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Ibm/lenova doesn't recognize my harddrive

My PC running XP Pro has been having trouble & when I tried to do a repair or reinstallation I get a message that my system doesn't have a harddrive. Any help would be good.

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  • Teresa Thom Jan 17, 2013

    I'd like to know a way to reseat the hard disk as suggested, I have a PC IBM xp pro, and don't know how.

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First - re-seat the hard disk and reboot the computer. If the computer does not boot up then reboot and go into the BIOS configuration to see if the BIOS detects the hard drive. If it doesn't detect the hard drive then it could be faulty.
Then the hard drive needs to be replaced in the computer/laptop, Windows installed and the computer or laptop's device drivers plus your programs etc. to get a functioning computer/laptop again.

Posted on Jan 15, 2013

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  • Teresa Thom Jan 15, 2013

    HIBM PC, XP Pro

  • Teresa Thom Jan 15, 2013

    How do I reseat the hard disk? IBM PC xp pro.

  • Chris Hingee
    Chris Hingee Jan 16, 2013

    Remove the hard drive from the laptop and insert it back into the laptop.

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