No drives found on boot

July 30, 2009 at 04:26:07
Specs: XP home SP3, 2ghz amd / 1GB (2x 512mb)
The pc as been fine all up till this morning. The cleaner came into the office and caught the tower under the desk. The pc now refuses to boot, saying that the there is no bootable-devices present. So what i am trying to find out is is the HDD dead and needs replacing or will a simple reinstall fix this?

Also i have checked all the wiring in the pc and its all in the right place.

Any help appreciated :)

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July 30, 2009 at 04:30:58
"The cleaner came into the office and caught the tower under the desk. The pc now refuses to boot".

What did the cleaner catch the tower with?

To determine the condition of the hard drive you could run a drive fitness test on it.

Boot to the BIOS and check if the hard drive is showing there. If you are really lucky perhaps all that is wrong is a dislodged cable.

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July 30, 2009 at 04:37:47

where is best place to get a drive fitness test?

Also cables are fine :) But not visible on BIOS

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July 30, 2009 at 04:57:12
...from the hard drive manufacturer !!

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July 30, 2009 at 05:05:41
thanks, will open her up then. Anyone think theres life it it being that i cannot see it from the BIOS...

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July 30, 2009 at 07:25:46
Well I can tell you this, you don't need a hard drive installed to POST. So try disconnecting it and see what happens. If you aren't getting any video at all check the cabling and if you have an add it video card reseat it. Wouldn't be a bad idea to re-seat everything.

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August 4, 2009 at 01:22:06
Ok well it now looks like this...

If it have just the HDD IDE plugged in then it will try to boot (gets to the Start in safe mode, safe mode with networking, safe mode with command prompt, last good configuration, start windows normally).

With all but the last good known configuration it just resets. When last good known configuration is selected it loads for a split second and shows a blue screen, with an error message. This is too fast to read to but could this be the route of my problems?

Any help much appreciated, as going on vacation in 2days.

UPDATE: I have looked online and the beeps that it is making indicate no problem/errors... :(

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August 4, 2009 at 03:13:30
"UPDATE: I have looked online and the beeps that it is making indicate no problem/errors... :("

If the computer is making more than one beep then there may be a problem. One short beep indicates the system is OK. More than that is usually an indication something is wrong.

Beeps come in two flavors. Long & Short. Post the sequence.

What else do you have disconnected when you have the IDE hard drive connected and you start to boot?

If you hit the pause key at the right moment you should be able to freeze the screen and read the error.

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August 4, 2009 at 03:35:22
still struggling to get a blue screen to stay, will post the info soon as I am able to pause this at the right time.

The beeps have been reduced to one beep (not a high pitch, but a low beep) not sure how you define Long/short beep?

I have only the IDE and ram plugged into the board.

I also have PS2 mouse/ keyboard and a VGA monitor connected, the VGA is on-board.

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August 4, 2009 at 04:14:12
From everything you describe it sounds like you just have some file corruption on the hard drive.

I don't suppose you have backups of your data?

You never posted what model computer you have. If it is a pre-assembled like Dell, etc., do you have any restore disks for it? If the original WinXP install was done with a full version of WinXP do you have that CD?

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August 4, 2009 at 04:15:24
The PC was a pre-built one (no brand on case) Also i do not have access to the disks...

Right I have got a 2nd harddrive to function on the pc (boots xp )

So am I right in thinking that the route of this problem was a bad drive. Also being that the original drive has xp pro installed am i able to use it as a 2nd drive (as in not boot from, but access data?)

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August 4, 2009 at 06:33:54
The hard drive itself is probably OK. You just need to reformat and reinstall Windows.

If you need to recover some data off that drive you may be able to. Post back indicating weather or not you need help with that.

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August 4, 2009 at 06:49:32
I do need to recover some of the data. What would be the best way about it. Annoyingly it is in the shared documents folder, will this cause a problem, being that I have not loaded XP from that drive?

Thanks for all your help so far :)

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August 4, 2009 at 07:16:58
Anything on the drive should be equally accessible as long as it wasn't encrypted.

There are TWO methods. First one is to use a live version of Linux to access the files. Linux uses a different method of filing so it should be able to see files that are still present but unaccessible by Windows. The same holds true for file recovery software.

Knoppix is a free live version of Linux that installs to and runs from one CDR/DVDR. The download is 700MB so you need a fast internet connection and also access to a compute that can burn the disk. You then boot to the Knoppix disk and access the files for copy. You need a place to copy to. Any available media will work.

Most recovery software is not free. There are some that allow limited access. The list below is courtesy of another CN member.

PC Inspector (freeware)
Zero assumption Recovery
The demo is limited
It will only recover 'up to' four folders per run
But you can make multiple runs
IMO the best, but not free

Knoppix download:

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August 4, 2009 at 08:04:26
just tried to download the Koppix 6.0.1 CD via the bit torrent. Keep getting the "502: bad gateway" error. So will try again in a little while, will keep you informed

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August 4, 2009 at 08:07:11
Try Googling for Knoppix and try a different site. Get an ISO that is 696MB.

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August 5, 2009 at 03:15:32
Thanks for all your help Othehill :)

All fixed now.

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August 5, 2009 at 03:53:25
So, did you recover any data?

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August 5, 2009 at 04:41:59
All of it. You have been a massive help :)

Thanks again for your time and patience with this problem.

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August 5, 2009 at 06:49:43
No problem, glad you sorted it out.

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