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I have a dell tower that has windows 98,when i turned the tower on,it is saying the primary disk drive 0 cannot be found.what does that mean,and what can i do to get it to work?

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It's mean that the bios of your computer cannot sense or found the hard disk. Maybe the harddisk cable or the power cable is disconnect. try to open your computer in check if the cable from mother board is property connected to the hard disk and also the power from power supply is inserted property. Or worse maybe the power of your hard drive is defective. If you computer bios have an option hard drive detect try to detect it maybe your setup setting in the bios is in correct also.

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Your hard drive is not being recognised by the motherboard. Try this...

  1. Unplug your computer from the power supply.
  2. Remove the side cover on the case.
  3. Unplug the 2 cables from your hard drive. (it will be at the front of the case and look like a block of metal with 2 cables going into it)
  4. The plugs will only go back in one way, so be sure you have them the right way around before trying to reconnect them The power plug has 2 tapered edges on the top and the IDE cable (the thick one) has a notch. Both will match up to the hard drive. On some older driver/IDE cables there is no notch. In this case, the red wire will be closes to the power plug.
  5. Reboot and see if it is detected now.
If not, post back and we can try something else.

Posted on Apr 16, 2008

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