You have to do a resart and hit f2 key to go into bios. Change the startup device to the cd-rom drive. What ever os you are running you must put that disk in and you need to hit a key to run from the disk. You have to format the drive and install OS. If this is just a data drive, you still have to format drive but don"t install OS.
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You need to check both in BIOS by pressing F key during boot. First check to see if HD is there. If OK, then change Optical drive to first boot, save and reboot.
IF MISSING HD -
hard drive is missing from the system. Or, just does not recognize it.
obvious - Remove any USB devices like drives and any media from disc player.
Its trying to load, but can't find bootable hard drive, CD, or USB...
the hard drive and re-seat (reconnect). Check BIOS by pressing an F key
during boot. Look on the screen for correct Function key. Might be F2 key.
Verify BIOS recognizes the drive. It must be listed! There is no going
forward if it's not. Check boot order and make internal hard drive first.
Save and restart.
You will have to install a new operating system. If there is valuable information on the hard drive of your desktop, I suggest a linux distro, as it will not format the hard drive and your information will stay safe. These operating systems are free as well. However most people find these operating systems hard to use, and much prefer the Windows based operating systems. To install a Windows operating system you will need a cd with all of the components on it, you may have gotten one when purchasing your computer, or you can buy one for around $200. If you are not secure enough in installing your own operating system, take your desktop to a local computer repair store and ask to have a new operating system installed. On average this will cost anywhere between $300-500.
check if you see any light on the drive, if yes. then the power is there and then the problem is with the data cable of the cd drive. try to repalce the cd drive with another cd drive. if it still doesnot work and if the same cables work with the hard drive, then the cd drive has gone bad. and if the new drive also doesnot work then reinstalling the operating system should fix the problem only and only if it appears in the bios. if it doesnot appear in the bios. then the problem is not of the operating system. then its the motherboard.
you mean you have 2 hard disk installed in your unit? if so, set the jumper settings of your main hard disk which the operating system(windows) located, set it to master and the other hard disk set it to slave or remove the jumper cap, im sure this can fixed your problem
A bit of research revealed that the system came with a 250GB SATA drive, and the BIOS should have recognized either drive. Check the cable from the Hard Drive to the Mother Board if possible, including the Power connectors.
Your Hard Drive is getting weak replace it with a new one , sometimes when it gets weak and get bad sectors it does not take up the OS and Boot bcoz the data written get lost so replace it or do the double check as follows
check ur hard drive is it showing u in Bios the main culprit is ur Hard Drive try re loading ur operating system by formatting ur hard drive otherwise Change ur Hard Drive it has become weak , there is a hard drive checking utility like HDDLIFE try connecting it to another desktop and scna it thru this software see the strength of the hard drive ur self download the trial version from website www.binarysense.com and let me know if it helps ,
basically if u computer boots ok and goes in bios when u press key that seems like ur whole pc is working ok incl RAM the only thing that is responsible for the operating sys is Hard disk it is where all files reside so when it crashes or get weak it doesnt give up files to boot so pc is unable to boot forward
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Wayneard is correct. When you install a brand new hard drive as the ONLY hard drive in the computer, there is no operating system loaded. The computer will try to boot from the hard drive and stop. Switch your boot order to have the CD boot first, and be sure you have the operating system installation CD in your CD drive.
Also, double check your hard drive connections. Be sure it is in the "master" position on the hard drive cable. If there is a connection problem, the system will complain after CD start that there is no hard drive available to install the operating system on!
First of all did you install an operating system on your HD like windows or linux, copied doesn't work really good, take out the old HD for the new one and install the operating system. You can always afterward copy your old data on the new one
To enter into Bios puch "del" "F2" "F5" and "F8" simultanously (depend on the bios) when in bios go in BOOT menu with left or right arrow. then go down on the new hard drive and put it on top of the list, usully with F5 and F6 (how to use the menu is describe on the right), then press F10 and "Y" (yes) to accept the modification...
Do you check the setting of your hard drive? It seems that you have already another hard drive (HD) install which is working already were your operating system install. Try to put the 2nd HD setting in slave position. Follow instruction that is written at the back of HD. Your computer should read the 2nd HD as slave and will see it as drive: F or G and so on.