blank hard drive/no bios

hp pavilion zv 5000
October 6, 2008 at 08:03:59
Specs: none yet, ?
i bought a blank/new hard drive from an ebay store. i tried pressing DEL, F1, F2, F8, F10 to enter BIOS so i could install windows XP from a cd (i do not have a floppy disk OR drive). the screen stays black (off), the disk spins then stops. i have a straight ethernet cable and a desktop computer i borrowed from a friend. can you help me?

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October 6, 2008 at 08:24:52
You might have a DOA hard drive. What kind of PC do you have? With IBM's, unplug the keyboard and turn on the PC, it will go straight to the BIOS to let you know the keyboard isn't plugged.

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October 6, 2008 at 08:26:17
You have some other problem with the computer. A PC doesn't need a hard drive installed at all in order to start up and show POST screens.

You may have the monitor connected to the wrong graphics port, if there is more than one.

I am confused about the borrowed computer. What are you trying to accomplish here?

Are you trying to install WinXP on that hard drive with the intent of moving it somewhere?

You do have the monitor power turned on don't you?

The keystroke/s required to enter the BIOS screens vary with the brand of computer. However, one thing is constant, you need to continuously tap whatever keys are required, starting when your first turn on the computer.

If you don't see something on the monitor immediately something is wrong. The keystroke/s to enter the BIOS may be displayed on the screen when you first start up.

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October 6, 2008 at 08:32:49
DOA meaning i got a bad one?
the pc an hp pavilion zv 5000 laptop.
i am not sure what to do with another computer either... maybe connect them, so install some software on the new hard drive? i'm a total novice here... can't afford to have this done by a real tech. please use simple words and write it all out... sorry to be difficult.
i'll try tapping the keys. check back soon.

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October 6, 2008 at 08:46:17
Are you using a desktop or a laptop computer?

Your entire post is confusing please explain exactly what you are doing.

If it is a desktop then as I stated above, you don't need an installed hard drive in order to POST.

If this is a desktop then verify you have memory (RAM) installed.

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October 6, 2008 at 08:53:38
I'm sorry to be so confusing... it's b/c i am confused on where to begin myself.
I am very "green" when it comes to computers.
our old hard drive had bad sectors and would not boot properly. i bought an identical one off an ebay store, installed it into my laptop and when i turn on the laptop, i can see the lights indicating that it is spinning, but only for a few seconds, then no more spinning. the screen never comes on, and i've tried tapping all the keys to get into the bios. and nothing happens.
the only reason i have the other computer is to connect the two together to see if i could access the blank hard drive via the working computer to get it running.

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October 6, 2008 at 09:44:56
>> the only reason i have the other computer is to connect the two together to see if i could access the blank hard drive via the working computer to get it running. <<

Give up that idea, that is never going to work. You have to have something on the hard disk and the computer up and running before you can access it from another computer.

You should see something on the screen, even without the hard disk installed. Try removing that hard disk and try starting again. If everything is in order you should get an "Operating System Not found" error.

If you get that far try reinstalling the hard disk. If you don't get the "Operating System Not found" error then there is something else at fault besides the hard disk.


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October 6, 2008 at 10:18:35
i got nothing again. i thank you for your time and efforts. my lack of knowledge has gotten the best of me and i am going to stop while i am ahead.

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October 6, 2008 at 10:25:42
The new hard drive has no data on it.
It will not boot until you have an operating system installed on it.

In any case you should see something on the laptop screen when you try to boot the laptop, whether a hard drive is installed or not. If you don't, as OtheHill has pointed out, you have another problem.

ATX mboards are always powered in some places, even when the computer is not running, as long as the main battery is in the laptop.
Did you remove the AC Adapter and the main battery before you removed the old hard drive and installed the new one in the laptop? If you didn't you may have damaged the hard drive or the laptop's mboard.
You could try installing the old hard drive in the laptop to see if you get a display.

Were you were fiddling with the laptop's ram, or did you change the ram you have installed in it, since you last got a normal display?

In either case, remove the AC adapter and the main battery and make sure the ram is seated properly.
If you installed ram that was not installed before, it may not be compatible with the mboard. If you still have the old ram, try installing it to see if you then get a display.

"...the disk spins then stops."
"i can see the lights indicating that it is spinning, but only for a few seconds, then no more spinning."

You're assuming the hard disk has stopped. The led not lighting up after it has lit up does not necessarily indicate that, and almost always it's still spinning.
If it does not boot into an operating system, the led indicating hard drive activity will go off in a short time after booting and stay off.

Laptops hard drives are fairly quiet. It can be difficult to tell if they are spinning. It is likely it is the cpu fan spinning you are hearing, not the hard drive.
Most laptops only run the cpu fan a bit while booting, or don't run it at all while booting, and turn it off or keep it off until the temp inside the case or the cpu temp gets to a point where the the cpu fan needs to be turned on. Some laptops have a variable speed cpu fan that is very quiet when spinning slower.

You can connect the new blank drive to another computer, but you can't boot from it until it has an operating system installed on it, and it won't show up in My Computer or Windows Explorer until it has been partitioned and formatted - it WILL show up in Device Manager and in Disk Management (Control Panel - Classic view - Administrative Tools - Computer Mangement - Disk Management) if it has been connected propery and the computer's bios recognizes it.
You can partition and format it in Disk Management.

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