Primary Master hard Disk Error - No hard drive detected

March 24, 2012 at 12:58:53
Specs: HP
Hard Drive not detected-Primary Master Hard Disk Error
System went off while working and message above appeared. When attempted to restart I got a full screen with:
AMIBIOS(C) 2008 American Megatrends, Inc.
Copyright 2008 by Hewlett -Packard Company

BIOS Revision: 5.01 BIOS Date: 04/18/2008
CPU Type: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU T5750 @2.006Hz
CPU Speed: 2.00 GHz/FSB Speed: 667MHz
Cache RAM (L2): 2048 KB
Installed Memory: 4096 MB MB/PC2-5300 Dual Channel
Memory Bank 1: 2048 MB/DDR2 SDRAM
Memory Bank 2: 2048 MB/DDR2 SDRAM
Initializing USB Controllers..
1st Dive None
2nd Drive: TSSTcorp CDDVDW TS-T633A
01 USB mass storage devices found and configured.

Primary Master Hard Drive Error
Press F1 to Resume

I did but nothing happened.

Thanks for your input. Hope I don't have to buy a new PC

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March 24, 2012 at 15:29:27
First pull ac power and then press power on button a few times. Then replace ac plug and see if it boots correctly.

If not then use bios to see if there is a hard drive. Some have a sort of autodetect selection.

If still fails then get the hard drive diagnostic for that brand. Almost every hard drive company offers great software that can run usually from a cd or dvd drive. You boot to the cd.

Then maybe I'd go in the computer (after you remove ac and press power button a few times and use esd strap) to re-seat hard drive cables. Look for any wear or damage on the cables. Test the power supply maybe too.

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