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Cannot detect hard drive when I turned on Dell

It's possible that I have a virus on the laptop, but since it can't find the HDD on boot, I don't know how to clean a virus off of a computer that won't boot. I'm working on an older laptop until I can figure out how to try and see if the HDD of the new laptop is really dead or just infected. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.
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Can you run a hard drive test in BIOS (press the F2 key at start up). See what that tells you. If you have critical data on the drive and it is failing you will want to get it out and plugged into a USB adapter and try to get the data onto another computer.

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It's not dead or infected!! When the laptop turns on, press F2 this gets you into bios. Go to "Boot Sequence" If "Hard Drive" is listed there, then your hdd's dead! if not, go down until you highlight your hard drive. Mine says: HDD:C press space. it should now have a number next to it. Press "Space" on all the other numbers until your hard drive says: 1.HDD:C or whatever your harddrive says! press "Esc" and press save. now your hard drive should work. This might work for your laptop if your bios is "A011"

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