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By nlw2020 ·
I cannot get my hp pav 8565c to boot it's telling that it cannot find hard drive and something about using fdisk i'm computer literate but i'm not a pro can u help?

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by Blackcurrant In reply to Failure to boot

Hi

Boot your PC and chewck your BIOS settings (usually, you need to press DEL while the PC is booting to do this).

One of the entries you will see will be called something liked CMOS settings, or you may have a tabbed screen and will see something like Hardware. You need to check that your hard drive is being properly detected in one of these screens.

If there is no entry then you will need to tell it to autodetect the drive - there will be instructions on the screen on how to do this.

Once it has auto-detected the drive, it should work again.

Good luck

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by pierrejamme In reply to Failure to boot

here is instructions on how to use fdisk:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/q255867/

My bet is the hard drive went south and won't boot again. You may be able to get your data off by making it a slave drive on a booting drive. (either a new hard drive in your computer with OS installed or a friends computer).

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Failure to boot

The other possibility is that the CMOS battery has gone flat and is no longer keeping settings applied to BIOS.

If that's the case you'll need to unplug the system replace the Battery a flat coin sizes Lithium Cell and reboot and enter BIOS and set up the Date/Time and at the very least set HDD to Auto Detect.

If that doesn't work depending on the age and make of the M'Board you may need to allow the M'Board to find any installed HDD/s to allow it to work again.

While you have the case open check the Makers Name on the HDD and download their Testing Utility for the HDD and test it to make sure that it's actually working correctly.

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