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Not detecting hard drive

So he put an external hard drive and checked the bios and it also was not detected

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    David Koss Mar 11, 2009

    What do you have to do to find out to check the auto-matic detection?  Can't get into xp.  He did go into the bios and was able to click on the option to test the hard drive and it passed.  but still can't get into xp.

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    David Koss Mar 11, 2009

    The think is Cajun is that he don't have a cd that came with it for xp home edition.  

  • Randall  Trahan
    Randall Trahan May 11, 2010

    was it set to automatic detection

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Its good that BIOS is seeing the hard drive. The auto-detect is an option in BIOS but since you can see the hard drive you don't need to use it..here are the instructions on how to fix the Master Boot Record, this is what boots you into Windows..good luck and let me know if you have any questions.
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307654/

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    Randall Trahan Mar 11, 2009

    well you are out of options, there is no other answer..can't do anything else, go to TigerDirect.com or NewEgg.com or even amazon.com and see if you can get a good deal on a XP disc, Its not going to be the last time you'll need it..or borrow one from someone you only need it to do one fix, the Recovery Console/Fixmbr to fix your sector.

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Need to know what operating system you are using. Win XP should see the external (I'm assuming it's a USB drive). Are you sure the USB port is working? Try another.
You may have to right-click on My Computer, and choose Manage from the menu. Go to disk management to see if the computer sees the device (probably Disk 1 for you). You may have to enable it.

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