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Disk drive not found

I have tried to reinstall vista on a dell dimension c521, but found that the system is not recognizing the hard disk at all. It says in the ram boot menu that the only drive present is the cd rom. HELP ME PLEASE!!!

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  • moor3658 Jun 25, 2008

    It doesn't find the hdd in the bios or when I try to install. Guess if the person i'm fixing it for had brought it to me when I first told her to, it would still have been under warranty. That expired on 6/6/08. LOL.....guess it will just have to sit until she can pay to replace the drive. thanks for your help

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It sounds like the hard drive went bad. Can you see the hard drive in the bios at all? When you try and boot the computer does it say drive not found? Try booting from the vista cd and see if you can start a new installation. If you can do the intallation the drive is ok. If not the hard drive is bad.

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