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First - re-seat the harddisk (to ensure the hard disk is properly connected to the motherboard) and then reboot the computer. If this does not work then reboot and go to theBIOS configuration to see if the BIOS detects the hard drive. If it doesn'tdetect the hard drive then it could be faulty.
Next - to determine if thehard drive is faulty, remove the hard drive and insert it into an USB hard drive adapter and connect it to a workingcomputer's USB port. If this computer cannot see itas an external hard drive and you cannot open the various folders and files,this confirms the hard drive is faulty.
The hard drive needs to bereplaces in the laptop and Windows installed and the laptop's device driversand your programs etc to get a functioning laptop again.
Well, you can manually assign the drive letter for the Drive. To do this, follow the instructions below:
Right-Click "My Computer" > "Manage" > on the left pane "Disk Management" > on the right pane check out which one is the drive that's not available with it's drive name, after it's located, right-click on the drive and select "Change Drive Letter and Paths" or "Assign Drive Letter", give any letter you want to assign and "Ok". Close the window and open My Computer, you'll be able to see the drive with the drive letter you just assigned. If it doesn't show up, restart your computer while the external hard drive is still connected to the system's usb port.
It's also important to try it on different usb ports or on another system to make sure there's not internal problem or connector/cable problem with it.
If the BIOS cannot detect the hard drive then :-
1. The hard drive data cable or power connector may not be inserted properly.
2. The motherboard disk controller is faulty.
3 The hard disk is faulty.
To test the motherboard disk controller, connect another hard disk to the motherboard and go into the BIOS to see if it detects the hard drive.
If it detects the hard drive, then the other hard drive is faulty and need to be replaced.
Another way to test the "faulty" hard drive, connect the hard drive to an USB hard drive adapter and plug it into a working computer's USB port. If this computer sees it as an external hard drive and you can open the folders and files the the hard disk is OK, and the fault is a faulty disk controller on the motherboard.
You may have a hardware fault.
Try re-seating the hard drive. Then check the BIOS to see if the hard disk is detected. If the hard disk is not detected then either the hard disk is faulty or the disk controller on the motherboard is faulty. To further test the hard disk, remove the hard disk and connect it to an USB hard disk adapter and plug it into a working computer's USB port. If this computer cannot see it as an external hard drive nor can you open the various folders and files, then the hard drive is faulty. Then you need to replace the faulty hard drive, install Windows on the new hard drive, together with the laptop's device drivers and your programs to get a working laptop again.
The BIOS will have trouble detecting faulty IDE devices, eg the hard disk etc.
To check if the IDE devices are faulty, connect the hard disk to an USB hard disk adapter and plug it into a working computer's USB port, if the computer detects it as an external hard drive and you can open the folders and files then the hard drive is OK and the fault is the disk controller. If the hard disk is not detected then it is faulty and a new hard disk is needed, Windows installed on the new hard drive together with the device drivers and your programs to get an fully functioning computer again.
The front side port may be a "low power" USB port, it may be possible to "power" this if there is the capacity to connect a power cable to the front panel USB adapter, or there may be an aux power socket to plug into on the motherboard.