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You should follow the below steps sequentially in order to isolate
the cause and solve the issue:
Verify all the cable connections of the hard disk. An improper or
loose connection is likely to be the reason, in case the hard disk
has been recently installed or moved.
Check if no other storage device is connected to the computer. If it
is, remove it.
Enter the BIOS setup when trying to start the computer and see if
hard disk has been correctly setup and detected in BIOS. If the hard
disk cannot be detected due to any reason, you should consider the
next suggestion as it might be physical failure.
the hard disk and restore the data, provided a good backup is
available. In other circumstances, you should consult a company that
provides data recovery services. These companies have efficient
tools and staff to perform hard disk recovery and
extract valuable data securely.
just try with fixing the hard drive connection properly and in bios also check how much capacity motherboard can support .according to your specification it will not support the higher capacity hard disk .make sure you installing the new hardidsk as same capacity of your older hard drive.
When the system starts, hold the F10 key and go into BIOS and set CD Rom as 1st Boot device (in Boot Order).
Because most Compaq's would put the BIOS in a hidden NON-DOS partition on the hard drive, you may have to get an OEM recovery disk for that model. Because there is no BIOS to go to, the machine doesn't know it has a CD, HD or Floppy to go to. A boot floppy/CD is no help.
With another desktop and IDE to Laptop HD connector, FDISK (make active partition and hidden partition [5mb]), Format both, copy the cabs from WinME CD to c:\windows\options.
Find the COMPAQ OEM CD for that model.
Since there was no exact model number Click here
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