NO FIXED DISKS PRESENT fdisk error

October 5, 2005 at 13:28:02
Specs: windows 98, tiny

Hello, our windows 98 on pc went down. Now will only boot into DOS, using a boot floppy.
at "A:\> I typed fdisk, then it says NO FIXED DISCS PRESENT
Did a scandisk and it comes back.. no errors.. how do I get this fixed please?
what do I do next? it is only a game machine . tiny hard drive.
Thanks so much.. Mom D~

Hello, our windows 98 on pc went down. Now will only boot into DOS, using a boot floppy.
at "A:\> I typed fdisk, then it says NO FIXED DISCS PRESENT
Did a scandisk and it comes back.. no err


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#1
October 5, 2005 at 13:52:07

Well, first, WHAT are you using for a boot floppy?

If you are using a "DOS" boot floppy, that is, earlier than W98, the floppy WILL NOT recognize the hdd.

Neither will using an early version of windoz95, with only FAT16 support.


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#2
October 5, 2005 at 13:55:19

Check the BIOS to see if the hard drive is being recognized.

If not open PC and check cables.....

If still no go, can you install in another PC to test it is accessable ?


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#3
October 5, 2005 at 14:43:02

I am using the windows se floppy that I made from the origonal windows. The floppy works fine .. gives me startup menu. tho after that A:\ and I type in Fdisk.. it gives me the error NO FIXED DISKS PRESENT.
Thanks for your help and interest.. to the next person.. I dont know about BIOS checking. :o( Doodle.


Hello, our windows 98 on pc went down. Now will only boot into DOS, using a boot floppy.
at "A:\> I typed fdisk, then it says NO FIXED DISCS PRESENT
Did a scandisk and it comes back.. no err


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#4
October 5, 2005 at 14:57:37

hehehe! I forgot to say.. it is windows SE boot floppy. Thanks again.


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#5
October 5, 2005 at 15:28:14

When the computer first starts up, there sould be a message on the screen for a second or two along the lines of "Press Del for setup". Pressing the key (or combination) while this message is displayed will take you into the cmos (bios) setup program. See if you can find a reference to the drive (probably primary master). If bios cannot see the drive, it won't tell dos or windows that it is there. If it's not there, have a look for an auto-detect option.

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#6
October 5, 2005 at 15:38:58

Something is working.. Please stay with me... :o)))

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#7
October 5, 2005 at 15:42:15

Yes ... that did inteed take me to the BIOS Setup Utilities... now what please? O my gosh this is so great... something different then I have seen in days..

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#8
October 5, 2005 at 16:04:18

Now what do I do?.. I am trying to get windows back. At the BIOS I can't get set up to do anything .. it lets me know I have a hard drive still I guess? tho still can't get back windows. Thanks for helping me.!

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#9
October 5, 2005 at 16:42:40

What did bios say was connected to the primary master? Hopefully it correctly identified your hard drive.

If this is ok, boot with the floppy disk again. At the 'A:>\' type 'c:' then press enter. The prompt should change to 'C:>\'. Then I would like you to try typeing 'dir' then press enter. This should return a lot of information.

If successful this far, we could try to see if we can run windows. Type 'CD Windows" press enter. Then type 'win'.


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#10
October 5, 2005 at 16:50:02

It has in Primary Master. NOT INSTALLED :o(


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#11
October 5, 2005 at 16:52:37

Sec.Master CD ROM is there .. tho not working yet... what do I do?

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#12
October 5, 2005 at 16:59:50

Yes.. A did change to C and dir brings up a directory...brings up the C directory... :o)
the directory is such things as Attrib.exe after the directory came up did put in
successful this far, we could try to see if we can run windows. Type 'CD Windows" press enter. Then type 'win'. <<< says bad command after I do CD Windows...


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#13
October 5, 2005 at 17:01:00

The next step is to open the case and check that the cables are firmly connected to the drive. If that does not fix your problem, then it is likely that the hard drive is no longer amongst the living.

Is there anbody who is good with mechanical or electronic work that you can call on to help?


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#14
October 5, 2005 at 17:31:08

we are taking it apart now.. seems like everything is tight. tho wiggling things to maybe clean some oxidation if that may hopefully be our trouble (besides being a dinosaur) My sister is digging a hole in the yard to bury the poor thing. tho I am still praying the ole'buzzard kicks again!
Thanks for all your help.. truely appreciate your help~ Sad Doodle

Hello, our windows 98 on pc went down. Now will only boot into DOS, using a boot floppy.
at "A:\> I typed fdisk, then it says NO FIXED DISCS PRESENT
Did a scandisk and it comes back.. no err


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#15
October 5, 2005 at 17:31:38

we are taking it apart now.. seems like everything is tight. tho wiggling things to maybe clean some oxidation if that may hopefully be our trouble (besides being a dinosaur) My sister is digging a hole in the yard to bury the poor thing. tho I am still praying the ole'buzzard kicks again!
Thanks for all your help.. truely appreciate your help~ Sad Doodle


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#16
October 5, 2005 at 17:55:49

A hard drive transplant and software reinstall will revive it.

The only catch is you will not be able to buy one new. Depending on the age of the computer, there was a limit at 504MB, another at 8GB then one at 32GB. If you use the size of the current (yet deceased) drive as a guide and stay beneath the next highest limit you should be fine.


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#17
October 5, 2005 at 18:15:01

Don't be too quick to condemn things. Here's some real life troubles I've found over the years, when hdd's and CDROM's dissapeared.

Reseat the cables--that is disconnect and reconnect the data (IDE) ribbon cables.

Reseat the power connectors. If you are "handy" with small tools, and needle nose pliers, gently squeese the contacts for better connection.

If not, find an unused power connector lying in the case, and use it instead of the one previous.

Don't be afraid to try a different ribbon cable. For quick troubleshooting, you can pull the one from the CDROM, and hook it to the hard drive, assuming both are IDE.

IDE cables are cheap--don't be afraid to replace the cable.

Reset the bios. There should be a procedure for your motherboard, and you should have the manual. IF not, you usually can look the manual for the motherboard up on the 'net.

If you can't do that, then unplug the power from the computer, and pull out the "bios" battery, and leave it for 1/2 hr or so.

Try to determine, when you power up the machine, if you can hear the hard drive spin up.

If possible, you can even try the hdd in a different machine.

If all else fails, it actually would not hurt you to have a second hard drive for storage--everyone can use more space

So consider buying a second drive, and see if the bios will detect THAT one.

(I just don't know what I'd do without all my "spare" thrift store machines that I'm able to use for testing and troubleshooting.)


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#18
October 5, 2005 at 20:22:52

Time for a new hard drive (or two). If you haven't moved the machine, knocked it over, etc. it is highly unlikely that some cable jumped off.

eBay can get you a used HD for cheap in any size you want.

You can avoid many of these Windows problems with Linux. Linspire eases the transition for new users


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#19
October 5, 2005 at 21:08:36

Is the drive definitly dead? Try changing the drive type from NONE to AUTO, or, if you use an Award/American Megatrends BIOS, (It says along the top of the screen) there should be IDE HDD Autodetect, or something along those lines. Have you used your arrow keys to move to this line, and pressed enter on top? That will cause the computer to search on the IDE cables for hard drives that are plugged in. If nothing is found.. :S your hard drives stuffed. :(

If you need another one (Old and small) then try going to a local computer repair shop... I work in one myself and I know that techs often hoard useless hardware :)


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#20
October 7, 2005 at 17:04:42

From your # 12;
".... change to C and dir brings up a directory... the directory is such things as Attrib.exe after the directory came up..."

This is the RAMdrive created with the boot floppy. Which means the hard disk is not detected, (as the posting states) so the C: is assigned to this virtual drive.

If nothing was done to the system, either software wise or physically (poking around inside), either the hard disk, the data cable, the power supply lead, entire power supply, or the IDE channel controller has gone bad. If you have access to another system, try the hard disk there to see if it detects.

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