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When I turn on the power to the computer it says to press F2 to select boot device. So, I press F2 and nothing happens. So I go to setup and it reads that there is no hard drive, but the hard drive is connected. What should I do?

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  • Thomas F. Schneider May 11, 2010

    Replace the defective hard drive. Reinstall everything.

  • Chris Hingee
    Chris Hingee May 11, 2010

    If the BIOS setup cannot detect the hard drive, you most likely have a faulty hard drive.

    Replace it with a new one and install Windows again to get your computer operational again.

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Make sure the HDD is jumpered correctly. You should have a plug and play bios on that board, but you may have to enter the bios setup and go into IDE devices and tell the bios that the HDD is there, or you may need to try a different IDE cable or a different power connector. Also make sure both IDE channels are "on" in the BIOS. Other than that. When the BIOS doesn't detect a HDD it usually means the HDD is dead. More than likely it is something simple that you have just overlooked.

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