I'm told no hard drive on my computer when bo

November 12, 2010 at 11:49:53
Specs: Windows XP SP1
No hard drive detected on my computer comes up when I try to install windows xp service pack 1 and when I boot up I get insert cd or floppy and press enter but nothing happens. I get a blank screen and a flashing cursor. What can I do now?

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November 12, 2010 at 12:57:13
You have not said how many hard drives you have, the type of HDD it/they is/are (ie SATA/IDE) and if IDE how it/they is/are connected.

First check all the cables are correctly connected on your hard drive/s (power cable/s and IDE/SATA cable).

On boot up enter your BIOS (Del key or F2 key normally) and check if your hard drive/s is/are being detected.

If you have more than one hard drive ensure that Master/Slave/CS jumpers are correctly set. If you are using CS and the HDD is/are IDE, then ensure that the IDE cabling reflects that.

If the hard drive is still not being detected then there may be something wrong with the hard drive/s.

When everything else fails, read the instructions.

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November 12, 2010 at 12:58:29
Is it a laptop or desktop system?
Why are you attempting to install XP? Is this a new harddrive or did your system crash and you are trying to repair?
Is the harddrive IDE or SATA?
Is it detected in BIOS?

Goin' Fishin' (Some day)

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