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When i turn on my computer everything comes on but my hard drive and cd rom i have tried changing cables and when then computer is on if i unplug the flat grey cables they will turn on but when i reconnect them they dont work

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  • Anonymous Feb 26, 2009

    the hard drive is fine when i turn on the computer the cpu fan that is attacked to the mother board comes on and so do all the lights but nothing happens while the computer is still on i can unplug the flat grey cables from both the hard drive and the cd rom drive and then they start to spin but when i hook up the grey cables again the drives stop if i take the tower out side and let it get really cold then bring it inside and try to turn it on it come on fine but i turn it off and try turning it on again it does what it did before i think there is a problem witht he mother board but not sure because the other fans attached to it work

  • Tim Crosslin May 11, 2010

    What do you mean everything comes on but the hard drive and the cd rom? Does the computer boot to Windows or the operating system? Did you unplug the cables while it was on? How do they turn on when you unplug them? And not if they are plugged in? Sorry so many questions.

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Sounds like the hard dribver may be bad. Their are site to download software that wil check a hard driver without windows,just for a disk.  Try:  seagate.com  for seatools, for example to check the hard drive. The other possibility is that the gray flat cable is upside down or damaged or that the cable socket is. Another thought . You do have the hard driver turned on in the BIOS setup screen,corrct. In other words, this is somethng that just hapened to a working computer w/o any changes made by you.  

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Can you provide a step by step or idiot's guide (haha) to removing the hard drive in order to wipe it please?


  1. TURN OFF THE COMPUTER and UNPLUG IT!!!
  2. Open the Case...depending on the Make and Model of your computer this can either be an easy or diffiult task. If you've never opened your computer case, then I would consult your computer manufacturer on how to open it. On easy cases, there are a few screws at the back of the cover that connects it to the case and you'll need to remove those and then the side panels either slide of lift out.
  3. Once you have the case opened, you may want to ground yourself by touching a metal part on the case before touching the more sensitive areas of the computer components.
  4. Look toward the front of the case and you should see the CD ROM drive enclosure and somewhere nearby is the harddrive. It's a metal box about 3" by 5" and should be supported by guide rails on each side.
  5. In the back of the hard drive, you'll see two cables: a power cable and the cable that attaches to the motherboard.
  6. First detach the cable that goes to the motherboard.
  7. Then grab the power cable by the white connector that's plugged into the hard drive. You may need to squeeze both sides of the connector to pull it out of the hard drive.
  8. Once you have all the cables detached, you may need to take the screws out that connects the hard drive to the rails.
  9. Once those are removed the hard drive should slide out easily. I'll include photos of an IDE hard drive, so you can tell what a typical hard drive looks like. Remember it may differ a little from the one that I've posted.
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Hai sir i want to reinstall win xp in asus k8v-mx sata hdd system but it cant found the cd drive what i do?


For checking:
1.cd rom/dvd rom is functinal/ working properly
2. sata cable is ok.
3. cd window xp is clean and clear.

if all that okay, try again reinstall.

if 1 and 2 is okay, you should see the cd rom in [my computer]
so, what you need now is try to clean your cd/disk with suitable cleaner. if you dont have it, you can try with perfume with have alcoholic. clean using soft tissue and make sure no dirt at that disc.

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You say, you cant found cd drive?
in [my computer] or during setup?
if your pc still can log on. try log on window, open my computer to see and check your cd drive have no problem.
try ..and request again. im here until 5 pm..hope can help you

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Could not proceed to boot


To check your hard disk drive if its detected, turn on your computer and press DEL or F2 to enter BIOS setup. Then go to standard cmos setup and there should be the hard drive detected as Primary or Secondary IDE or SATA. If detected and not loading into windows that case your operating system is corrupted. However If your hard drive is not detected on your bios, turn off your computer and unplug and plug your hard disk drive then turn on your computer start pressing again DEL or F2 then check again your hard drive if it is detected.

If your hard disk drive and cd/dvd rom drive are the same cable you can switch the cable to check if the cable of the hard drive are ok. After you have checked and you found out that the two cables are ok that means you will have to format your computer. But you must backup all your data and files before doing so. Formatting your computer will erase or delete the entire space of the partition which you perform formatting.

Here is the video tutorial on how to format your computer using windows xp

Have a nice day.

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Should the hard drive and the cd rom use the same connection cable to a M2N68-AM PLUS motherboard?


It is recommended that you use a separate cable for hard drives, and CD-ROM drives, especially if your CD-ROM drive is a CD burner. This goes for any computer system. Placing a hard drive and CD-ROM drive on the same cable can introduce performance problems, especially when reading from a CD or writing to a CD.

Mar 17, 2011 | ASUS M2N68AM Plus Motherboard

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My computer can't see any IDE drives in setup i


i see do you use only 1 ide cable?if you only have 1 ide cable and it is connected to to of your drive...you must put one of your drive's jamper to slave....it must be the cd rom drive...hope it works...

Dec 09, 2010 | Dell OPTIPLEX GX60 Motherboard

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My dri8ve will not open and close with the push of the button.


Hi. if you are using a cd rom that dosnt open and close. try the following. unplug your HDD cable to the hard drive. just use cd rom. if cd rom open. you must use a separate cable. if problem continues then you must take cd rom to the nearest Computer electrical expert to fix.

good luck

Nov 11, 2010 | Motherboards

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Failed to boot, i cant even get to the bios! only the fan running, led(green) and (red) indicator doesn't even light.


Dear Client, unpluged all the data cables, power cables or wires, bios cell and RAMs. Everything should be unpluged from the motherboard for two hours and then reassmbled. It will work properly but when you reassembled it just plug with the follwing devices.

* Power Cables
* Data Cables
* Bios cell
* Processor + Fan
* RAMs

Do not attach CD-Rom or Hard Disk, just turn on the computer without Hard Disk and CD-Rom and try to enter in bios setup. I assure your problem will be solve. Now you can attach the CD-Rom and then try to boot up from the CD-Rom and in the last you should try to attach Hard-Disk. I hope you will do it step by step and get success.


Good Luck

Feb 14, 2010 | Asrock 775i65G Motherboard

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Primary drive 1 not found


Try to use a different IDE cable. If that doesnt help, change your hard drive cable to the secondary IDE slot on the mainboard and change your BIOS accordingly, If still nothing try running two different drives wether its a hard drive, cd rom on one cable, or 2 hard drives doesnt matter just make sure that your jumpers are set properly.

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Hi all was ok in till i removed my hard drie affter i shut down the system and turn it off i removedthe hard drive now system will not boot back up it will power on but wont boot up ive unpluged everything...


hi im josh in cebu phils.may i help you? friend try to do this things. first i suggest to change new ide or sata cable.if still persist.try the following:
Boot order: Traditionally, a computer is set to boot first from the floppy drive, and then from the main hard drive (Drive C). This means that the computer will check the floppy drive first for boot files. If there is no disk in the floppy drive, the computer will then go to the hard drive to look for boot files. That is why if you leave a non-bootable floppy disk in the drive and try to boot up, you'll get an error message such as "NTLDR is missing. Press any key to restart." or "Non-system disk or disk error." This can be changed to pretty much any order, including CD and DVD drives. It is useful when installing Windows on a new or just-formatted computer to set the computer to boot first from a CD-ROM drive, and then insert the Windows installation CD-ROM into that drive. This saves you from having to use boot floppies that might or might not come with the Windows CD-ROM. Good luck.

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Loading xp home edition


I can try and suggest you check the cables from you CD-ROM, any sort of damage the CD might have. Or then again, if your Hard Drive is SATA connected, then you'll need to load the SATA controler (F6 on the windows instalation) And, in last case, either upgrade your bios or try a different CD-ROM drive unit. But I would defenatly put my money on the cables.

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