BIOS Doesn't Recognize System Hard Drive

September 22, 2010 at 17:21:58
Specs: Windows 98, Celeron
When using VCom DriveWorks floppy for something else, I accidentally deleted the active system volumn in an HP Win98 PC's original HD, which made it unbootable now. Hoping that a data recovery software CD may recover that deleted volumn, and as the CD drive in the Win98 PC doesn't seem to work before Win boots up, I removed the HD into an USB external enclosure, plug it into another HP WinVista PC but Disk Manager needs to initialize it first, which would wipe out the active system I want there, right? So I didn't. Now I have a data recovery floppy to try it with, but putting it back to the Win98 PC, BIOS doesn't recognize it any more (not second pull-tray HD, not CD, nothing). How can I get the HD recognized?

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#1
September 22, 2010 at 18:48:09
Either motherboard or hard drive or some part between is the problem. Pick which one you want to test.

Why did it take me over a year to phone in a problem to ATT?


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#2
September 22, 2010 at 20:22:38
How do I test? It was all (motherboard, drives, cables) fine before the accidental delete; as the HD has been the only thing taken out, does hooking it up by USB to another PC change anything in HD?

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#3
September 23, 2010 at 14:43:44
Try the hard drive in some known good system maybe. Try a known good disk and cables on the suspect motherboard.

Why did it take me over a year to phone in a problem to ATT?


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