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I'm trying to install wd2500ks in a rebuild, new at this, first rebuild. On my back screen before BIOS, it says it sees the hard drive. But BIOS does not. What are we doing wrong?

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One bad lead can cause a computer to continue on a cycle or to shutdown or fail to detect your hard drive
Test the leads that attach to your ((hard drive from the motherboard)) or replace all the leads that attach to your hard drive including electrical extensions + IDE,SATA and the ones that attach from your ((motherboard to hard drive))
make sure all leads that are attached to your drives dvd\cd 3 1/2 inch floppy have secure connections and are not faulty even the electrical extensions or just replace them they could be faulty a computer needs its connections needs its connections continue its cycle and to have an end so any faulty leads will end up with a computer error
hope this helps

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1. Unplug all peripherals from your computer. This means printers, keyboards, mice, anything. You have a laptop so that should be no problem.
2. Turn on your laptop and immediately after turning it on continuously hit the F8 key.
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4. If you can enter into Safe Mode with Networking and it loads up your OS correctly, continue on. If it goes into the Windows update screen you'll need to rebuild your hard drive.
5. Sometimes these error codes can come up when it's a problem with your video card. So go here and download and reinstall the video card drivers.
6. While you're still on your computer if you have an external hard drive, you could backup any data you need. This way if you need to reinstall the OS and delete everything on your computer, you can move it all back over to your computer after the new OS is installed.
7. Restart your computer and let it boot normally. If it works, congratulations, if it goes into Windows update again then you'll need to rebuild your hard drive.

When you rebuild your hard drive just put a Windows install disc into your laptop, restart it, hold F12, and boot from CD ROM. When you're choosing what partition to install the OS to just delete your current partition and then install the OS to that one.

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Had the same problem with my WD2500KS-00MJB0. It also has the (widely reported) defect where the thermal sensor is not reporting correctly (ie 40C when it's just been powered on, and should be reading approx 20C!).

My suspicion is that this line of WD2500KS models has a defective thermal sensor, and after a period of time the thermal sensor fails. When this happens, I suspect that the drive firmware tries to lower the temperature by reducing write speed.

My drive was out of warranty, so I used the 'Customer Loyalty Upgrade' discount on the WD Warranty Check site to get a new 500G drive. I still have the old drive, and some technical knowledge, so I'll see if there's a hardware hack to disable the thermal sensor.

Otherwise, go to the WD site's Warranty Check page, and get yourself a (heavily discounted) Customer Loyalty replacement.

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