|You're NOT going to cure a problem reported by the bios about a possibly defective hard drive by re-installing the original software. |
The problem reported by the bios about a possibly defective hard drive may be because of either
- the hard drive IS defective,
or - the hard drive may have a poor data cable connection,
or - only that some of the data on the hard drive is corrupted .
It is common to un-intentionally damage IDE data cables, especially while removing them - the 80 wire ones are more likely to be damaged. What usually happens is the cable is ripped at either edge and the wires there are either damaged or severed, often right at a connector or under it's cable clamp there, where it's hard to see - if a wire is severed but it's ends are touching, the connection is intermittent, rather than being reliable.
Another common thing is for the data cable to be separated from the connector contacts a bit after you have removed a cable - there should be no gap between the data cable and the connector - if there is press the cable against the connector to eliminate the gap.
80 wire data cables are also easily damaged at either edge if the cable is sharply creased at a fold in the cable.
Try another data cable if in doubt.
If that doesn't get rid of the message while booting, or when you run the diagnostics in the bios, test the hard drive with hard drive manufacturer's diagnostics.
Seagate's Seatools will test any brand of hard drive.
Do the long test.
Get the download that makes a bootable floppy or CD. If your computer won't boot normally, make one or the other on another computer.
Or - if Windows still works okay on your computer, or if you connect the hard drive to another computer as slave (or whatever as long as you don't boot from it) and want to test it in that computer's operating system, get the Windows version of Seatools and install it in the operating system.
If the hard drive itself tests okay, any data problems found can be fixed, one way or another.
One way is by using the the Recovery disk(s) to re-load the hard drive with it's original brand name software, but usually that's a last resort, and very short sighted - your problem can almost always be fixed other ways without you losing your personal data on the hard drive.
If the hard drive itself DOES NOT test okay, you need another hard drive.
If you have personal data on the hard drive you don't want to lose, if you can still access the hard drive one way ir another, you can copy that data to elsewhere (BEFORE you use (a) Recovery disk(s) or a WIndows CD to re-install data from scratch, if that applies) - if you don't have enough space to copy it to on something else, there are web sites you can temporarily copy your data to.
If you have only one Recovery CD that came with the computer, your computer is old enough such that it may have originally had a Recovery partition on the original hard drive that has all the data on it necessary to re-load the C partition with the original brand name software installation. If any data in that partition has been altered or added to, or if that data is no longer there, or if there any bad sectors on that partition where data is stored that the Recovery program detects when it runs, the single Recovery CD cannot load the original data contents of the C partition.
In order to be able to boot from a CD or DVD, the disk must be bootable, and the Boot Order or similar settings must be correct in the bios Setup. If your bios has a list that you can change the oder of devices in, CDrom or similar must be listed before (above) any hard drive in the list. It does not have to be first. If you have a floppy drive, that should be listed first.
In most cases, network boot or similar should be AFTER the hard drive in the list, unless you normally boot from a cmpany or institutional network.
Your computer and it's bios is relatively old. In your bios, you may need to toggle lists of boot devices you can't change the contents of, until the drive letter for your CD or DVD drive, or CDrom or similar, is first in the list.
If you changed bios settings, Save them before you exit the bios.