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Hard Drive Install gone bad!

When my moms motherboard died, they gave her old hard drive to her in a external HD case. the other day, i tried to install that hard drive in my computer as a slave HD for extra storage sice there was no operating system on it. when i powered on, it said 'disk read error press controlalt delete to resart'. I turned off my PC, checked my connections, but then i found that it would not restart, HELLP. I have an emachines t series computer. Please reply

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Maybe the jack pins at the back of the hd is set to slave. try to change it. there is an instruction at the back label of the hd on how to set it to slave device

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Unplug the slaved hard drive.

Restart the computer. If you get the same results.

Pull out the cmos battery on the motherboard. Most look like shiny nickles, be carefull not to damage the board. Make sure you unplug the computer first and let it sit a minute or two afterwards before putting it back.

That will set the bios back to defaults and you should be able to get the computer up and running from there.

As far as slaving that drive to be used as extra storage, you might want to consider an external enclousure instead.

Best of luck.

Posted on Feb 24, 2009

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