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    Hard Drive not detected

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    by tonyheslop ·

    Hi, The Maxtor hard drive on my desk top pc went the other day. So I purchased a new one of the same make but the BIOS wont detect it exactly the same simptoms as my old drive when it went.
    I have tried an old hard drive to make sure the motherboard had not died but it worked ok. And now I am finding it hard to get into the BIOS from boot up even without the drive fitted the computer keeps cutting out just before or just after going into BIOS. Can anyone help. Thanks

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    • #3269182

      Reply To: Hard Drive not detected

      by w2ktechman ·

      In reply to Hard Drive not detected

      Sounds like your MB is the problem, or your PS may be the issue. Have you checked jumper settings? Have you tried plugging the drive(s) into another system? How did it fare?
      You can try updating the Bios, or changing the Bios to default settings. But if the system is powering itself off in the Bios, it may just be time to upgrade

    • #3269174

      Reply To: Hard Drive not detected

      by tonyheslop ·

      In reply to Hard Drive not detected

      Thanks for reply, yes jumper settings are ok, I would set BIOS to default but I can not get in long enough to do it the power keeps switch on and off there is also a clicking coming from the dvd/cd unit.

    • #3269160

      Reply To: Hard Drive not detected

      by databaseben ·

      In reply to Hard Drive not detected

      hmm, if your cd/dvd is clicking away it could be bad or the bios is trying to boot up from it. It may also be possible that your hd wasn’t bad, but it was the cd/dvd causing your headackes. that is if the cd/dvd is actually bad. access the maxtor site and get the settings for you hd and manually enter them into your bios. then while in the bios, disengage the cd/dvd device or physically disconnect it from the mb. the disconnection is only temporary to see if the mb reacts favorably….

    • #3270366

      Reply To: Hard Drive not detected

      by hal 9000 ·

      In reply to Hard Drive not detected

      Start off by removing everything that isn’t essential to the running of the computer and disconnect any power leads other then the M’Board.

      Then try again. If you can keep BIOS working till you want to leave it replace the Power Supply. If that doesn’t do the trick you’re looking at a replacement M’Board, & possibly CPU & RAM as well and you could still have a bad Power Supply. What you need to do here is plug in a PS Tester these are really cheap and then with a Volt Meter take readings off the HDD Power Plug and make sure that you have 12 V DC and 5 V DC available at the connector. If the voltage is out replace the PS without hesitation. They are cheap and an often overlooked item in any computer and more often than not cause problems that are hard to track down or similarly catastrophic in nature.

      Col

    • #3112201

      Reply To: Hard Drive not detected

      by bobtheitbuilder ·

      In reply to Hard Drive not detected

      Is your processor fan turning at the correct speed to cool the processor down to it’s operating temperature?

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