No matter what disk I put in it just flashes "NO DISK". This thing is not that old and hardly used. The manual says unplug for 2 minutes, this does nothing. Anything I can try? Anything!? Thanks Rick firstname.lastname@example.org
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This model laptop came with a 60Gb hard disk and if you installed a much larger capacity hard disk then the BIOS cannot detect this hard disk. For the BIOS to detect a large hard disk a BIOS upgrade is required (if there is one available) Check the HP/Compaq WEB site to see if there is a BIOS upgrade. If not the try a 120Gb or smaller capacity hard drive. As an alternative - You can keep the existing hard drive in your laptop and use an external USB hard drive to store your data.
first thing to do is to remove and reconnect the hard disk to the system. devices like hard disk not detected often is just a result of loose connections. if this will not work, may be a good idea to test another hard disk with your computer or test the hard disk on another computer to isolate if the hard disk will need to be replaced.
You can't do very much, the damage is already done. The only thing you can do is to remove the hard disk from the case, put it in a pc and try to access it from there - most likely you will have to use a recovery soft to get some of your files back. Once that's done test the disk for faults using HDTune, the free version. If it reports errors, even small ones, then it's dying (or already dead) - junk it and buy a new one.
Your flash disk has been infected by virus that is why you are unable to open the flash drive. The best thing you can do is to download a good antivirus such as MacaFee or Avira or scan the flash drive for virus.
An alternative thing you can do is to insert your flash drive into a linux operated pc such as Fedora, Ubuntu, Open Susie or Redhat and then delete all the files in the Flash drive and format it
If his hard drive responds in safe mode then the bios is detecting his hard drive right and nothing you can do will make it any different. It doesn't matter what the bios is set like on his computer and how it installed.
The problem is you have two different machines. When windows installed on his computer it detected his motherboard chipset, the motherboard add on, the ide and psi ports and installed the drivers for his board. Now you're installing it on your computer with a different motherboard, different chipset, ports etc.. Windows doesn't autodetect and install motherboard drivers like it does other peripherls. Unless the motherboards are amost identical, when you put a hard drive with Windows installed on another system into a different system Windows will 99% of the time fail to run. Most the time you'll get a blue screen of death with a driver name on it that failed. You can configure that drive as a slave and put both drives in and boot off yours and see his.
Your computer's motherboard has queried the disk-drive in your computer as to the "health" of the disk-drive, and the disk-drive is detecting that it is about to FAIL. So, ASAP, copy all your files to an external disk-drive, before the disk-drive DOES fail.
Buy a new disk-drive, attach it, and use something like NORTON GHOST or SYMANTEC PARTITION MAGIC to "clone" your old disk to the new disk-drive.
To check if the hard disk is faulty, check the BIOS setting to see if the hard disk is detected. The BIOS may have a hard disk diagnostic utility, if so run the diagnostic.
Another way to check the hard disk. Remove the hard disk and connect it to an USB hard drive adapter, then plug it into a working computer's USB port. The computer should detect it as an external hard drive and if you can see, open the folders and files then the hard drive is OK, if not then you need a new hard drive for your laptop.
Insert the new hard drive in your laptop, boot up and go into the BIOS. Check if the hard disk setting is set to Auto (detect). Check the system configuration and see if it detects the hard disk. If there is a hard disk diagnostic utility within the BIOS, run it to check the hard disk. You can also test the hard disk by booting up with a boot floppy disk, run fdisk.exe to see if can display, create a partition, and format the hard drive etc.
If not of this works then it is highly possible that you have a faulty disk controller in your laptop.
Check the BIOS setting, make sure the hard disk is set to Auto (detect) or change the settings to default settings (your BOS may not have this option) then save and reboot laptop.
If the hard disk has not been detected and/or Unable to find the operating system, it means you may have a faulty hard disk or a faulty hard disk controller or the hard disk may not be making proper electrical connection.
To reseat the hard drive, remove the hard drive and reinsert it into the laptop a few times and see if it boots up..
If it still does not see the hard drive then the fault is probably the hard disk. To test if the hard disk is faulty, remove the hard disk and insert it into a hard drive USB adapter and connect it into the USB port of a working computer. If you don't see this drive as an external drive then you will know its faulty. Then you will need to purchase a hard drive, insert it into your laptop then install the Windows operating system and all your device drivers and programs to get your laptop operational again.
If the hard drive is OK the the fault is with the disk controller, and it is near impossible/expensive to repair the motherboard. Put your money towards a new laptop and put the hard disk into a USB hard disk adapter case and use it as as a portable external hard drive.