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My pc will not load up with windows xp eventually got into the bios page & found the hard drive didnt show up as been identified

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    Frank Fernandez May 11, 2010

    Hello 25keno,
    Did this PC ever boot into Windows with the current hardware configuration?
    Thanks.

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Hi,
try changing the 4 pin ( Molex power Connector ) for another if you have a spare inside the case.
And check that the IDE Ribbon Cable is pushed in Correctly.
The other test is to feel the top of the drive, and see if theres any movement. If not the drive maybe dead. or incorrectly configured in the Bios Or Virused.

Mike @ Compurepair.

Posted on Mar 07, 2008

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Read this whole post you might want to try the last paragraph first.

Take your hard drive out of your computer. In another system configure that hard drive as a master using the jumpers on the back of the drive the configuration should be on the drive itself although it is sometimes obscured.

Set your drive as a slave, again with the jumpers. Install your hard drive and boot the system up.

If the other system does not boot up or if it boots up and cannot detect your hard drive or your hard drive appears empty it is bad. You have to replace it.

If you are successful in seeing with folders, remove the cmos battery from your system for 30 seconds then reinstall and boot it up. This will place your bios to factory defaults and it may detect it.

Posted on Mar 07, 2008

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