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Frank Rotandi
Posted on Monday, October 1, 2001 - 8:42 pm:   

What can be done to repair a drive that's not detected by the the drive really dead?
Posted on Monday, October 1, 2001 - 10:42 pm:   

First of course (which you probably have done) check the connections and jumpers. If those are good it might be your bios. How big is the drive and how old is the bios? Some older bios' don't like large drives, updating the bios might help.
Adam Low
Posted on Monday, October 1, 2001 - 11:37 pm:   

There are also instances when a computer would not be able to read an older drive, especially those under 1GB in size. In that case, the drive might be still okay, but it just will not work on that computer, that is all. The way to test if the drive is still alive, is to try it on another (older) computer, and check.

Another source of problem might also be with the IDE ribbon. Using a different ribbon, or changing the sequencing of the harddrive(s) on the ribbon might show you a different result from before. Also try switching the harddrive between the primary and the secondary IDE ribbon and check for the presence in the BIOS.

Good luck.
V (Vera)
Posted on Tuesday, October 2, 2001 - 9:34 am:   

can you hear the drive spin up when you turn your pc on?
did you only try auto-detecting the drive or did you also try entering the correct parameters (cylinders, heads, sectors)

some more thoughts
Posted on Friday, October 26, 2001 - 5:19 am:   

Hi I have similar problem, I moved my hard drive to a removable hard drive, but now the hard drive wont work, is there a set diagnostic routine that one should go through. If so could any one let me know what it is. Thanks in advance SAMYAMAN
Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2001 - 1:25 pm:   

i was trying to install windows me in my old computer
but then my comp didn't want to detect my hard drive why? i didn't format my hard drive i just deletd windows from ms-dos i make a boot disk
however it didn't work i had windows 98 first edition somebody told me that i have to type fdisk
but my computer make a hd called ms-dosram its a virtual disk what i have to do when i type fdisk i dont know what options i have to press

please help me!!!!!!!
Posted on Friday, November 9, 2001 - 8:52 am:   

You should look over this page for info on our old friend fdisk
To do a clean install fdisk should be used.

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