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Install an IDE HDD in an acer aspire m1610

The bios sees the drive, yet I can't get to data

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Probably the hard disk is in generic mode you should format this according to the operating system you'll install, we have FAT32, NTFS etc.the other cause might be the jumper from hard disk might be incompatible meaning, if your hard disk is in cable select and your optical drive is in master this will conflict. check your setting

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To view the manual you will need to download and install Adobe reader;
Re-connect the power cable to the PS. You can leave the case opened for now. Power on the system and press the Delete key every 2 seconds until the bios menu opens. (Make sure the time and date are set current). See page 19. Than turn to page 23. Make the settings as follows;
First Boot Device [Floppy] - (if one is connected)
Second Boot Device [CD-ROM
Third Boot device [HHD-0]
Password Check [Not needed]

CPU Hyper-Threading [Enabled]
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Here's how we'll recover your data. Try each step below, in order, and see if your drive becomes accessible after each step. In my experience, you won't start seeing results until step 5 or so.

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Hello didot05,

It is possible that you may have a deffective hard drive. However, I would suggest checking your IDE cable to make sure they are connected. Then go into your bios mode to see if *********** reconizes the hard drive from there. If you are not able to see the hard drive through your bios, you may have a deffective hard drive and may have to replace the hard drive.

I hope this information helps.


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