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(eM) T1221 operating system not found. I know what might be the problems, don't know how to check each.

Emachine t1221 BIOS not detecting hard disk, possible hard disk damage, sector 0 of the physical hard disk drive has an incorrect or malformed MBR. How do I check each of these to find the problem?

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  • nexusnow8 May 27, 2009

    I have gotten into BIOS, primary and slave are "none". I changed them to auto, but they remain "none". Is that normal?

    I can't get past bios, so running chkdsk won't happen.

    I don't have a recovery cd, can't I download one?

  • Richard Eisenstein May 11, 2010

    Did you go into the bios and tell it to auto detect the drive? Also, what kind of drive is it?

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If you can no longer boot, you'll have to boot from a recovery cd to run chkdsk c: /r on the affected drive. See instructions here and here.
As far as getting into the eMachine bios setup, try the instructions given here.

I hope this information allows you to resolve this issue. If you need further assistance, please post back with a comment to this thread.
If I've managed to answer your question or solve a problem, please take just a moment to rate this post....thanks!

Posted on May 27, 2009

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    efs_perpends May 27, 2009

    Here's the site link for eMachine recovery cds, though that may not help much at this point. If you have a friend with the same OS, you could borrow a cd for the purposes of running chkdsk.

    Here are two other links for downloading the recovery console and burning it to a cd so you can run some diagnostics...you have xp home, right? Anyway, link here and here.

    Here's a link that may help you to diagnose your hard disk error. If the bios does not autodetect the disk, you may be experiencing hard drive failure. If you google that, you'll find more info, some of which will suggest possible methods to save/recover the drive.

    Sorry to hear you're having such problems, but work through it logically and you may yet be able to sort it out and get up and running again. It could just be a corruption of files that's preventing you from booting...

    If you get it going, might be a good idea to scan for malware, and backup your data if you haven't already. Here are the malware removal protocols I recommend.


    I hope this information allows you to resolve this issue. If you need further assistance, please post back with a comment to this thread.
    If I've managed to answer your question or solve a problem, please take just a moment to rate this post....thanks!


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