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Help cannot detect hard drive

Can you shed some light on me? Sometimes, my other computer (not this one as my family own four: one newly bought (I am using it), one with this problem, one three years old, and one... i don't know but we have four computers) cannot detect the hard drive. My father already fixed it, but I fear it would come back again. Please help me!

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  • Jan Mikhail Tiongson
    Jan Mikhail Tiongson Apr 03, 2008

    No, it's new. I mean in the POST I can't see any word of the hard drive.

  • Jan Mikhail Tiongson
    Jan Mikhail Tiongson Apr 04, 2008

    It's the hard disk that is not being detected. Anyway, thanks.

  • Josh Gahan
    Josh Gahan May 11, 2010

    is it still not detecting it ? otherwise i'd say your father solved this problem ?

    if he changed the physical hard drive and it does come back could be the IDE channels or The IDE controllers on the motherboard , and in that case if it really is that old you should buy a new pc


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Probably cable problem only. rechk your cable the IDE and the power supply. maybe loose connected. the hardisk your a mentioning not detected is that additional disk or just only one?

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  • Redentor Rivera Apr 04, 2008

    check your new drive jumper setting. if it is additional you have to make sure it is set to the right setting wether it is master or slave. if you set it slave then your original hrdisk must be slave. if both selected as master then you will not find the hard disk. if it is just one new hdisk attached then check your bios/cmos setting and change your hardisk type option to autodetect.


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