hard drive not detected by my computer

February 27, 2011 at 08:30:38
Specs: Windows XP
Computer won't boot off known hard drive, it looks like it's booting off a drive that does not exist

See More: hard drive not detected by my computer

Report •

#1
February 27, 2011 at 10:18:45
Make, model of computer (be exact)?

What changed or happened to cause this, assuming it was working before your post?

Just another stupid saying...


Report •

#2
February 28, 2011 at 12:18:55
It's a Dell XPS/Dimension 200/5150C. and Yes I have had problems with Windows not loading hence the UBCD. I've repartitioned and managed to get all my files off. So I thought I would reload my Windows XP Home but I can't even do this as it boots in to the Blue Screen of Death with Stop 0x0000008E ETC.
Any advice you can give would be appreciated.

Report •

#3
February 28, 2011 at 13:21:11
UBCD - Ultimate Boot CD?

Stop 8E errors can be hardware related:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/945658

Check your MOBO for bad capacitors: http://www.thenakedpc.com/dan/Bulgi...

Try pressing F12 at the DELL LOGO at boot up to get Boot Options. Select Diagnostics (I think there's only Hard drive Diagnostics on there) to test hard drive. If the on board (on your motherboard) diagnostics are Dell Full diagnostics (and not just HDD Diags , well run all of those as well.

If the Dell HDD Diagnostics doesn't find any issues, you can boot to the (or download Diags from their site to create a bootable Diagnostics CD) DELL Drivers & utilities CD to run Dell Diagnostics to test your hardware.

You also could test your HDD with the free manufacturers hard drive utility available from the hard drive manufacturers website to make bootable floppies or CDs to thoroughly test your hard drive surface area, mechanics and electronics:

- Seagate/Maxtor (Maxtor acquired by Seagate): Seatools.
- Western Digital: DataLifeguard.
- Fujitsu: Fujitsu Drive Test (FJDT).
- Hitachi/IBM: Hitachi Drive Fitness (HDFT).
- Samsung: (HUTIL).
- Toshiba (Fujitsu, Samsung or Hitachi utilities may work).

Just another stupid saying...


Report •

Related Solutions

#4
March 1, 2011 at 12:37:13
Thanks for the info, I have tried a few utilities as well as the Dell Diagnostics, which all show a healthy disk. I'm going to try a couple of other things as I think it's tied in with the MBR, but I'm not really sure.

Report •

#5
March 1, 2011 at 13:18:57
Check to make sure all USB devices out OUT of the PC, and all CDs/DVDs are out of their drives, and check the device BOOT order in your BIOS, make sure your hard drive and hard drive controller that the hard drive is attached to is ON, or Enabled.

If you think it's the master boot record, you could try to fix it with fixboot or fixmbr with Windows Recovery Console (by booting from an XP CD to run the recovery console), but this is considered advanced troubleshooting.
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314058

Just another stupid saying...


Report •

Ask Question