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hard drive not saved in bios

By maramar43 ·
on start up, the hard drive does not appear.(detection of hardware)
I go to bios setup, re-detect hard drive,it finds it. and starts up properly, this occurs after a complete shutdown. this problem is more of an annoyance and I can live with it, just hoping it's not something more serious as a hard drive failure or a bios problem(up grade)

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by dmiles In reply to hard drive not saved in b ...

The hard disk is detected, then your problem is software related, possibly due
to a corrupted Master Boot Record. Maybe you can fix it by rewriting the MBR with
FDISK.EXE /MBR run from a Win98 boot floppy disk. Maybe some system files are corrupted,
and they can be fixed with sys c: run from the boot floppy disk. Maybe you need
to format and reinstall.
You should also check the system for any viruses by scanning with anti-virus software

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by acmahajan In reply to hard drive not saved in b ...

The problem is with the CMOS battery, the thing is, when you detect the harddrive it gets temporally stored and the record from the BIOS is removed when you switch off the PC.
So, buy new CMOS Battery(CR-2032 guess only)and replace it with the new one...i guess the problem will be solved.
ACM

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to hard drive not saved in b ...

I agree it's most likely a flat BIOS Battery buy there are a couple of things that you need to do before changing the battery.

The first is to remove the mains lead and allow the system to power down so that if you accidentally drop the battery onto the M'Board it will not cause any damage.

You need the M'Board laying flat when you change the battery so if it is upright lay the case down so you can find the battery if it droops and make sure that you can easily reach the Battery Holder and know how to release the battery. You Do Not Need To Apply Any Force to release the battery if you think that you need to have a look at the M'Board/System manual to see how you should remove the battery, generally it's just pushing a clip back and the thing will pop up and most times out of the holder onto the M'Board.

When you fit the new battery replace it the opposite way that the old one came out push it in under the catches on one side and then just let it drop in and lock in place and pay attention to the polarity of the battery generally the Positive side is outermost generally but pay attention.

Personally I'm fed up with having to replace M'Boards because someone destroyed one because they didn't know how to change a flat battery safely.

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by wcp In reply to hard drive not saved in b ...

Replace the IDE cable. Try different power plug. Make sure the HD jumper setting was done correctly. Do a HD diagnostic test. If you still have the problem, it?s got to be the MB.

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by zlitocook In reply to hard drive not saved in b ...

One other thing to really confuse you, there are different hard drive's and mother board standards. If you use and older motherboard with a newer hard drive or a newer motherboard with an older hard drive you could get into problems. It is best to check with both to see if there is any problems and fixes. Always update you bios and use the proper cables for your motherboard and hard drive.

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by maramar43 In reply to hard drive not saved in b ...

Great, thanks for the responses, just one thought, about the battery failure, while not finding the hard drive, bios does still find other hardware (zip,cd,dvd,floppy) as well as other settings in bios, I would assume it would clear them all. again, thx and I will give these all a try. :)

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by maramar43 In reply to hard drive not saved in b ...

Great, thanks for the responses, just one thought, about the battery failure, while not finding the hard drive, bios does still find other hardware (zip,cd,dvd,floppy) as well as other settings in bios, I would assume it would clear them all. again, thx and I will give these all a try. :)

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