format ,then install os(windows)
the system is looking for a os not a hd ;the beeps indicate no os found(no drive by default)
if there is no hd,memory,or video card or stuck key the pc will beep.also with video card not connected the screen will be blank also with many models no memory will result blank screen.In ur case its only the hd.make sure all items are fitted insert os disk in cd drive start pc and boot from cd,to create partition,format and install
If your computer stops booting from the hard drive and is asking for a boot disk, then:
1. The motherboard/PC is no longer recognizing the hard disk;
1.1 Go to your CMOS/BIOS setup and manually detect the hard disk, save & exit.
2. The CMOS/BIOS is set to boot from other devices such as CD, FDD or USB but not from the HD.
If after configuring the CMOS/BIOS and the hard disk is not recognized, then it is probably defective and therefore need to be replaced.
If the hard disk is recognized but will not boot, then some files of your OS needed to boot are missing, corrupt or overwritten. You would need to re-install your OS and opt for a "repair".
Hope this be of some help/idea. Post back how things stand or should you need additional information.
good luck and kind regards.
This sounds like an issue with the BIOS rather than your hard drive if you are able to boot into Windows. Or do you mean that the PC boots to the windows install?
What is the exact error and at what point in the boot process are you seeing it?
The BIOS handles the the initial startup of your computer, before Windows is even accessed on the hard drive.
If you can boot into windows, then try downloading the latest BIOS from Dell support and upgrade your bios.
If you cannot boot into windows, and the PC is just going to the Install CD, then there may be a problem with the connection to the hard drive. If you have tried different hard drives in the same PC, then try swapping out the cable that connects the hard drive to the motherboard. If different cables do not solve the problem, then the problem may lie with the connector on the motherboard. If thats the case, then the entire motherboard will need to be replaced.
Also try downloading the following CD to run diagnostics on your hard drive. This should provide further information as to what is wrong with your system: