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His PC was giving him problems so he ran a check on it using the normal hard disk tools but then is froze half way.
basically his computer is not finding the hard drive now and i dont know how to make it find it, only through cmos, auto detect hard drive and it still didn't work!
I know iv probably been really vague. Im not even sure if this is the right place for this type of question.
Still problems possibly a bad IDE cable.
Some PC boxes/mainboards also have a LED/HD connector that if not attached (to mainboard) will cause the hard drive not to run up.
* Is the disk controller seated properly in the motherboard?
* Is the cable between the controller and drive connected properly and securely?
* Is the HDD power plug is in properly?
* Is the power supply powered?
* Is there power from the power supply?
* Is there power at the HDD?
* Does the drive spin up?
Then you can check CMOS, etc. but most often the problems I encountered with HDDs were loose cables, then bad power cable, dead controller, and finally dead drive, in order of most frequent to least.
Question: do you hear the hard drive run up/spin up?
Question: Do you have a Boot "floppy" disk and a virus checker rescue "floppy" disk?
Question: What version of "Windows" is the computer running, what computer are you current on, so that you can access WebmasterWorld. (e.g. same room/area as the problem one?) and does this computer have the same Windows version?
First boot should be a: (floppy in some CMOS)
Second boot should be C:
Added does this computer have SCSI drives or just regular IDE drive.
SCSI drive would have a wider cable (more pins).
* Move the drive to the second or third position within the chain.
* Make sure the SCSI ID is not in use by one of the other SCSI devices (don't forget about the controller card!)
* If it's a newer SCSI card use an ID below 7, instead of the extended 14 available.
* Most SCSI controllers come with their own "FDISK". Check to see if the controller sees the device.